Best Free Games for kids – 2018 has been an amazing year for video games across all platforms, but with the likes of Destiny 2 and Assassins Creed: Origins being big hits with all the attention, it is sometimes hard to see which games released this year are suitable for children.
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iPad Free Games for Kids
Angry Birds Star Wars
There’s no reason to start the list with a surprise. Angry Birds has become a phenomenon unto itself do to the ease of its accessibility and addicting gameplay that will keep your puzzle skills churning. And when you add in Star Wars, this one is a no-brainer. If there’s a must-have game on this list, it is this one. If you want to try before you buy, you can download a free version of the original Angry Birds.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush has taken on a life of its own since its release–its fun for kids and addictive for adults. It mixes the classic connect the matching symbols gameplay with everyone’s favorite past time: eating candy. This is another game that can be good for toddlers because just tapping around on the screen will result in a lot of graphical fun. Older kids will enjoy the puzzles presented, and even adults will find it addicting. Free Games For Kids
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
The endless runner game has exploded since Temple Rush hit the app store, and while many of the knockoffs are just Temple Rush with new graphics or a new theme, Despicable Me: Minion Rush adds fun new gameplay mechanics and includes the humorous charm of those cute little minions. Kids will enjoy this game that is quick to play and fun to compete for the highest score.
Fruit Ninja HD
Very few games have as many customer reviews as Fruit Ninja HD (nearing 10,000 now) and still stayed above 4 stars, and there is a reason why so few people find themselves disappointed with their purchase. Fruit Ninja is good, old-fashioned slicing and dicing fun with a simple concept and yet enough challenge to keep you swiping. The goal: slice as much fruit as you can without slicing through a bomb and blowing your virtual finger off. And if you like to try before you buy, there’s a lite version available.
Cut the Rope
Om Nom loves his candy, but he needs a little help getting it. Cut the Rope is a physics puzzle game where you use ropes to move the piece of candy by having it swing across the screen and fall into Om Nom’s mouth. Free Games For Kids Fortunately, it’s not as simple as it sounds, forcing you to think about how to get past the various obstacles standing between Om Nom and his candy. A free version is available to check out as well.
Lego Harry Potter
The list of movies converted into video games that turned out to be duds could stretch around the world a few times, but if there’s an exception to this trend, it is the Lego series of games. Lego Harry Potter is the perfect game for anyone who ever wanted to join the school at Hogwarts as a child prodigy. This iPad game is better for older kids approaching their tweens.
This list of kid-friendly games is about having fun, not learning something new. There are plenty of educational apps on the App Store for engaging a child’s mind. But when you can intersect having fun with learning, it definitely deserves a mention on this list.
Slice Fractions manages to capture fun inside of a game that’s all about learning fractions. This makes it ideal for kids who are ready to move beyond whole numbers and conquer the idea of division.
Paper Toss 2
Paper Toss sounds more like a game you’d play when stuck without your iPad, but the transition to the touch screen can be highly addictive. It’s also quick, easy fun that you can enjoy with you kid, competing to see how many wadded up pieces of paper can make it into the trash can in a row. But don’t think it’s easy. Even on Cubicle mode, judging the speed of the fans perfectly each time can be a challenge.
What do you get when you have an addicting physics-based puzzle game made by a kid rather than just for kids? You get Bubble Ball. Developed by 14-year-old Robert Nay, Bubble Ball enjoyed a million downloads in its first two weeks on the app store. Free Games For Kids And while it doesn’t have the fun graphics found in other titles like Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja, it does contain addictive play that will please puzzle lovers aged 4 to 94.
AniMatch – Animal Pairs and Sounds Matching Game
Would a list of the iPad games for kids be complete without a matching game? Whether you do it with playing cards spread out on a table or cute animals aligned on a tablet computer, there’s just something about matching up pictures that can delight the little ones. And it’s great to have an iPad game that a two or three-year-old can enjoy rather than having the iPad monopolized by the older kids.
The Game of Life
The Game of Life has long been a kid favorite, but it’s pretty easy to lose the pieces, especially those blue and pink pegs. No worries about losing game pieces with the iPad version. And with neat graphics thrown into the mix, this classic board game takes on a new life on the iPad.
If you’ve never played Life, kids take turns moving about the board, first graduating from school, then getting married, getting a job and finally having kids. At the end of the game, the score is calculated by who has the best job and most kids.
PC Free Games for Kids
A lovely game about little red robots trying to grow space-plants. Climbing and growing are both fascinating to small children, for some reason. There’s no peril in Grow Home, so if kids do pick up the controller for themselves, nothing scary will happen.
Super Mario Odyssey
I never thought I’d miss the early ‘00s glut of cartoony 3D platformers until I had children. There are surprisingly few good ones around now. Mario Odyssey, however, is abundantly good. Very small kids will enjoy just running around in circles and watching you collect the moons.
Farm, Train and Transport Sims
Bear with me here: who doesn’t know a tiny child who’s obsessed with trains, tractors or buses? Sim games are a great thing to play with these children. Free Games For Kids Steam has train and farm sim games of varying levels of realism and complexity; you might find your kid prefers the super-realistic looking options
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Kids can pick up racing games at any age really, but Mario Kart is the daddy of them all. It’s colorful, super fun, easy to play on the lower difficulties, and fun in multiplayer once children can handle competitive play.
The ultimate game for kids and adults to play together, Minecraft grows alongside the people who play it. With a five-year-old, you might make things together or play with TNT in creative mode; with a seven-year-old you might be fighting zombies and delving into mines together in survival. Free Games For Kids
Football with rocket-powered cars would appeal to anyone. Rocket League is a great game for kids to play with their friends and parents—or against them. Easy to pick up but hard to master, it’s fun no matter what your skill level. Kids who don’t handle losing well might struggle with it.
If your child happens to enjoy the same kinds of game as you at this age, playing big adventures like Pokémon is some of the best fun you can have together. If you’re not into Pokémon yourself, pick a single-player adventure game that you can drop in and out of as a parent, playing together when you can.
The LEGO games
Whatever you’re into—Ninjago, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel—there is probably a LEGO game about it. The LEGO adventures have good co-op modes, though it can be sometimes be challenging trying to get a kid to concentrate on what you’re supposed to be doing to progress instead of just smashing stuff up. Free Games For Kids In co-op you can generally guide a less skilled player through, and the later LEGO games are as fun to play as they are funny.
More strategic and less violent than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite is a good choice for tween players. It helps that it’s so popular, as their friends will likely be playing too.
Sports are one of the few passions that parents and tweens/teens often share. Any good sports game will allow you to join in with the fun, even if you’re getting continually flattened at FIFA by your 11-year-old.
Roblox is a slightly more grown-up version of Minecraft, though it’s not as polished. Roblox allows kids to create and play their own games with friends or play other peoples’ inventions. However, parents should be aware that inappropriate content very often slips through the moderation net.
For a long time there was an enormous gap in the market when it came to shooters suitable for older kids and young teens. Many 12-year-olds, depressingly, just end up playing Call of Duty anyway. Now, though, there are competitive games that are just as good and considerably less violent, for parents who are uncomfortable with allowing older kids to play military shooters.