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NumberMaze Challenge is an enhanced version of NumberMaze, a program we reviewed -- and liked -- two years ago. This newer version preserves the essential concepts and methodology of its predecessor. Users move through a series of mazes by solving math facts equations and math word problems. Maze navigation utilizes a combination of 3-D graphics, and overhead map views.
NumberMaze Challenge offers 50 learning levels for each of the seven grades covered, over 350 in all. Users can progress from start to finish -- a very long task -- or can preselect the grade and subject material. Correct answers produce instantaneous positive feedback via an audio ding, and the removal of a maze obstacle. Incorrect answers produce prompts for change, followed by the offer of a hint if the error is repeated. The program is sophisticated enough that if it determines that a student is having difficulty with a specific problem level, it will offer the user a chance to either decrease the difficulty level, or start over.
The program captures user statistics in a printable report, and produces certificates of achievement for each section successfully completed.
The program does an impressive job of tracking individual student's progress, and would be an excellent choice for in-school as well as at-home use.
PC: Windows 3.1; Win95, 486 or faster cpu, 2 MB hard drive space, 8 MB RAM, 256 color display, 2X or faster CD-ROM, Windows compatible sound devicereturn to top of page
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