Top 10 Mobile Games for Child Development

Top 10 Mobile Games for Child Development


My Sunday started with a message from a Kaspersky Daily editor: “Denis, you wrote about a series of games for child development a while back. The problem is that this post is a bit outdated and right now this topic is more relevant than ever as millions of families are in quarantine. How about making a new one?”

One of the surprising phenomena that social distancing* has brought about in my family has been the disappearance of certain boundaries. Workdays and weekends are very similar, but something new has emerged: a kind of hybrid time. We continue with our educational and work duties, but we also have a lot of time that we used to spend on commuting and other commute-related tasks.

It’s been more than four years since my last list of what I called “useful games.” Educators have developed new theories and teaching methods, and, as expected, developers have launched new apps. My children have grown up, and we’ve had others, too.

But my attitude towards computer games has not changed. Electronic games are here to stay, so giving them up would be denying reality and depriving our children of a real strategic advantage for the future.

When it comes to games, I think that resistance is futile, but it is better to take control and manage the process than to simply give in. We can use fun apps and games to help children learn the purpose of computers, showing them that technology is at our service (and not the other way around).

Any parent will tell you that the forbidden fruit is the most delicious. And, well, in the end it is up to you how you decide to initiate and manage your children’s time with video games. However, we have come to the conclusion that children’s digital activities require certain measures of control. Just as in the adult world, addiction problems and antisocial behavior abound, not to mention the potential danger posed by strangers. So, you should try this fruit together, but don’t forget about time and other limits! Some of the elements to consider are the genres of the games, interactions between people and, of course, the basic issues of our relationship with smart devices (including cybersecurity rules).

When you’re really busy, giving your digital natives some leeway can be very tempting: you get some downtime, and they get privacy and freedom in a territory that’s deceptively welcoming to them. This current period of confinement is a perfect opportunity for you to share your knowledge with them, in a safe way.

Below are some of my kids’ favorite smart mobile games, as well as some cool educational apps we’ve enjoyed discovering together.

1. What’s inside?

Educational apps for Android and iOS, developed by Learny Land

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How do they do that? How do they do this? How does this work? These and a million other science questions fill the minds of children, who often throw them at you while you’re supposed to be working.

This series of fun and enlightening apps, developed by Learny Land, aims to relieve this pressure:

2. Logic puzzles

Jutiful's absurd pictograms put your mind to work

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Both adults and children find benefits in getting their grey matter working. I must confess that REBUS is my favourite pastime for flights. According to its creators, to solve a pictogram “you will have to rack your brain”. Specifically, pictograms involve solving visual puzzles through logical associations.

Some of the problems are hard enough to spend days pondering. Others are as easy as shelling peanuts. All in all, they’re a great way to exercise original and combinatorial thinking. For kids who aren’t quite ready for these challenges, the creators offer AZZLalthough only on iOS.

3. Classic Arcade Games

Relive the past with these classic arcade games transferred to mobile devices

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Oh my, what memories! Create new memories with classic titles like Digger (either Dig Dug), Lode Runner, Tetris and PAC-MANEven after several decades, the games we grew up with are still very much alive. It turns out that the gameplay has a certain genius that endures over time.

4. Find and guess

Mobile adventure games developed by Amanita Design

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Games from Czech studio Amanita Design stand out for their astonishing level of detail, exceptionally dynamic characters and fascinating magical worlds.

Designed in the spirit of classic 80s and 90s adventures, the games elegantly force the gears of the brain into unfamiliar patterns to escape the usual problem-solving routines. If CHUCHEL If you find it easy and want more, try the other games from the studio: Samorost 3, Machinarium and Botanicula; and, for the little ones, Pilgrims.

5. Divine powers

Pavilion: A Puzzle Adventure

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It’s not easy to be a god. Pavilionvarious supernatural symbols prompt the main character to act in an environment that the creators describe as a “fourth-person puzzle adventure.” If that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, then I don’t know what else to add. Personally, I haven’t regretted spending those four euros.

6. A visit to Lumino City

Lumino City: A beautifully designed adventure

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Since we’re talking about well-designed adventures, another of my favorites is Lumino City.

I could have included this game in the list of Pavilion as a “similar” one, but I’ve rejected the idea of ​​classifying it as such. This game deserves all the attention you can give it due to its fascinating aesthetics and settings. The developers have erected a monument to themselves, with a style that pays tribute to the puppet films of the 70s and 80s. As a taster, you might want to enjoy first Making of Lumino City. Amazing!

If you enjoy Lumino Citydon’t miss its prequel, Lume. Right now its creators are offering it for free in the App Store.

7. The afterlife

INSIDE: A self-aware adventure developed by Playdead

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A game from the authors of the famous LIMBO. Created by Playdead, INSIDE is about a boy’s adventures in the other world. It sounds scary, but you won’t be able to look away. Parents can relax and admire the artistic character while their children play it.

8. Mind-blowing creativity

Gorogoa: A puzzle adventure with exceptional gameplay dynamics

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If your children have already passed CHUCHEL and Lumino City, REBUS It’s a piece of cake and they’ve already started with Pavilion and INSIDEthe time has come to install Gorogoa: an original puzzle adventure with exceptional gameplay dynamics.

Well, I At least I’ve never seen anything like it. To be honest, I was flabbergasted for the first few minutes, unable to make head or tail of it. But once you understand what the goal is and how to do it… I assure you that this game may end up appearing in your dreams.

9. Smart words

A series of interactive geometry problems created by Horis International

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Parallelepiped, bisector and centroid. The Pythagorean theorem, rectangular trapezoids and perpendicular bisectors. Isosceles triangles, central symmetry and medians.

If your kids can’t pass up the opportunity to show off their knowledge of Euclidean geometry in front of their friends, then this easy and fun app Pythagorea It’s made for them. And who knows, maybe last night you sent a future famous architect or mathematician to bed.

10. Minecraft!

Minecraft Earth: a sandbox for virtual reality

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Minecraft closed my previous list of the 10 best mobile games and it closes this one as well. This time, to bring a breath of fresh air, it is about Minecraft Earth.

*Note to future readers of this post: In March 2020, when I wrote this, many countries had adopted rigorous measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Among those measures is the social distancingminimizing contact with other people and teleworking.

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