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

What's New

Version 1.3.1

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

Ratings and Reviews

Wow- a must for all learning the basics of algebra.


My math junky third grade son just completed this App in 3 days at about 30 mintues each. My 5th and 6th graders are working on it too. One hates math because he struggle with it but can easily navigate his way through this app. It's fun, engaging, and educational. At first I did not fully grasp what it had to do with algebra until I paid a little more attention. Once I figured out the concept I was in awe of this method of teaching algebra. We have about 50 other educational apps that are typical. This is what apps should bring to education-innovation. If you have a child who is struggling with the basic concept of algebra this may just be the breakthrough app. There are no words so if you are looking for math without reading this would work, ie-Dyslexic. If the developers sold any other math app, I would buy it. I hope that they come out with a second app with real numbers and problems. First time writing a review because I have never been this impressed.
update- missed the bonus round, it has the numbers that I wanted.

Curse you app store


This isn't exactly the app's fault, but I got the 12 level iphone app, and was so excited there was a mac version, because my kids won't give the iphone back, and I'm finally learning algebra after three decades. I bought this version and when I installed it, realized it's a mini-version, and there's no 12 level one to get. I didn't realize there were two versions, or that the mac store wouldn't have both. So I guess I've donated to a good cause.

Simply Great


I have a 5 year old who loves puzzles and loves games. Thought I'd Dragon Box a try, without any expectation that he'd either a) like it, or b) learn anything.

It's been amazing to watch -- he loves the game, he has no idea he's following any rules re: simplification of equations. We'll see (years from now, sadly) how well it translates -- unless I decide to start introducing algebra-as-algebra earlier -- but he's having a blast.

Really well thought out, great progression of concepts.


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30.9 MB
English, Basque, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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