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Math Builder - Arithmetic Board Game

Lower Age: 8+
Year Added: 2019

Math Builder is a 2-5 player mathematics board game by  Logic Roots for children ages 8 and up. The game focuses on mathematical skills, logic, and strategic thinking. Each match progresses similarly to the classic board game Scrabble, but instead of aligning various words into a crossword, players are required to form simple math equations to create paths across the game board! This game comes with its game board, a rulebook, one bag of equal-to tiles, and one bag with number and operator tiles. 

    The premise of the game is for a player to create a “road” of equations to connect two corners of the game board. To start, the players draw 9 tiles each, and one player starts the game by creating an equation with some or all of these tiles. The following players continue the game by creating another equation using 1 or more tiles that are already on the board and any from their hand. To make any equation, players need to draw an equal sign tile from the bag or use one that is already on the board. Players also have the opportunity to either skip their turn, or exchange their current 9 tiles for a new set of tiles from the bag. 

    The rulebook suggests some modifications based on the environment and players of the game. For example, the game can be played only with the addition and subtraction tiles with younger children who have not yet learned multiplication and division. The intent of the game is to keep players motivated and thinking creatively to keep coming up with new equations.

    Math Builder presents players with ample opportunity to practice logical thinking and spatial reasoning. A child will also practice mathematical skills like addition, order of operations, multiplication, and the basic properties of real numbers. The game itself can feel a little short, but Logic Roots maintains a website that offers many possible rule modifications to extend the play experience. All in all, the game presents itself primarily as a resource for learning and practicing simple math operations, but the competitive aspects make the game entertaining in its own right.