App review by Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Entertaining sim experience requires patience -- or cash.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 8+

The Best Game in the World

My son checks his Dragonvale first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Backflip Studios have created the best game for kids 8 and upwards. It's a learning experience as well as a fun game. He memorizes all his dragons and each one tells a story. He competes with his friends and family and he's even got me playing. Now I'm addicted and can't get enough of Dragonvale. We love it as a family and talk about it every day. I recommend it to other mothers as a safe fun game for their kids.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 12+

Game preys on children with push notifications and in-app purchase asks

I am incredibly frustrated with this game which seems intent on sucking my child in. I use parent controls on the smart phone and have turned off notifications and in-app purchases but somehow they get turned back on. My child knows we never ever say yes to in-app purchases but he was practically in tears the other day begging to spend $10 of his own money on in-app purchase for this game. Honestly, I would sincerely recommend you never get this app and if your child asks for it just say no.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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