Mystery Math Town Education App Review (iOS, $2.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Artgig, LLC

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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
15 Ratings
All Versions:
70 Ratings


Use your math skills to rescue the fireflies in Mystery Math Town for ages 6-12 and up.

- Apple New and Noteworthy Selection
- Featured in Cool Mom Tech's 10 Best Kids Apps of 2013


It's part math drills, part seek and find game and totally engaging. Kids ages five and up should find this both fun and challenging. Parents should rejoice that finally there is a way to get kids to want to do more math. - Smart Apps for Kids

The teacher in me loves the reverse math aspect of the game. By giving the answer, players can use any combination of numbers from the drawer to solve the problem. - Fun Educational Apps


Your mission: Help a friendly and curious little ghost rescue the fireflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Town. Players use math skills to unlock rooms and passages on their enchanting journey. Along the way, you can also earn talking portraits of the townspeople for your Gallery. Every picture has a story to tell and the colorful cast of characters in this town have plenty to say.

• Math practice integrated with a rich, immersive game experience
• Multiple user accounts - create your own avatar
• Customizable math skills for each player:
- Addition
- Subtraction
- Multiplication
- Varied Number Representations (dice and tallies)
• Players develop math thought by building equations, not just tapping answers
• Bonus challenges for extended gameplay
• Unique rewards reveal characters and backstory
• Requires strategy and critical thinking



Designed to support classroom learning, Mystery Math Town provides a unique and engaging way to practice a range of elementary math concepts for kids ages 6-12 and up.

Each player can customize various math skills to suit their age and ability.

Addition: 0 through 10, 11 through 20, 21 through 50
Subtraction: 0 through 10, 11 through 20, 21 through 50
Multiplication: x1, x2, x5, x10 and/or x1 through x10

Players can also select Varied Number Representations to include dice and tally marks for the above concepts.



Add as many custom profiles as you like. Individual game settings and progress are saved in each player profile. Create different profiles, each tailored for specific skills practice. And the The player avatar creator is so much fun, it’s like its own game.



The game designers at Artgig Apps come from a background of educational software development and we put lots of TLC into every detail of each app we create to ensure a fun and engaging learning experience. We include kids, parents and teachers in our app development and testing to make sure our apps are exceptional tools that kids want to use again and again.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback.

Thanks for trying Mystery Math Town!


Mystery Math Town is also available for iPhone

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Customer Reviews

  • Meaningful Practice in Motivating Game

    by cpsapps

    I prefer this program over others that work on facts because users need to compose factors (or addends if adding) rather than drill and kill their math facts. This is better for those working on strategy than those looking for fact fluency as it is not a fast paced game.

  • Highly Recommend!

    by MamaCLWD

    This app is excellent. Graphics are fantastic, kids are totally entertained, and they solve small math problems (most of which actually require a bit of thinking) without batting an eyelash. I'm using it for my 6-year-old 1st grader and it's just right for her. The basic level is fairly easy, but the other levels get a bit more challenging. Well worth the money!!

  • Makes math fun!

    by Go 'Dores

    Really fun app that is also educational too! Very easily to adapt to user of all levels.

  • My kids love this game!

    by Dawn Aubrey

    Math practice and an adventure - it is a hit at our house!

  • Kids Forget To Hate Math

    by Omagurl

    This app has been the BEST so far for my 3rd and 5th graders to hone their mental math skills. It's a really fun game that's engaging for all levels. I love that I can control what kinds of problems they're getting. They're so motivated to get through each door, they forget to hate the math problems they have to do to get there. Worth the money!!

  • Absolutely love this fun math app!

    by VLMaples

    If you are looking for a unique and engaging math app, you’ve come to the right place. More fun than rote learning, with unique characters and graphics, kids are drawn in to the mystery and adventure by solving math problems. Highly recommend!

  • WOW

    by Heureusemaman

    This app is perfect for learning. My child, 4, loves it and has learned to do math while having so much fun. Really, really wonderful. He likes to choose the doors, gets very excited about finding the fireflies, and simply adores the talking portraits (his favorite part). I'm thrilled to have found an app that motivates him to learn math. Love the skills level choice! Would suggest updates that grow with the kid's skills level. New portraits, new interactive things, surprises. I would pay a little more each time.

  • Best math game for my six year old boy

    by LeoDog2004

    I've tried plenty of math apps and this one is the most engaging for him. It's a great game.

  • Quirky and fun

    by jxdad

    A favorite when the niece and nephew are over. Even my toddler gets a kick out of the talking portraits.

  • Love it.. Love it.. Love it.. !

    by NicoD10

    This is a fantastic app. My daughter loves to play to find the fireflies and coins.. and practices math by herself.. :)

  • More things to do!!!

    by Toby Dickhut

    The game should have something to do after you finish with the fireflies. And you make an avatar and it doesn't show up in the game.and how do you collect the picture fames it doesn't tell you I tap on them but I doesn't show up in the gallery. But the picture frames are funny.

  • Great Math App!

    by MAS551

    My 9yr old enjoyed the game, I couldn't get him off!!!

  • Making Math Fun

    by JackieBryla

    Mystery Math Town is a great way to engage kids to practice their addition, subtraction and multiplication skills. The game is enjoyable with great graphics and ability to customize addition/subtraction/multiplication facts to meet the needs of the user. Settings allow for multiple players and the user is sure to have fun customizing their avatar! ACTbyJackieBryla

  • The best math app!

    by MomIAm42

    An original and beautiful way to lean math and have kids practice what they are learning in school. Really high quality game that worth download!! Math looks fun when you have this app!

  • I'm in LOVE with Mystery Math Town!

    by LSAppleby

    Mystery Math Town offers various customizations for addition, subtraction, and multiplication which may be practiced separately or simultaneously. Students may practice numerous skill levels within each category as well. And the game which has been created to practice these skills is quite fantastic. By properly forming number sentences and correctly identifying fact families, children are able to open doors, climb ladders, or unlock windows to collect fireflies and earn coins which will reveal a mystery story. There are no timers, which eliminates the possibility of high frustrations due to time constraints. This means children can move at a comfortable pace, learning and absorbing basic math facts at a natural momentum with better absorption leading to a more complete learning experience of the skills being utilized. And regardless of the child's age, all learners will find successful enjoyment of use because it was not designed solely towards the standard early-age emerging learners. The app is an absolute dream because kiddos WANT to use it... especially my kiddos! And nothing could be more beautiful in my eyes:-) Parents and teachers alike will find it excellent for neuro-typical learners, a-typical learners, and/or learners who may be struggling due to LDs and/or slow processing issues. I love it so much, I've deleted all other similar apps from my iPad because not only do I feel confident this one will do exactly what I wish, I know this is the only one my children will use regularly without argument. Well done!!!

  • Need

    by at home

    Harder levels

  • Great math app

    by Mom836453

    My kinder and 2nd graders love this app!

  • Excellent for Special Needs Kids Too!

    by adtrotter

    As a homeschooling mom to a son with autism, I am always searching for apps that have a balance between being fun and educational. I need something that will challenge him without frustrating him when he makes mistakes or gets confused by an overly complicated design. Mystery Math Town has that magic balance of visual, auditory and intellectual stimulation that keeps him engaged and learning for longer than most other math apps so far!

  • More please

    by Meemki

    My son loves this game! Please add more houses!

  • Fun math app

    by pjrox

    Very nice interface, reinforces math skills, great for second or third graders

  • glitchy

    by 431greene

    we were on level 4 and got to a point where the math problem was insolvable using the numbers given (?x? = 30). i had to shut the game down and picked it back up tonight while my son was asleep to see if maybe i was missing something, but i wasn't. so i gave up and used one of the life preserver hints to finally finish up that level. i was going to take a screenshot and send it to the gaming company, but didn't bother.

  • Hard math app

    by SHudspeth

    I downloaded this app for my son and at first he liked it but it quickly became to hard. I wasted my money but I hope you don't.

  • Love it :)

    by elizabethvalencia7

    Worth your money. A mother of a 7 year old in special education.

  • Best Math App EVER!!!

    by has623

    I am a 3rd grade teacher who has bought an iPad myself for my classroom. I pay for apps out of my own pocket. This is absolutely the best, most engaging, and fun math app I have ever purchased! (I am going to be late to a meeting because I couldn't stop playing it by myself!) Thanks!!!

  • great game

    by Wordzsmitty

    I would not believe that I would love a math game but I love this game!

  • Mystery Math Town is my kind of town!

    by CitizenDee

    Just bought this app for my niece who loves Reading, Math not so much. From the minute she began playing, she couldn't stop. The real mystery about this game is that she was actually learning basic algebra skills by using logical reasoning to solve math problems; all the while rescuing fireflies and unlocking rooms. Mystery Math Town is a great Educational app which not only helps children strengthen basic math skills but also allows them to focus on character development. She loved creating her own Avatar and also learning the story of each gallery portrait, Mystery Math Town is my kind of town.

  • Engaging!

    by Sarnich

    This is a super fun app! My 1st grader said this is her new favorite "game". Initially easy, it gets a little harder and requires math strategy. She had to keep a little scratch pad for adding and subtracting larger numbers to see which combo would work. If allowed, the child could use guesses as it doesn't penalize for wrong answers, but I would not let her do that and made her work out the problems for herself if she was stuck. The graphics and animation are super fun and funny too. Hunting through the rooms is a challenge in and of itself. The ghosts are lighthearted, not scary at all. Also like that you can have multiple "players" and it keeps track of your progress. My 1st grader was motivated by this app and excited to continue play! A great buy.

  • A Great Math Adventure

    by Icbatron

    I teach first grade and I love this app. It makes math fun and keeps the students attention. It's well worth the money and it covers addition subtraction and multiplication. Awesome

  • Add Another Win!!

    by The iPad Dad

    Our five year old latched onto the artwork of the icon and launched right into this intuitive app. After some initial play we did need to adjust the settings from global math down to his appropriate kindergarten level as the multiplication and large numbers are above his scope yet if artgig continues making these great games are little one's skills will be stellar in no time!!! Great entertainment/education mix!!!

  • fantastic app.

    by 101coach

    Purchased this app today and let my 2 boys at it, and watched them for about 20 minutes. wow, they were riveted. they would fight over who get a turn to do the next level. What is nice about the app is a blend of game and math. I could see they were so engrossed to get through doors/flight of stairs and do mental math to solve, that they were forgetting to even release the fireflies. Seriously, this app is sure to sharpen the skill of kids who have figured out basic counting and develop on top of it. Good work guys.


    by Famiglia45

    I don't usually write reviews unless I think it is worth it. I have tried other math games and my children seem to get bored quickly. this is brilliant and engaging. Finally a math game that is both educational and fun! My kids can't put it down and we all enjoy it as a family. We are hooked. The graphics are sharp and characters are fun!!!! If you want your kids to practice their math skills this is the app for that! I would give this app 10 stars.

  • The Most Engaging Math App Ever!

    by mom2alexthegr8

    My son was intrigued by this app from the minute he picked it up! From the "Mystery" theme, and the manner in which you are guided through the app by a friendly ghost, who helps you on your quest to free all of the fireflies by solving math problems, this app is a winner! With eye-catching graphics, the ability to customize which math problems your child encounters, from different levels of addition, subtraction, and multiplication, as well as the inclusion of dominoes and tally marks, the app is extremely customizable as well as very entertaining! I highly recommend it!

  • Well done!

    by Jenny+Mary

    This app is great to help kids practice basic math they are learning in school. We love the fun avatar creator too!

  • My 7-year-old loves this game!

    by F.Lobo

    Great game. High quality, funny characters & not too childish (which is a turn off for him). He laughs out loud while practicing math. Well done!

  • Nice concept

    by dandag

    Great idea and graphics are great. Looking forward to having my little guy use math to play a game for a change.

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