About the game

Have you ever wondered why all the educational math apps are, basically, electronic flash cards and no games that incorporate math are available? No more. Math to the Rescue is a game that, in the process of playing it, makes the player solve math problems like “what number do I add to 3 to get 7?” and “what number should I subtract from 22 to get 8?”. But – and that’s the important part – the math is not the goal. Finishing the game is the goal. The math is the method of playing the game.

The game visually and dynamically presents the types of simple algebra problems that arise in real life and need to be solved.

The level of difficulty of the algebra presented, depending on the level chosen and the settings selected, ranges from solving the 1+X=4 type of equations to (9.3-X)×Y=4.6 type – so it should be helpful and challenging to students from 1st to 5th grade and higher. The optional multiplication and division in the game allows students to earn higher scores, encouraging them to use it in play.

 

For parents and teachers

For each of the levels, the game presents one of the five scenarios:

  • Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue
  • Underwater Rescue
  • Flood Rescue
  • Fire Rescue
  • Earthquake Rescue

The gameplay is simple: both the player’s piece (helicopter, ambulance, fire engine etc.) and the five people to be rescued are positioned on the “number line”. In order to rescue a person, the player has to change the position of his piece to match the position of the person to be rescued. This is done by adding to or subtracting from the position, or, if a more advanced option is chosen, by multiplying or dividing the position.

Once all five people are rescued, the score is totaled up and the game ends. The top 100 high scores, per level, are kept and shown.

There are five levels of play that defined by the number line in them:

  • Level 1: 0 to 10, increments of 1
  • Level 2: 0 to 20, increments of 1
  • Level 3: 0 to 100, increments of 1
  • Level 4: 0 to 20, increments of 0.5
  • Level 5: 0 to 10, increments of 0.1

In addition, various settings can make the play more challenging:

Ruler Settings

Show ruler if unchecked, the number line is not shown to the player
 
Show numbers in the ruler
if unchecked, the ruler is a thin line with no numbers inside it
 
Show sub-ticks usually for levels 2-4 the ruler shows sub-ticks between the major ticks. Uncheck not to show them.

Gameplay Settings

Can rescue only the designated victim if unchecked, any one of the people that need rescue can be picked up by moving the player’s piece next to them. Check this to make it so that only one person can be rescued at any time. This makes the play more challenging.
 
Number of tries before someone else rescues: If the player misses several times, another rescue unit comes by and picks up one of the victims.
 
Time (in minutes) before someone else rescues: If the player takes too long, another rescue unit comes by and picks up one of the victims.

 
The last two options above add a time and accuracy element to the game.


Advanced Settings

Allow Multiplication
and Division
operators
If this option is unchecked, only addition and subtraction can be used. Multiplication and division add another level of complexity to the game. Since using these results in higher scores, it encourages the player to multiply and divide in order to adjust the position and rescue people, and, because you cannot get to every place on the number line by multiplying and dividing, it adds the element of strategy to the game to achieve higher scores.

Awards / Mentions

MASHABLE – Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week


Contact

Please email us at support@mathtotherescue.com with any concerns, suggestions or criticisms, and we will respond to you ASAP.