Get your spellbook ready! It’s time to protect The Counting Kingdom in this tactical math puzzler featuring strategic tower defense gameplay and a colorful cast of characters. Banish monsters and save the day!
User reviews: Very Positive (53 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 5, 2014
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"If you want more people to enjoy learning math, try this game. Because the player wants to get the most points, they want to do the harder problems."

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January 15

Update 1.0.7: Sharper Graphics, More Languages & AlienFX

We have a few exciting things lined up for you in our first post-launch update!

More Languages
You can now cast a spell, lanza un hechizo, or even wirke den zauber! The Counting Kingdom can now be played in these languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Japanese
You can access the language settings through the main menu on the title screen.

Sharper Graphics
Those colorful monsters should now look nice and crisp, even on big screens!

If you have an Alienware computer, The Counting Kingdom will now control the lights! Here you thought the game couldn't get any more colorful. ːwizardmagicː

Updated UI and Bug Fixes
The UI and game menus have seen a small overhaul, and some minor bugs have been thoroughly squashed.

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August 5, 2014

The Counting Kingdom Released – Rescue the Kingdom Today

Get your balloons and party hats out, The Counting Kingdom has released! Today is a day of magic, monsters and math – please help us spread the word!

Along with font updates and a few small graphical fixes, here are the bugs that have been fixed in the 1.0.0 update:

  • If the player has the Helper Panel up and combines spells, the panel is no longer accurate
  • In the first tutorial, players could attempt to drag the spell causing all sorts of weirdness to happen
  • The incorrect number of doubling tiles was showing up in Free Play mode
  • If a battering ram gets into the castle, but on the same turn a crumbling tower gets the last monster, the player will lose and then win

A HUGE thank you to all of our Early Access players who have given us feedback and helped us track down bugs – we’re incredibly grateful for your help making this game great! A big wizardly hug from all of us here at Little Worlds Interactive.

- Jenna and the Little Worlds team ːwizardmagicː

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“A delightful blend of tower defense, basic math concepts and cute graphics that should be a hit with any young gamer.”

“The Counting Kingdom is charming, educational, and not just for kids.”

“The Counting Kingdom is a wonderful chance for kids to enjoy math—and even math-averse adults can get in on the fun.”

About This Game

Get ready for magic, monsters, and math with The Counting Kingdom!

Writing simple spells, brewing bubbly potions… yesterday was just another day in your life as the Wizard’s Apprentice. Today, a horde of angry monsters is attacking The Counting Kingdom, and only you can defend the castle towers! Using your spells, potions, and the mighty power of mathematics, you must banish the monsters and save the kingdom!

Take up your tome of spells and save the castle in this tactical puzzler, featuring strategic tower defense gameplay across an expansive world map.

  • Each monster has a number: add them together to cast your spells
  • Rack up points with powerful combos and well-timed potions
  • Challenging tower defense gameplay that's entertaining for gamers of all ages
  • Encourage excitement about math with addition challenges made for family fun
  • Explore a colorful world with 30 levels of gameplay in five distinct regions of the kingdom
  • Dynamically-generated game levels create high replay value and guarantee a fresh math challenge
  • Serious gaming! This clever math game requires real strategic thinking

Ready with your spells? The Counting Kingdom needs you to save the day!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista/XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card made within the last 4 years (Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel based Macs only
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card made within the last 4 years (Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Early Access Review
My wife and I have been waiting to have kids. Now that someone FINALLY made a good math game, I think it's time. Thanks Little Worlds Interactive!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Great learning game for kids and many adults. Teaches addition, subtraction, and multiplication mostly with positive numbers, but a few negative numbers too depending on in-game circumstances. Short and mildly entertaining for people who are already good at math. Either way, well worth the buy regardless of sale status. I have no complaints about it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
This game is a lot of fun to play with the kids, owing much to its strategy focus through math.

To be honest, I found myself enjoying playing it (being a dad) more than an adult probably should, seeing as it is designed quite well and turns into quite the fun brain teaser kind of experience, allowing you to pull of some crazy combos, if you're any good at addition and subtraction.

I certainly recommend this game to mothers and fathers all over the place as a fun way to get your child engaged in some math.

The art style is cool, the game is deeper than it appears, and it's just a good time, all around.

Certainly worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Early Access Review
I've only had this game for a short time, but I've already managed to rack up hours of gameplay. It's just so wonderful!!

The game itself is a turn based, tower defense game involving math(addition & subtraction), and magic. The design is splendid; the art, the music, and gameplay are all kid friendly. For instance, some of the built-in mechanics will even gently guide younger children to the answers if they become stuck.

There are a myriad of ways to clearing the monsters though. You can add spells together, and chain monsters together in various ways. You're also given potions with varying effects as you progress through the game, so there's a lot of creativity in how you beat each level. That creative freedom is what really gets me addicted. My favorite thing to do is take big risks, and let the monsters stack up a bit. Then unleash all the potions, and big spells in an attempt to get 'full clears'. : )

Story mode itself has numerous levels to progress through, and while you can revisit them at any time; there's also 'free play' mode with scaling difficulties. Oh, and each level is generated on the fly; so there's never any sequence to memorize. It's always going to be a new, and exciting challenge!

A simply charming game for all ages; I definitely recommend it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Great design encourages you to challenge yourself in order to be more efficient. The person(s) who made this game liked what they were doing, and it shows. Glad this went through James Recommends because I never would have found this otherwise. My 4 year old took to it immediatly and put a solid half hour into it and I saw improvement in her math skills clearly. I am going to keep an eye on whatever this company does in the future.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
I like this game a lot. Demo'd it at PAX Prime and ended up buying 7 copies over the course of 3 days I was there for people back at home. It mixes math with logic and problem solving in a fun, yet simple fashion. I do have a simple suggestion which is when hitting the escape button and you are prompted with a confirmation screen, please have the screen cancel uupon pressing escape once more.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
To be short and sweet, this game is one of those classic, "Good game but for the right price only." What I mean is that this game is great for what it is. A simple game about counting, defeating enemies by doing simple math and thinking. The game is very short if only doing the story missions, like me, finishing in little under 2 hours. I procured this game for nine dollars but I would recommend getting this game either in a bundle, maybe, or on sale. If you find it for a good deal, buy it for you little one or yourself, if you're really bored.

Just to say again, it is a recommended game but only for the right price and audience.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Beat the game in 1.5 hrs.

For serious gamers: Add endless mode plz, otherwise barely worth 10$ for me.

For Children, teens and casual gamers: Buy it now!

- Stunning flattened aesthetic
- Educational for mental arithmetic

- Low replayability
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Good game for your children, but that's it, for other people there's absolutely no challenge even on highest difficulty. Takes about two hours to completely beat if you are good with maths and can count to 50.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
This is a very well-designed game. It presents addition as a fundamental game challenge that increases in difficulty as the player continues. Unlike most education games, it's the game that takes the spotlight. The core mechanics are very strong, and the game develops a one-more-level mentality even if you already understand arithmetic. The potions and sorcery aspects are fun, and the overall aesthetic design is very appealing. If you, or your child, has struggled with addition, I highly recommend it. You won't notice you're learning anything until you already have. If you're already proficient with arithmetic, it's still fun. Perhaps pick it up on a future sale. It will give you 2-4 hours of gameplay. Overall my only complaint is that I wish it had continued on into more advanced math; which isn't a complaint so much as a hint to the developers.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
+ Educational
+ Tower defense targeted towards a younger, casual audience
+ Graphical style

+/- Primarily meant for kids

- Only adding; no subtracting, multiplying or dividing
- Pretty short with only 30 levels or so, not much else to do

[Rating: 71/100]
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
This is a super fun game for all ages, it makes you think but more than anything it's fun! I kind of want to go as a monster with a number on my chest for Halloween too. The monsters are super cute, the music is great and overall it's a super rad game. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
Brilliant educational game! Combines genuinely fun gameplay with reinforcement of basic math skills. Played it with my first grader, and he couldn't get enough of it. We enjoyed working together to figure out the gradually more difficult calculations, and he yelled "Boom!" every time we managed to clear the board. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to other parents of grade school kids, even at full price. Kudos to the developers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Fantastic game for learning addition facts. My daughter was enchanted with the artwork and music, and it feels less like work than other "learning" games. Hoping for a multiplication version soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Cute game. Add numbers, perform basic arithmetic, destroy monsters. Not much else to say really.

Got this game as part of a HumbleBundle. Not sure it's worth full price for your average casual player. If you have kids and they need to learn how to add a great, but if not, then not sure how much replayability this game really has.

It has a little strategy in terms of combining numbers and monsters in trying to get them to match, but the board itself is simple, so it does not take advantage of another features that it could. The monsters do not really have special abilities or anything, so it really just comes down to how to match monsters with numbers. So while entertaining for a while, I'm not sure how often, if at all, one would revisit this game after playing through the little main campaign. Still, worth playing at least once given its unique nature.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Nice kid game!
Fun, challenge, nice progression and representation
I'm adult but really got hook up with it !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I absolutely loved the game!

It's pretty good and cute, all things considered, and the game itself is frustrating, but in the challenging I-should-be-able-to-beat-this way.

I had loads of fun and got a quick refresher just how difficult it is to add numbers, no matter how simple and mundane it may seem!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
The Counting Kingdom is a nice puzzle game centered around counting, adding and subtracting. While waves of monsters with numbers are storming towards your castle, you can eliminate them with spells that match the number of the monsters added up. The game is very easy to pickup and probably a tablet port.

I also highly recommend this game for children to help them with math and addition and subtraction in a colorful and playful way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I love this game. Cant wait to let my daughter try it to learn Math (she is in first grade)! Its adorable and fun to play.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
In the Counting Kingdom, by Little Worlds Interactive, you will take on the role of a wizard that has to protect various castles in the realm. To do this you will have potions and spells to help defeat the monsters that are invading. In a turn-based, grid tower defense game you will be faced with monsters that contain numbers, only the exact amount of the number, or a combination of the monsters to a number can stop them. Can you take care of all the monsters before the knock down the walls?

Graphically this has a light cartoony kids feeling to it. With the light colors, and the cute looking monsters you can see that this game is meant to be played by all ages. I really liked the layout of how everything fit on the screen, it wasn't ever too cluttered but it also didn't feel empty.

The map music is this nice light guitar solo that makes me think of story time. The in game music is a fun battle tune. The sounds of the monsters grunting as you select them does get a little old if you play for a long time, but its nothing that is going to cause you to quit the game.

The controls are simply point and click. You click on the next castle you are going to have to protect, and then you will be clicking on potions, monsters, and spells in game.

As you can probably tell this is an educational game that is masquerading as a turn-based tower defense game. I have to say that they have done a DAMN good job making it both enjoyable, entertaining, and of course educational. Sure it has been a long time since last I had to deal with addition and subtraction, but I tell you what, there was something about this game that made me want to keep playing the next level. My only true gripe about the game is that you were taken back to the map screen after successfully completing each level. I would have liked a smooth transition between at least all the levels in a certain area. There are a couple of different areas, and of course as the game progresses the numbers on the monsters gets bigger, but you also get more types of potions to use. These potions range from ones that increase the monster's number, decrease the monster's number, zero out the monster's number, move a monster to a different row, clear off an entire row, or freeze an entire row for a couple of turns.

If you are looking for something that the whole family to play, this is the game to play. There's a difficulty setting, as part of the game, so if you need to make it easy you can do so, or you can pump it up to be a little more challenging. All I have to say is that I couldn't put the game down until I finished it, and I was left wanting more, I wanted to save more castles, defeat more monsters, and though I technically could have started the game over again, I would be very interested to see what the developers could have given us as the next area, or hopefully area(s). This game has to be a 9.2 out of 10.
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