Game number two on my series of instructional games is Mathlock. Growing up I loved watching the Matlock T.V. show. The main character inspired the plot of this mobile game intended to help children learn how to solve word problems.
Mathlock: As Mathlock you play a lawyer with a heart of gold, a love of math problems, and a hunger for hotdogs. As a successful lawyer with a history of solving cases using math there are many cases for you to take. You'll have to be careful though because one wrong answer could send them to jail!
Clients: Your clients need the services of a math wiz such as yourself to prove their innocence. There is no shortage of clients and the difficulty of their cases will increase over time. The tougher the case, the tastier the hotdog, so you'll have to bring your "A" game if you want chili with your hotdog or other tasty condiments.
Prosecutors: Winning your cases won't be easy. The prosecutors you face have done their homework and will challenge you with both correct and incorrect statements in order to win. Object or agree to their statements in order to keep the facts straight and win your case.
Judge: The judge will provide a final sentencing at the end of each case. If you have answered correctly then your client will go free and treat you to a hotdog. Otherwise your client will be sent to jail for their crimes.
While the game loads you will see Mathlock attempting to order a hotdog from a street vendor. Before his order is finished he will be called into court by the judge. There's no time to eat now, his client is waiting.
When the game begins the judge will provide a hands on tutorial of how to play the game.
When the actual game play begins you will be given a certain amount of time to object or abstain to the prosecutors claims. You must correctly answer all of the questions before the time runs out. Failure to do so will cause you to lose the case.
At the end of each case the judge will review your work and either let your client free or send them to jail. If your client goes free they will treat you to the hotdog that you missed out on prior to the case.
Players will be able to pick the type of questions they want to practice, e.g. fractions, addition, multiplication, etc... to help them practice a chosen subject area.
A leader board can show how many hotdogs and the types a player has achieved and compare it with their friends and classmates.
Next on my list is a game to help people learn a new language using popular music.
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