Cool Math Games Review


You are probably on this page because you want to learn more about the top resources available on the “Cool Math Games” website!

You want to help your student(s) eliminate math stress and develop academic confidence!

Well, you are in luck!

We have taken the time to review dozens of math websites and games to help you navigate and find the best information for your particular needs.

In this particular blog article, we dive into discussing the popular “Cool Math Games” which is one of the three websites in the Cool Math Games network that was started way back in 1997 to make math more enjoyable for people who thought it couldn’t be fun.

In case you want to check out the other two websites we have provided a summary of each along with links to read in-depth reviews… if your heart desires. 🙂

PS: Want more? Then, make sure to check out:

Cool Math Games Network Summary

Website # 1 – Coolmath-Games (Detailed review below) 

Please note, although this website says math there is very little math on this site.

This is a brain-training site, for everyone where logic & thinking meet fun & games. These games have no violence, no empty action, just a lot of challenges that will make you forget you’re getting a mental workout!

If you are looking for an educational website with a stronger focus on the common core math standards may I suggest you check out Math Playground.

Website # 2 – (Click to read review)

This website is for ages 13+ which includes explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, precalculus and more.

Although it doesn’t have many games the formulas, videos, and tools are a great resource for teenagers!

Website # 3 – Coolmath4kids (Click to read review)

This math website is for 12, and under users, cool math kids is an amusement park of math, games, and more, designed to teach math and make it FUN.

Although not as good as Math Playground… this website provides excellent educational resources for both students and teachers in the K – 7th-grade range.

Cool Math Games Overview 

Great! Now that you have a general overview of each of the three websites let’s dive into website # 1, Cool Math Games, in more depth.

In my opinion, it looks like Cool Math Games was created strictly for monetization purposes by focusing on creating games that would attract students and keep them wanting to come back rather than created games with the intent to educate.

With several million users per month and dozens of ads across the page… it seems like they have done a great job at accomplishing this feat.

However, from an educational standpoint, this website does no better at helping students with their math skills and an x-box video game does.

With that said, as you might have read in my blog article “How To Get Your Teenager Motivated“:

“Playing video games has positive cognitive, motivational, emotional and social benefits. Specifically, playing video games can increase problem-solving skills, enhance creativity and help teens tolerate failure. Not to mention, they are fun and can improve general well-being.” – Uriah Guilford, MFT.

Therefore, I am not declaring this site to be “bad” for students. In fact, based on my research video games can have a positive effect as shown above. I want you to realize that for the most part spending time on this website is the same as having your student play video games on their console.

Let’s dive into the ten navigation sections to help you better understand how to navigate and best use this website.

  1. Strategy
  2. Skill
  3. Numbers
  4. Logic
  5. Trivia
  6. More
  7. Playlist
  8. Random
  9. Unlocked
  10. All Games A-Z

Jump to the end of the article to see the summary and what sections I believe are the best for your student to gain value and which ones are just a waste of time!

PS: If you want to stop the ads and unlock game levels you can start a free 7-day trial and then only pay $5.00 per month. Cancel anytime. Learn more by clicking here.

1. Strategy – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The strategy navigation section contains fun games for students to play focusing on logic and figuring out how to solve problems.

For example, the popular game “Diggy” it is all about helping him dig to the center of the earth and find wandering truffle. When Diggy runs out of energy, use the money you’ve earned to buy upgrades to Diggy’s equipment. You have to be strategic about what you buy to ensure you reach the center.

Cool Math Games | Diggy Game

There are also dozens of other popular games ranging from:

  • Chess: Checkmate! Play the classic strategic board game. You can challenge the computer, a friend, or join a match against another online player.
  • Clicker Heroes: Click to defeat monsters, earn gold and level up heroes. Ascend and transcend to reach new heights of power. See how far you can go!
  • The Final Earth: Earth has been destroyed! It’s a good thing you teleported to a new planet. Gather resources and build a colony.
  • Checkers: The classic board game of moving and jumping. Play vs. the computer, or against a friend.
  • Pre-Civilization Bronze Age: Grow your civilization during the Bronze Age. Collect food, research new technology, and build a world wonder, but watch out for other civilizations!
  • Mainland Wars: Rally your troops to conquer territory in this Risk-like game. Capture neutral territories to build your economy and then attack the enemy base!
  • Block the Pig: The pig is on the loose! Help prevent him from escaping by placing stone walls to block his path.
  • 4 in a Row: Play with a friend, or against three different computer opponents. Can you beat the hardest AI?
  • Strategic Tic-Tac-Toe: Think you’re a Tic Tac Toe pro? Try this version, which is like a game of Tic Tac Toe inside a game of Tic Tac Toe. Confused? You have to try it!

You can visit the most popular strategy games by clicking here!

2. Skill – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The skill navigation section in our opinion is much like the strategy section.

The only difference is it requires even less critical thinking power and more gaming skills.

To put it into better perspective some of the most popular games on this platform like Snake & Run exist under the “Skill Category”.

Both of these games also require very little critical thinking skills and ZERO math skills to achieve results.

Below you will see a gif of the popular “Cool Math Run” game.

Cool Math Games Run

3. Numbers – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The numbers navigation section is the one area that touches on math problems.

Here your student will play games like Crazy Taxi M-12 where you have to know your time’s tables to do well and 2048 where the goal is to get a single square to be 2048. This requires you to use strong critical thinking skills.

Below is a gif showing you how 2048.

Cool Math Games 2048

4. Logic – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The logic games are also very similar to the strategy section we talked about above. In fact, I don’t fully understand why they didn’t just place both these games in the same section.

Cool Math Games Bloxorz seems to be one of the most popular games on this website.

The goal for Bloxorz is to get a block to fall into a square hole at the end of each stage. There are 33 stages to complete.

Cool Math Games Bloxorz

5. Trivia – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

Trivia is a new section that has recently been added to Cool Math Games website.

Some of the content can be educational for students such as the “Where’s That City?” quiz that helps students with their geography in understanding where cities in the United States are located.

Other trivia games like “Who’s Googled the Most” where you make guesses on is Jay-Z or Beyonce Googled more… in our opinion is pointless and just a time waster.

Cool Math Games Trivia Section "Who is googled the most"


6. More – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The more navigation section is broken up into six different categories.

Classic Cool Math Games Category: This contains games in all categories that are considered classics.  Games include Dominoes, Tic-tac-toe, chess, etc.

Puzzles Cool Math Games category: This contains featured online jigsaw puzzles with varying difficulty. It is the same as doing a real jigsaw puzzle… just online!

Cool Math Games Jigsaw Puzzles

Memory Cool Math Games Category: This includes a variety of games that attempt to test and improve your memory.

For example, Sketch 2 shows an image, and then it slowly disappears. It is your job then to sketch over the image the best you can! Afterward, it grades your work based on how you did.

Cool Math Games Sketch 2

Geography Cool Math Games Category: Here you will find a variety of games to help improve your understanding of geography in the USA, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, Oceania, State by state, and more!

Science Cool Math Games Category: As students play these games they go over the basics of science.

For example in Bond Breaker, students put their chemistry cap on and control powers of molecular attraction and repulsion to solve the challenging puzzles.

HTML 5 Games Category: Unlike the title suggest your student isn’t going to learn any programming or coding in these games. They are just games that have been built using HTML 5. These games can also be found in a variety of the other categories.

7. Playlist – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

The playlist navigation section includes a variety of games based on types.

For example, there is a playlist called “Ball Games” which contains a variety of games related to balls.

There is another category called “Ninja Games”  which contains a variety of games related to Ninjas.

8. Random – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

When you click on “Random” in the navigation tab, you are randomly chosen a game to play!

It also shows you a list of “Cool Math Top Picks” that may be of interest to you.

9. Unblock – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

As I mentioned briefly at the start of this blog article, if you want to unlock game levels and get rid of ads you can start a free 7-day trial and then only pay $5.00 per month. Cancel anytime.

Here you will find all the different games that contain levels that are blocked unless you are a subscriber.

This doesn’t mean you can’t play these popular cool math games. It just states if you want to get to the premium features you have to be a paid monthly subscriber.

10. All games A-Z – Cool Math Games Navigation Section

Much like the name suggest here you will be able to browse and search for all the different games that Cool Math Games provides in alphabetical order.

There are hundreds to pick from so I don’t think your student will ever get bored…

…no wonder they have millions of monthly users.

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In Summary…

Although the title of the website is called “Cool Math Games,” very little “math” is included in any of the games.

After our analysis we see the games falling into three different categories.

Cool math games that are educational, improve critical thinking skills and are just a waste of time.

Educational Navigation Sections:

  • 3. Numbers

Analytical Thinking Navigation Sections:

  • 1. Strategy
  • 4. Logic

Waste of Time Navigation Sections: 

  • 2. Skill

The following five categories are a hit and miss in what category they fit above. 

  • 5. Trivia
  • 6. More
  • 7. Playlist
  • 8. Random
  • 9. Unblocked
  • 10. All Games A-Z

Finally, if you are looking for your student to improve their critical thinking skills and be kept busy then cool math games has a lot of free value to offer.

However, if you are looking for them to improve their math facts further and gain even stronger critical thinking skills, I would highly recommend you check out my review of “Playground Math.”

Playground math is very focused on the education side by connecting all games to common core math standards.

What questions do you have? Do you have any insight you would like to add to this article to help other parents?

Please let me know in the comments below!

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Todd VanDuzer

Co-Founder & CEO at Student-Tutor
Hello! My name is Todd. I help students design the life of their dreams by ensuring college, scholarship, and career success! I am a former tutor for seven years, $85,000 scholarship recipient, Huffington Post contributor, lead SAT & ACT course developer, host of a career exploration podcast for teens, and have worked with thousands of students and parents to ensure a brighter future for the next generation. I invite you to join my next webinar to learn how to save thousands + set your teenager up for college, scholarship, and career success!

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