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DragonBox Algebra 5+

So fun and easy, a five-year-old can do it.

Teaching algebra to kids

DragonBox Algebra 5+

by WeWantToKnow AS
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Box equals x
DragonBox Algebra 5+
DragonBox Algebra 5+
$4.99 in the App Store

Teaching algebra to kids? Are you out of your mind? Well, DragonBox Algebra 5+ puts children in a game environment so playful they won't even know they're already learning the basic concepts of mathematics and algebra.

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Box equals x. In DragonBox Algebra, you have to isolate the box, which is equivalent to isolating x, which in turn is the goal in the solving equations. You can add day and night versions of a card to create a vortex that you can make disappear.

Box equals x
Opposites attract

Opposites attract. Effectively, you learn that the sum of two opposites is zero, and that removing zero from an expression doesn't change its result. You can then work with both sides of the equation, adding the same card on both sides to balance it.

From cute symbols to math terms. Eventually the cute symbols turn into mathematical terms, challenging you to solve linear equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations.

From cute symbols to math terms

What is it about?

Players manipulate cards to isolate the DragonBox on one side of the game board. Gradually, the cards are replaced with numbers and variables. Subsequently, it emerges that players have been learning how to work with addition, division and multiplication operators all along.

For those who...

  • ... like learning while playing. ... want to learn the basic concepts of mathematics and algebra.

Not for those who...

  • ... want a more straightforward app for learning algebra. ... don't want anything to do with numbers and variables.

Why we love it

DragonBox Algebra 5+ is a perfect example of game-based learning. Ostensibly it's a simple game that has players manipulating cards. But actually it's an educational game that teaches players how to solve linear equations without them knowing it.

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App Details

Education Family Puzzle
Last updated
December 11, 2019
Release date
May 8, 2012
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App Store Description

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

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