Title: Math Blaster Mystery
Overall Rating: B
Source: Davidson & Associates, Inc.
Playing Time: No set limit, playing time is varied depending on player's skill level and attention span
Date: 1989
Cost: $ 49.95 http://sjuv m.stjohns.edu/~lenbc/software/soft/m/softm017.html
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Color monitor; 80-column card; printer (optional)
Subject Area: Math
Objectives: Player must use mathematical skills, reading, problem solving, and deductive reasoning to solve math mysteries.
Brief Description: Grade level: 5-8, Four games targeting different math skills. Each game is accessible at four different levels to accommodate skill and ability levels.  The categories are "Follow the Steps", in which the player reads word problems and identifies the problem solving steps in specific order; "Weigh the Evidence", players use strategies to match a given weight ratio; "Decipher the Code", solving math problems by choosing numbers and using the process of elimination; and "Search for Clues" in which the player investigates objects and uses the given math clues to find the mystery number.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic math and reading skills

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points: Provides practice of a variety of math and problem solving skills, maintains interest and uses creative ways to make math entertaining.
Weak Points: Games offer "hints" which really were not much help, such as "look at the clues", this might lead to frustration if a student is having difficulty solving a problem.
Reviewer: Kathy Reno
Position: Student
Date: 6/15/98
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.
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