A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dragonvale is a simulation game that allows players to build a dragon park. You can buy new buildings, decorate, and make your park more attractive for visitors. You'll also feed and care for your dragons, as well as breed them to discover new species. The game does require some patience as it can take time to earn the resources to buy a new building or move to the next level. In-app purchases of gems can speed things up.
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- Kids say
What's it about?
Kids start with a tutorial on the basics of building their dragon park. Then they'll proceed to hatch and raise dragons, feeding and caring for them. Kids use the in-game currency, gems, to buy new buildings, decorate, and make their park more attractive for visitors. This requires patience or cash, as players can run out of gems quickly; in-app purchases of gems can speed things up.
Is it any good?
DRAGONVALE starts slowly. You'll buy your first dragons and then you'll wait to save up money and build up experience to expand. Once the game gets going, however, it's fun to breed the dragons and seek out new species. This is not a game for kids who need immediate gratification, however, as tasks can easily take eight hours or more to complete without buying gems to speed things along.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: money
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility
Self-Direction: goal-setting, work to achieve goals
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 30, 2011
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 18.70 MB
- Publisher: Backflip Studios
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
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