April 17, 2012
Sushi Monster is a new app that combines two of my favorite things. No, not sushi and monsters. That's only half correct: I do like sushi, but I generally do not relish the company of monsters. What Sushi Monster has in spades that happen to be two of my favorite things in the world are sushi and math. Sushi Monster is the special iPad preview of FASTT Math Next Generation, a program geared towards the development of math fact fluency among grade schoolers. Another quality app from Scholastic, Sushi Monster tests the basic math skills of youngsters in an engaging and entertaining way. Sushi Monster is so named because it presents mathematical challenges with the help of some sushi-loving monsters. The app is concerned with only addition and multiplication, and each operation has its own section in the app. Be that as it may, the same gameplay is applied for both operations. Sushi Monster contains seven addition levels and five multiplication levels, with each level having four rounds. A round of Sushi Monster begins with a monster cook serving up a set of numbered plates around a monster customer. The customer can be fed only by tapping the correct pair of numbers whose sum or product corresponds to the specified number at the top of the screen. Be cautious about coming up with the wrong equation, or you'll be dealing with a monster of a dissatisfied customer. An iPad-only app, Sushi Monster is available in the App Store for free. With its positively reinforcing mechanics and scary yet cute characters, it's an app that adds up to something quite delicious for the mathematically inclined brain.