DragonBox Algebra 12+

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic approach to learning algebra through gameplay.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to solve algebraic equations in a truly unique way. They start by learning basic skills as they tap objects to make them disappear so the dragon in the box is alone on the screen. As learning progresses, kids have to isolate the box (which later becomes a variable) on one side of the screen. The key to success is that kids have to do the same thing to both sides of the screen, which models an equation. Advanced chapters incorporate fractions, coefficients, and more. Kids build a strong foundation for algebra by learning the underlying concepts for solving equations with this extremely fun and educational math app.

Ease of Play

There are animated instructions for new rules added during gameplay. Getting the hang of using the rules may take some practice, and kids get penalized for using extra steps to solve an equation. 

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An icon on the home screen prompts users to press a window for three seconds to access the parents' section. At the time of this review, this feature was not functioning. Pop-ups ask users to rate the app in the app store, but responding is optional.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DragonBox Algebra 12+ is an innovative and engaging game that helps kids learn algebra concepts. Kids learn one of the most important concepts in algebra -- keeping equations balanced -- in a very unique way: They drag and drop objects on two sides of a diagram, reinforcing the idea that what is done to one side of an equation must be done to the other. Then kids tap to make certain objects disappear to isolate the dragon in a box on one side of the diagram. Learning progresses as kids move through the game and as they unlock chapters. Kids will enjoy playing and seeing their dragon "grow." There's also a more traditional practice mode so kids can apply what they've learned to solve equations. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byrobertow April 22, 2015

Zoom into Algebra

My 10 year son tried it last year with much success. We came back this year and he is doing it super fast. At level 8 in a few days. Now I am trying to persuad... Continue reading
Adult Written byjshrager February 25, 2018

A Review of DBA12+

I've posted a detailed review of DBA12+ here: https://leosstemhacks.wordpress.com/ 2018/02/25/dragon-box-an-algebra-teaching-game/
Teen, 16 years old Written bymorningstar3245 September 7, 2016

What's it about?

DRAGONBOX ALGEBRA 12+ is a fun and challenging game that helps kids learn how to solve algebraic equations. The game mode has 10 chapters with 20 levels to complete in each. There is also a practice mode so kids can use what they've learned to solve more traditional equations. The main goal is to solve equations by dragging and tapping objects so the dragon in the box is by itself on one side of the screen. When kids are successful, the dragon eats anything on the opposite side of the screen and continues to grow. Once all 20 levels within a chapter are complete, the dragon is finished growing, and the next chapter is unlocked. Hints help guide kids who struggle, and, after one unsuccessful try at a level, kids can tap to see the solution.

Is it any good?

DragonBox Algebra 12+ is so fun to play it's almost addictive. Even more amazing is that it truly builds a conceptual understanding of algebra, which will help kids solve equations beyond those presented in the app. Kids start by learning to solve the most basic problem: getting the box alone on the screen. As they advance, they solve equations that increase in difficulty, using skills such as multiplication, expansion, and combining like terms. The practice mode reinforces what kids learned in the game, and step-by-step solutions help kids who need extra support. DragonBox Algebra 12+ is content-rich and delivers high-quality fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Have kids focus on playing specific chapters they may be struggling with. Encourage them to use the practice mode immediately after completing a chapter.

  • Challenge kids to write some of the diagram equations in the game mode as more traditional equations with variables and symbols. 

App details

For kids who love math

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