Bears vs. Art developer Halfbrick and Krome Studios have announced the release of Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master, Halfbrick’s first app in the educational space. Aimed at children aged 5 to 7, the app is meant to be a companion to the classroom educational experience, helping players with Grade 1 math skills via mini games and collectible stickers.
The game’s storyline sees users finding the Lost Tablets of Fruitasia and rescuing Truffles the Pig, with content focused on six key areas: addition, subtraction, multiplication, numbers, sequences and shapes.
Since the game is set in the Fruit Ninja universe, gamers will swipe to slice fruit and meet specific challenge goals. For instance, one challenge may ask players to swipe on bananas to solve addition equations, while another sees users feeding elephants by solving multiplication problems and swiping on the resulting fruit from each equation.
The app tracks each player’s overall advancement, encouraging teachers and parents to track their development over time. These progress charts also offer tests for each topic.
In a statement, Shainiel Deo, CEO of Halfbrick, commented on the app:
Striking the perfect balance between fun and education was incredibly important. With this release, it’s our belief that even the most reluctant students will feel engaged and supported from beginning to end.
Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master is available to download for $4.99 on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The game is categorized as a “Halfbrick Child-Safe” app, meaning it contains no advertising or in-app promotions, requires no online account or social media login to play and contains no analytics or data gathering functionality.