App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
DragonVale App Poster Image
Popular with kids
Entertaining sim experience requires patience -- or cash.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

DragonVale wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game could use a more robust tutorial. It explains the basics, but leaves out next steps. 


The game includes a breeding cave, and one of the primary activities is breeding new dragon species. There is nothing explicit here, but it could still raise questions for younger kids.


This free app is one of the top grossing apps in the app store. There are in-app purchases for coins, gems, and treats. Coins and treats can be obtained through regular play, while gems require a special (cash) purchase. You can progress through the game without gems, but the game moves much more slowly. Parents should be prepared for pressure to buy gems and will want to consider turning off in-app purchases while kids play.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMTaylor405 May 2, 2013

With Basic Precautions its a Fun Learning Tool

Full review below.---------------tl;dr - If you take basic, common sense precautions. Dragonvale is a perfect game to foster organization, strategic thinking, a... Continue reading
Adult Written byslukster October 15, 2012

My 5 yr old and I LOVE IT!!

I am not sure how my 5 year old son found this game on my wife's Iphone but one day I found him playing it and having a blast. After watching him play (to... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 18, 2012


I have something to say parents of "overspending childs", I have a little tip. I read your comments. The dragons will NOT DIE. I lost my iPod for 2 we... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 8, 2016

Extremely Addicting

Best game ever, I don't really understand why people are saying it's a 'scheme', just don't buy it! Earn it! It's really easy. But... Continue reading

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.

App details

For kids who love sims

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