Prime Landing - as the name of this math game suggests, this one involves a space craft about to land and its safety has A LOT to do with your knowledge of prime and composite numbers. For those of you who have forgotten the basics and need a quick refresher, a prime number is a number that can only be divided by one or itself... AND it as to be greater than one. An example of a prime number is 7. This number can only be divided by itself - 7 - and 1. Another example is the number 11, 13, 17, and the list goes on and on.
If the number is NOT a prime, it is called a composite number. These numbers can be divided evenly by 1, itself, and other numbers. For example, number 6 can be divided EVENLY by 1, 2, 3, and 6, making it a composite number.
Now, you may be thinking: what, on earth, does it have to do with the game? How does my knowledge of prime and composite numbers get a space craft to safety? Well, maybe not in real life, BUT in Primary Landing that's all that matters. In the game, you are given 3 ships to safely land. Along with that, you will be given a number and you have to check if it's a prime number or otherwise. If it is, click the Y button on the lower right part of the screen. If NOT, then click the N button.
By the way, these spacecrafts are drifting down automatically and they are off target. You have to adjust their position and you can only do that by answering correctly, and you have to do it fast. Give the wrong answer and it will drift further down and away from the correct landing position. Fail to get that spacecraft to safety and you will lose it for good... leaving you with one less spacecraft to save. If you can't take the pressure, don't worry. You can always click on the Abort Mission button, but that takes you back to square one.
This math game - Prime Landing, is an excellent training or exercise tool to hone your child's different mental math skills. It trains your child to quickly find the factors of the given number, and this problem can be 'attacked' in many ways. One could try to divide the given number with any number to see if it can be divided evenly. On the other hand, one can try a harder method, which is to multiply 2 random numbers and see if the product is the given number. HOWEVER, the most efficient and easiest of all is to make sure you know the multiplication table like the back of your hand. If your number appears on the multiplication table only once, then it's a prime number!
While the game doesn't have a timer, it is timed by the consistent downward flight of the space craft... making sure you or your child doesn't hang about.
This math game is simple enough for a youngster to understand - the game play, the control scheme, the idea, and everything else in between. Prime Landing is a game your child will surely have fun with.