We’ve had pretty good luck with games from Canada in the past, so when we came across Action Dragon at a thrift store in Chicago, we took a chance at it. We should have noticed the full title on the box is actually, “Action Dragon: Sentence Construction”. So it’s an educational game…but a game nevertheless. We gave it a shot.
Action Dragon is a simple game that requires you to build sentences using cards marked with a variety of subjects, verbs, adjectives and compliments. Each part of the sentence is color-coded and to move your piece, you must create a sentence that includes the correct ‘formula’ of colors and number of cards.
The instructions claim the game is for ages 7+, and because of the need to understand the different parts of sentence structure, I would agree. However the artwork on the cards looks like it was designed to appeal to a much younger audience. In fact, we found one website claiming the game was suited for Pre-K to 3rd grade.
But…if you have a younger child in the 5-6 age range, with adult supervision they would probably not only enjoy the graphics of the game, but be challenged in their sentence building and part recognition. I guess we shouldn’t be so hard on it, it is billed as an educational game in the first place.
If you think you would find some great value in this type of learning game, you can find them from teacher supply stores as well as used copies on Amazon. Patrix Games does have other offerings on their website, maybe one just right for you!