Gotta Catch ‘Em All! (DragonBox Algebra 12+)

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Tell me if this is a good idea for a game: Combining Algebra Math with Monsters. It's a GREAT idea...for a let's play of course! Here we'll be playing an educational math game called DragonBox.

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Game Information: DragonBox Algebra 12+ (April 23rd, 2013)

DragonBox is a series of educational games developed by WeWantToKnow and released on iOS and Android platforms in 2011. The games were primarily designed for kids learning mathematic equations such as Algebra, and this game is no exception.

When you first start the game, you'll have to create a profile with a selection of any human or anthro character you want. Once you create your profile, you'll be greeted with a cutscene involving eyes peeking out of a box, with the following message:

"When the BOX is alone, the Dragon will come out and grow."

And that's the main goal of each level: Eliminate any objects surrounding the box (representing the "x" in an Algebra equation) until his side is alone, in which after that he scans his area and eats any remainder objects on the other side. As the game progresses, your monsters will evolve from an egg to a full-grown one.

Gameplay-wise, it plays like a mathematical puzzle game, with new skills discovered as you progress. Here are some examples:

  • Some levels contain "portal" squares that can easily be eliminated. These represent the 0's in an equation.
  • Some levels have a "day" square and a "night" square, that can be combined to create a "portal" square that can easily be eliminated. This represents adding the same positive and negative number together to create 0.
  • Some levels need a day square to be moved from one side to the other. From an inventory, a night square can be added to both sides, with one side containing the box removing the day square. This represents equation balancing. Squares in an inventory can also be flipped from day to night, and so forth.

The full game contains 10 chapters, each one with a different monster. Once all 10 chapters are complete, you are given a diploma for beating the game.

The game also contains extras, such as viewing your diploma once you beat all the levels, and a "Side B", which is mainly an Algebra practice course.

DragonBox Algebra 12+ was released in April of 2013, less than a year after DragonBox Algebra 5+, which was released in May of 2012. The Algebra 12+ game is basically the same as the 5+ one, except it has more advanced equations.

As of today, the game is still available for purchase on both app stores.

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