reviewed by Paul Bennett


Issue 9

May/Jun 84

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MONKEYMATH is a maths education game in which four monkeys at the bottom of the screen produce a sum to be completed by the child. A chimpanzee is at the top of the screen and a conveyor belt runs underneath him with a series of numbers on it. When the number that the child thinks is correct passes under his fist, the child presses the joystick button and the chimp knocks the number down a chute. If enough questions are answered correctly, the chimp gets bonus bananas to eat at his lunch or tea break.

Options include counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. At the hardest level the questions are not so straightforward requiring you to guess one of the multipliers rather than the answer. This does make the game a challenge for older children as well.

The graphics and noises are lovely and it is great to see my children, aged 5 and 7, arguing over who is going to do their maths next! The only criticism I have is the lack of control over the problems. It would be useful for instance to be able to concentrate on a particular number if your child was learning his or her times tables.