While there's plenty of games out there to keep us adults entertained on our phones until the end of the universe, there's also lots of options out there that are more kid-friendly. Which is why we decided to write this list of the 5 best iPhone games for kids.
Some of the games on this list have plenty of crossover appeal as well, so if you're looking for something to play with your sprogs you're in luck. Obviously we'd love to hear your suggestions too, so if you've got any make sure you throw them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
While you're here, you may as well check out all of the rest of our lists, which are focused on older players, and will let you know the best games in a whole different bunch of genres. For now though, on with the games for the youngsters.
Toca Boca is a well-known developer of apps that are both kid-friendly and educational, and they have a wide variety of apps to choose from. It's likely that you'll find something from their stable to interest your little ones, but Toca Nature gets some extra points for the lovely polygon graphics style. Kids can work to shape natural habitats and see how they grow, collect wild plants, and feed the animals that inhabit their forest. It's a simple game, but it's also an app that even adults enjoy as a quiet break.
Disney Crossy Road
This game takes the Crossy Road experience and brings it the world of Disney, with different settings and characters all taken from various Disney movies. The gameplay here is simple enough to get kids engaged, but also challenging enough for older kids to have some fun. Adult fans of Disney will also find plenty to enjoy here, with a wealth of characters to collect and special challenges to complete.
Cut the Rope
Another puzzler, Cut the Rope hinges on a simple-sounding premise: cut the rope holding the candy so the monster, Om Nom, can eat it. Levels start out easy enough, but kids – and adults – will soon find themselves facing bigger and bigger challenges before they can free the delicious candy. Cut the Rope has won a number of design awards, and there's also a YouTube cartoon series that ties in with the game, so when kids are tired of puzzling, they can take a break and watch Om Nom's adventures.
Whether your kids are fans of Pokemon or completely new to the idea of Pikachu, they'll find plenty to enjoy in Pokemon Go. The AR-based game will have them collecting and leveling up their Pokemon in no time, and they can enjoy taking pictures of each new creature that they discover. This is also a game that lends itself well to being played in a group, so consider going out and taking a Pokemon-hunting walk together
Any list of kid's games would be remiss without touching on Minecraft, which like so many of the other titles on this list is just as suitable and entertaining for adults. If by some chance you've not heard of Minecraft by now, rest assured that you and your kids are in for a wealth of fun playing in a game that's a combination of a virtual sandbox and an expansive building block set. There is a goal-oriented survival mode to the game, but the real fun is diving in and building whatever structures or creations you can imagine.