DragonBox Algebra 5+

Developer: WeWantToKnow AS

Current Version: 1.3.1

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 30.9 MB - Download


DragonBox Algebra 5+ - The game that secretly teaches algebra

DragonBox Algebra 5+ Is perfect for giving young children a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as young as five can easily begin to grasp the basic processes involved in solving linear equations without even realising that they are learning. The game is intuitive, engaging and fun, allowing anyone to learn the basics of algebra at his or her own pace.

DragonBox Algebra 5+ covers the following algebraic concepts:

* Addition
* Division
* Multiplication

Suitable from age five and up, DragonBox Algebra 5+ gives young learners the opportunity to get familiar with the basics of equation solving.

DragonBox uses a novel pedagogical method based on discovery and experimentation. Players learn how to solve equations in a playful and colorfull game environment where they are encouraged to experiment and be creative. By manipulating cards and trying to isolate the DragonBox on one side of the game board, the player gradually learns the operations required to isolate X on one side of an equation. Little by little, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables, revealing the addition, division and multiplication operators the player has been learning throughout the game.

Playing does not require supervision, although parents can assist them in transferring learned skills into pen and paper equation solving. It is a great game for parents to play with their kids and can even give them an opportunity to freshen up their own math skills.

DragonBox was developed by former math teacher Jean-Baptiste Huynh and has been heralded as a perfect example of game-based learning. As a result, it is currently forming the basis of an extensive research project by the Center For Game Science at the University of Washington.


* 10 progressive chapters (5 learning, 5 training)
* 200 puzzles
* Learn to solve equations involving addition, subtraction, division and multiplication
* Multiple profiles
* Dedicated graphics and music for each chapter
* supported languages: English, français, norsk, svenska, dansk, español, 한국어, italiano, português, Deutsch, русский, 简体中文, 繁體中文, suomi, Nederlands, Eesti, Euskara, Türkçe, Čeština, Lietuvių, Magyar, 日本語...


Gold Medal
2012 International Serious Play Awards

Best Educational Game
2012 Fun and Serious Games Festival

Best Serious Mobile Game
2012 Serious Games Showcase & Challenge

App of the Year
GullTasten 2012

Children’s App of the Year
GullTasten 2012

Best Serious Game
9th International Mobile Gaming Awards (2012 IMGA)

2013 ON for Learning Award
Common Sense Media

Best Nordic Innovation Award 2013
2013 Nordic Game Awards

Editors choice award
Children’s Technology Review


DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app "innovative."
GeekDad, Wired

Step aside sudoku, algebra is the primordial puzzle game
Jordan Shapiro, Forbes

Brilliant, kids don't even know that they are doing Math
Jinny Gudmundsen, USA today

These guys are shaping the future of education
Brian Brushwood, TWiT

Awesome integration of algebra and gameplay!

My eight year old son immediately sat down and ran through the first two banks of problems without hesitation. It was amazing.
Christopher Wanko, CoolTools

You will be surprised at how much you can learn in a few hours with this app.
Geeks With Juniors


Release Notes:

New languages (Galego, Greek, Polish, Romanian)
Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0.0
Review by Instruisto

I see what you did there…. - I teach six classes each day and homebound students on evenings and weekends. My day job is history teaching but homebound teaching requires me to teach all subjects. I was looking for a way to teach algebra and I came across thsi program. Through playing a game students use the same logic as they would solving an equation but without the scary-looking math symbols. I woudl recommend this for math-phobic students.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 1.0.0
Review by GameNinjazz

"Boring" and unpolished - I tried this game with four kids, ages 6, 8, 10 and 12. All really love these kinds of games - Minecraft, Zuma, Angry Birds. None wanted to play DragonBox for more than about 20 minutes. I played it most of the way through just to see what the higher levels looked like. I think it's really a stretch to claim that it teaches algebra. It does not - it's simply a game of cancelling out things where they can to isolate one object. That's just one small aspect of algebra, and it's already taught in first grade math. And that's about as far as the game goes - just cancelling things out. The levels all seem to be the same. Unlike Angry Birds, there is no replay value - you don't come back later to replay it and say "yeah I remember that level, it was fun." DragonBox levels are pretty much the same thing over and over again. Letters eventually start replacing monster pictures to back up the "they're learning algebra" claim. Beyond the fundamental concept issue, the game is very unpolished. The music is painfully monotonous, and the graphics are uninspiring. What's really bad, however, is that the graphics are bitmaps and do not stretch properly. Unless you want to run the game in a window (not a good idea for small kids since they will click outside and hide the game window), you will need to go to fullscreen (cmd-F). Angry Birds does this beautifully, even on 27" monitors, due to the use of vector graphics. DragonBox doesn't. It stretches out the graphics so that the objects which should be squares are now flattened rectangles with heavy pixellation. Overall, it would be very impressive work if it was developed as a high school project, perhaps in Scratch (the language from MIT). Not so impressive coming from an alleged professional programming asking for money.

Found helpful by 9 out of 20 people