A parent’s review of the Online Prodigy Math game
To my son, Prodigy is an epic adventure game where he uses MATH MAGIC to win battles and earn pets and prizes. As a parent, Prodigy is a free math game that allows me to feel good about allowing him screen time.
How it all started…
My son started playing Prodigy in 1st grade as a student in a public school. Everyone in his class had an account and they played Prodigy on their Chromebooks during school hours.
After school, he could still log in as his player, or ahem, WIZARD, and choose “Home” to continue battling and playing Prodigy at home. At first, we weren’t sure about this extra screentime, but honestly, as a parent Prodigy has won me over. Read more below to find out why…
So, tell me more about this educational game
First and foremost, it’s a safe game. There is no third-party advertising and it’s a closed environment. Although you can meet up with friends and classmates, the messages you can say to each other are pre-programmed. There is no way for your child to share personal information on this platform.
Secondly, it’s educational. My son spends hours each week, by his own choice, answering math questions and learning new math skills. Not even 3-months into his 4th-grade year and he’s already 82% of the way through Prodigy’s 4th-grade curriculum.
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So, how does Prodigy make math fun? Here’s a little about the magic.
The Prodigy World
This math adventure game allows players to explore the Prodigy World, unlocking new areas as you go.
Role Playing – Create and Customize Your Character
Prodigy Island is full of diverse Wizards. A favorite activity in the game (other than battling) is customizing your Wizard. Players can change outfits, hats, wands, relics, boots, buddies, and more.
What’s the difference between Buddies and Pets on Prodigy?
Both Buddies and Pets are a BIG deal in the Prodigy world.
You buy Buddies in Prodigy which is different than Pets which are only rescued. Buddies follow you wherever you go, but buddies do not battle with you. Pets do battles with you. After a battle, you earn stars to level up that pet. Rescued pets are not always on the same level that you are on.
Cute Mummy Puppy – A Pumpkinfest Buddy
My son loves Prodigy. He also loves math and thinks math is cool!
Prodigy is a game that he talks about with classmates. In third and fourth grade classrooms, there’s “Prodigy Lore” like hacking into Prodigy and leveling up past LEVEL 100, which as of October 2021 is not possible as the Prodigy website confirms that 100 is the top-level.
Our teacher friend remarked, “I love that Prodigy is your son’s jam!” Me, too! Our whole family is a big fan of Prodigy and it’s been a lifesaver, especially during the last two years of remote learning/hybrid learning due to Covid.
As a fourth-grader, my son has chosen to include “Playing Prodigy” more than once on this fall’s Joyful Pumpkin. He describes Prodigy as a “very fun math game” and is even willing to pay for half of the premium monthly price out of his own allowance.
Prodigy Player Engagement Tactics
Prodigy engages children and encourages them to log in and play Prodigy daily by offering “daily bonuses” and even seasonal extras.
For example, everyday players can spin two wheels to collect random prizes. There’s also a Bounty Board and daily quests.
Seasonal festivals add variety to the Prodigy World. In the fall, the world of Prodigy celebrates Pumpkinfest and later in the year transforms to a winter wonderland during Winterfest!
During the festivals, characters explore the newly decorated worlds and Lamplight Town Square, which is my son’s favorite place to visit. There are daily tasks and new currency, like snowflakes and candy corns, which you earn as bonuses after battles. You can purchase special festival gear with these new currencies, like new hats and outfits.
Is it worth paying for the annual Prodigy Math game membership?
The biggest reason to purchase a membership is that Prodigy members get better in-game stuff! Membership is about the rewards, the pets, the gear…it’s definitely about the extras.
For instance, during Pumpkinfest, non-members can purchase a pumpkin from the event shop, but members have three pumpkin designs to choose from.
There’s also the Dark Tower, an area of the Prodigy World that is only available to members. Just for fun, Premium Members’ morph marbles make you look like a pet for a set amount of time. There are also member-only potions that help you during battle to replenish power. Another factor, non-members are limited to 10 pets, Premium Members get 100 and get to evolve each one.
Prodigy pricing is $9.99 to $14.95 a month with annual prices from $75 to $100 a year. This could be a great Christmas Gift or birthday gift idea (here are other gift ideas, too).
Create a Parent Prodigy Account
After about a year, I created a parent prodigy account. I’m so glad I did because I now see progress reports of my children’s grade-level curriculum progress.
Weekly Summary Emails for Parents
During the pandemic, my son was quarantined for two weeks. During this time at home, he completed a whopping 552 math questions on Prodigy! Not a bad use of time!!!
Send In-Game Cheers and Rewards
As a parent, I can send cheers to my child that they receive as mail in the game. I can also set goals based on the number of math questions they get correct. When the goal is met a surprise or a reward I’ve hand-selected is delivered. My son, especially, loves receiving these in-game bonuses!
Explore the World of Prodigy
When asked where his favorite place to go is, he said he didn’t know… I like them all. But he did say he liked Lamplight Town, a lot! Here’s a picture of the Town Center. It’s usually pretty busy with wizards!
Every wizard needs a place to call home
You can buy houses, but my son reports that they’re really expensive on the island of Prodigy(just like in the real world, son!) My son’s prized possessions in his LARGE Prodigy house are a trampoline, a video game, a beanbag, three stuffed animals, and a golden bathtub! There’s even a large table that he calls the “Thanksgiving table!”
Just for Fun
Dyno Dig is a timed mini-game that has you dig up items that once collected go into your museum. Professor Scoog owns Dyno Dig and you can buy stuff from him or dig in his pit for fossils. The mini-game prompts you with hot, warm, cold, ice-cold, and dig dig dig to guide you around the archeological site.
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