When we are looking for fun during our leisure time, we always tend to look to our Android phones and the games on them to provide the answer to that. Well, our kids need leisure too - that is why there are breaks during school hours.
Though most people believe that games are not good for kids, the real answer to that is, even if it is not all the games out there that are good for kids, there are still some of those games that are perfect for them.
Why? These games challenge them to use their brains-most of the time to get out of dangerous situations, which, in the long run, will help develop their creativity and cognitive reasoning. This means they learn, or better put, develop themselves while playing.
Be aware, as much as all of these games are free, gaming authors need to make money in one way or the other, so some of them come with IAPs (In-App Purchases), while some others, Ads.
The best you could do if you are going to hand your phone over to your kid(s) for play is to disable the IAPs in the game setting and for those that come with Ads. You can also play them to see if the Ads are suitable for kids’ views.
What Are The Best Free Android Games For Kids?
Most of these games outlined here are rated 3+ by Google and should be safe for even very young kids. Apple, on the other hand, rate most of the games 4+, which, considering the ratings, is still okay for little kids.
Now, let’s get down to business. The best Android games for kids are listed below:
1. Fruit Ninja
This is probably one of the easiest games on the Google Play Store. In this game, your finger becomes a virtual sword, needed to slice through fruits that keep floating around on the screen of the phone.
The objective of the game is to slice as many fruits in as few slices as possible to make enough points. There are some bombs, too, to be avoided while slicing through your fruits. The reason for avoiding these bombs is because slicing them will end the round, irrespective of whether you still have more lives left or not.
What makes it unique is the fact that it offers a local multiplayer, so two children can play against each other, trying out their fruit-slicing skills.
The game features Ads and has an IAP - this is not essential, as it is only to purchase in-game currency.
Fruit Ninja now available in VR.
2. Outfit7 Games
The Outfit7 Games features a lot of apps and games that are kid-friendly. The most popular ones being the Talking Tom series (which consists of three games), where the kids can gibber to animals, who gibber back in return.
There are newer games in the Outfit7 library that looks more mature, but are still child-friendly; the Talking Tom Gold Run and Talking Tom Pool fall under this category. These games are not suitable for very young kids and toddlers, but the reviews on Google Play had parents saying their six and seven-year-olds enjoy these games.
The Talking Tom Gold Run features an infinite runner who pursues a badass robber until he catches up with him while the Talking Tom Pool is a puzzle game.
These games offer IAPs and will need the Google Play account to be password protected before handing the phone over to the kids.
3. Where’s My Water?
Disney is known as the most famous animated film company. They have extended their tentacles to the mobile games world, and they have not disappointed so far.
One of their mobile games, Where’s My Water? has stormed the gaming world, especially among the kids.
To play the game, you have to guide the water’s way through a series of pipes to Swampy’s bathroom by maneuvering through toxic waters, algae, and traps. The design is 2D, and the animation style is lovely and fun.
4. Disney Crossy Road
This is an arcade game created by the same author of Where’s My Water? Disney.
In this game, you tap and swipe your way to a record-setting number of steps with 100+ Disney and Pixar figurines, while avoiding sudden obstacles.
You can collect over 100 Disney and Pixar figurines, which include Mickey, Donald, Buzz Lightyear, Rapunzel, Mufasa, Sadness, Madame Leota, and more.
The game takes you on a journey through Al’s Toy Barn, the Pride Lands of Africa, the Haunted Mansion, San Fransokyo, and a lot of other exciting bits.
Although there is an IAP option for purchasing new characters, you can avoid this by playing and accumulating your coins to buy characters.
5. Train Conductor World
This is one of the most popular games on the Google Play Store. Voxel Agents is the developer of the game.
The gameplay is quite simple but very tasking. All you have to do is control your train to avoid getting involved in accidents.
You control your train through a series of tracks, including the canals of Amsterdam, the Arc De Triomphe in Paris, and The Perilous peak of the Matterhorn.
You can customize your trains to optimize the rail tracks - you can also use rocket boosters, star medallions, and a lot of other add-ons to speed up your delivery.
Your kid will enjoy the game, but watch out for those in-app purchases so that you can password protect your Google Play account.
As much as there are still tons of free games in the market for your kids, the five listed here will do your kids a lot of good, as they will be learning and training their creativity while also having fun.
You can also check out other free games like World of Goo, Temple Run 2, Cut the Rope, Llama Spit Spit, Toca kitchen 2 and a whole lot of other games online, but these are some of the best ones out there.