A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids will get a lot of practice with counting, adding, and subtracting multi-digit numbers, as well as resource management. They'll have to save up to earn new items and make decisions about their priorities. It's not ideal for kids who are just learning to add or subtract, unless an adult is helping out.
Ease of Play
By design, there are no instructions. Some kids may be confused about what to do to get started, even with the prompts.
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Is It Any Good?
Though it ramps up slowly, this intriguing math-based world expands into complex, multi-level practice where the math skills are baked neatly into the experience. Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox is, overall, fun and motivating. Unfortunately, the early stages of the game move quite slowly. The original apple tree takes more than 30 seconds to grow new apples, which means a lot of waiting with nothing else to do (though there's nothing wrong with practicing patience). Throughout the game, kids have to do a lot of tapping, as that's the main way to collect resources. As the game progresses, however, it's hard not to become excited over the next world to unlock and the new resources to discover. The math component is well-integrated and increases in difficulty at a good pace. Though the app prompts kids, it never really explains what's happening, so it's not great for introducing the concepts and is better for practicing or looking at the concepts in a new way. In terms of quirks, some of the number shapes that the app recognizes won't be familiar to all kids and it doesn't always recognize the written numbers, so kids may have to try more than once. Also, each digit is stated out loud as it is written, but often the last number overlaps the total number, making for a confusing audio result. Ultimately, despite the grind of tapping, the hefty price tag, and other imperfections, this well-constructed and expansive app offers a world with depth and charm, which makes it a solid choice in the crowded space of math apps.
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