B.I.D.M.A.S., The Order of Operations
Professor BIDMAS' roborators have run amok and need to destroyed. Use your order-of-operations code-cracking abilities and powerful weaponry to close these robo-rebels down.
This maths game helps with BIDMAS (Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction), the order of operations.
Roborators were created to help us, but Professor BIDMAS has infected them with a virus: they now classify all human life as litter and plan on eradicating mankind. You must hurry to the Roborator factory and destroy the Roborators with your powerful weapons.
The Roborators are equipped with shields, which you can deactivate with BIDMAS code-cracking skills. Use Order of Operations to blow up Roborators and so gain experience points and earn bounty money.
The cash can be used to buy more powerful weapons in the shop, and the experience points are required to clear the level.
How To Play
You must clear five different stages, each corresponding to a different part of the factory, in order to vanquish the Roborator menace. In each stage, Roborators will spawn and advance slowly towards you. Each Roborator has a code, or formula, displayed above its head: you must type in the answer to this formula to disable the Roborator's shield and blast it.
There are four classes of Roborator (green, purple, yellow, and red), which get progressively harder within each stage. If you achieve a 'Combo' of nine consecutive correct answers for any given Roborator class, then the next, higher class of Roborator appears. The tougher Roborators are worth more experience points and higher cash values (see below).
You get four Lives in each level, which are lost one at a time with blows from the advancing Roborators. An incorrect answer results in loss of time but not loss of a life.
Your selected weaponry appears in the bottom-left of the screen. Switch weapons and ammunition to fire more rapidly or unleash greater destructive power.
You may enter answers either using the keyboard, or by clicking on the number pad in the bottom-right of your screen.
Weapons may be selected by clicking on the weapons interface in the lower-left side of the screen or using the hotkeys below:
|E||Entry-level firepower - weak and slow.|
|R||More effective weapon for pin-point accuracy|
|T||Devastating anti-mech weapon with multi-annihilation capability. Experienced personnel only.|
|Z & X||Different types of ammo have very different explosive powers.|
|Q||Blows up all Roborators on-screen but does not count towards experience points or bounty money|
|S||Briefly shows answers to all formulae on-screen.|
|W||Electric wall that destroys any robot that touches it. Does not count towards experience points or bounty money.|
|A||Slows down all Roborators for a short time|
The factory contains five stages, and you graduate from one stage to the next by earning sufficient Experience Points (as shown by the meter on the right side of the screen filling up):
|Training Ground||Addition, Subtraction|
|Robo-Barracks||Brackets, Multiplication, Division|
|Assembly Line||Brackets, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division|
|Weapons Store||Brackets, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division|
|Prof's Lab||Brackets, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Indices|
You earn cash for destroying Roborators (Hit£) and for demonstrating consistency in your code-cracking ability (Combo£):
The Hit£ value earned for destroying a Roborator depends on the Roborator's class and the speed with which you calculate its code:Hit£ = £25 × Roborator Class × Distance Factor
Distance Factor depends on how far the advancing Roborator is away from you when blasted. Distance is used as a proxy of your speed of calculation, i.e. if you destroy a Roborator when it's far away, you score the highest Hit£ score. The range of values for Roborator Classes and the Distance Factors are:
- Roborator Class
Value = 1 Value = 2 Value = 3 Value = 4
- Distance Factor
Near Medium Far Value = 1 Value = 2 Value = 4
For example: a Yellow Roborator hit at a medium distance is worth: £25 × 3 × 2 = £150, whereas a Red Roborator hit at a far distance is worth: £25 × 4 × 4 = £400.
The cash earned from destroying Roborators in a stage is the cumulative sum of all Hit£ in that stage, i.e. ∑Hit£.
The Combo£ bonus depends on the Roborator's class and the number of consecutive correct answers (3, 6, or 9):Combo£ = £100 × Roborator Class × Combo Factor
The range of values for Roborator Classes and the Combo Factors are:
- Roborator Class
Value = 1 Value = 2 Value = 3 Value = 4
- Combo Factor
Combo × 3 Combo × 6 Combo × 9 Value = 1 Value = 4 Value = 20
For example: destroying six Purple Robots without making any mistakes is worth: £100 × 2 × 4 = £800, whereas destroying nine Yellow Robots without making any mistakes is worth: £100 × 3 × 20 = £6000.
The cash earned from demonstrating consistency in a stage is the cumulative sum of all Combo£ in that stage, i.e. ∑Combo£.
Thus, the total cash earned in a stage is:
Improve your score
Don't let Roborators get too close. The further away they are when you blast them, the more cash you earn: a "Far" Roborator is worth 4 times more than a "Near" one.
Combos can boost your score quickly. Focus on getting as many consecutive correct answers as possible. Combo x 9 gives you the maximum bonus and brings on the next Roborator class.
Higher-class Roborators are worth more money and earn more experience points per hit. Try to get to the red Roborators as quickly as possible, with as many lives to spare as possible.
Your ComboCounter gets reset if you enter an incorrect answer or lose a life. You have four Lives that get replenished at the end of the stage. It is often worth risking a life or two to get the extra few seconds to work out the right answer.
Save the best weapons for the toughest Roborators:
- This the most valuable weapon, as any Roborators destroyed using it count towards both the dollar value and experience points earned for clearing the stage. Use it when there are multiple Roborators on the screen to maximise its value.
- Rocket Launchers
- In multi-annihilation mode this destroys two Roborators with one answer, but does not provide additional experience points. It has a max ammo limit of 50 rockets, so keep an eye on your rocket inventory.
- These are very powerful, as they clear all Roborators on-screen. However, like the ElectroWall, it does not contribute towards cash earned or experience points. Use them wisely!
In each stage the maths gets tougher and tougher, so here are some expert survival tips!
- Training Ground
Try to use "number bonds" that make 10. For example: 34 + 56. Notice that 4 and 6 always go together to make an extra 10.
When adding numbers together, try to add the tens together and then the units. For example: 24 + 35. Do 20 + 30 = 50, then 4 + 5 = 9. So the answer is 59.
When subtracting, it is sometimes easier to "add on". For example: 37 − 29. How many do you add onto 29 to make 37? Answer: 8. This might be easier than taking 29 away from 37.
When adding and subtracting three numbers, work out the answer to the two smaller numbers first. For example: 23 + 15 − 9. Work out 15 − 9 = 6 first, then do 23 + 6. So the answer is 29.
Sometimes it's easier to do adding and subtracting in a different order. For example: 59 + 12 − 36 might be easier to do as 59 − 36 + 12.
When a number is very close to 100 you might use the method of "borrowing". For example: 78 + 97. You only need 3 extra to make 97 into 100. So you "borrow" 3 from 78. So the question is now the much easier 75 + 100. Answer: 175.
- Robo Barracks
Anything multiplied by zero always makes zero. Don't waste time working out a question if it gives the answer zero. For example: (3 × 7) × 0. Don't work out 3 × 7.
If you multiply by a number and then divide by the same number, you basically cancel out that number. For example: (7 × 6) ÷ 6. Here you are multiplying by 6 and then dividing by 6. You can ignore the 6s, so the answer is just 7.
If you multiply by a number and then divide by the same number, you basically cancel out that number. For example: (3 × 35) ÷ 15. Here you are multiplying by 3 and then dividing by 15. But 15 is the same as 3 × 5. So there is a multiply by 3 and a divide by 3. They cancel themselves, so (3 × 35) ÷ 15 changes into 35 ÷ 5.
When you multiply numbers that end in zero you can ignore the zero to begin with. For example: 12 × 20. Work it out as 12 × 2 to make 24. Then add an extra zero to make 240.
When you divide numbers that end in zero you can ignore the zeros. For example: 120 ÷ 20 is the same answer as 12 ÷ 2.
When you multiply by a number close to 10 or 20 try using this strategy. For example: 13 × 19. Do 13 × 20 = 260. Then subtract 13 to make 19 lots of 13. Answer: 247.
When dividing with big numbers, try to approximate the answer. For example: 112 ÷ 14. If you know 140 ÷ 14 is 10, then 112 ÷ 14 will be a bit less than 10. You might be able to tell that it must be closer to 8 than 7 or 9. All answers in Bidmas Blaster are whole numbers, so the answer is 8.
When dividing with big numbers, try to approximate the numbers. For example: 245 ÷ 49. You can approximate this as 250 ÷ 50, making the answer 5.
- Assembly Line
When multiplying a bracket it is sometimes easier to multiply each number in the bracket separately. For example: 5 × (3 + 10) can be worked out as 5 × 3 + 5 × 10 = 15 + 50 = 65. This might be easier than doing 5 × 13.
- Weapons Store
Any expression inside a bracket multiplied by zero always makes zero. Don't waste time working out a question if it gives the answer zero. For example: (83 − 17) × 0 = 0, so you don't need to work out 83 − 17.
- Prof's Lab
If you are rooting a multiplication or division, you can root the numbers separately. For example: √(144 × 9) = √144 × √9 = 12 × 3 = 36. Another example: √(144 ÷ 9) = √144 ÷ √9 = 12 ÷ 3 = 4.
There are two very useful square roots you should try to remember: √169 = 13 and √196 = 14. Notice that the numbers 6 and 9 are just reversed.
There are two very useful cube roots you should try to remember: 3√125 = 5 and 3√216 = 6. Notice that the numbers end in 5 and 6.