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Hey Duggee: We Love Animals

BBC Worldwide has been quietly releasing Hey Duggee branded games on the Play Store for quite some time. While I can't speak for the rest of their apps, these Hey Duggee games are all pretty solid. Though if I had to choose one, I would go with Hey Duggee: We Love Animals. It is an infectious little game where you are tasked with caring for an assortment of cute cartoon animals. Much like the Tamagotchi game listed above, you will need to feed, exercise, give water, and even sometimes bandage your pets in order to keep them as happy as possible.

Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / no IAPs

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Duggee's back and this time he's awarding the We Love Animals Badge. Safe ad-free fun for your little ones. The Squirrels have been learning how to look after animals... and now it's your turn to have a go. There are eight crazy creatures to care for in four lovely locations. Have fun helping them to interact with their surroundings – kites, sandcastles, balloons, windmills, a paddling pool, sprouting veg, bouncing pumpkins and lots more.

Hey Duggee: We Love Animals
Hey Duggee: We Love Animals

Appisodes: Enchanted Science

Appisodes: Enchanted Science is one of many immersive interactive TV episodes that Disney has labeled with the moniker "Appisodes." There is a whole bunch of these games on the Play Store, but today I wanted to cover Appisodes: Enchanted Science in particular. Not only does it feature many of the characters from the Disney Junior animated series Sofia the First, but the story, mini games, and overall high quality of the title show that Disney still has the chops to create worthwhile content for children.

Monetization: $4.99 / contains ads / no IAPs

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The Sofia The First Disney Junior Appisode featuring "Enchanted Science Fair" is filled with video, games, and music as preschoolers play along with their favorite Disney Junior show. They will touch, tap, swipe, tilt, shake and talk their way through a fully immersive interactive TV episode that reinforces developmental values.

Appisodes: Enchanted Science
Appisodes: Enchanted Science
Developer: Disney
Price: $4.99

LEGO® City Explorers

LEGO City Explorers is a rocket launching game, much like Kerbal Space Program. It's inspired by NASA, and so contains a bunch of videos of real-life astronauts at work, which I would have loved as a kid. It would also appear that the game ties into a few of LEGO's retail models, which should add an extra layer of interactivity to the game if you plan on purchasing those specific products.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

LEGO® City Explorers
LEGO® City Explorers
Developer: LEGO System A/S
Price: Free

Squeelings

Squeelings is an adorable casual puzzle game, and it's totally free to play. The gameplay revolves around hugging cute creatures called Squeelings. Each level will contain a few grumpy and sad Squeelings, and it's up to you to cheer them all up by hugging them in the correct order so that every creature in the stage is happy. If you embrace the wrong Squeelings, then you'll never cheer up all of the grumpy characters, which means it's game over. It's an adorable release, and the concept of hugging should easily appeal to kids and adults alike.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Squeelings
Squeelings
Developer: E McNeill
Price: Free

PLAYMOBIL Mars Mission

Much like LEGO, Playmobil tends to release free mobile games as advertising for its block-building toy line. These games are often very enjoyable, and PLAYMOBIL Mars Mission definitely fits with this description. It serves as an educational game of sorts, though much of the gameplay revolves around collection-based missions. It's a fun little game despite the slightly repetitive gameplay, though I'm not too sure how "educational" it actually is. At the very least your kids should have a blast as they explore Mars in this PLAYMOBIL release.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Rise of the TMNT: Power Up!

Rise of the TMNT comes from Nickelodeon, and it's completely free to play. It's a simple serving game where you have to multitask to create pizza for your four favorite reptiles. As you play, you can earn Pizza Points, which can then be redeemed on the Playmates website for select toys. So really this free game serves as an advertisement of sorts, for the Nickelodeon TV Show and the Playmates toy line. But hey, it's hard to argue with free, especially when the majority of branded titles on the Play Store are rife with in-app purchases.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Rise of the TMNT: Power Up!
Rise of the TMNT: Power Up!
Developer: Nickelodeon
Price: Free

Jet’s Bot Builder: Robot Games

Jet's Bot Builder is themed after the PBS kids show Ready Jet Go. It's a robot building game aimed at children ages six to eight. The goal of the title is to design robots that will help the player traverse many different obstacles. The more obstacles you conquer, the more areas you'll get to visit. The idea behind this release is that the gameplay should instill STEM concepts into your young'n, though there's obviously no guarantee to this claim.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

Jet’s Bot Builder: Robot Games
Jet’s Bot Builder: Robot Games

Gamma Blues

Gamma Blues is an interesting game that's very minimal in its design, but don't let its simplistic nature fool you as this is an enjoyable release. The gameplay is easy enough to grasp that even a child can handle it. Simply hold down on the screen to expand the color in the center. This color must match the incoming lines of color from the top and bottom of the screen. If it does not match, then you simply take your finger off the screen to make the center color smaller until it changes into a new color that does match the game's ever-encroaching lines. Basically, the primary mechanics revolve around color matching and timing, which should be ideal for children of any age.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

Gamma Blues
Gamma Blues
Developer: Navel
Price: Free

Feed Johan Candy

Feed Johan Candy is a game that gives away its hilarious gameplay right in the title. Your job is to feed Johan candy by throwing it directly at his face. The more candy you can make him eat, the higher your score, and really that's about all there is to it, which makes it a perfect choice for children. The off-the-wall concept should appeal to just about anyone. After all, who doesn't enjoy throwing candy at strange bearded men named Johan?

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

Feed Johan Candy
Feed Johan Candy
Developer: Pastille AB
Price: Free

NomNoms!

Baby Nom Noms is a sickeningly-sweet arcade puzzler that contains over fifty puzzles to solve and five worlds to unlock. You can also expect more content to be added in the future. The Kawaii theme ensures the collectible heroes are incredibly adorable, and the puzzle-based gameplay takes advantage of a slingshot mechanic that should be familiar to any Angry Birds fan.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

NomNoms!
NomNoms!
Developer: HyperBeard
Price: Free+

UniCorn - Born of Corn

Alright, UniCorn - Born of Corn was recently one of our WTF releases covered in a weekly games roundup, and it's perfect as a whacky game for children. The goal of UniCorn is to throw an ear of corn at a horse in order to turn it into a magical unicorn. As you play, you can unlock new characters as well as new animals to throw corn at, and there are even a few hidden secrets to discover for those daring enough to explore the bounds of this wild release.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $0.99 a piece

UniCorn - Born of Corn
UniCorn - Born of Corn
Developer: Pastille AB
Price: Free+

The VideoKid

The VideoKid is a fun little throwback to the arcade game Paperboy, but instead of flinging newspapers at your customers you're tasked with throwing video cassettes. There's a pleasant '80s vibe to the whole thing, and the old-school gameplay design should surely appeal to any gamer young or old.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $1.99

The VideoKid
The VideoKid
Price: Free+

Dad Jokes Duel

Dad Jokes Duel is a goofy local multiplayer game where you sit with a friend/parent to tell each other horrible dad jokes. If you laugh at a joke told by your opponent, they are awarded a point. Whoever has the most points by the end of the game wins the whole enchilada. It's a simple setup, but if you or your kids are fans of super lame jokes, this is indeed a great game to install.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $2.49 a piece

Dad Jokes Duel
Dad Jokes Duel
Price: Free+

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

Just about everybody is going to be familiar with Sesame Street. After years of quality educational content on TV, Sesame Workshop has finally expanded to the digital world with a handful of games for Android. One of their standout titles is Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen, a vocabulary-building app that will help your child practice their early literacy skills. This is done by blending letter sounds to create words, all within an enjoyable Sesame Street environment.

Monetization: free / no ads / single $2.99 IAP full game unlock

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Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen turns learning vowels and new vocabulary words into a fun-filled cookie making experience. By creating letter cookies and decorating them in his kitchen, Chef Elmo helps kids learn about vowels. Through blending letter combinations to create words, the Sesame Street friends help your child ‘bake’ 3- and 4-letter words into delicious cookies.

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

Steppy Pants

If you are looking for a game that is going to keep your kid rolling on the floor laughing, then you will want to check out Steppy Pants. It is a game of coordination where each tap on the screen moves one leg of your character. Think QWOP, but way way simpler. Now add in the fact that the game is played in an assortment of ridiculous situations, such as avoiding cracks on a sidewalk or jumping from one piece of furniture to another while avoiding the lava on the living room floor and you have a game that captures all of our collective childhood imaginations into a humorous walking simulator.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $2.99

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Steppy Pants, the most realistic walking simulator you'll play this year. Keep your cool when faced with insurmountable odds, like reckless drivers and an inexplicable inability to step on sidewalk cracks. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll remember just how much fun you can have walking down the street.​ We've been playing this game non-stop for months and it still makes us chortle.

Steppy Pants
Steppy Pants
Price: Free+

Disney Story Realms

Disney Story Realms offers a little more than just a simple mini-game collection. You can also spend your time in the app coloring pictures or even hanging out with the characters from the Frozen realm. Much of the game is designed to help children with things like hand-eye coordination, creativity, and problem-solving. Unlike many of the Disney-branded games on the Play Store, this title isn't filled with sketchy in-app purchases, so at the very least you can trust your kids to play this unsupervised without any worries.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $3.99 - $4.99

Disney Story Realms
Disney Story Realms
Developer: Kuato Studios
Price: Free+

Fiete World - Creative dollhouse for kids 4+

Ahoiii Entertainment offers many games designed for children that are themed around a sailor named Fiete, and the latest release from this studio does not stray from this trend. Fiete World serves as an exploration game where players can ride along in a pirate ship, fix a tractor, and even save a submarine crew. Basically, this is a mini-game collection that serves duty as an educational game for children, and it isn't half bad.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $2.99 - $7.99

Toddler Kids Puzzles PUZZINGO

Toddler Kids Puzzles PUZZINGO is an educational puzzle game from 77SPARX Studio, Inc. The assortment of puzzles included in this title are intended to help toddlers and kids develop spatial recognition, matching, tactile, fine-motor skills, and build vocabulary. While I know the in-app purchases may appear to be high, rest assured they are for unlocking content and not nickel and diming your wallet. So make sure to check out the rest of this studio's catalog, as each one of their games is fantastic.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $14.99

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Looking for a game that is fun AND educational for your kids and toddlers? Puzzingo Puzzles is that and more. Download today. Kids and toddlers love Puzzingo puzzles and games. They are full of interactivity, animations, and fun for learning and repeat plays. Unlike jigsaw puzzles, every Puzzingo puzzle piece is named, so preschool children will build vocabulary while playing.

Endless Wordplay

I have saved the best for last. Not only are all of Originator Inc.'s educational games fantastic, but Endless Wordplay is hands down its standout title. Sure, the in-app purchases may appear expensive, but trust me on this when I say that each and every one of them is worth the asking price. There is no other publisher on the Play Store creating educational games of this quality, and in this instance, Endless Wordplay sets the stage for you child through spelling, word building, and rhymes like no other.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $6.99 - $14.99

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As the next delightful app in the Endless series, Endless Wordplay sets the stage for spelling, word building, and wonderful rhymes. This app introduces key spelling patterns and phonograms that are important for beginning spellers and early writers. Written English can be complex and confusing, and Endless Wordplay reinforces spelling rules and variations using rhymes and a fun, progressive learning path.

Endless Wordplay
Endless Wordplay
Developer: Originator Inc.
Price: Free+

Pop Art Painter 3D

Pop Art Painter 3D comes from OHM Games, the creators of Paper Plane Planet, one of my favorite mobile flight games. This release offers something that's a little different, as it's a 3D art game where you shoot streams of paint at invisible objects to unveil their true shapes. New art is added daily, so you shouldn't run out of things to paint, and there is even an augmented reality feature where you can show off your painted items in the real world.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $14.99

Pop Art Painter 3D
Pop Art Painter 3D
Developer: OHM Games
Price: Free+

Kaiju Rush

Kaiju Rush is a delightful Kawaii-themed city smasher. The simple one-touch controls allow the gameplay to remain accessible, and the wide assortment of collectible monsters should keep players coming back. The primary goal is to see how long your monster can last in each city as they smash as many buildings as possible. The further you can travel, the more buildings you will find. You'll even unlock new monsters this way, by moving further and further beyond your previous attempts.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $2.49 - $14.99

Kaiju Rush
Kaiju Rush
Price: Free+

Blossom Clicker VIP

Blossom Clicker VIP is a title that offers a relaxing experience that's all about growing trees. The goal of the game is to produce a bunch of cherry blossoms, and you'll get to watch these trees grow and flourish throughout all four seasons of the year. The gameplay is moderately easy, which makes it a good choice for children, though the story and relaxing experience are what takes center stage, so it's probably best to only show this release to your kid if they can read.

Monetization: $0.99 / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $15.99

Blossom Clicker VIP
Blossom Clicker VIP
Developer: I.W.G
Price: $0.99+

The Unic

The Unic is a procedurally-generated puzzle game that's all about matching patterns. It will be your job to hunt down duplicate designs, complete pattern selections, and build your own deck out of the designs you've collected. There are three game modes to choose from, no internet connection is required to play, and the gameplay is suitable for all ages.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $19.99

The Unic
The Unic
Developer: Lozange Lab
Price: Free+

Color Land - Build by Number

Color Land combines the relaxing gameplay of a color by number app and adds in a dash of building mechanics that allow players to decorate their landscapes with all manner of objects. Each new level contains a new theme, and the more levels you complete, the larger your custom map will grow.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $2.00 - $20.00

Color Land - Build by Number
Color Land - Build by Number

Gravity Box - Minimalist Physics Game

Okay, you may not at first be impressed with Gravity Box's graphics, but trust me when I say that everyone needs to try this game. There's no music, and each level is presented as minimally as possible, but luckily the physics-based gameplay is phenomenal. You play as a tiny box and depending on where you tap on the screen you'll shoot out projectiles towards that area. The idea is that you have to use these projectiles for movement, primarily shooting in the opposite direction that you want to go. The thing is, many of the game's levels are made up of tiny corridors, so you'll have to use your surroundings to your advantage as you shoot your way to success.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $24.99 (all donations to remove ads)

Gravity Box - Minimalist Physics Game
Gravity Box - Minimalist Physics Game

And that is it, folks. I hope this updated list of 50 games was helpful in your search for kid-friendly titles. Make sure to keep an eye out for further game roundups of this nature in the future, and if you have any recommendations for the next list, please feel free to sound off in the comments below.

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