Monday’s Apps For Kids: The Games Your Kids Really Want To Play

Welcome to Monday’s Apps For Kids, a new Cult of Android feature where we take a look at kid-centric apps. Many of us are parents with kids who seem to know their way around our mobile devices better than we do. With the Google Play Store having over 400,000 apps, it can be quite a daunting task trying to find apps appropriate for our young tech enthusiasts. With Monday’s Apps For Kids, we hope to make that task easier by suggesting an array of topics and apps that have been kid tested and parent approved. So grab whatever crayon is lying around and get ready to write down a few apps worth checking out.

Today we’re going to take a look at a few of the top rated games that have not only entertained thousands of adults, but are also the number one cause of mysterious device disappearances. These tried and true games all feature colorful graphics, addicting gameplay, and good, clean, wholesome fun. There’s a reason these games are insanely popular and you’ll soon find yourself debating whether or not to buy your child their own device just so you can have yours back.

We’re going to take a look at five examples of top paid games that will not only improve your child’s problem solving skills, but also provide hours of entertaining fun. As always, I’ll only be recommending paid apps in order to keep as many ads as possible away from your children.

Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab) – This award winning game has been downloaded by millions of users and features the cute little Om Nom: a sugar craving creature who’s only joy in life is to be fed confectionery treats. Try your best to get the tasty candy to Om Nom’s belly by cutting the various ropes in this fun and challenging Brain & Puzzle game. With literally hundreds of levels, all with various degrees of difficultly, your child is sure to enhance their problem solving skills while having hours of fun.

To download Cut the Rope from the Google Play Store, follow the link below.

Google Play Store Link | Cut the Rope ($.99)

Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios) – This long-time fruit slicing favorite is perfect for children of all ages. Slice and dice your way through various challenges as you work to improve your high score and earn cool Sensi Swag. Fruit Ninja features three gameplay modes chock full of exploding bombs, freezing bananas, and enough diced fruit to feed a zoo. You can also compete against others and track your achievements via the optional OpenFeint gaming network.

To grab Fruit Ninja from the Google Play Store, follow the link below.

Google Play Store Link | Fruit Ninja ($1.26)

Whale Trail (ustwo) – This newcomer is only a couple months old but features one of the catchiest themes songs you’ll ever be exposed to. Fly through the magical world of Rainbow Land as Willow the whale, collect Blubbles, and do your best to avoid the clutches of evil Baron Von Barry. Choose to enjoy the endless Classic Mode or unlock stars in bite-size Challenge Levels as you loop your way through the clouds in this vibrantly colored game of cute whale proportions.

To download Whale Trail, follow the Google Play link below.

Google Play Store Link | Whale Trail ($1.79)

Where’s My Water (Disney) – If anyone knows kids, it’s Disney. Unfortunately they have yet to embrace the Android ecosystem as fully as they have iOS. However, one game they managed to bring to Android — and has been making a splash since its release — is Where’s My Water. Help Swampy the alligator guide water to his shower in this kid-friendly Brain & Puzzle game. Guide fresh water, dirty water, and ooze, in this fun and simple physics-based game featuring two stories, two separate games, and more than 200 different puzzles. Collect various items and unlock bonus levels in a game where every drop counts.

To download Where’s My Water from the Google Play Store, follow the link below.

Google Play Store | Where’s My Water ($.99)

Angry Birds Space (Rovio) – I’ve included Angry Birds Space for one reason and one reason only: it’s the only paid version of Angry Birds available on Android. As you may already know, the Angry Birds franchise has grown beyond the once simple physics game into a marketing bonanza. There’s now everything from Angry Birds pinatas to Angry Birds pet toys. You name it, there’s probably an Angry Birds branding on it.

Of course there’s a reason behind the madness. The game itself is fun and addicting, and while not much has changed since the original, Angry Birds Space is the first iteration to turn things upside down (literally).

Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

To download Angry Birds Space from the Google Play Store, follow the link below.

Google Play Store | Angry Birds Space ($.99)

It was only a matter of time before we were going to have to tell you about the games your kids really want to play. Thankfully they’re all kid appropriate and fun for all ages. Since millions of users have rated these the top paid apps available, we’re pretty confident you and your kids will enjoy them (I know my kids do). Enjoy, and be sure to check back next Monday for more apps for kids.