GoSum is a simple, yet challenging math-based game. 2 to 4 players can enter numeric equations on a Scrabble-like grid. The gameplay and scoring is also similar but you use numbers and symbols instead of letters. Due to the nature of the small tiles, my daughter and I played the app on the iPad.
Each player gets six numbers and two symbols. Using these, you must place a full equation either horizontally or vertically. Double digits are allowed. The learning curve is quick but I would suggest reading the included instructions first. My daughter doesn’t like math but it was pretty funny to see her anxious to play, sometimes even trying to take over my turn. Equations do not have to be complicated or extensive to score well, evening the playing field for those of varying levels. I even found the game challenging as you are limited by the tiles you have and the open playing area quickly decreases. Yes, my daughter won the first game.
Both the iPhone and iPad versions are available for free. However, the ads come up every turn and you have to wait a few seconds before closing the pop-ups (very irritating). If you find that you like the app, the standard version is only 99¢ and the HD iPad Version is $2.99. Seeing my daughter enjoy math and not realizing she’s doing mental calculations faster? Priceless.
I was compensated to download and try this app to provide my 100% honest opinion.