February's Program: Math Bash


From its opening text, Math Bash is clearly an educational program. Its primary goal is to help students practice their math skills…

Math Bash, 1984From its opening text, Math Bash is clearly an educational program. Its primary goal is to help students practice their math skills. At its core though it is still a game. Aliens are landing and you have to stop them. The key mechanic is solving various math problems correctly or the alien will reach the earth and end the game. There is a score and can thereby be competitive, but Math Bash doesn’t force a timer on you. There is no rush. The program ramps up the pressure by increasing the difficulty of the math problems. In this way, the program accomplishes its goal, perhaps too well as will discuss later. Now whether the game is fun is debatable.

You can read more of this article or head on over to my ZX81 site to catch up on past programs of the month.



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