QuickCount is similar to the numbers game from TV’s Countdown. It requires you to think about numbers and can quickly help to build confidence in mental arithmetic.
You are given six random numbers. With these, and the four basic arithmetic operators (+ - x ÷), you must attempt to reach a given target number against the clock.
QuickCount allows you to choose the level of difficulty and the available time. Whether you want to practice your times tables, or simply exercise your brain, there is a level for you. You can break the solution down into simple chunks, but if you do use a mixture of operators it correctly applies them in the correct order (BIDMAS) and automatically inserts brackets for clarity.
These screenshots are of the iPhone/iPod Touch display, but the game is also designed for the iPad and iPad Mini; see the App Store for iPad screenshots.
Your recent average time to complete the puzzles is kept as your score*. If you’re signed into the Game Centre, your best score is uploaded to the Leaderboard.
When signed into the Game Centre, you can also compete head-to-head. Simply tap the Multiplayer icon and issue an invitation to any of your friends. Once they accept, you will both be set the same puzzle and the clock starts. At the end of each game you get to see their best effort together with the computer’s own solution.
* Note that a penalty is added to your time if you use a hint.
All CodeWell apps are available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) which gives schools a 50% discount when buying 20 or more licences. Many schools in the UK and elsewhere have taken advantage of this, installing the apps on school iPads or distributing copies to students.