Ninja Arena: Battle of Naruto

Ninja Arena: Battle of Naruto

Ninja Arena: Battle of Naruto

Without a doubt all of you are familiar with the popular Naruto anime and manga series. Originally from Japan, the characters and story have become popular throughout the world and numerous games have been created from these characters. Ninja Arena: Battle of Naruto is one example of such a game. It is similar to other side-view hack and slash games like DOT Arena (review coming soon!), the games usually feature pretty simple but addicting, gameplay and attractive graphics.

Ninja Arena: Battle of Naruto is no different! With a fun level up system that encourages customization and a “just one more” play mentality, the game is likely to be very addicting. For kids, the game has cartoonish violence similar to the show, but less than the manga, so if your child is old enough to watch the show they should be fine to play the game. There are in game “top ups” that can be bought and while not necessary to enjoy the game, they are always a nuisance if your child cannot be trusted to not download them. It is also worth noting that several users of the Google Play store have noted repeated issues with the purchase of these in game “top ups”. Just one thing to watch for.

Another note is that the game is still undergoing polishing. There are several bugs that impact the smoothness of play, but hopefully these will be ironed out in another update or two. While not unusual in this day in age, one would certainly hope that game publishers would ensure that their games are well polished before releasing them.

In sum, the game is quite fun, and despite the simple genre offers a good amount of customization and replay-ability. Children who get this game are likely to devote a large amount of their time into it, so be sure to watch the amount of time they spend playing it! For fans of the show, a must have!

You can download it for Android for free

HERE for Android.

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Recommendation:

All Ages (Simple and addictive meets customization)

Educational Value: * (does require some thinking)

Violence Level: Mild (Cartoon-violence)

Fun Factor: *** (Fans of the series will love it, otherwise…)

Value: **** (The level of customization for the cost is great!)

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Happy Street

Happy Street

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Happy Street

Since we’ve had a lot of reviews already on action or strategy games, we thought it would be great to include a game where users get to interact with other people in a friendly manner. Not sure where the game publishers came up with the name, but I’m assuming that everyone on this game live on a street and are incredibly happy (Why can’t we live there in real life…). As soon as you download this app, you will get what you expect. No not happiness, but a game filled with lively colors and a set of cute characters.

If this game isn’t action or strategy then what exactly is it? Well, Happy Street allows the users to build their own characters as well as interacting with the many other real players that are connected through Game Center or Facebook. In Happy Street, you get to customize not only your characters but the village that you live as well. Since the game, allows you build shops, hotels, and various other structures in the game there is always something to do in your village. Building structures isn’t the only thing that you can do in this app. You can always go sculpt, cook, explore other places in the game.

Is it suitable for kids? This app is definitely a kid friendly game where violence isn’t the main focus. In this game rather than destroying villages, you are building them up and interacting with other friends. The game itself could be a little challenging for children who are too young to understand what a building is, but for kids who are a bit older and already are in school, this game is perfect for them.

Is it educational? It’s really difficult to determine the educational value of a game because kids can learn many different things in games that could be useful later on in life. However, since this game is structured in a way to help users build their own village, we think it would be a helpful game in allowing kids understand their own towns that they live in!

Happy Street is a nice refreshing change from the puzzle and war games we have seen lately. It’s nice to be able to visit your neighbor without having to conquer their land. All in all, this game is definitely a fun game for kids and adults to play. We would definitely recommend you to give it a try!

You can download it for iOS for free

HERE if you are in the U.S.

Here  if you are in Europe.

*Every download supports this site, thanks for reading and your support!

Recommendation:

All Ages (but may be challenging for younger children)

Educational Value: *** (does require some thinking)

Violence Level: NONE (only Happiness here!)

Fun Factor: **** (if you like games where you building your own towns!)

Value: **** (so many ways to customize your village and character)

Panda Pop

Panda Pop

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Panda Pop, doesn’t it sound so wonderfully cute? The name I believe speaks for itself if you are wondering if the game is appropriate for your kids, but since we at Mobile Apps for Kids want you the reader to have the best information to make informed decisions about what apps your children play, we of course couldn’t wait and tried the app for ourselves.  

So, besides the cute name what is Panda Pop? If you played a lot of puzzle type of games before the game play might seem familiar to you. Your goal is to match colored balls with the ones that are floating above you in a vaguely familiar setting that you might have seen in Kung-Fu Panda the movie. The background music takes you to ancient China with the traditional music matches the background images of old Chinese homes. Throughout the game, you won’t see any violence or bloody gore. This isn’t your Spartan Wars or any other type of diehard fighting or war game. This is an easy going puzzle game that a person of any age could enjoy. Of course, the game itself might be challenging for younger children (which in our opinion isn’t necessarily a bad thing).  

Besides, the suitability of the game for children. The game play though not unique is surprisingly addictive. Perhaps there is something about the human brain that loves to match colors and solve puzzles. Nevertheless, you will find yourself advancing from level to level without having known how many hours have passed. The possibility of you enjoying the game more than your children is great so beware for those with addictive personalities! As you continue to strategically match the colored balls and make your way through stages, you might wonder where this end? Well, this game has 250+ levels and variety of items for you to choose from so the game may seem endless for sure.  

Since, we are a big fan of child friendly games we definitely think this game is worth a try for anyone who is interested in solving puzzles on their mobile phones. It’s challenging enough for you to be stretched but not so much where you will start getting a headache. Since there are so many various levels and items, we can definitely say that this game has a high replay value. Considering that it’s free, its even more worth it to give it a try. One caveat though, if you have Facebook on your phone, your child may be able to connect the game to your Facebook account. So, do be aware that connecting the app to your Facebook is a possibility.  

All in all, we can be confident that you will enjoy this game even if it is to just pass the time and give this game a pass for being safe your children to play as well.  

Download it for Android free HERE!  *Every download supports this site, thanks for reading and your support!

Recommendation:

All Ages (may be challenging for younger children)

Educational Value: ** (does require some thinking)

Violence Level: NONE (only popping bubbles in this game!)

Fun Factor: *** (If you like puzzle games)

Value: **** (many levels, items there )

Top Eleven

Top Eleven

Top Eleven – iOS

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Top Eleven is a popular soccer/football management game. In fact, it claims to be the most popular mobile soccer management game ever! As most of us know, these sort of games can be incredibly fun. For younger children however, is this a worthwhile download? We examine!

The game is not quite as indepth as other management games, probably slimmed down for the mobile platform, but still offers a lot of depth. Due to this, it has a little bit more accessibility for younger kids than other similar games. However, it is still quite complicated, enough that most kids not in their teens will probably lose interest. For kids in their teens, the large amount of customization will be an attractive feature. From the colors of the kits to an indepth trade and training system, there are a lot of options to make the team you manage really unique.

As one would expect there is no graphic violence or sexual imagery,  so those concerned with this can rest easy. Micro-transactions, or spending money in the game, is not necessary to enjoy the game. Those who do choose to spend also do not have a significant advantage over those who do. This is great so your kids will not be bothering you to spend money in the game because they are losing to other users who do spend money.

However, as it does have a large multiplayer feature, there is a risk that some users may use inappropriate language. Much of this is censored out, but it still is one thing for parents to think about. However, given that extremely young children will not be attracted to this sort of game the risk is not as large as other games.

In summary, Top Eleven is a immersive, deep, and fun game for teens and adults. I would highly recommend the download if your child is interested in soccer games.

Download it for iOS free HERE! *Every download supports this site, thanks for reading and your support!

Recommendation: Ages 13+ (a bit complicated)

Educational Value: ** (Strategic thinking but not better than attending class!)

Violence Level: NONE (no hooligans in this game!)

Fun Factor: **** (If you can handle the complexity it is a deep game)

Value: ***** (many feature for customization)

 

Clash of Kings

Clash of Kings

Clash of Kings

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Clash of Kings is a real time strategy game for Android where you battle to build an empire and control 7 fantasy kingdoms. At first glance, it seems similar to other  PVP or multiplayer online games where you are focused on  base building and defending your land against other players. The content itself isn’t as original as you would expect since there are many similar games where you build an empire.

However, the game itself is surprisingly fun. Who knew conquering another castle and expanding your kingdom could be so entertaining? Some precautions for this app. The game does have some suggestive content, so this game will be inappropriate for kids under 16. All in all, android has an interesting new addition to its vast list of mobile games. Is it mind numbingly addictively fun? Probably not, but I thin anyone who likes multiplayer strategy games might find it entertaining.

If your kid loves puzzle games, this in-app purchase free game could probably be a safer choice for your kid. You can take a look at the game HERE.

Recommendation: Ages 16+ (has suggestive content)

Educational Value: *** (Strategic thinking not like chess though)

Violence Level: *** (to create an empire users must conquer another one!)

Fun Factor: *** (Creating an empire is entertaining but gameplay is nothing new)

Value: *** (moderate replayability)

Candy Blast Mania

Candy Blast Mania

Candy Blast Mania

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After I quit playing Candy Crush Saga I’ve been looking for some alternatives which are as fun as Candy Crush Saga or even more exciting adn addicting. So I’ve tried similar matching games like Jewel Mania but what attracted me the most was a recent game called Candy Blast Mania. As this game is popular with both children and adults, it is worthwhile to review it due to its popularity and it is only a matter of time before it becomes the next big hit among gamers.

So, what do I like about this game and is it worth the download?

First, it is way easier to level up than Candy Crush Saga. They have kind of user-friendly tutorials for the first few rounds for you to clearly understand their rules. Still it could be challenging as you need to meet some specific goal within a limited number of moves. For children, this is likely to keep them challenged and entertained enough to continually play the game. For parents, the game is addictive enough that you will likely sneak a chance to play it at work!

Second, there is no need to connect to Facebook. So you won’t get any annoying “Send me lives” requests. Of course you still need to wait for your life to be replenished once you run out. But you don’t really need any help from your friends (and you won’t get any help from them neither) or you don’t even need to pay for it, which is a big plus for this app. Microtransactions are therefore not a critical part of the game and it can be enjoyed largely without them,

There are not so many drawbacks about the game itself. The colors are bright and attractive and the sound effects add an extra dimension to the game. In total, there is not much to detract from the nature of the game itself.

If your kid loves puzzle games, this in-app purchase free game could probably be a safer choice for your kid. The side bonues is that you will also enjoy playing the game as much as them! You can take a look at the game HERE.

Recommendation: Ages 8+

Educational Value: **** (Requires logical thinking)

Violence Level: * (Basically nonexistant)

Fun Factor: **** (Has a level up system with a fun storyline)

Value: **** (High replayability)

Samsung KidsTime

Samsung KidsTime

Samsung KidsTime – Android

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Samsung KidsTime is one of those apps that you wish you had as a child growing up and are grateful to have as a parent. At first glance, you can see that Samsung has partnered with Nickelodeon, which is a superstar in the children’s entertainment industry. That makes most parents think “great this is going to be at least entertaining for my kids”. You (as were we) surprised at the great content and features this app offers.

Samsung KidsTime allows parents to choose free or subscription service which determines the quantity of content from ebooks  to games that your child will have access to. With numerous games to play, your child will definitely not be bored, and, of course, the games are all educational. The books available also aren’t static like traditional books and have moving pictures that help keep your children immersed in reading the book.

Overall, the developers of Samsung KidsTime did well to add useful functions such as having a app lock so that children cannot leave the app to search the web. Parents can easily have an overview of what areas their child has studied whether it be math or social sciences, which gives parents an idea of what area their children are interested in or even need to work on a bit more. We can confidently say that you should give this mobile app a try.

You can download the app for your kids HERE.

Recommendation: All Ages

Educational Value: ***** (Learning can be fun!)

Violence Level: * (Children friendly)

Fun Factor: *** (Fun but educational games for children)

Value: **** (High replayability, but relies on subscription based service)