Best Kids Games for Android

Check out the best Android games that will appeal to kids of all ages.

It's likely that you've just handed your kid an Android device and are wondering, what kind of games should I put on this thing? We've selected a few of our faves, everything from current chart-topper Love Balls to golden mobile oldie Real Racing 3.

Love Balls
Age Rating 4+

There’s a lot to love about this addictive puzzle game where you draw lines to bring a blue and pink ball together. Puzzles start out easy and get progressively harder throughout the 312 levels -- and when you finish them all, you’ll be wanting more. This game is great for gamers of all ages and, as a bonus, teaches kids about physics. We strongly recommend spending the $3.99 to buy the ad-free version of the game -- otherwise your puzzle solving will be plagued by full-screen pop-up ads and even the most patient players ain’t got time for that. - LA

Pokemon Go
Age Rating: 9+

The Pokemon Company and Niantic brought Pokemon Go to the world during the summer of 2016. To some of us, it was a blip of a game that got us outside and connecting with other human gamers in real life for a month. For others, Pokemon Go is life. And for kids, Pokemon Go is a fantastic introduction to Pokemon games before they learn how to read. The premise of the game is to capture these adorable pocket monsters by wandering around your neighborhood and using your phone to throw Poke Balls at them. It’s a challenge in more rural areas to find a decent variety of Pokemon to catch. It’s also difficult to find Gyms, where you can engage in “Raids” and take down Legendary Pokemon with the rest of the local community. But if you want to sprinkle a little bit more fun into your family walks, bring Pokemon Go with you. - AF

Minecraft Pocket Edition
Age Rating: 9+

The mobile version of Minecraft is surprisingly robust. In our household, we have Minecraft on every single console (including Switch) so that we can all play together at any given time. Minecraft Pocket Edition isn’t a watered-down version of the console game, either. It’s got all of the features and interactive elements that you’d expect in Minecraft. - AF

Subway Surfers
Age Rating: 9+

You’ve been spotted tagging a subway station and now you’re on the run from a tee'd off station agent. The goal of this endless runner is to outrun the train police, while swiping up, down, left, and right to hop from train to train and avoid obstacles while collecting coins and powerups. If you make a misstep, you gotta start all over again. Subway Surfers is easy to play, difficult to master, and my six-year-old has put many (many) hours into this game unlocking characters, new boards and checking out the regularly updated themes. Despite the occasional request to buy a character with limited availability in the game, this game offers hours of free fun for all ages. - LA

Alto’s Adventure
Age Rating: 9+

This is an award-winning game on Android that you might not know is kid-friendly. Alto’s Adventure (and its sequel, Alto's Odyssey) is an endless runner, which means that you will be able to keep playing and playing until you make a mistake and get a “game over.” In Alto’s Adventure, players are tasked with snowboarding down a mountain in an attempt to get some escaped llamas back. And in true snowboarding spirit, players can do tricks (like backflips) to get more points. It’s a relaxing kind of game with beautiful graphics and soothing music that’ll be good for parents and kids alike. - AF

Monument Valley (1 & 2)
Age Rating: 4+

This surrealist puzzle game (and its sequel, Monument Valley 2) is easily one of the most beautiful experiences on Android. Nevermind that it’s won a number of awards, Monument Valley forces players to look at their digital worlds from a variety of angles. Completing each level and its environment puzzles teaches kids better spatial problem solving. The story is far more symbolic than narrative, but you can’t help but feel a sense of kinship for the little girl on her journey through Monument Valley. - AF

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Age Rating: 4+

This mobile game from Nintendo puts you in charge of a campsite and then sets you on a series of missions that include decorating your campsite, crafting custom decor, collecting items, running errands for other campers, making friends, and then inviting them back to hang around your campsite. There’s some waiting around for projects to be completed, with the option to spend money to hurry up the process, but that’s the price you pay for this otherwise charming freemium game. Download this for your kids and watch them turn into happy little campers. - LA

Real Racing 3
Age Rating: 4+

Real Racing 3 has been around for years now, but it’s still one of the best driving games on mobile. As the game name implies, the cars and tracks look totally real, and even though it’s designed to be a realistic driving simulation, it’s still easy enough for kids to pick up and play. The goal of the game is to earn gold coins by winning races, buy a new ride, then earn more coins, ad infinitum. You can also put your driving skills to the test in an up-to eight-person multiplayer mode. Any kid with a car fixation will lap these tracks for hours. - LA