Maths GCSE Games: BBC Bitesize £Free (My Rating 6/10)
As you might expect the BBC provides some very worthy games to play online. The games are well designed but lack imagination. The format for most of the games is similar, you are are presented with a story or a game and you are given a number of questions to progress through the story or game.
However, these questions do not relate to the story or the game. You are never in any danger of losing yourself in the game.
Here is my quick review of the games I found:-
Well presented but boring content. In this game your friends and family contact you (by computer or mobile) and ask you multiple choice questions about Maths. So I can see that lots of work has gone into making this game but in the end it’s just multiple choices.
If you get a question wrong you are told which is the correct answer but there is no explanation of how to work it out. So either you know it or you don’t, so it’s not a learning experience.
I wouldn’t want to “play” this again.
You’ll Never Get Anywhere Without Maths
This is another multiple choice based game. This time it features a number of people in their workplaces. The questions that are asked tend not to relate to the workplace. The advantage of this game is that if you get a question wrong it explains how to work out the correct answer.
Mia Cadaver’s Tombstone Timeout
The extremely scary (not!) Mia writes out questions on graveyard tombstone and you have to select the correct multiple chance answer against the clock. There are 3 levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Higher. You enter a nickname and you can choose to play against anyone else that happens to be online or set up your own group and play against your friends. The quicker you answer the higher you score. If you select the wrong answer you are told which was the correct answer but not you are not shown a method to help you in the future.
Playing against others makes it more fun and makes you concentrate but this game will only help you practice and sharpen your current knowledge. It will not help you to gain new knowledge.
Spherox the Search for Home
I quite like this game. You have to choose from 3 subjects (could be Foundation, Intermediate and Higher Maths or you could mix it up with some English and Science). You then have to drive a little spaceship around a fairly straightforward course within a time limit. You can earn extra time and points by answering questions on your chosen subjects. It’s not exactly Grand Theft Auto but it is amusing.
This is the best learning game but also one of the most boring. I bet you are amazed to learn that it’s a multiple choice bingo game. So why is it the best learning game? Because, before you attempt a question you are taught the technique to answer it (you can skip straight to the question if you want). It’s just a shame that this approach is used in such a lame game. It would be much more effective in an amusing game such as Spherox (see above), especially if you had to learn and answer correctly against a clock in order to complete your mission.
Bitesize Mobile Quizzes
You’ve guessed it!
Multiple choice questions on your mobile. I would not call this a game, it’s just a multiple choice quiz, the only “feature” is that it keeps tabs on your score. Mediocre.
In summary, given all the talent and material that they have available, the BBC offerings are disappointing and unimaginative. I could envisage great, suspenseful role playing games such as Doctor Who (where you would be his assistant and had to learn and use maths skills in so many seconds or minutes in order to save the Universe) or Dr. Watson fighting to save Sherlock from Moriarty.
I’m sure the average 13 — 16 year-old could devise something far more exciting than these distinctly average games.