Good calculation games
Here are games that work well with arithmetic tasks. By “work well” I mean:
- Mechanics provide players enough agency and freedom to develop tactics, so that the overall activity is still a game (rather than a quiz)
- Mechanics produce strong, pleasant flow, as evidenced by popularity
- The overall feeling of the game is vaguely mathematical (this one is hard to define and requires human judgment with some artistic license)
This gets two and a half out of three on my “quality math game” definition (attached).
- Kenken (generic names calcudoku, mathdoku): calculation mechanics http://en.wikipedia.
- Sudoku: number-placement, matching mechanics http://en.wikipedia.
- Zuma (generic name Marble Lines; one of the most-played browser games): matching (similar or equivalent objects, such as fraction/decimal/percent), recognition mechanics http://www.coolmath-
- Tarsia: matching (similar or equivalent objects) jigsaw mechanic http://www.mmlsoft.
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- Kakooma: ”Where is Waldo?” mechanic for a number that is a sum (can be product) of other numbers http://kakooma.com/
- 24 game: make a target number http://www.24game.com/
- Make 21 game: make a target number in every circle http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/
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- Math Scrabble: build up equations out of pieces http://happypenguin.