Get ready for a fun and unusual math puzzle that incorporates the iconic gameplay from the ever-popular Pac-man series. Factor Feeder is an alternative math learning game where you play the role of a cute little creature who scurries around a Pacman-type grid full of different numbers. The twist is, he can only eat up the ‘factor multiples’ of a set target number in each level. In math, a ‘Factor’ of a target number is a number that can be multiplied with another to get that target number. For example: 2 and 3 are ‘factors’ of the target number 6, since multiplying 2 and 3 together gives 6. In this game, your little critter can only gobble up the factors of a target number shown to you at the start of a level.
This innovative educational activity will certainly exercise your mathematical ability, as you have to think on your feet, figuring out which numbers are the factors your creature can munch on in each level. Your quick reactions will also be tested, as there are pesky little enemies that chase your cute green ‘Factor Feeder’ around the grid. This game is a good match for elementary school students who are just beginning to learn their multiplication tables, or anyone who enjoys fun and friendly math problem solving. Ok Math Whizz, it’s time to see if you can conquer this tricky puzzle. Let’s see if you’ve got the X ‘Factor’!
How to Play: At the start of each level, you are shown a ‘Target Number’, or ‘Given Multiple’. All of the Factor numbers that your little creature gobbles up must be multiples of this Target Number. For example: If the Target Number is 24, your creature can eat numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, & 24. Most of the numbers dotted around the grid are edible Factors. But beware, there will be non-Factors (5 and 7 in the example above) that cause you to lose a life if the little guy eats them.
Use the Arrow Keys on your computer keyboard to control your creature. The level is complete when you gobble up all of the Factor numbers in the grid. There are also pesky little enemies that chase you around. Avoid them at all costs. If you come into contact with one, you lose a life. You begin the game with three spare lives, and you can see how many lives you have remaining on the right side of the game screen.