Posted: March 25
Plot of the Counting Kingdom: You are a little boy tasked with saving the kingdom from monsters using magic spells (increasingly complex addition problems). At the end, you are rewarded with a giant cake, which you share with the monsters, because you are a sweet boy, although in such case I hope you have not actually been murdering the monsters with your math acumen.
Gameplay wise, Counting Kingdom is a turn-based tower defense game. Each monster has a number. You have various “spells” at your disposal, small-to-large numbers that you must add up the monsters to equal. A handful of potions allow you to tweak monster numbers or “cheat” by exploding or freezing a line of combatants. And since spell numbers don’t always match monster numbers, if you can’t apply the right “spells” right off, the monster horde increases next turn, and so forth.
I don’t think the game will ever pose a significant challenge to an adult of average math skills, but the sums, and the hordes, still get large enough to require thinking and strategy. And it’s a great help for kids transitioning to big-number addition (look! a big number is just smaller numbers added together. You don’t have to add all the numbers on screen up at once. You can make 10 out of these numbers, and 11 out of these numbers, and bam! 21!).
Anyhoo. The Counting Kingdom is an appealingly designed, easy to learn, trickier to master math game.