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## Two Math Games..Playable by One For Fun

Two years ago I recommended a Math-like game, Bloxorz, ...and several people wrote to me about the amount of "fun time" they had playing it. So, lets try it again, this time a double dose.

This time, both games focus on practicing specific math skills. But, as both involve a time factor, I quickly found my competitive spirit rise...and rise!

The first game is Number Cop. The initial version focuses on your ability to "quickly" determine multiples of a number (no real time to actually do computations), but includes options for recognizing fractions in their lowest terms, primes, perfect squares, and rational numbers. I suggest you read the rules and start at the Normal level (easiest of three levels). And, in case you are wondering, I will not share my score...especially for the most difficult level!

The second game is Factor-tris, which is an interesting blend between finding factors of a number and the popular game of Tetris (which I enjoyed until I told myself "no More!"). The nice thing (once you have figured out the game) is that you control the objects (all rectangles) being dropped down, which you can then rotate, shift, etc. Thus, given the number 24, you have lots of choices for rectangles: 1x24, 2x12, 3x8, or 4x6...with each choice being a rectangle useable in a different way. Even though I admit to knowing my factors quite well, I found this game fun...and would play it again!

Both games are from HotMath.com. You may have heard about the parent company, HotMath Inc. By "definition," the people involved are "math teachers and professors who believe that immediate help with assigned homework improves math learning. We know that math is a gateway subject for success in school and careers. Our mission is to help every student succeed in math." Plus, with these two games, their mission is to fill my time with some fun (and rewarding) game-playing involving mathematics.