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I have been playing Maths Training lately and although I am not that fantastic at math's I am confident on the basics we all learnt at school. This game aims to give people a good start to math's in my opinion and is aimed towards the teenagers and younger adults and your aim is to turn up daily like a routine and try and take part in various mathematical equations. You begin with simple math's which is addition so the basics might include sums such as 1 + 1 and they are simple and at times irritating. You are given three exercises to do each day so turning up you know what you have to do and you fill in this calendar to report that you turned up for duty. You then have some issues because if you find addition easy which I do you then have to put up with this for five days. So you cannot advance further until you have done five days of addition equations and they are similar each day and do not get any harder. On day six you then take part in subtraction equations and again the same format appears where you have to take part for five days until you reach level three and things begin to get tougher. I say they get tougher as a kind gesture because they rarely test you and you do have to try and complete the challenges as quickly as possible. You have a small leader board for each of the sections you do so you want to be at the top of that table if possible. I am not saying it won't help people because I can seriously see that working for some people who might find math's difficult and some people really do even the basics. I think it has the potential to increase the ability of someone if they play it every day and concentrate and learn how to do the various equations. If you're someone who is confident with maths then perhaps this game is not for you because you will be bored. I wanted tougher equations such as Algebra and other types of difficult mathematics which would challenge me and keep me interested. I feel the game should have a time limited for people to pass each challenge and if you fail you have to retry and it would give people a quicker emphasis to complete the puzzles. Imagine if you had to do them quickly it means in my eyes you learn to challenge yourself and learn quicker. This game is not easy to find and again this is not my game but a friends and I have been on level 10 so 50 days so far for me and I have to say I am bored but play it in the hope it might get better.
I bought this game because I enjoyed the maths games on Brain Training, but thought my brain could do with a bit of maths practice! It focuses on the basic skills of division, multiplication, addition and subtraction, which of course are the main skills you need when using maths in everyday life. After just a couple of days playing it, my mathematical skills had definitely improved and I was much quicker. I've always found division particularly difficult, but Maths Training has helped in that area. There's a daily test, which encourages you to improve on a daily basis, and the 'Kageyama' Method, which is basically a grid with numbers down the side and along the top to allow you to do multiple sums very quickly. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to improve their basic maths skills, and I stress basic because there's no probability or trigonometry etc! It definitely increases your speed and you can impress your friends!
Not bad... I bought this game as I already had brain training and I love mathematics, so I wanted a game like brain training that had only mathematical problems. However I really did not get on with this game. I found it monotonous and without challenge. Bad points:- 1) No charisma. 2) No storyline, or incentive to improve. 3) Not enough variety in the challenges provided. 4) The cell square method this game uses, I found very confusing. I kept getting the answer squares muddled up as there are a lot of sums on one page using this method! Good points:- 1) Its a very good game if your mental mathematics skills are not up to scratch. To be fair I think this game was just not what I was looking for. My basic mathematical skills are pretty good and I wanted something with a bit more challenge, or speed to it. I didn't get on with the game but other reviews show that some people have so its an open verdict!
I have used my daughters DS for a long time and have played Brain Training on it many times, which we all love. For Christmas this year I was treated to my own DS, and so I went out and bought Maths Training for myself. Whilst the game was a very reasonable price... I am not impressed with the actual game play at all. It's a series of 10 x 10 grids and the basic times table grids are fine, but, it often didnt recognise the number I was writing (and my writing is neat and my numbers are legible) and also it seemed that the makers had tried to make this about how fast you can complete a grid, rather than with Brain Training which was more about how you improve. I am extremely good with Maths but strugged because of the handwriting\speed elements. Whereas my husband is by his own admission less capable with Mathematics, yet was great at this as he treated it as a game and looked at the next column while writing in the first etc and was more than happy about the competative speed element. Neither of us though feel our mathematics ability has improved because of this game. I also got my 9 year old to try this and whilst she could answer questions, she didnt want to stay on this after a couple of tries because the speed element made her fell pressured and she made mistakes. We all I want to help our children improve their maths skills, but not knock their confidence, and so I would definately recommend that this is not bought for a child as a maths aid.
After playing Brain Training non stop on the DS, I thought I'd give Maths training a go. I used to be a right bright spark when it came to Maths as a kid, but despite working for a bank my maths turned out to be awful and I find myself struggling on times tables. So this was an excellent game for me - at first I struggled with some of the sums, but it's amazing how quickly you can pick something back up again, kind of like riding a bike I guess. There's various different training methods in this game, from long division and long sums, to the hundred cell calculation method, which is the best part of the game, in my opinion. It's basically a grid of 100 squares, and depending on the type of maths you've chosen, you need to enter the answer for each sum in the grid. I've found myself playing this over and over again just to get better at it. The controls are so simple, literally just handwriting recognition - the only problem I've had is it sometimes not recognising my 4s! I've found this game a lot more beneficial than brain training and can honestly says my maths has improved from playing it.
My fiancée, as I am, is a massive fan of the self-assessment games on the DS and Wii, such as the hugely popular Brain training, Word Coach and Sight training games. In February 2008, for Valentine's Day, I treated her to Professor Kageyama's Maths Training... perfect romantic gift! The premise of the game is to improve your basic numeracy skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Similar to the other brain improvement games on the DS, you will only benefit if you use Maths Training on a frequent basis. The game gives you twenty levels to progress through - and each level is scheduled to last a week, hence there will be some mileage for the consumer. Notably, though, Maths Training will not evolve into anything complicated such as Algebra or Trigonometry - this game is broadly designed to allow your mathematical side of the brain function more quickly and effectively. When you turn the game on for the first time, you will notice that you will be using the DS vertically, rather than horizontally, meaning the screens will be left and right as opposed to top and bottom. You are firstly asked to create a profile. Having tapped in your name and stipulated that you are either left or right handed, the main menu will arise, which will greet you with three options, which are 'Daily test', 'Kageyama Method' and 'Practice Exercises'. Daily test - this puts you through three exercises - which could be a simple 10 question subtraction exercise, or addition exercise, which is timed to give an indication of your progress level. The calculations will appear as "5 - 3 = " on the left hand screen, giving you the opportunity to write your answer on the right hand screen. There is also a flash card exercise, where on the left hand screen a card pops up momentarily with a number of items on it, and then on the right hand screen you have to enter the amount of items you've counted. Kageyama Method - this is the main feature of the game. In essence, as opposed to the simple 10 question format you will encounter in the tests and practice games, the method will provide you with a marathon format of numerical calculations. When you select this option, you are able to execute this method alone, or with up to 15 friends, via download play. The method is split into two main parts - '100 Cell Maths' where you do 100 interlinked subtractions, additions or multiplications, and 'Division Marathon'. This will be, for some, a very challenging and stretching exercise and, for the supreme mathematicians out there, this will be fun. Lastly, you have the Practice Exercises, of which there are forty you can choose from. The massive abundance means that there is plenty of variety to keep your brain stimulated. Typical exercises include simple addition, '9 Times Table', 'Fill the blanks Multiplication', 'Sentence Sums', which is expressed as "9 is 3 plus ?", and many many more. As it is timed, your top 3 best times are recorded, and the challenge will come from bettering your time until it is almost physically impossible to do it any quicker. Very similar to Brain Training, this is a very quirky game. The music in the game is very easy listening, and almost Japanese sounding, with soft and gentle, but repetitive, melodies, meaning they can become quite annoying after a while. Essentially, it complements the quirkiness very well. As with a lot of the 'fun' Nintendo DS games, the quality of graphics is not an important issue. With Maths Training, the illustrations are bright and colourful with the predominant colour on the screen being Orange - as indicated by the packaging of the game. Moreover, the characters and menu screen manifest in cartoony, almost manga-style, fashion. This is a very playable game, and is useful for giving you a fun but good basic numeracy workout - hence it satisfies its premise. However, if you are looking for this game to make you Pythagoras or some kind of mathematical genius then it will certainly not do that. Any GCSE student would find this a bore after a while, and would undoubtedly rip all of your records to shreds. It will be a more relevant game to someone that left education a while ago and just wants to keep their maths skills in check or for children in latter primary school or early secondary school. Personally, I like it - it's fun, colourful and harmless, and will be useful in keeping my noggin in working order. I have played it numerous times, and I constantly strive to beat my personal best performances. I find the best challenge to be the 100 cell maths exercise, and it has certainly been fun to try and better my time for the multiplications aspect. My only criticism is that, although there is an expansive multitude of exercises, the maths involved is of a very basic level, hence why I play this sporadically rather than frequently. This game would have benefitted from having advanced level maths, e.g. fractions and algebra for those who are either a) very clever or b) have progressed beyond the basic skill level. Nevertheless, this is an excellent game, and I fully recommend it. This can be purchased in HMV and other good electronics retailers for £19.99
I bought this game as soon as it came out as I enjoyed the more brain training game I got for Christmas which I still play everyday. The maths training game is brilliant. There is a daily test with three sections. There are 20 levels to this and you progress one level every five days of training, after that you become a master and continue with random tests. As well as the daily test there are two other sections. The practice, which lets you try any area of the game and the 100 cells and division section. The latter really does give you a good work out. I have found my mental maths has greatly improved using this repeated type of training and it is fun to do. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to sharpen there maths skills, is well worth the money and is fun.