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Ordia

Using slingshot mechanics for movement is nothing new in mobile games. Angry Birds was undoubtedly one of the first to popularize the mechanic, and few releases have felt as satisfying. A new contender called Ordia is the latest release to take on this mantle. All you have to do is slingshot your way from one end of the stage to another, but of course, once you make it to some of the later levels, you better believe you'll have to contend with more than a few obstacles as you navigate your way to the end of each stage. This one is going to take a lot of hand-eye coordination, so you'll want to make sure your kind can handle this release before handing it off to them.

Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / no IAPs

Ordia
Ordia
Developer: Loju
Price: $3.99

Smart Kids Puzzles

Smart Kids Puzzles is a slick-looking wooden puzzle game for small children. The puzzles take the shape of many random animals where it's the player's job to assemble a bunch of colored puzzle pieces into the shape of the target animal. While none of the puzzles are overly complicated, I would imagine that is by design so that even the youngest of players can earn a sense of accomplishment.

Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / no IAPs

Smart Kids Puzzles
Smart Kids Puzzles
Developer: AppQuiz
Price: $3.99

Human Heroes Curie on Matter

Human Heroes Ltd has been pumping out polished educational games over the last year or so, and Human Heroes Curie on Matter is one of the newer titles in the series. This time around, you'll get to interact with Marie Curie instead of Albert Einstein. Primarily this is an educational title that offers a solid mini-game collection, all with a few interactive stories sprinkled in-between. So if you're looking for a polished educational game that offers slick art and quality voice work, Human Heroes Curie on Matter is an excellent choice.

Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / no IAPs

Human Heroes Curie on Matter
Human Heroes Curie on Matter

Sago Mini Robot Party

Sago Mini Robot Party is all about allowing your child's creativity to shine through creating an assortment of robots out of hundreds of different robot parts. Your kid can mix or match to their liking, all in order to assemble the silliest creations their imaginations can muster. And if robots are not your child's biggest interest, I would wholeheartedly recommend checking out the rest of Sago Mini's games. Every single one is targeted towards preschoolers while offering fully trustworthy monetization practices that any parent can appreciate.

Monetization: $3.99 / contains ads / no IAPs

Sago Mini Robot Party
Sago Mini Robot Party
Developer: Sago Mini
Price: $3.99

Nighty Night Forest

Nighty Night Forest is more a bedtime story than a game, but that doesn't mean there isn't some interactivity to be found in this release. There are actually seven interactive animals included in this release, and there are even a few hidden surprises for those that search them out. Primarily this app offers a story that's the perfect length for bedtime, and there's even an auto mode for those times your child would prefer to control the app themselves instead of waiting for a parent to take control.

Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / IAPs $0.99 apiece

Nighty Night Forest
Nighty Night Forest
Developer: Fox & Sheep
Price: $3.99+

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, you simply take your finger off the screen to make the center color smaller until it changes into a new color that matches 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

Tiny World

Tiny World is a cute and colorful game with simple controls. You either tap on the left or right side of the screen to control your vehicle's direction and speed. As it traverses its curved World, it is the job of the player to keep control of the bags stored on top of the vehicle. Any bump in your path may knock out a few of these bags. Once every bag has fallen off the top, the game is over. This is why you'll want to see how long you can last without dropping these bags, all to acquire the highest score possible.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

Tiny World
Tiny World
Developer: Laurent Bakowski
Price: Free

Road Trip - Endless Driver

Sure, Road Trip - Endless Driver may look like another endless runner, but it is its blocky design and simple swipe controls that really create an engaging experience. Plus, you have a ton of different ways to crash outrageously, which should be amusing to most children. You can unlock thirty-three cars, and it's all done through gameplay, thanks to the absence of any in-app purchases. This way, your kid can play at their own pace without you needing to worry about the game hitting them up to spend your money.

Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs

Road Trip - Endless Driver
Road Trip - Endless Driver

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 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 apiece

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
Developer: FGL Indie Showcase
Price: Free+

Toddler Educational Puzzles: Pooza for Toddlers

Toddler Educational Puzzles is an educational puzzler for toddlers. While the game's description boasts all sorts of unprovable claims, the puzzle within are varied and designed well. There are over 600 puzzles to explore, and the drag-and-drop controls are perfect for youngsters that still haven't mastered their movement. Best of all, the app is free to try, and if you like what you see, you can unlock it in its entirety through a single in-app purchase.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $2.99 apiece

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 $2.99 apiece

Dad Jokes Duel
Dad Jokes Duel
Developer: theedo developers
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 Android games. 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 / IAPs $2.99 apiece

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

Pango One Road : logical labyrinth for children

Pango One Road is an enjoyable maze game filled with adorable characters. It will be Pango's job to plug up the holes in each maze so that the end-point can be reached. The art is great, the characters are adorable, and the gameplay is fun. Plus, you can try before you buy, making for excellent monetization that's perfect for a children's game.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $2.99

Highlights Monster Day - Meaningful Preschool Play

The Highlights brand should be recognizable to most adults. Its line of magazines was definitely popular when I was a kid, and so is a well-known name in education. Highlights Monster Day - Meaningful Preschool Play is a game from Highlights, and it offers lessons about the routines of everyday life, which should ideally encourage good habits in your kid through positive gameplay. You're free to try the game, and if you like what you see, you can unlock it in its entirety through an in-app purchase.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $3.99 apiece

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

My Very Hungry Caterpillar is a virtual pet game that stars the caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar picture book line. This means players can feed the caterpillar, draw with him, pick him up, or take a quick look into his toy box. It will be up to the player to help him explore nature by picking fruits, playing in a pond, or growing flowers. It's a stress-free pet game that's perfect for children. What's not to like?

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $4.99 apiece

My Very Hungry Caterpillar
My Very Hungry Caterpillar
Developer: StoryToys
Price: Free+

PJ Masks: Moonlight Heroes

PJ Masks: Moonlight Heroes is a simple endless runner that any child should be able to grasp. It features the characters Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette from the Disney Junior TV show PJ Masks. These three heroes each have their own unique ability for movement, where one flies, one crawls on walls, and one runs super fast. The meat of the gameplay is all about gaining the highest score through collecting as many orbs as possible. And if endless runners are not your kid's favorite style of game, then you should check out the rest of Entertainment One's titles, because just like PJ Masks: Moonlight Heroes, they are all free of in-app purchases and advertisements.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $4.99 - $7.49

PJ Masks™: Moonlight Heroes
PJ Masks™: Moonlight Heroes

Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures

Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures is an adorable game connected to the LEGO DUPLO WORLD brand that's based on the Nick Jr. series. Join Miffy. The game will see the player help Miffy throughout her day, so players will help her through her daily routine by bathing in the morning or exploring outdoors. So please think of this as a simple life sim that targets children to enforce solid habits, such as brushing one's teeth.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $5.99

Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures
Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures

Pop Art Painter 3D

Pop Art Painter 3D comes from OHM Games, the Paper Plane Planet's creators, one of my favorite mobile flight games. This release offers something 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 - $6.49

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

Jigsaw Puzzles Real

Jigsaw Puzzles Real is just that, a puzzle game where you can solve jigsaws. Since the game works just like a real-world jigsaw, children should be able to figure out how to play quickly. So if your kid already loves solving jigsaw puzzles, then an app that offers thousands of puzzles to solve should ideally keep them busy for a while. Best of all, you can choose from puzzles that range from nine pieces (easy for children) to hundreds (for the more skilled players), so this game should appeal to any jigsaw-lover no matter their skill level.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $7.49 apiece

Jigsaw Puzzles Real
Jigsaw Puzzles Real
Developer: Rottz Games
Price: Free+

Mathmage: A fun math game for kids aged 5-9!

Mathmageis a match game for kids aged 5-9, and it plays as a logic-based puzzler where the story will advance as you solve math-based puzzles. The story is worthwhile and endearing, which should drive the desire to play despite the educational content. So if your kid doesn't enjoy math, perhaps a story-based adventure that offers math-based puzzles is just the ticket to interest your kid.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $7.99 apiece

Endless Alphabet

Endless Alphabet is an educational game from Originator Inc, and it was designed to teach children the alphabet through interactive puzzles that star adorable monsters. There are 100 words to explore and learn, though only seven puzzles are free from the outset. If you like what you see, then you can unlock the entirety of the title through a single in-app purchase.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs $8.99 apiece

Endless Alphabet
Endless Alphabet
Developer: Originator Inc.
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 - $9.99

Steppy Pants

If you are looking for a game that will keep your kid rolling on the floor in laughter, 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 more straightforward. 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 - $9.99

Steppy Pants
Steppy Pants
Price: Free+

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 your child through spelling, word building, and rhymes like no other.

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

Endless Wordplay
Endless Wordplay
Developer: Originator Inc.
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
Developer: Lucky Kat Studios
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+

Thomas & Friends Minis

Thomas & Friends Minis takes all of the fun from building real-world Thomas train sets and stuffs it into an augmented reality game. This way, you can build the track of your dreams without having to spend hundreds of dollars on new trains and tracks. Plus, you get the added benefit of customizing your trains to your liking, which would be difficult for a child to do in real life. So if your kid is a fan of Thomas or simply loves trains, this is an enjoyable ad-supported game that offers extra customization through its in-app purchases.

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

Thomas & Friends Minis
Thomas & Friends Minis
Developer: Budge Studios
Price: Free+

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 - $26.99

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

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 is 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 its games is fantastic.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $24.99

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

LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD

Lego Duplo World is aligned with the Headstart Early Learning Outcomes Framework, so it's crystal clear that this release is intended for educational purposes. This is basically a mini-game collection designed to encourage creativity for children ages five and under. While there are in-app purchases in this release, they are there to purchase new content packs, so they aren't necessary but come in handy when your kids have already played through everything else.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $3.99 - $25.99

This roundup has been updated with new games

  • Pokémon Playhouse
  • Toddler Educational Puzzles: Pooza for Toddlers
  • Thomas & Friends Minis
  • LEGO DUPLO WORLD
  • Highlights Monster Day - Meaningful Preschool Play
  • Miffy's World – Bunny Adventures
  • Pango One Road : logical labyrinth for children
  • ELOH
  • Mathmage: A fun math game for kids aged 5-9!
  • Molly of Denali: Learn about Nature and Community

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