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Kahoot! Big Numbers: DragonBox

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever math resource-management game requires some patience.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Phantastic value

Dragonbox has helped us a lot with developing numbersense. It is perceived by kids as a real game
age 6+

Funny game to learn basic math

Easy and fun to play, very intuitive and some addictive, kids can learn addition and substractions and in more advanced stages need to choose how interchange stuffs to achieve their goal (introduction to divisions). Smaller kids (6) needs some advice to choose and understand the dynamics of the game. Also learn something about production process and need to be patience to wait to your work payment. Better if kids already know dragonbox numbers App because the same characters are here (the 1 to 10 numbers).

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Math : addition, arithmetic, counting, grouping, numbers, subtraction
  • Skills: Self-Direction : goal-setting, work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (7-day trial, then $9.99/mo. or $59.99/year. This subscription includes access to all DragonBox products as well as Poio and Kahoot!.)
  • Release date: December 17, 2021
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
  • Version: 1.2.25
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5 and up
  • Last updated: January 24, 2022

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