Date: Dec 23, 2012 11:43 PM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: Dragonbox

Robert Hansen posted Dec 23, 2012 7:21 PM:
> On Dec 22, 2012, at 7:55 AM, Richard Strausz
> <Richard.Strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us> wrote:
>

> >> Anything to pretend to need computers even if it
> >> means making easy
> >> stuff harder. They are good (or can be) for
> >> improving necessary
> >> "drill and kill" (better read, "drill for skill")

> but
> >> not much else.
> >>
> >> Wayne
> >>

> > Or, maybe, if an 8-year-old plays with this, it
> might it easier for him/her to master algebra in
> school later?
>
> I downloaded the game and played it (and had my 9
> year old son play it) through all 5 chapters, 20
> levels per chapter. That sounds more involved than it
> was. For me 30 minutes of time, my son, an hour.
>
> Good news first...
>
> 1. Decently made puzzle-app.
> 2. Does require puzzle reasoning.
> 3. The puzzle has enough draw (for a kid) but it is
> short lasting.
>
> Bad News...
>
> 1. Very few of the puzzles actually involve (faux)
> expressions (see later).
> 2. Isn't mathematical or algebraic other than it
> being a puzzle.
> 3. Suffers from the "ants doing trig" issue.
> 4. Rather brief puzzle factor (~30 minutes)
> ...

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Thanks for your detailed review. In the above, should not your "Good News" No. 3 be a point in the "Bad News"?

(I was not able to view the video, or to open the download page. I do not intend to purchase it).

GSC