Thursday, August 15, 2013

Serious Games Immerse Players In Maya Number System


Serious Games presenting kids with a unique opportunity to think of numbers in a different way



PRESS RELEASE

MAYANUMBERS: MODERN TWIST ON ANCIENT MATH SYSTEM
MayaNumbers Challenges Players to Race against the Clock and Count Like the Maya

Everyone knows 1 + 1 = 2. But do you know Dot + Line = 6? 

Dig-It! Games, an independent developer of Serious Games founded by a former archaeologist and middle school teacher, blends fun and learning for students, specifically those within the important middle school demographic, with its latest release, MayaNumbers.

The new math Serious Game challenges players’ math skills while teaching the ancient Maya’s revolutionary number system.

MayaNumbers turns math skills-building into a fun, fast-paced learning game that encourages players to think differently about addition, subtraction, and multiplication.


Designed for children in grades 5-9, this companion app to Dig-It! Games’ award-winning Mayan Mysteries game provides an entertaining and educational experience to a category of children that currently has limited options for educational apps.


 “Children in middle school are often overlooked by app developers and educational gaming companies,” said Suzi Wilczynski, president and founder of Dig-It! Games. “With MayaNumbers, we specifically incorporated age-appropriate content into the app to ensure students of all ages, not just early elementary and high school, have engaging games at their disposal.”

The latest free math game available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via the iTunes App Store, MayaNumbers immerses players in the fascinating base 20 Maya number system. Players use the symbols for the three Maya digits, a shell for zero, a dot for 1 and a line for 5, in a race against the clock to convert randomly generated numbers into ancient Mayan glyphs.


 MayaNumbers presents kids and adults with a unique opportunity to think of numbers and place values in a different way, inherently testing and improving their math skills,” said Wilczynski. “We are excited to introduce this interactive app to the market. This launch reaffirms our vision to promote creative thinking, independent learning, and cultural understanding through educational games.”

Like all of Dig-It! Games’ products, MayaNumbers features historically accurate elements, including authentic Mayan motifs, music, and glyphs. Players interested in engaging with other gamers can compete against users from around the world using the Apple Game Center leader board embedded into MayaNumbers.

About Dig-It! Games 

Dig-It! Games is an independent game developer dedicated to encouraging kids to explore the world around them. 

Founded by professional archaeologist and former middle-school teacher Suzi Wilczynski, Dig-It! Games develops educational games that promote creative thinking, independent learning, and cultural understanding.

In 2010, Dig-It! Games received industry praise for its first game, Roman Town. At Dig-It! Games, fun and learning go hand in hand. In 2012, Dig-It! launched Mayan Mysteries, a puzzle-based game for Mac, PC and mobile devices that combines the fun of adventure with real information about ancient Maya civilization.