Title: Math Stars 4.02
Playing Time: determined by player
Date: Feb. 1999
Cost: Shareware $10.00, State Liscense
Number of Players: 1 to 99
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:
Subject Area: Math
Objectives: To allow students to practice
their addition, subtraction, muliplication and division skills.
Brief Description: Math Stars allows students
to race against the timer to sovle artithmetic problems. The speed
and difficulty is choosen by the student.
Entry Capabilities Required: Apple Macintosh
Relevance to objectives: 5 - This is good
practice for math skills.
Allows the students to vary the operations and style of problems.
Also allows the student to adjust the timer so they can work at a slow
or fast pace.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
5 - This is all this software does is drill arithmetic skills.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 3
- I think that the students will get bored with the games after a few times
as the only reward they get is after 10 gold stars their name is placed
in the Hall of Fame.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 -
It is very easy to use.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 - The graphics could be more attractive as they are very simple.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 5 - The students' correct answers
are counted towards the goal of 10 right answers.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 5 -The problems are setup
realisticly and different styles are available.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
They state that 250 registrations are on file and that there are numerous
CD-Rom's. Also it is used by parents and schools at the elementary
and high school levels.
Clear directions for play: 5 - Very easy
Effectiveness of debriefing:
5 - There can be up to 99 names on a scroll down list for keeping track
Weak Points: Might
be boring after awhile as all they get for a reward is a star.
Reviewer: Laura M. LaBarge
Position: grad. student
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.