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).
Examples: