TribbsHD for iPad - The Cure for Summer Break Brain-Mush

in Education (E)

[] East Norwich, New York - Just in time for summer vacation, Bored Kid Studios, a one-man development studio in New York created by an elementary school teacher, has released its newest title: TribbsHD. TribbsHD 1.0 is available exclusively for the iPad, and it is newly available in the Apple App Store.

Billed as a way to combat the "brain mushing" that happens to students over summer break, TribbsHD is a cross between a math arcade game and a number puzzle. Players are presented with a randomized game grid of 64 single-digit numbers as well as a Target Number. Players must find three connected numbers that they can use to "make" the target number. The game automatically chooses the correct mathematical operators. When a number is chosen, all of the ineligible digits (IE, ones not touching the chosen number) satisfyingly fall off the screen. If the player picks three numbers that cannot be made to equal the Target Number, a life is lost. Additionally, if the timer expires, a life is lost, although guesses can still be submitted. Players will earn higher scores the quicker and more accurately they answer.

Although the premise of the game may seem complicated in prose, it is quite simple in play. For example, by tapping on 4, 1, and 5 you could make 10 (4 1 5), 15 ([4-1]x5), 25 ([4 1]x5), etc.

As many teachers and parents understand, there is a certain loss of academic agility that occurs as children enjoy their summer vacations. As the founder of Bored Kid Studios (himself a 5th grade teacher) notes, this "brain-mushing" can be ameliorated in many ways. Playing thoughtful games is one way to help youngsters stay sharp during the summer months. Especially for late-elementary and middle school students, so much of their math curriculum is based on basic number facts: the speed and accuracy with which they can manipulate single-digit numbers. Think back to those early years and image how daunting a topic like fractions, with all its common denominators and reducing, would be if you weren't grounded in your multiplication facts. A fun, number-based game like TribbsHD may be just what the doctor ordered.

Selected Features:
* Choose to focus on any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
* Bold design and engaging gameplay help make playing fun
* Adjust the difficulty to customize your experience
* Random game mechanics ensure no two sessions are identical
* Share your scores and brag to your friends with GameCenter and OpenFeint integration

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 9.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
TribbsHD 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

Bored Kid Studios is a one-man shop, with all games conceived, designed, and coded by Evan Fuchs. Evan is a 5th grade teacher of English, math, and history at a prestigious New York independent school. With the exception of SpacePenguin, all of Evan's games have some sort of educational aspect. Pico Firme Bago reinforces logical thinking, Schmutz boosts kids' spatial awareness and problem solving, and TribbsHD is a mathematical challenge. Evan happily uses the CoronaSDK to produce many of his games. Copyright (C) 2011 Bored Kid Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.