Timez Attack Review! The best and FREE multiplication game ever!

January 19, 2009

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Timez Attack

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We found an awesome game called Timez Attack that does wonders for practicing the 2 through 12 multiplication facts.  Here’s a review of the pros, cons, and our own family’s experiences.  (my kids loved the free version of Timez Attack enough to fork over their own money for the upgrade.)

There aren’t many things more boring than doing times table flash cards over and over.  The designers of Timez Attack wanted to make math practice more fun, so they designed a real video game with a great environment, graphics, and monsters you defeat by knowing your multiplication facts.

And as their service to kids everywhere, the full functioning base version of the game can be downloaded for free.  If you want to upgrade to the full version, you get extra graphics and worlds to practice your facts.

Free Version Pros and Cons:

  • Pro:  It’s FREE!
  • Pro:  The math is complete = ALL the math facts from 2 to 12.
  • ProShows the concept of multiplication lots of different ways:  a matching number of creatures appear when the fact is presented, a matching number of dice-like dots appear on the door, and the multiplicands appear on the belly of the monster.
  • Pro:  There is ‘exciting’ time pressure to get the answer right.  The monster will ‘bonk’ you if you take too long.
  • Pro:  Children learn where the number keys are on the keyboard, and how to use them quickly.
  • Con:  You only have access to the dungeon level, so each time you complete a set of math facts, you start over in the same dungeon with the same monsters behind the same doors.  It can get a bit boring.

Paid Version Pros and Cons:

  • Pro:  All the great benefits of the free version.
  • Pro:  Two additional levels with MANY more graphics and interactions for the kiddoes while they are practicing.
  • Pro:  The game play is more ‘video-game’ like, ie. lava to dodge and rivers of fire to cross on the dragon level, moving platforms and crawling spiders to catch on the robot level, etc.
  • Cons:  It’s not free – the full version costs $39.99 – (However, this is similar to costs for a Wii, Playstation, or XBox Game)

Our family’s experiences:

  • Kids loved it:  My 9-, 7-, and 5-year-olds all loved the free version and got the rest of their school done so they could play “that cool math game.”
  • Played with friends: My 7-year-old daughter had two friends over to play and dragged them over to play Timez Attack.  The three girls played for half an hour, cheering each other on and racing to yell out the answers in time.  The same girls asked could they please play Timez Attack the next time they came over.
  • Spent their own money: After a month of the free version my children began begging asking politely for the paid version.  I refused, for a while (after all, the math is the same), but then made them a deal.  Any child who put $5 of their own money towards the upgrade could play it, and I would pay the rest.  All three of the older kids gave me $5 from their own savings.
  • Times tables before addition: My 5-year-old completed the 12th level and is probably one of the few in the world who knows his multiplications facts to 12 . . . but not his addition.  icon smile Timez Attack Review!  The best and FREE multiplication game ever!
  • Just the facts: The only downside is the lack of real world application or word problem type practice, but I figure that comes in the regular math curriculum.  This game is to make the repetitive practice of the times table fun and addictive until you know them backwards and forwards.  Timez Attack does that better than any game or flashcard system we’ve tried yet.

Having my kids ask to practice math . . . it’s as gratifying as having your kids ask for seconds of broccoli icon smile Timez Attack Review!  The best and FREE multiplication game ever!

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56 Comments so far

  1. docmisty April 5, 2012 9:09 pm

    The base version IS free – just go to their multiplication website to get the game. Enjoy!

    Misty

  2. docmisty April 5, 2012 9:05 pm

    Hi Emily,

    I can understand that the price seems a bit high. However, the company generously offers ALL the math for free, even if it only offers one of the playing levels with that. So, you can do all the math, but you might get a bit bored with the same scenery over and over. Also, you can get new levels for about $40, which is a similar price for any new Wii, XBox, Playstation, etc., game. In that context, isn’t it worth that much to help kids really learn their math facts in an entertaining and engrossing way. I’d trade Timez Attack for a Pokemon game any day.

    Thanks for your comment!

    Misty

  3. emily stoker December 21, 2011 1:40 pm

    i thought this was a little to much for a math game. my sister and i loved the free game and would love to play the lava game, but the price was so high. i hope one day the price will become lower.thanks

  4. dakeva October 14, 2011 3:52 pm

    hi youll friends

  5. Nani101 July 8, 2011 12:27 pm

    love this game!!!!

  6. docmisty May 31, 2011 10:11 pm

    You will need to download the free version of the game and then install it on your computer. Hope that helps.

    Misty

  7. brooklyn May 31, 2011 7:54 pm

    i really love timez attack but when i go to type it in it always goes to the video instead of the game this is what i type in timez attack the game and it still goes to the video i really want to play it!!

  8. emmanuel May 18, 2011 10:49 am

    call an astronamer it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. kalin April 1, 2011 8:35 am

    how do i get to play.

  10. cinmy March 11, 2011 7:33 pm

    awesome game for my children

  11. ms knowitall (jk) March 7, 2011 7:26 pm

    i downloaded the game a long time ago and it was fine but it was old lol :)

  12. johanna March 6, 2011 11:23 am

    yall should let kids play the game online with no downloads

  13. spue February 26, 2011 12:03 pm

    I like timez attack because it is fun

  14. shailen February 18, 2011 9:17 pm

    timez attack rocks

  15. nicole January 30, 2011 12:11 pm

    this game is so fun im on level 3

  16. nunofurbusiness December 17, 2010 12:37 am

    this is a very good website for kids to learn and have fun and if they are having fun they will enjoy it more and want to do it more and they are learning.

  17. chelsea December 11, 2010 10:55 am

    howdo i donlond this??? ps. i am on my labtop

  18. Ahmed900 October 7, 2010 11:40 am

    I want to donload this plase

    Can I down download This game

  19. Scarlet Wong June 26, 2010 7:29 am

    please make a free dowanld for student

  20. helen June 10, 2010 1:42 am

    please let me play it for free i love it when i play it at school and online =(

  21. rhiley May 27, 2010 6:32 pm

    I LOVE THIS GAME

  22. Ascot vale west primary school May 26, 2010 6:18 am

    please give us times attack free

  23. mariah April 17, 2010 11:52 pm

    yap this is me mariah

  24. docmisty March 29, 2010 6:49 pm

    Patricia,

    Glad it helped. My kids still enjoy this game – I was surprised to find my 4-year-old playing the other day. I don’t know how much of the math he really understood, but he was typing the correct number for a couple of the problems.

    Misty

  25. patricia March 29, 2010 6:43 pm

    great for my child it rubbed of a lot of smarts and confodince.

  26. docmisty March 15, 2010 11:32 pm

    Hi Austin,

    Just click here —-> Timez Attack and then you can download the free version. You can’t play it online, you need to download it and install it on your computer.

    Hope that helps!

    Misty

  27. austin March 15, 2010 8:45 pm

    yah, nice to hear about timezattack BUT WHERE CAN I PLAY IT?!

  28. hannha March 12, 2010 6:26 pm

    I have a fun times.

  29. docmisty February 6, 2010 5:21 pm

    You’re welcome Keisa – glad you enjoyed it!

  30. Keisa February 6, 2010 1:36 pm

    thanks for this game

  31. joe jack January 23, 2010 2:58 pm

    timez attacks is so frearkin awesome

  32. chantel November 24, 2009 6:52 pm

    I love timez attack it is very fun for kids my age or younger.

  33. leeanna coffey November 19, 2009 4:46 pm

    I think my dauter & son will love times attack free.

  34. montez November 6, 2009 10:52 pm

    timez attack is fun to me

  35. adelle November 6, 2009 1:15 pm

    great games

  36. ASHANTE' October 28, 2009 6:44 pm

    wht is ths teachn me i don gt it

  37. ASHANTE' October 28, 2009 6:43 pm

    this is the best game ever

  38. cohen October 16, 2009 1:24 am

    i love this game because it the best game i ever played

  39. nicole June 26, 2009 2:16 pm

    how do you play it on line

  40. *Kris* June 7, 2009 3:42 pm

    I even bought the full version, my kids liked this so much. O.K. so my six year old knows his multiplication tables before his addition tables…
    Thanks for submitting this to the Hands On Homeschool blog carnival!

  41. I can’t wait to show this to my ds! Maybe this will get him excited about practicing his multiplication tables this summer.

    Thanks for submitting it for this week’s Homeschool Showcase.

  42. Eden May 8, 2009 5:59 am

    I LUV THE GAME AND IM A KID I PLAYED IT AT SKOOL WITH JILLIAN KONRAD CARINA KOIUTU AMY JESSICA DAMIEN LIBBY ORIANA AND MORE

  43. Manuel May 4, 2009 12:53 am

    it was awesome

  44. Manuel May 4, 2009 12:53 am

    i loved it

  45. Misty April 17, 2009 7:14 pm

    I’m glad you enjoy the game Callum, we do too!

  46. callum April 17, 2009 5:00 pm

    im callum

  47. callum April 17, 2009 5:00 pm

    i love to play timez attck its my favroit

  48. jennie April 15, 2009 11:01 am

    this game i don’t like when i heard them talking about it it sounded good but then i bought it and i thought i wasn’t that good just wanted to give you the truth so bye :(

  49. ANNE April 12, 2009 6:33 pm

    i want to play on line pPLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSE

  50. jorge April 10, 2009 8:37 pm

    nice game i played it at school in chavez elementry

  51. l March 23, 2009 9:31 am

    hey how do we play this game

  52. Misty January 22, 2009 9:59 pm

    Nice! Isnt’ it fun to have the kids enjoying math! You’ll have to let us know how the full version is.

    Plus, if you remember, order it by clicking from a link in my article, and they’ll give me a small commission – Thanks!!

  53. Lynette January 22, 2009 5:34 pm

    We downloaded this, and can’t get the kids off of it! We hope to buy the full version soon. The kiddos are anxious to see the lava world.

  54. docmisty January 19, 2009 3:57 pm

    Hi Heather,
    Thanks for the feedback – I’m not sure how new the latest release is, but they do have a 100% moneyback guarantee, along with a toll-free number: (877) 356-7040. Also, check the end of this page: http://www.bigbrainz.com/Support.php for known errors and their fixes. I would probably just give them a call – from their website, they seem very interested in customer satisfaction. Let me know how it goes.

  55. barrellfullofmonkeys January 19, 2009 3:50 pm

    Wow! That’s so great, thanks for the tip!! I have an eight year old who always needs reinforcement on his times tables. He’ll love this :)

    Kathy D.

  56. heather January 19, 2009 12:57 pm

    We downloaded this years ago, and bought the full version. We loved it, but found it really glitchy. We reported the glitches, and they said they were working on them for an eventual new release.

    Then we never heard from them again…

    Do you happen to know if this is a newer version, if they’ve fixed the bugs? We’d love to play again.

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