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10 Best Mobile Games for Kids: Ohana’s Top Picks of 2022

It’s not easy to find mobile games that are safe for kids. But no worries, you don’t have to dig through millions of apps because we’ve done the research for you. Here are our picks for the 10 best mobile games for elementary school-aged kids that are safe, challenging and fun.

Stefanie Parth
12/27/2022 • 4 min
Boy and girl sitting in the living room, playing on their phones

All of the games we selected were developed by independent game studios that put a lot of time, effort and thought into their apps.

We chose them based on the following criteria:

  • High educational value
  • No advertising
  • No in-app purchase options
  • Age-appropriateness
  • High level of entertainment

Unfortunately, it is practically impossible to find free mobile games for kids that meet all our criteria. But good quality comes at a price, right?

1. Inventioneers

If your kid is interested in physics and engineering, Inventioneers is a great choice. You can solve clever inventions with the help of the quirky Inventioneers but also create your own.

Price: $ 4.99

Android | iOS

Screenshot of the mobile game Inventioneers

Inventioneers (Source: Filimundus)

2. Townscaper

A game without a goal? Yes, it works! In Townscaper you create your own island towns and can add all kinds of buildings and roads. A nice game to let your kid's imagination run wild!

Price: $ 4.99

Android | iOS

Screenshot of mobile game Townscaper, showing a colorful little island town

Townscaper (Source: Raw Fury)

3. Monument Valley

In this visually stunning and calm game, you lead the silent princess Ida through abstract monuments while solving puzzles and optical illusions. If your kid can’t get enough of it, there’s already a sequel - Monument Valley 2.

Price: $ 3.99

Android | iOS

4. Hidden Through Time

Take the Where’s Waldo? picture books into the 21st century and you get Hidden Through Time. This colorful hand drawn game takes you on a journey through the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt, the Middle Ages, and the Wild West. You have to find different objects to level up.

Price: $ 2.99

Android | iOS

Screenshot of Hidden Through Time, showing a lively marketplace

Hidden Through Time (Source: Crazy Monkey Studios)

5. The Unstoppables

An award-winning app that deals with topics such as disability, inclusion and accessibility in a playful way. You have to switch between characters, who all have a different handicap, to solve challenges.

Price: Free

Android | iOS

6. Bring You Home

Polo is a little alien, who is trying to rescue his kidnapped pet. This cute adventure game lets you change the pieces of each level to complete it. Great problem-solving puzzle!

Price: $ 3.49

Android | iOS

Screenshot of mobile game Bring You Home, showing the little alien trying to jump to the next building

Bring You Home (Source: Alike Studio)

7. Pettson’s Inventions

In this clever game, you help Pettson build his inventions. You have to choose the right objects and place them at the right spots to make the inventions work. The app practices logic and fosters creativity.

Price: $ 4.99

Android | iOS


Chuchel is a hairy hero, on a quest to retrieve a precious cherry. You have to solve several puzzles and challenges - and the game is very funny. If CHUCHEL is too easy for your kid, check out the game studio’s Samorost trilogy or Machinarium.

Price: $ 4.99

Android | iOS

Screenshot of mobile game CHUCHEL, showing the character trying to get to the cherry

CHUCHEL (Source: Amanita Design)

9. Crazy Gears

Fantastic puzzle game that promises hours of fun! In Crazy Gears, the goal is to manipulate gears, chains, rods, and pulleys, to get to the next level. This will teach your kid how different mechanisms affect one another when constructing a machine.

Price: $ 2.99


10. Thinkrolls

Let your kid learn about gravity, heat, speed, and other science concepts in a fun way. This puzzle game promises to improve your kid’s problem-solving, memory, and spatial cognition skills. Check out the game studio’s other apps as well.

Price: $ 3.99

Android | iOS

Screenshot of mobile game Thinkrolls

Thinkrolls (Source: Avokiddo)

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