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Equate: The Equation Thinking Game

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  • Equate Game is suitable for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, playing time 15 to 30 minutes. This game is in the following categories: Educational

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm ; 816 g
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Item model number: 4099229
  • ASIN: B00004U1RA
  • Date first available at Nov. 1 2011
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,727 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Have fun creating equations crossword-style. Equate is a great math board game for family and classroom. Earn higher scores using division or fraction tiles and landing on premium board positions. Fractions - High-scoring fraction tiles motivate player to learn about fractions.Position - Players strive for a high score by taking advantage of premium board positions.Large Numbers - Single digits placed adjacent to one another form larger numbers.Strategy - Equate is strategically challenging for advanced players who already know their math. A game you'll never out grow.Levels - Adapts to many levels of play.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa126c0a8) out of 5 stars 73 reviews
99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d418e8) out of 5 stars Great idea, but Dec 28 2007
By Soccer Mom - Published on
We played the game with gifted kids and adults age 9-40-plus and were surprised to find the kids were able to hold their own. But, like scrabble, the turns take forever! And, the scrabble concept doesn't really work well with the operators (=.+,-); too soon you run out of space on the sides as equations are much longer than words. You can't put two equations as close as two words and so there is much less opportunity for creativity in placing your pieces (e.g. you cannot make two equations in two directions; sometimes there are only one or two locations where it is possible to add an equation). We were getting scores of 10-30 points per turn, then one person added the following to an existing equation "0 X 34567 5/6 +." By hitting a triple equation score and got more than 270 points on one hand thereby effectively ending the game that had been relatively even. It seemed unfair even to him! Great idea flawed by long waits and poor design; unlikely to play it twice. C
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d41cf0) out of 5 stars educational & fun Dec 7 2007
By a person - Published on
My sister actually found this game and my daughter played it at her house with my sister's husband. She liked it so much that we decided to buy it. As most parents, I'm always looking for ways to supplement my daughter's education. This turned out to be a fun way to get my daughter to think about math differently. Because she liked scrabble, she already knew the basic ideas about tile placement. We made it a little easier by allowing her to ask for help but she had to check our equations or finish them. The game is long but could be stopped at any time and I do agree that the plastic is not as nice as wood. However, in general, she asks to play this board game (which allows for more math practice) and it's definitely fun for the whole family.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I hate math, but this game is fun.

I remember improving my spelling and vocabulary with Scrabble. I was hoping this would do the same with math for my daughter. So far, so good. It's given my daughter great self-confidence in Math. She was doing division with fractions in the game, which she hasn't learned yet in school.

Only complaint:The tiles are cardboard and thin. Easy to lose, but they come in a ziploc type bag.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By J. Sullivan - Published on
For those who like Scrabble and like math, this is the game. My son wants to play it all the time. The biggest set back is, as the directions state, it is a very long game. We haven't actually finished one yet. The directions mention that a game played by inexperienced Equate players can easily take 2-4 hours. Those players with experience actually take long as they make the equations much more complicated. I think I would have started off with the junior tiles even though my 4th grader is classified as a 6th+ in math and my spouse and I have very strong math backgrounds.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12590d8) out of 5 stars Educational and FUN! Jan. 13 2011
By Jill - Published on
I have a 7.5 year old son who is in 2nd grade but is working on math at the 4th grade level. He is the type of boy who is very atheletic, very active, and somewhat distractible. He doesn't like any of the other board games we have tried, except Sorry!. Monopoly, Blokus, and Rummikube all bored him. He does like chess and checkers. He got this game for Christmas, and HOORAY, he loves it! He has no trouble with the rules. The fractions are helping him review how to multiply and divide one fraction by another. He focused on the game. A+!

Better yet, my husband and I find it fun too! We played it the other night with him, and after he went to bed, we continued on the game for another 45 minutes. It's challenging for adults, which you can't say about too many games you usually play with your elementary school kids.

Now for some tips. The tiles included have addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division signs, whole numbers between 0 and 9, and a bunch of fractions. Mostly easy ones, like 1/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, etc, but there are some tougher ones like 5/6 and 2/6 in there. Your kid will need to know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers AND fractions to play with this set of tiles. I'd say 4th or 5th grade level of math. Otherwise, order the Junior set of tiles to go with this game board. Those tiles have more addition and subtraction signs, and no fractions. I see there is an advanced set that lets you do negative numbers and more complex equations, too, which we will definitely get as he gets older.

The only drawback, honestly, is that the tiles are made of really thick cardboard. They aren't really plastic tiles like I remember from Scrabble.

This game is great for the kid who loves math. I highly doubt that if your kid is struggling in math that this will help them. You actually have to be good at it for this to be fun; otherwise, the strategy involved is too frustrating when you are already struggling with how to do the operations. This is also really fun for adults who like math too!

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