I typically don’t review apps that are targeted directly towards children, and I especially despise apps that require me to actually “think”, but I felt the need to prove to myself that I can still do PopMath’s elementary equations without turning to my iPhone’s space-age calculator. It’s a good idea to do things like this once in a while just to see how bad your age-induced stupidity has gotten.

The idea behind PopMath is simple: tap matching bubbles in succession so that the first bubble tapped is the mathematical equivalent of the second bubble. Of course I make it sound hard, but if you tap a bubble that says “4”, the next bubble you tap should say something like “2+2” or maybe “5-1”.

Even after exterminating most of my brain cells with years of crazy binge drinking I was able to make it through 35 levels before getting distracted by a beer commercial, so that’s a pretty good indicator that an 8-year-old should be able to have a similar level of success. And if the kid fails miserably, well… no big deal! There are no timers in PopMath, no scoreboards to make you feel like a loser, and no in-game messages calling you a dumbass when you get something wrong. The bubbles float around to make things a little more game-like, but outside of that the game is super gentle on the ego.

I confess that I haven’t seen an actual child’s reaction to PopSoft’s math game, but if you’re a parent you might as well just fork over the dollar. You already believe that your child is some kind of mega-genius and your neighbors secretly think the kid’s dumb as a post (trust me, they do), so this is your big chance to prove them wrong!

One Response to “PopMath”

  1. Laurent Says:

    Thanks for the review of PopMath. We fixed the numbering issue, along with the message. The new version will also count the number of mistakes and give kids the choice to practice specific operators.

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