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Math Blaster Plus!

DOS - 1987

Also available on: Apple IIgs

4.57 / 5 - 28 votes

Description of Math Blaster Plus!

Another excellent edutainment title from Davidson & Associates, designed by Jay Davidson himself. The description on MobyGames says it all:

"An updated version of the older Math Blaster! educational game. Unlike the previous version, this one's not in BASIC! A new GUI greets users, called the "Davidson Student Desktop Interface"- this allows people to switch from one portion of the game to the next without all that nasty typing.

The math is broken down into five subjects- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions/decimals/percents. The game itself is broken into 5 activities:

  • Countdown- a flash-card style "game" with no scoring or timing. A problem, with answer, is shown on screen- upon command, the same problem appears sans answer, and must be answered correctly.
  • Ignition- problems appear, and upon a correct answer, motivational messages and animations pop up. The player has two chances to answer correctly, and receives a scoreboard at the end showing number of problems, number solved, etc. (This scoreboard appears in the next two listed activities.)
  • Lift-off- problems appear, with answer, but missing an internal component (like 2 * _ = 12). Three chances per problem are given to answer correctly. Once again, there are encouraging messages and animations- and a certificate of achievement may be printed out.
  • Orbit- three problems appear on-screen with portions of each in boxes; these boxes may contain errors and need to be changed by the player. Each correct answer earns a star, and the player can attempt to answer twice. This one also can print a certificate of achievement.
  • Blasternaut- the action-oriented math activity- you control a Blasternaut that must get into a rocket aimed at the correct answer to a shown problem. Bonus points are awarded if you can rescue floating Blasternauts- apparently slamming into them with the nosecone of a huge rocket constitutes help.

The math problems contained within aren't randomly generated, but are pre-written lessons (which are handily printed in the instruction manuals.) Math Blaster Plus! can be used to create new lessons, can be used in a classroom setting to track individual students' performance, and can print stored lessons as paper-based quizzes/tests for more traditional (and more boring) use."

Definitely one of the best math programs ever made, despite its age. Highly recommended, especially for pre-schoolers.

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Comments and reviews

Kim 2014-04-29 0 point DOS version

nice

JosephThe1st 2014-01-21 0 point DOS version

This may have been the most addictive / competitive game that my whole class played growing up. Thank you GCS

ally 2013-06-20 0 point DOS version

luv it

Math Blaster 2012-02-14 0 point DOS version

I used this game when I was a kid! Now I am working to be a teacher and will use it again!

jas 2011-09-29 0 point DOS version

great game, thanks! plays great in dosbox

dragon 2009-11-13 0 point DOS version

I think Math Blaster Plus Is an awsome game

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