Before I started TorontoGameDevs I was aiming to be a teacher, specifically a math teacher. I tutored all through university, while completing a bachelor's and master’s degree in math, and was set on teaching either at the high school or college level. Life took me on a different path, but I've always had a love for mathematics and education.
That's why I was excited to give Prodigy Game a try, which aims to wrap learning math around a turn-based RPG involving wizards and saving the world. Prodigy currently has 20 million users, including students, teachers and parents, and it provides over 1200 crucial math skills to its players. It also follows the grades 1-8 curriculum so kids stay on track with their skills, and are ready for standardized testing.
In the game, you take turns attacking monsters with spells, which require you to solve math questions across various grades and topics, in order to successfully cast. If you answer incorrectly, the game teaches you the concept and has you try again.
Prodigy Game works on the concepts of grade school math, and provides solid hints to help on some of the more troubling questions. There are achievements for answering questions correctly in a row, and each battle presents a different math concept. The battling system is simple enough to move everything along, since at the end of the day the idea is to get students to the next questions. A story on saving the land keeps the player moving forward, defeating enemies and solving math problems.
The game is free to play, and anyone can sign up, including students, teachers and parents. Similar to mobile games there is a premium membership, which gets you access to more experience points, items and gold - however the educational content is the same as a free membership. There are also toys that you can purchase, which give you in-game bonuses, similar to Nintendo's amiibos.
If you have a child in grade school who could use a little extra help in math I'd recommend checking out Prodigy, which you can sign up for right here. Teachers can sign up for their students, while Parents can sign up for a free account to keep track of their kids’ progress.
It’s exciting to see Canadian start-ups impacting math education in Toronto and Prodigy Game is currently looking for some top talent to continue to build their team. They’re looking to fill nearly 100 jobs in the next year, so make sure to check out their list of available jobs here.
This post was sponsored by Prodigy in a partnership with Stephen Crane to provide you the most up to date facts, helping you make better informed decisions. All opinions in this article are my own.