What It Is
The object of Mathable Junior is to get as many points as you can by doing addition and subtraction. To start, place four random number tiles on the four squares in the center of the game board. (It doesn't say that the tiles need to be random in the instructions or if they need to be 1, 2, 3, and 4. After playing a few times, we found that the game is more exciting if you use different numbers.)
Each player then takes five tiles without letting the other players see his or her tiles. Then the rest of the tiles are spread out face down. The first player places a number tile on the game board that is either the sum or the difference of two of the numbers in the center of the game board. You can add or subtract any two adjacent tiles vertically or horizontally but never diagonally. For example, if the center numbers are 6, 5, 7, and 10, you could play an 11 (6+5=11), a 1 (6-5= 1), a 13 (7+6=13), a 1 (7-6=1), a 15 (10+5=15), a 5 (10-5=5), a 17 (10+7=17), or a 3 (10-7=3). You want to play as large a number as possible because the points you score are equal to the number you play. So, if you play a 15, you score 15 points. You can play as many tiles as it is possible for you to play on one turn. When your turn is over, pick up more tiles so that you have five in your hand again.
If you want to play a tile on a + space, you must use addition. If you want to play a tile on a - space, you must use subtraction. If you play a tile on a 2X space, your points double.
When there are no more tiles left or when no player can place a tile, the game is over. The player with the most points wins.
The game comes with five tiles of each number 1-10 and one tile of each number 11-20. Instructions, a double-sided game board, and four tile racks are also included. The game is for two to four players.
Is It Fun?
Mathable Junior is designed to be a fun way for kids to practice addition and subtraction. However, figuring out how to play the game might take some time so that could be frustrating for younger kids. We spent a lot of time reading through the instructions before we really understood how to play. Take your time as you figure out how to play, and you might want to play a practice round to make sure that everyone understands the game.
Who It’s For
Mathable Junior is for ages 5 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
It is difficult to tell the difference between a 6 and a 9 in this game. Normally, a 6 has a line underneath it, but in this game, there is nothing to differentiate the numbers.
We found the cardboard number tiles to be not the best quality.
There is also a second way to play Mathable Junior by using the back side of the game board.