Alien Equation [rating: 4/5]
There are plenty of games available for people who like word play so why not for those people that like number play! Well with Alien Equation that’s exactly what you get in the disguise of an educational for children.
The game kicks off with a brief tutorial that takes you through the basics of the game play, it’s a simple premise too. The game is played on a grid on numbers and operators which you can move horizontally and vertically to completed valid equations. The story behind why you are doing this is based on the fact that the navigation computer on your spaceship has a virus and if you re-teach the computer math it will save the day rather than having it shut down with the inevitable destruction of your planet.
The back story is pretty weak but in all honesty it’s not needed for what is really a mathematical puzzle game but I can see that it could help get younger children hooked on.
Each level introduces a new operator to the puzzle board. You’ll start off with a table of numbers with just addition and equals signs to use. By moving the rows and columns you can align the numbers and operators to completed valid equations and each time you complete one your progress bar will fill up across the bottom of the screen, complete the progress bar you complete the level. As you progress the board will also get larger and larger in that there will be more tiles available making more options available.
Each time you complete a level you the board will be updated with an additional operator until you will have addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all available for you to calculate with. Filling your progress bar, along with the points you get each time you complete a calculation are your only targets however as you get through the earlier stages of the beginner levels or immediately as you start the expert levels viruses start to be introduced and they add an extra level of difficulty to the game.
Some of the viruses prevent the tiles from being moved while other will get more and more aggressive and if you leave them untouched for too long they will eventually explode taking your computer and your spaceship with it. In addition to the to difficulty levels there is also a practice mode that allows you to choose which operators are used allowing you to isolate certain ones if you want to focus on them.
The game looks good and is effective enough and doesn’t take away any enjoyment from the puzzle aspect and the same applies to the music and sound effects. It does allow you to play your own tracks while playing too.
It’s a single player game but the latest version of the game does have the added benefit of allowing multiple profiles so multiple players can play Alien Equation on the same device and keep their scores and progress separate.
Alien Equation is a fun mathematical puzzle game and certainly kept me amused for a while at least and would be a great tool younger players as an aide to improve there basic math skills too which at just 99cents could be a dollar well spent.
- Fun puzzle game with numbers
- Easy for children to learn while playing
- Multiple profiles for different users
The Not So Good
- Back story not kept active through the game
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Updated: Mar 15, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 5.5 MB
Languages: English, German
Seller: Siwen AG
© 2010 Siwen AG
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later.