iPhone Game Friday: Kids Games

Apparently there are actually a lot of children who own iPhones/iPod touches – unsurprising, when you consider how easy they are to use! This has opened up a niche market for game developers to create games solely aimed at children.

This week’s Game Friday looks at some of the most popular kids’ games for the platform, including AirBear and OddBlob. For those of you with young kids, these are definitely worth checking out. Once again, if you have any comments, or an app that you want reviewed, get in touch!

Cupcake

Cupcake

Cupcakes!

First up this week is Cupcakes. Although not technically a game, it will keep your children entertained as they make cupcakes on their iPhone. Cupcakes! lets you bake, decorate and ‘eat’ cupcakes, choosing between a number of different batters, frosting and toppings.

There are some nice touches that make this enjoyable, such as having to shake the iPhone to get cupcakes out of the tin, or blowing into the microphone to blow out the candles. Will keep the kids occupied for a few hours and for $0.99, you cannot really complain.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Maverick Software
Download: App Store

AirBear

AirBear

AirBear

AirBear cleverly uses the iPhone’s touch and tilt controls to create quite an enjoyable game. You draw goo trampolines on the screen to launch AirBear, collecting bamboo rings for points, while trying not to fall. Tilt your iPhone to steer AirBear into the jigsaw pieces and avoid the deadly bombs that will send you crashing to earth.

The game has two modes, one sees you collect jigsaw pieces that have been scattered in various locations around the house, while the other challenges you to get as high as possible and try to get on the online leaderboard. For those of you using OS3.0+ you can also listen to your own music while playing.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Origin8
Download: App Store

FrogHop

FrogHop

FrogHop

Brand new to the App Store is FrogHop, a game that will appeal to both kids and adults. The aim is simple, jump on floating balls by matching the colours and collect 12 crowns to save the princess.

You must avoid the storks and exploding balls while eating the dragonflies that fly overhead for extra points. It’s simple, addictive fun that also looks beautiful and will keep children of all ages entertained.

Price: $1.99
Developer: ThumbFire
Download: App Store

Rocket Bird

Rocket Bird

Rocket Bird

Following the same lines as Kitten Cannon, Rocket Bird takes this genre of game and adds a 3D twist to it. You control a rocket propelled bird, using the iPhone’s accelerometer to move left and right and collecting stars to refill your tank and keep you going.

The aim is to fly as far as possible, avoiding obstacles such as cows, farms and trees that will all try and slow you down. Gameplay itself is a bit fiddly at first, and younger children may struggle with it, however as a free app, you’re not going to be wasting any money if it doesn’t work out.

Price: Free
Developer: BeTomorrow
Download: App Store

OddBlob

OddBlob

OddBlob

One of the nicest games I have seen on the iPhone for a while, OddBlob sees you take control of a clay blob, bouncing around a tiled maze as quickly as possible in order to gain points. Chomp as much fruit and collect as many bonuses as you can before the tiled world collapses and eat as much cake as possible to unlock the Cake or Doom level.

Another game that is suitable for both kids and adults, OddBlob has two different game modes and four levels of difficulty, providing some good natured fun for all the family.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Handmark Inc.
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

We always appreciate your feedback and suggestions for other games so please let us know what you have been playing in the comments below.