The Multiplication Game - Instructions and Help


The Multiplication Game is based on the standard Multiplication method - for numbers written
in the Decimal notation. Wikipedia has a description of this method.

The Multiplication Game breaks the process of multiplication into two phases:

  • The Multiplication Phase: during this phase you multiply the first number (known as the multiplicand) with each digit in the multiplier. There is a separate result row in the Game panel for each multiplier digit.
  • The Addition Phase: during this phase you add the result rows from the previous phase to come up with the final Multiplication result.

After you finish the Multiplication phase (by correctly filling in all the Orange Boxes), the game automatically switches to the Addition Phase.

Note: If the multiplier has only one digit, there is no Addition Phase.

How to play the game

General Instructions
Game Boxes for Input
Game Essentials

User Interface Elements

  • In the right pane of the Game Panel above, you see (from top to bottom):
    • Multiple rows containing digits or Boxes:
      • The top row of Boxes is for carry-overs during multiplication.
      • The next two rows contain the multiplicand and the multiplier.
      • The next row of Boxes is for carry-overs during addition. This row is inactive during the Multiplication phase.
      • The next few rows of Boxes (until the next Separator line) are for the results of the Multiplication Phase.
      • The bottom row of Boxes is for the results of the Addition phase. This row is inactive during the Multiplication phase.
    • A Green Status Area - that gives you helpful real-time information as you play the game.
  • In the center and bottom of the left pane, you see:
    • A 'New Question' Button to generate a new Multiplication problem.
    • A 'Reset Parameters' Button to reset the game parameters (Difficulty-Level, Time-Limit, and other game-specific parameters) to their values at the start of the current Question. This button is disabled to begin with. It becomes enabled as soon as you change a game parameter.
    • A Stop-watch that tells you how much time you have taken on the current problem.
    • A Score-card that tells you your score for the current session. The Score-card reports your grades and scores separately for the different question difficulty levels: 1 - Easy, 2 - Middling, 3- Hard.
    • A Clear Score button to reset the Score-card.
    • A Print Score For button that prints out the Score-card. You can optionally provide a name to be printed on the Score-card page.
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