DragonBox Elements - Geometry

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Innovative geometry app integrates learning with play.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about shape attributes and geometric proofs by solving puzzles. Through gameplay, kids explore the properties and relationships of geometric shapes and concepts including congruency, line segments, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, pairs of angles, and parallel and transverse lines. Each level progresses to a new concept that builds on the previous level. For example, kids learn the definition of a triangle in the first level by tapping three vertices to draw the three sides of a triangle. In later levels, kids learn about isosceles and equilateral triangles by exploring their side lengths. The critters in the puzzles that kids need to set free and collect appear in the same general forms of the shapes that kids need to identify. This may not be obvious to some kids, so pointing this out could be helpful. DragonBox Elements is a fun and innovative way to help kids build fundamental geometry skills.

Ease of Play

Animations show kids how to use new rules, or "powers," but kids will probably need to practice to get the hang of them. 

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A small icon in the top right corner of the home screen takes users to ads for other games from the developer. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DragonBox Elements is an exciting geometry game with more than 100 challenging puzzles. Kids learn the fundamental, as well as the more advanced, concepts related to shapes and geometric proofs. Kids can choose from two levels of difficulty, and the puzzles in both levels get increasingly harder to complete. By tapping, drawing, and dragging, kids solve puzzles and gather creatures to form an army and fight the enemy monster, Osgard. The puzzles are highly engaging, and the graphics are bright and colorful. This is a true example of game-based learning. It's important to note that many of the puzzles can be quite difficult, and hints are not available. Parents may need to provide guidance to help kids avoid frustration. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byNice Mommy September 5, 2014

My six year old can play this

There are actually three levels of play: easy, normal, and hard. Both my six and eight year old play this game. It is truly engaging and you can set multiple pl... Continue reading
Adult Written byDave P. August 16, 2016

Well drawn, very poor documentation / explanation

Coming from the Dragon Box algebra I had high expectations. I found it confusing. My 9 yo found it confusing. It was illogical. Quite simply infuriating. wit... Continue reading

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What's it about?

The game begins with a simple, nicely animated background story about a monster taking over a tower, offered in 17 languages. Kids have to collect critters to build an army and fight the monster. They do this by solving the puzzles. Kids can choose from two challenges: normal or hard. Once they choose a challenge, kids work their way through 10 puzzles to progress to the next level. The levels are organized into seven chapters, and kids learn new powers, or rules, in each chapter. As kids solve the puzzles, they develop an understanding of different geometric concepts. However, the game does not review or reinforce the concepts directly, so, if you want kids to be able to transfer what they've learned to another learning environment, it's important to use the parent and teacher resources on the developer's website.

Is it any good?

DRAGONBOX ELEMENTS is a fun, innovative way for kids to learn about geometry. The puzzles are so engaging, it’s hard to put them down. They also do an excellent job of progressing in difficulty and building on concepts learned in previous puzzles. With game-based learning, kids will have fun building their armies of geometric critters while exploring the fundamentals of geometry. Some of the puzzles are very difficult to solve, so it would be great to see some hints added. However, the developer's website has excellent resources that parents can use if kids need extra support.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Use the parents' guide on the developer's website to discuss what kids learn with each new power.

  • Once kids finish all 10 puzzles in a level, review the concepts and have kids draw examples on paper. 

App details

For kids who love math

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