Mathematics learning opportunities when playing a Tower Defense Game


  • Aura Hernàndez-Sabaté Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Computer Vision Center
  • Meritxell Joanpere Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Núria Gorgorió Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Lluís Albarracín Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona



Tower Defense game, videogames design, mathematics, problem solving


A qualitative research study is presented herein with the purpose of identifying mathematics learning opportunities in a commercial version of a Tower Defense game. These learning opportunities are understood as mathematicisable moments of the game and involve the establishment of relationships between the game and mathematical problem solving. Based on the analysis of the nature of these mathematicisable moments, we present several design options that are being implemented in a didactic version of a Tower Defense game.

Author Biography

Lluís Albarracín, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Departament de didàctica de les Ciències Experimentals i la Matemàtica


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How to Cite

Hernàndez-Sabaté, A., Joanpere, M., Gorgorió, N., & Albarracín, L. (2015). Mathematics learning opportunities when playing a Tower Defense Game. International Journal of Serious Games, 2(4).



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