It's Thanksgiving! Hooray for thankfulness, gorging on food, spending time with loved ones, and gazing fondly at your well-behaved children as they engage in quiet, polite conversation while sitting peacefully and -- what's that? Your kids have been feral monsters all morning and you're about to cram them in a gravy boat if they don't stop galloping back and forth in front of the football game? Ah, you've come to the right place, then. If you're looking for a little child-related distraction in the form of mobile gameplay, I've got some fantastic suggestions for you.
Sometimes you just need to plug a kid in front of a smartphone or tablet for a half hour or so in order to reclaim your sanity, am I right? But it's also fun to sit down and play games together as a family, so what I've got for you is a list of my top 5 favorite mobile games that my kids and I BOTH love. Check it out:
Where's My Perry? (iOS/Android) Similar to the Where's My Water? game -- but featuring the oddly appealing Perry the Playpus from Phineas and Ferb -- this is a physics-based puzzle where you use water in all its different forms to solve each level. It's great to play as a team because you can work together to strategize where the water/steam/ice etc is going to go. Warning: this game is insanely addictive.
Bubble Mania. (iOS/Android) It's hard to say why, exactly, this game is so much fun, since it's really just about popping bubbles, but it IS. My one major bone to pick with Bubble Mania is that it occasionally stops play to demand that you purchase more blue diamonds or purple hearts or whatever the hell represents the ability to keep playing, but then again, it's free. My 7 and 4-year-old and I all love it, and we like to sit on the couch together taking turns playing.
Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time. (iOS or online) This is a hidden object game that has a whole complicated story about restoring historical artifacts and traveling through time and space and whatnot, but my kids and I just love the part where you have to find where the cat is. Or the shoe. Or the dart board. Or whatever. It's good for teaching young kids reading skills, too, as they sound out the objects they have to locate.
The Monster at the End of the Book App. (iOS) Okay, this one's not technically a game, but it's a huge hit with both of my boys. Even though they've "read" it a million times, they still get squirmy and giggly when Grover starts panicking about the monster waiting for him at the end of the book. (Spoiler: GROVER IS THE MONSTER, I KNOW RIGHT???) The original book was published over 40 years ago, but the interactive version is pretty great -- kids can knock over obstacles, undo knots, and generally drive Grover crazy. Instead of you.
Fruit Ninja (iOS/Android) If you have a phone, you probably know about Fruit Ninja. But if for some reason you've yet to experience this obsessively fun game, I heartily recommend it. Billed, hilariously, as "most popular fruit-slicing game in the world," Fruit Ninja is weirdly hard to put down. Why is swiping your finger across a screen to cut fruit in half so awesome? I do not know.
What are some of you and your kids' favorite mobile games?
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