Math Blaster: Episode 1 - In Search of Spot

A sci-fi shoot 'em up which uses mathematical problems as gameplay mechanics. It has a space adventure theme.

Overview

Math Blaster: Episode 1: The Search for Spot is an educational shoot 'em up and part of Davidson & Associates' Blaster Learning System series. The goal of the series was to combine gameplay with learning, similar to many other "edutainment" games. The Math Blaster series originally began in 1983 and saw incremental improvements every few years to keep up with computer technology. Math Blaster: Episode 1 is the first in the series to be introduced to video game consoles: the game was released on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo in 1994.

The story follows Blasternaut as he flies through space converting trash into fuel and searching for his lost robot friend named Spot. Spot has been kidnapped by a yellow three-eyed trash alien who is wanted for "space-dumping and Spotnapping". The player must use basic addition and subtraction skills to progress through the game. There are several different levels within the game with different objectives, but they all boil down to basic arithmetic problems. The player can select the difficulty of the math problems as they increase in arithmetic ability, moving up to multiplication and division.

The game was followed by a sequel: Math Blaster: Episode 2: Secret of the Lost City. This sequel did not see a console release.