Publisher: Dig-It Games
Year Made: 2014
Price: Free (costs $3.99 to unlock all math topics)
Content Areas: Math, Social Studies
Suggested Age Level: Elementary School, Middle School
Play Length: 2-3 hours
Number of Players: Single Player
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Math can be a difficult subject to cross with other subject areas. In Loot Pursuit, Dig-It Games combines math practice with historic facts as players complete problems to rescue artifacts from smugglers. Available on iOS, Loot Pursuit has two entries in its series so far: one set in Pompeii and one in Tulum that allows players to explore ancient civilizations through the artifacts found. For this review, we looked specifically at Loot Pursuit: Pompeii.
One challenge was that sometimes when trying to click and drag numbers, the buttons would pop up on the other side of the screen and would have to be pulled back to their location. It was never an issue that made the game unplayable or frustrating, but it was something to be aware of. The math problems also could have reflected the setting more. Maybe instead of finding the 20% markup on a CD, players could find the same markup for garum (a fish sauce used in ancient Rome) and then learn about what it is or find out for themselves. By incorporating the setting into the problems, it would reinforce what students were learning about exotic locales like Pompeii and Tulum and the cultures that flourished there.
With its emphasis on solving math problems, Loot Pursuit: Pompeii would be good as a practice or review tool in a math class. It doesn’t provide instruction on the topics, but it does give students an opportunity to practice the topics and set their personal difficulty level as they go. In a social studies or Classics setting, the game also offers insight into the culture and history of their locations. It allows for some cross curricular practice with math and opportunities to learn and research further in social studies.
While Loot Pursuit doesn’t contain a lot of instruction in math concepts, it does an excellent job allowing students to practice their skills and learn more about powerful civilizations, whether Mayan or Roman. It will be interesting to see what great civilization Dig-It Games visits next.
Educational Rating: 5/8
(Classroom Tech Friendly, Motivation, Concrete Learning, Additional Skills, Feedback, Difficulty, Accessibility, Extension)
Overall Rating: 5/8
(Immersion, Environment, Storyline, Replayability, Entertainment, Gameplay, Originality, User Control)