Technology has made our lives quite easy. For example we use Android games for kids as viable babysitters. The best part is that the kids adore them and actually want to spend time with technology. Android is a blessing in disguise if you have more than one kid at home. Don’t get us wrong, we love kids, but sometimes a little “me” time is required, especially if a favorite TV show or the big game is on.
So acquire the 10 best android games for kids and let them have fun while you do your own thing. You don’t have to worry about inappropriate content in these great games. The 10 best Android games for kids list covers games for almost every age group, from toddlers to pre-teens, so by installing these games you can net some quality quite time.
Note: All android games for kids were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone running on Android version 4.3. The apps performed great and there were no major issued faced during the extensive testing period.
1. LEGO Ninjago REBOOTED – Free
Don’t step on em
Everyone simply loves LEGO, but young kids are more likely to appreciate them in a game. There is something about seeing your lifeless blocks come to life, even if it is a virtual playground. LEGO Ninjago REBOOTED is a runner type of game with easy controls. Don’t be fooled by the cute look of the game though, this title requires some serious concentration to play and will need you on top of your game. The controls maybe simple but stacking difficulty and the sheer amount of obstacles on screen makes it well suited for kids above six.
- LEGO men are adorable.
- Blocky animations (pun intended).
- Fast paced gameplay.
- Challenging obstacles.
Notable Feature: LEGO Ninjago REBOOTED is quite addictive even for adults. The free nature of the game makes it a great choice for killing some quality time.
2. AniWorld – $1.99
AniWorld is more of an educational app than a pure game but it is fun. The app is made for toddlers who are just starting to learn new things. Pictures of animals are presented in a very easy to access interface. This allows your kids to get familiarized with animals. That’s not all though, tapping the picture will show a full view along with the sound of the animal. This is a fun app for kids under age 3 and will keep them busy for quite a while.
- Fun for little ones.
- Educational and informative.
- Great interface, easily accessible even for kids.
AniWorld brings learning with fun to the table. Pre-school kids will actually benefit playing around with this handy app.
3. Steamy Window – Free
Better with hot coca
Steamy Window is another example of android games for kids which allow imagination to do the heavy lifting. Remember when you were a kid you blew at a window to make it steamy and wrote on it? Steamy Window is exactly that. You have to blow into the microphone to make the screen steamy and then you can have fun drawing stuff directly on the screen. The condensed droplets even go downwards, even if you rotate the screen!
- Launches lightning fast.
- Drawing on steam never gets old.
- The drop animation is quite realistic.
Notable Feature: Blowing into the microphone makes Steamy Windows seem much closer to reality. This is bound to bring a smile to your face.
4. Toy Story: Smash It! – Free
Toy smashing fun
Imagine Angry Birds but in 3D, this is exactly what Toy Story is. You play as iconic characters from the beloved movie franchise, this means Woody and Buzz are absolutely in the game. You need to destroy toy based structures and score points to advance to the next level. The game has very simple controls and has some of the best physics based gameplay around. The blocks and toys react in a realistic manner and the crisp 3D graphics compliments the game well.
- Characters from Toy Story.
- Easy to learn controls.
- Physics based destruction.
- Notable Feature:
Notable Feature: The game makes breaking toys quite fun. Hopefully your little ones will lay off the actual toys.
5. Amazing Alex – Free and $0.99
Alex is indeed amazing
5.A Free Version
Made by the guys behind Angry Birds, Amazing Alex is truly amazing. We were skeptical at first about this new game but we became pleasantly surprised by the polished content it provided. Sure, the idea has been used before in many games but Amazing Alex does it in an enjoyable style. The basic idea behind this game is to get the ball to the target. Alex can utilize a lot of physics based objects to aid him in his quest to quench his boredom.
- 2D graphics with cartoonish style
- Challenging puzzles.
- No hand holding.
- Requires clever tactics to win.
Notable Feature: The advanced levels of the game require thinking tactfully. You can pass a level easily but to gain the full 3 star rating you will need to make a strategy.
5.B Paid version
The full version of Amazing Alex comes with 100 levels to test your creative prowess. There are regular free updates to keep the game interesting. Other than that there is no difference between the free and paid versions.
6. Toca Builders – $2.99
Toca Builder is equivalent of Minecraft on android games for kids list. It takes some great gameplay elements from the indie hit and combines them with unique characters. The characters all have different powers which can help shape the world. For example Blox is great at dropping and smashing blocks while Vex is good at putting blocks in stacks. Combining the special powers of the characters a skillful player will be able to create virtually anything inside the spacious world of Toca Builders.
- Creative freedom is abundant.
- No need to buy actual blocks for kids.
- Characters have eye-catching design.
- Making a house is always great.
Notable Feature: Toca Builders is a game which is only limited by the player’s imagination. The more creative a kid is, the more fun will be attained by this great game.
7. Subway Surfer – Free
More like subway runner
This game started as a Temple Run rip-off but gained our love and eventually respect with its quirky graphics and solid gameplay. The game is an endless runner in which you collect coins while avoiding collisions with obstacles. There is also a policeman trying to catch you so if you stop even for a second, he will catch you. You can purchase upgrades and new characters with the coins you collect during your run or you can purchase them through IAP. The constant updates keep the game fresh.
- Fast gameplay.
- Great 3D graphics and smooth frame rate.
- The music is quite motivating.
- Awesome animations.
Notable Features: There is a lot you can do when it comes to customization in Subway Surfers. From changing simple outfits of your favorite character to swapping them whole, the game has you covered. The best part is that you don’t have to pay a single dollar to keep enjoying the game.
8. Jetpack Joyride – Free
Take joy in the ride
Jetpack Joyride is a 2D side scrolling game with minimalistic controls. The game is from the same studio which brought us Fruit Ninja but it far surpasses when it terms of graphical fidelity and variation. The game can be played by tapping on the screen. You run and use the jetpack to avoid hurdles during the course. Collecting coins will enable you to purchase ridiculous upgrades which make the game all the more fun. Among 10 best android games for kids, this is the most fun and challenging game we played.
- 2D graphics with a little retro touch.
- Game gets challenging fast.
- In-game upgrades are funny and diverse.
- The scared scientists are fun to watch.
- Notable Feature:
Notable Feature: Jetpack Joyride can be played with only one hand. It has the simplest controls we have seen in a while; there is no swiping or gesturing either.
9. Despicable Me – Free
Minions love bananas
Despicable Me has the most adorable minions ever seen in any movie franchise. Gameloft knows that and has made minions the center of attention of Despicable Me the game. This is another endless runner game but comes with amazing graphics. The introductory cut scene is rendered in-engine and features great animations. While this makes the game attractive, it also makes it demanding. The game ran fine on our test smartphone but took a while to load and there were frame rate drops. Newer smartphones didn’t have any problems at all.
- Minions from the beloved movie.
- Humorous in every way.
- Endless running at its best.
- Banana collecting instead of coins.
Notable Feature: It is one of the few games in android games for kids list which actually tries to convey a convincing motivation for the minions to go on an endless run.
10. Where’s My Water? – Free and $1.99
I’m late for work
10.A Free Version
You need to help swampy the alligator to shower. That’s right, in where’s My Water you will help get water to swampy’s shower by digging through layers of dirt. You swipe and trace through the dirt to make way for water. It is a simple physics based game which becomes more and more challenging as you progress through the levels. The premise is quite hilarious and we are sure that kids will love it. The adorable characters are also a big plus in our books.
- Simple yet intriguing gameplay.
- Controls are kept user-friendly.
- The game is quite rewarding.
Notable Feature: Water actually reacts realistically with the shape of the tunnel you dig. This adds a further layer of immersion to an already great experience.
10.B Paid version
The paid version of Where’s my Water unlocks full levels which are inaccessible in the free version of the game. There is nothing else added in terms of gameplay or content.
This concludes the 10 best android games for kids list. We had some fun with these games and hopefully you and your kids will too. The endless running games are amazing when it comes to pure replay value, the puzzle games are great for developing minds and the interactive apps are suitable for the really young kids. The android games for kids are all amazing in one way or the other; you will just need to find the right one for your child’s age. A fair warning though, many kids will become addicted to having fun with these games. We recommend using some of the child protection apps we listed a while ago. You might also be interested in parental control apps or apps for kid’s learning.