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Keep Your Kids Engaged and Entertained with the Best Kid-Safe iPhone Games

Play our picks for the best age-appropriate iPhone kids games that stimulate, challenge, respect privacy, and have in-app purchases and ads under control.

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It's easy to find games for kids. It's much more challenging to find ones that stimulate and challenge them, that respect their privacy, that are age-appropriate, and have in-app purchases and ads undermore

It's easy to find games for kids. It's much more challenging to find ones that stimulate and challenge them, that respect their privacy, that are age-appropriate, and have in-app purchases and ads under control.

The best kids mobile games can keep your kids engaged and entertained and maybe even reinforce educational concepts. They also protect your and your kids' privacy, and if the game is free-to-play, show appropriate and minimal ads.

If you want a good place to start, PBS Kids has a wonderful collection of kid apps. And if you want recommendations for other kid-safe games, a valuable and trusted source is the nonprofit Common Sense Media, which evaluates age-appropriate games and media for kids. All our picks for best iPhone games for kids also make Common Sense Media's lists for best apps for girls and boys.

The Best iPhone Apps and Games for Kids

Keep your kids engaged and entertained with the best iPhone games that even reinforce educational concepts!

Star Wars: Force Arena

Star Wars: Force Arena

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Join the rebel alliance or throw in with the Imperial forces in Star Wars: Force Arena. In this fun card-based strategy, you set your squad, then play cards and make choices as you battle to a stirring "Star Wars" soundtrack. The game includes characters familiar to anyone who has been following the "Star Wars" saga, and gameplay is not overly difficult but requires knowledge of how to assemble a deck and play your cards. You collect cards as you level up, and you can purchase booster packs.

The Room Three

The Room Three

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The Room Three is the third of the Room games, each one full of challenging and clever puzzles. In each game, you pick locks, solve puzzles, and break codes to work out mysteries. The first game in the series, The Room Three is $1.99, but you really want to check out its equally fun and challenging predecessor. The Room is free with a 99 cent in-app upgrade and The Room Two is 99 cents as well. The game offers hints and a soundtrack that matches the mysteries of the game.

Pango Build Park

Pango Build Park

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Design and then build an amusement park, with attractions you can ride, with Pango Build Park. You start by creating your own roller coaster and then add other rides and park attractions. Once you're ready, you can explore the park and ride the roller coaster. This charming and fun $3.99 game is a good match for younger kids.

Minecraft

Minecraft

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Minecraft has something for everyone. You can explore maps, collect items, and build town and functional machinery, or rid the map of mobs. The open-ended nature of Minecraft lets kids play anyway they want, for $6.99.

Lego Friends

Lego Friends

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Based on the Nintendo 3DS game, Lego Friends enables you to spend the summer going on adventures and making friends with girls in your town. The game lets you choose from a wide variety of summer activities as well as letting you decorate your room, adopt a pet, and choose clothing. The nonprofit Common Sense Media says the characters in the $4.99 game for iPhone serve as good role models for girls.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure

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Alto's Adventure is completely charming. In this side-scroller, you start off as a snowboarding llama herder, rounding up stray llamas and collecting coins, as you attempt snowboarding tricks. As you play, day turns to night, and the weather constantly changes, keeping the setting always different and interesting. The game is challenging but not stress-inducing, and the soundtrack, including the sounds of nature, is a great fit for gameplay. You can play for free, viewing ads to revive your character, or purchase the app for $4.99 and skip the ads.