Developers Teaching Math Through a New Game

Self-described "math nerds" launch Kickstarter campaign for "3D math exploration game" that allows children to visualize math concepts in non-traditional ways.

Can video games teach children math? Developers behind a newly announced video game are hoping that they can, this month launching a Kickstarter campaign for a project called Mathbreakers. The team at Imaginary Number Co., described as a "small team of math nerds and gamers," is seeking $42,000 to make the project a reality. The campaign ends on July 5.

The current iteration of Mathbreakers is geared towards children ages 7-12 and features lessons on math subjects such as operations and algebraic thinking, measurement and data, and geometry. The developers have even created unique lesson guides for teachers to use.

Mathbreakers is a 3D "math exploration video game" that enables children to visualize math concepts in a non-traditional way. "Adventurers will chop numbers in half with a fractions sword, cast addition spells to zero-out negative enemies, outsmart swarms of spikey integers with keen number sense, save the counting sheep from certain destruction, defeat the evil Numbermancer, and so much more," the developers wrote on the Kickstarter page.

The game is aiming for a release on Android and iOS tablets, as well as through the web. If funding surpasses the $42,000 target, the developers will introduce stretch goals, and they'll ask the community for feedback regarding what these should be.

If everything goes to plan, Mathbreakers should be available this December. Right now, funding stands at $21,163 from 194 total backers. Head to the Mathbreakers Kickstarter page to contribute or to read more about the project.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Good. Maybe this'll make video games not look so bad, when they're ready to ban them all together, after another shooting in public. 

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

why not when all games are written on mathematical algorithm. Best idea ever.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

This is a great idea.  I know it sounds lame as hell, but maths is so important and the biggest reason why kids are giving up on it is because they can't see how they'd ever use it, and they can't even visualise the problems written in front of them.  Problems in real life have a visual component, and no one becomes great at anything if they're turned off mentally at the baby steps.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Imaginary Number - be there or be square (root of -1).

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Cool if they could make one to help me remember all of the BS statistics formulae in my Chemistry course I'd love you for it.

zintarr
zintarr

Dissolve all teacher unions, put in place performance contracts that require results and fire the known poor instructors. That would help much more than any game.

xantufrog
xantufrog

I had some treasured educational games when I was a wee one - I'm not sure they "make 'em like they used to", but I'm glad people are still motivated in this area of game development

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

Good on 'em.  Learning + Fun = Good.  And lord knows math skills here in the US need all the help they can get.

hystavito
hystavito

@zintarr I'm not sure I agree entirely but having some accountability would be good.  Where I live the teacher's federations are incredibly powerful and there is virtually nothing that actually requires them to do a good job so to speak.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@zintarr 

Shut up, this is not the place for a political debate loser.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@olddadgamer If you do the math you'll see how poor math skills people have around the world, but since I can't do any math, I can't say anything about that.