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Baseball Multiply is a surprisingly entertaining math game that takes a rather simple premise and runs with it. This is definitely a math game but unlike many of the other games in the genre, it actually offers a pretty unique theme and it sticks with it throughout the game. That makes it far more interesting and helps it avoid feeling like a math lesson instead of a game. With that said, it will definitely help you strengthen your multiplication skills because in order to do well in this one, you really need to know your math. It isn't an easy game but it is fun and it is educational making it perfect for anyone looking to improve their multiplication skills without doing tedious math exercises.

The theme of Baseball Multiply is, not surprisingly, baseball. At the beginning of each round, you have the choice of 'single', 'double' and 'home run' equations although you don't see what those equations are until you make your choice. Choosing single will get you an equation made up of single digits - "5 x 4" for example. You then have to locate the correct answer on the grid at the center of the game screen and click on that answer. If you've chosen the correct answer you get a hit. It's the same principal for doubles except for the equations. Instead of getting single digit numbers to multiply, choosing 'double' will give you numbers made up of two digits; "11 X 22" for example. If you choose 'home run', you'll have two numbers made up of three digits each to multiple; "451 X 120" for example. Home runs are great for a real challenge but if you're not really strong in multiplication, you should probably expect a quick end to your game if you only choose the home run questions.

Baseball Multiply uses the a pretty familiar premise for calculating how well you're doing in a game - a premise that isn't terribly uncommon for anyone even slightly familiar with baseball. In this one, one hit will get your player on first base. A second hit will move all players on base over by one and move your new hitter to first. So let's say you've gotten a hit and you've got a man on first. A second hit would move the man on first to second and move your new player to first base giving you a player on first and second bases. If you lose track, you can check the mini-map at the top left of the game screen. A baseball will mark any base that has a player on it. If you have the bases loaded (a player on first, second and third) your next hit will bring one of those players home and you'll score a run. Your runs are shown at the top left of the screen along with your timer, strikes and outs. If you get a question wrong or run out of time to answer, you get a strike. If you get three strikes, you're out. If you get three outs, your game is over. Pretty easy to understand.

The temptation to stick to the easiest questions is pretty hard to resist in Baseball Multiply and that is perhaps the game's only downfall. You aren't penalized for constantly choosing 'singles' although it does take longer to get your runners home so it's pretty hard to push yourself to move to the more difficult double and home run questions. You should definitely do it though. You don't learn nearly as much by playing it safe. Aside from that, you'll get bored of this game very quickly if you don't challenge yourself to improve. There are only so many single digit equations the game can offer you and after a while, you're going to get tired of answering the same questions over and over again. Once you're feeling confident, move on to doubles and stick with it until you really do well. If you get three outs, you can always start over and try to improve your score. It makes the game more interesting and it definitely helps you learn much more quickly.

Overall, Baseball Multiply isn't the kind of math game you're going to play for hours on end, but it is a great way to kill a little time. The fact that you're learning as you're playing is just an added bonus. The premise of the game makes the game much more entertaining and appealing to a wider variety of players. While baseball game fans might find the math takes a bit away from the game, math game fans or those looking for a way to have fun while improving math skills are going to love this one.