Top Kids Games For Android
- Duddu- My Virtual Pet Dog
- Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock
- Pokemon GO
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
- Toca Life World
- Cyberchase 3D Builder
- Mario Kart Tour
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Kids have access to technology now at a rate that is unprecedented. Almost every child knows how to handle technology, whether it be a smartphone, or a laptop, or a gaming console. While this obviously has its disadvantages; shorter attention spans, access to sensitive information, etc, if used right, technology, and especially video games can be used to teach children a lot of things in a way that is a lot more fun than the traditional ways of teaching and learning. Video games can be a great way for children to learn about subjects such as Math, Science, English, etc, or they can also be used to teach and enhance more abstract things, such as creativity, responsibility, etc.
In this article, we’ll be looking at 9 Android games that are great for children, ranging from the ages of 5-6 up to 13-14, or even over that.
1. Duddu- My Virtual Pet Dog (Free)
Bubadu is a game design company famous for its children-oriented games, and from Bubadu comes the first game on our list, Duddu- My Virtual Pet Dog. Most parents must have heard the consistent demands from their children of wanting a pet. Now, while the idea of it may interest the child, actually taking care of the pet and making sure that they are responsible for it becomes an issue. Bubadu tries to solve this dilemma with this game. The main objective of Duddu is to make children responsible enough to be able to take care of a virtual pet. The user must bathe, feed, entertain, and walk Duddu, which is a great way to instill a sense of responsibility within a child, without the hassle of getting a real pet for which they may or may not take responsibility. Since Duddu now lives in your (virtual) house, you also have the option of going shopping and customizing Duddu’s attire or the furniture of your house in order to make it feel as unique as possible.
The game also lets you explore the various parts of Duddu’s world, where you meet his friends and do fun activities with them such as painting, exercising, dancing, or playing music. You can take Duddu on vacations, or even build your own pirate ship which you can use to cruise around the seas. You can also teach Duddu various tricks at the Dog School. Along with this, the game offers several mini-games for you to play, including games such as Bubble Shooter, Solitaire, Archer, Pirate Battle, Brick Breaker, Block Puzzle, Treasure Island, Moto Racer, Fruit Connect, Space Explorer, etc. You can also finish tasks every day to get daily rewards in the game.
The game’s graphics are bubbly and cheerful, full of bright colors, and incredibly cute characters that any child is sure to love.
With over ten million downloads, Duddu- My Virtual Pet is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
2. Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock (Free)
Children often struggle with telling the time, and sometimes so do adults. Now, what should be the fix for that? A boring lecture on how the hours, minutes, and seconds hands of a clockwork, or a bright, fun, and interactive game that teaches you how to tell the time? For most of us, the answer would be the latter, and that is exactly what Human Heroes Ltd. has done with their game Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock. With Stephen Fry giving life to the iconic physicist Albert Einstein by voicing him in the game, Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock takes children through several levels in which they are taught through fun exercises how exactly a clock works and how to tell the time.
Starting from the basics, Einstein talks about the clock, what the different hands of the clock do, and how to tell which one is which. After this, he teaches us how to tell what hour it is by looking at the hour hand, and so on, until you are able to tell the time in its different configurations, such as o’clock, quarter to, half past, etc. Filled with jokes and funny bits that keep the game entertaining, Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock also lets us see the effect of time in real life. This is done by allowing us to move the clock backward or forwards, in order to see what effect it has on us and our surroundings. The game is completely free with no in-app purchases, and the best part is that you don’t even need an internet connection to be able to play it.
Stephen Fry does an excellent job portraying Einstein, and his cadence, way of speaking, and especially the jokes he makes, all add to the experience of playing this game, not to forget the bubbly and colorful color scheme and graphics of the game.
With over fifty-thousand downloads, Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
3. Pokemon GO (Free)
If there is one game that has intertwined the virtual with the real and has done an excellent job at it, it is Niantic, Inc’s Pokemon GO. Released in 2016, Pokemon GO took the gaming world by storm, since it broke the boundaries between the gaming world and the real world, with the game asking you to go out and catch Pokemon that you find near you. This is especially important for children since physical activity is at its bare minimum at the current age. What better remedy this than a game where you get to catch and fight with Pokemon and become a real-life Pokemon trainer.
As mentioned, Pokemon GO allows you to go outside and catch any Pokemon you may find. Certain spots are hubs of Pokemon, so walking to those places will mean you’ll be able to catch a whole lot of Pokemon. The game has over five hundred different Pokemon for you to catch, including fan favorites such as Pikachu, Charizard, and Bulbasaur, and more rare and coveted ones such as Sandile, Noibat, and Unown. Pokemon of certain types are found around their habitat. For example, you are more likely to find water-type Pokemon near water-bodies, and earth-type Pokemon near hills and other such locations. Unlike in other Pokemon games, and also in the highly popular anime, you need not fight wild Pokemon in order to catch them. You must simply throw your Pokeball towards the Pokemon once you’ve seen it, and whether you catch it or not will depend on several variables, such as the catch rate of the Pokemon, the kind of Pokeball used, etc.
The option to play with your friends is also great. You can participate in raids to get legendary Pokemon, and you can also battle other players online. Training your Pokemon makes them stronger, which will help you win more fights and battles. The game is constantly being updated, with new features and more Pokemon being added to the Pokedex regularly.
With over one billion downloads, Pokemon GO is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
4. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Free)
Released in 2017, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a simulation game in which one must simulate life in a campsite, as opposed to in a small town as was the case in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The main objective of Pocket Camp is for users to decorate their space, and to do this they must collect items such as wood and cotton for neighboring areas, and exchange it for items such as furniture or other decorative items. The main philosophy of Animal Crossing is that it is not a task-based game, or a narrative-based one either. The point of the game is to simply keep playing it and to build relations with the other characters in the locality in which you live, some of which are animal characters, while others are real-life players’ characters who can visit your camp and vice versa. The game has several locations for you to explore such as Sunburst Island and Saltwater Shore, and to travel to these places you also get an RV or Recreational Vehicle, which can also be customized as you please.
In order to get more resources to decorate your camp, you can approach your neighbors and complete various tasks for them, for which they will then reward you with crafting materials. Once you have enough of them, these crafting materials can then be taken to Cyrus the Alpaca, the crafter of the game, who will then turn these materials into a variety of objects such as furniture, clothing, or even pools. The game also has recurring events that users can take part in, such as fishing tournaments, garden events, and scavenger hunts. These events last for a limited amount of time and offer different rewards and prizes to those who partake in them.
With over ten million downloads, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store.
5. Toca Life World (Free)
Another game in which you get to build your own world, decorate it whichever way you want, and simulate real-life, Toca Life World by Toca Boca is an adorable social simulation game that is perfect for children and pre-teens. The game has a host of different locations and characters, including eight different locations and thirty-nine characters, all of which are playable. The game takes place in Bop City, a large and vibrant city bustling with life, which includes the aforementioned eight locations, which include your own apartment, the mall, food courts, and even a hairdresser. The game allows you to customize and create your own personalized character, and you can keep changing your character’s details, such as their hair color or their wardrobe, as you proceed through the game. The apartment in which you live can also be completely revamped as you please. You can change aesthetics and buy different furniture and wallpaper to decorate your virtual living space as you like.
If you’re bored of the eight locations and thirty-nine characters included for free in the game, worry not! The game has over a hundred locations and over five hundred characters which are paid, and you can expand bop city and fill it with as diverse a group of people as you would like. The game also has over five hundred pets for you to purchase, and you can give each of your characters a fun little pet companion. The game is incredibly beautiful, and the character designs are varied. No two characters look the same, and no two places or locations resemble each other either. Filled to the brim with hours and hours of content, one can be sure that any child that plays Toca Life World will be entertained for a very long time.
With over fifty million downloads, Toca Life World is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
6. Cyberchase 3D Builder (Free)
A game like Human Heroes: Einstein’s Clock, PBS’s Cyberchase 3D Builder teaches kids about shapes instead of how to tell the time. The game has a basic but hilarious plot behind it, in which two oddballs, Buzz and Delete, accidentally flatten their entire city, called Botopolis. The user must help these two “bumbling bots” to restore their city from 2D back to 3D.
The game has over eight levels, in which the user must rebuild different neighborhoods using the seventy 2D shapes and forty 3D shapes provided to them. The user must construct buildings by stacking shapes on top of each other, and also move the shapes around and see how they fit in order to properly reconstruct the city of Botopolis. By doing this, the game aims to help children improve their spatial reasoning abilities, since they must figure out how the shapes fit with each other by stacking, re-stacking, and rotating the shapes and structures until they get the right fit. In order to make the levels more challenging, the game also has a star system, which allots stars according to the time taken by the user to get the shapes right. You can replay levels in order to earn a better star count, and also to progress to the next level. The game also has a fun surprise waiting for the user at the end of the eight levels.
An excellent game to help learn the names of shapes, and also to see and learn how 3D shapes are made out of 2D shapes, Cyberchase 3D Builder is sure to entice any child and keep them busy for hours as they have fun playing the game while also learning an important skill that will help in their overall intellectual development.
With over fifty-thousand downloads, Cyberchase 3D Builder is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
7. Mario Kart Tour (Free)
While the games above have been either educational or simulating social life, Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour is pure, unfiltered fun, and is sure to keep any child entertained for hours on end.
Mario Kart Tour is a racing game that has a lot more to it than one may think at first. Mario Kart, of course, has been around for a while now and has been released for different consoles over the years, so there isn’t much in this one that diverges from the main premise of the previous Mario Kart games. However, Mario Kart Tour does not feel at all like a mobile port, but a game that has been made specifically for mobile devices.
The game features most, if not all, of the characters from the larger Mario Universe, including Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Toad, and the rest of the gang, each of them having their special abilities that can be mixed and matched with other elements of the game. The game also has several karts and parachutes for you to collect, and you can customize your selection of character, kart, and parachute, based on the conditions of the racecourses. Speaking of racecourses, there are several of them for you to play through, and each racecourse favors a particular character or characters’ special abilities. It is based on this that you need to make your selection of character, kart, and chute before the race begins.
The races and levels are filled with obstacles for you to dodge and play through. You can play online with other users or you can play with the game’s AI, but either way, you will be in for a fun time. You can also select the speed at which the karts will run. What is surprising about this, though, is that the faster races aren’t necessarily the tougher ones. It depends on the course, the characters, and also your abilities as a player.
With over fifty million downloads, Mario Kart Tour is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Free)
It is not hard to guess that almost every child that has ever read the Harry Potter books or watched the movies would want to be part of the series’ universe, receiving their letter from Hogwarts, selecting their wand (or letting it select them), being sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses, and becoming a witch or a wizard. While this isn’t possible in real life, unfortunately, it is now possible virtually with Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
Released in 2018, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery takes place in the time span between Harry’s birth and before he gets enrolled into Hogwarts. The story revolves around the main character – the one created by the user – and their brother, Jacob, who also used to be in Hogwarts before he was expelled for trying to open some secret vaults that apparently exist somewhere in Hogwarts. In an attempt to find out what it was that Jacob was hiding, the main character sets off on a journey with a few other wizards, and they uncover some dark secrets about the wizarding school and about Jacob.
The game lets users attend classes and learn spells, make potions, play Quidditch, and do almost everything that any fan of the series has ever dreamt of doing. You also get to interact with several characters from the series, including Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, and Rubeus Hagrid, among others. Another interesting fact about the game is that many characters in the game have been voiced by actors from the Harry Potter film series, so if you think you recognize a character’s voice from the game, now you know why!
With over fifty million downloads, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store.
9. Minecraft ($7.49)
Kids are extremely creative, and once their creativity has a medium for which to flow through and materialize, they are capable of doing things that some adults couldn’t even dream of, simply because of how unrestrained and unfiltered their thoughts and impulses are. One game that lets children do just that is Mojang’s Minecraft, an incredibly popular game that makes its way onto our list simply because of how fun it is to play, and how much there is to do in this game for children.
Released first in 2011, Minecraft has become the best-selling game of all time, with around one hundred and forty million active users as of 2021. It is a sandbox game with blocky 3D graphics, and the main objective of the game is for users to do whatever it is they wish to do. While this may sound weird, it is exactly what makes Minecraft such an interesting game. Of course, there are game modes such as the survival mode in which players must try their best to maintain their health and survive in the Minecraft world, and other modes where users must fight against AI-controlled mobs, but the most loved and the most played game mode is the creative mode, in which users have access to as many resources as they may require, along with the ability to fly.
Users collect raw materials by mining the environment around them, collecting raw materials such as dirt, stone, metal ores of various kinds, water, and other such items, which they can then use as they please, whether it be in building a particular structure, such as a house, or to craft these different materials into something new, such as a tool that they may require in the future. The game is procedurally generated and is pretty much endless, with users being able to travel as far and wide as they please, interacting with other players, cooperating with them, or perhaps fighting with them.
All in all, Minecraft is an incredible game that is great not just for kids but for people of any age group.
With over ten million downloads, Minecraft is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google Play Store.
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