This free online math game proves you can boost your brain power and have fun at the same time.
This game tests your skills at mental math. Solve multiplication and division facts to stop aliens from destroying your city!
To start playing, click the Play Game link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
This game resembles the classic Missile Command arcade game which has a similar setup.
Multiply Aliens Attack trains problem solving ability, a brain skill that can be strengthened by playing brain games. If you like this game, you might also enjoy the other free multiplication games on this site.
HOW TO PLAY. Shoot the alien ships with your ground-based laser before they drop bombs on your buildings. The laser aims itself.
All you have to do is answer the math problem shown on the alien ship. A correct answer fires your laser at the alien.
Your goal is to defend the city located along the bottom of the screen from the alien invasion. The laser cannon, your only weapon, is positioned at the center of the city.
To begin the game, first choose the difficulty setting - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Impossible. After a brief Ready? message, alien ships descend from the sky.
To defend your city from alien bombs, type your answers to the multiplication and division facts displayed on the side of the falling alien ships. Enter your answers using either the number keys or the numeric keypad on your keyboard.
Multiplication facts are indicated by an asterisk (*). Division facts are indicated by a forward slash (/).
For example, if the expression 2*7 appears on the alien ship, then you need to type "14" on your keyboard since 2 x 7 =14. For division facts, if 18/3 appears on the ship, type "6" since 18 [div symbol] 3 = 6.
Typing a correct answer fires a laser blast at the alien ship and destroys it. A red X flashes on-screen if you type an incorrect answer.
It's okay if your buildings take a few hits. You'll progress to the next level as long as part of one or more buildings is standing. The good news is the city is rebuilt for each level.
If you've got a lot of experience with mental math, you'll probably find the Beginner setting of this free online math game too easy. Try it out if you want, but I quickly decided Intermediate and Advanced were more my speed. The Impossible level really is impossible unless you're a mental math guru.
Each level has 20 alien ships. The number of aliens remaining displays in the upper right corner. The level number appears in the upper left. Your score for the game appears in the lower left.
Multiply Aliens Attack keeps track of your errors as well. You'll see a total for math errors on the stats window that appears between each level.
This free online math game ends when your city is destroyed. At that point, your total score displays. You can click the New Game button to play again if you wish.
The traditional methods of learning multiplication and division facts are not really fun or exciting. For instance, multiplication flash cards are a good way to learn math facts, but they get repetitive after awhile.
And studying a 12 x 12 multiplication chart, though you may need to do it, is just plain boring.
So why not mix things up by playing a free online math game every once in a while?
By injecting the pressure of time, this Alien Attack game forces you to not only recall the multiplication and division facts, but to do it quickly. This is a great way to reinforce memory of the information.
That's why I'd recommend this game and other free online multiplication games for all school children or adult learners who may be struggling with basic math facts. When you make learning a game, it's a lot easier to find the motivation to practice.
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