We loved writing this MathLand Nintendo Switch Review. Playing this educational adventure game was great fun. It’s aimed at the younger crowd but I (a 30 year old man) got a lot of enjoyment and a bit of a challenge out of this game.
Before we start, there is a free download version available on iOS and Android. But, as with all things ‘free’ it’s hidden behind buying of in-game content using real money.
MathLand for Nintendo Switch though is dirt cheap and for a really low price, you can have the complete game on your Switch. A game that has lots of content and will keep it’s core audience busy for hours at a time
The game isn’t just revolved around simple mathematical puzzles and equations. This is an adventure game too! An adventure game that offers players the chance to game whilst improving their maths skills and not even realising it.
With that in mind, read on below to check out my full thoughts on MathLand.
MathLand Nintendo Switch Review – First Impressions
MathLand is an isometric mathematical adventure game for kids and adults alike. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the viewpoint you get when playing Habbo Hotel! – I played this extensively back in the day.
Released on 24th February 2020 and developed by indie developer Artax Games MathLand has you fighting against evil pirate Max. Fight him to return the lost gems.
My first impressions of MathLand where that for an indie game it feels refined, very professional and really well executed.
As you may have guessed already, this game is all about Maths. And in order to beat the dastardly nemesis you must complete the maths challenges. They start off quite simple and increase in difficulty as you go through the game.
Features & Gameplay
With over 25 levels to negotiate MathLand is a real adventure. You’ll face all kinds of obstacles that you must overcome in order to get to the chest that holds the gemstone you so desperately need to retrieve.
Those 25 levels are contained in 5 different worlds. Those islands are:
- Isle of the Pirate
- Selvatic Island
- Mystery Marsh
- Furious Volcano
- Remote Ruins.
The obstacles are fun and sometimes, quite surprisingly tough. There’s quicksand, bewitched parrots and volcanoes with lava plus a whole host of puzzle games.
The puzzles give your brain a real workout and really do get you thinking. I did get bored of it a little quickly though, but I feel the games core audience will be entertained for hours, if their parents allow it!
All of those elements though, are very child-friendly. The game gives you peace of mind that it is free from aggressive advertising banner popups that obstruct the game, or, could be inappropriate for children.
The whole game is colourful, bright and the graphics, character and level design are all very well designed.
It has a level of gameplay that is not just educational but fun too. The control scheme is easy, with only movement of your character, a jump button and an action button to contend with.
MathLand makes use of the touch-screen, although I didn’t really use it and probably doesn’t need it but we all know kids love to leave grubby fingerprints all over their screens!
The games music is somewhat repetitive but I only played the game for short intervals so I don’t think it’ll really be an issue.
Artwork is something that Artax games have nailed. It looks really good. I didn’t come across any screen tearing or GPU issues whilst playing the game. The colours are vibrant but not too bright.
|Controller:||Nintendo Switch Pro Controller|
|Languages:||German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese|
Another fantastic educational game is FUZE4 Nintendo Switch, we checked that out too. It’s the perfect games for kids who want to learn how to code.
MathLand Nintendo Switch Review – Any Complaints?
A couple. But they are really minor. It’s only in the interest of being open and honest that I’ll cover them.
Firstly, when you need to jump over something, the jump feels far to overpowered. I couldn’t seem to judge where I’d end up. It took me ages to get used to it.
And Secondly, the boat controls felt a little restricted. You aren’t in it long but it just felt like the boat controls could be improved a little. The boundaries are slightly too small I thought, it’d be good if you crashed the boat to take a bit of damage. It’d help develop hand eye coordination even more.
Again, a very small criticism and probably doesn’t matter but I wanted to cover off my opinions.
MathLand Nintendo Switch Review – Gameplay Video
I captured this clip of the gameplay on the switch. This is one of the challenges, get 6 questions right and you’ll unlock a key to find a gemstone.
The idea of completing a challenge to unlock a key isn’t new. But the idea of completing maths puzzles to unlock one certainly is!
The games educational content has been broken down into three distinct categories, here’s what your children will learn. Starting at the very basics and moving onto advanced topics such as multiplications and developing their mental arithmetic skills
For children aged 5-6:
- Learning to add and subtract with very small numbers and amounts
- Sorting numbers from higher to lower (1 to 10) and vice versa
- Reinforcing mental arithmetic with already learned additions and subtractions.
For children aged 7-8:
Learning to add and subtract with larger numbers and amounts (1 to 20).
- Getting started on learning multiplication tables.
- Sorting numbers from higher to lower
- Developing mental arithmetic with educational games based on addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables.
For children aged 9+ and adults:
- More complex additions and subtractions
- Reinforcing the learning of all multiplication tables.
- Developing advanced mental arithmetic.
Summary And Verdict
Overall, MathLand is a brilliant game and a refined example of how gaming for young children should be done. With an emphasis on learning and adventure MathLand is really good.
It’s a solid educational game that’s great fun too. Not just for kids!
If the developers release regular updates and can come up with new puzzles and challenges I recon the score I’ve given it could hit a solid 8 or 9 out of 10.
Review code provided by Artax Games in exchange for a fair and honest review of MathLand
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