DragonBox Numbers

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun gameplay dominates as kids explore number concepts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about numbers and gain number sense. Combining them and dividing them helps kids understand how numbers are formed. Comparing whole Nooms and stacked Nooms lets kids explore size and concepts of bigger, smaller, and equal. The number line helps kids get a sense of how numbers relate to each other, and handing in coins to buy new levels lets kids count backward and see subtraction in action. Completing the puzzles and challenges in DragonBox Numbers requires some creativity, flexible thinking, and problem-solving skills, but kids will likely just enjoy playing with the Nooms.

Ease of Play

Gameplay and navigation are easy to figure out through trial and error, but some levels are confusing because of unclear goals.

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Consumerism

As they play, kids earn coins, which they can use to "buy" levels, but this has a teaching purpose.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DragonBox Numbers introduces kids to basic number concepts through puzzles, challenges, and free play. With 350 guided activities plus infinite free play, kids will have plenty to work through with this app. The cute creatures that represent numbers in the game -- Nooms -- eat each other when forming bigger numbers, which will delight most kids but could be disturbing for a few. Parents can set the text to English, Spanish, Norwegian, or French, though the game itself doesn’t involve any language, so it won't make a difference for kids. The easy-to-read privacy policy details how the developer collects and shares your information.

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What's it about?

In DRAGONBOX NUMBERS "Nooms" represent each number from 1 to 10: Kids can stack Nooms, have them eat each other and turn into different Nooms (3 eats 5 and becomes 8), or slice them into smaller Nooms. In "sandbox," kids freely experiment with the Nooms against a number line. In "ladder," kids build a Noom to reach a star on a number line, which gets more challenging as they want to avoid or pass through certain points along the way. "Puzzles" lets kids create pictures using the Nooms in certain ways. All activities earn coins, which kids use to "buy" more levels.

Is it any good?

Silly Nooms get kids interacting with and manipulating numbers in this set of creative games. This app joins the other games in the DragonBox series as a stellar example of seamlessly incorporating important mathematical concepts into a fun game environment. The three play areas offer a good combination of free exploration and goal-oriented challenges. Though the games purposefully do not have any explicit help, it sometimes feels like a little explanation would actually help avoid confusion. For instance, the Nooms could have some defining feature -- other than height -- that help identify which number they are. Also, the support is inconsistent; for example, sometimes when kids add two Nooms, the number sentence is said aloud ("two plus three, five"), but sometimes it doesn't. Parents can sign up for an account to get reports on what their kids are doing, but that function wasn't up and running at the time of review. In terms of settings, it would be nice to be able to turn the background music off. Despite these minor issues, kids will have fun playing with the Nooms and picking up number sense along the way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about numbers. Add small numbers together, take them apart, compare them, combine them, and see what happens.

  • Play with your kids and comment on what they're doing so they have a better understanding of what they're learning.

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