Appysmarts.com Best Apps for Young Brains

Best games for kids reviewed by Appysmarts team, listed by overall score.

The ranking presents best fun interactive apps for children. Usually games are developed for older kids and offer rather limited educational value but these apps are good for improving:

  • eye-hand coordination
  • thinking & problem solving
  • attention & concentration


Kids gaming offers a lot of interaction and fun. In this ranking you will find best games for all kids.
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Sprinkle Junior

Sprinkle Junior
by Mediocre AB

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: the kids version of the 'natural physics' arcade game.

What you do with it: try to put out the fires with a water sprayer, overcoming more or less absurd (but funny) obstacles.

What we liked: good graphics, great load of humor, high 'fun factor', easy operation, no time limits. The game is really well suited for kids (if you feel your kid needs to play games at all).

What we didn't like: limited number of levels. Some of the levels are more difficult than others. The 'real physics educational factor' should be consider rather as a gimmick. The navigation could be a little easier.

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Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell

Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
by Nimbus Games Inc

Price: 4.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive strategy puzzle solving game.

What you do with it: help Freddi Fish and his friend Luther collect items, solve puzzles and piece clues together to solve the mystery of the stolen Great Conch Shell and open the Founder's Day Festival in the fantasy underwater world.

What we liked: the concept, number and variety of tasks, number of interactive elements, cute characters, fun factor, great illustrations and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds matching the storyline, overall high quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the audio quality could be better. No clues/instructions for parents (to help kids with the puzzles). Not much educational value.

We rated the app's interface as 'Kid Friendly' but younger or less game-savvy kids will need parent's assistance with the gameplay.

Bottom line: a must-have for all young gamers.

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Spy Fox in Dry Cereal

Spy Fox in Dry Cereal
by Nimbus Games Inc

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a puzzle solving adventure game..

What you do with it: help Spy Fox (the humorous version of James Bond) gather information, piece clues together and solve puzzles to prevent the 'worldwide dairy crisis' caused by William the Kid, who plans to replace cow milk with the goat alternative.

What we liked: the concept, storyline, number and variety of puzzles, tasks and minigames, variety of gameplay scenarios, humor and fun factor, TV/cartoon quality animations and voice acting, sounds and sound backgrounds, overall high quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the audio quality could be better. No instructions or prompts (less game-savvy kids should definitely play this game with their parents). Not much educational value.

Bottom line: hours of creative problem solving fun.

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Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo

Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
by Atari

Price: free
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive strategy puzzle solving game. Please note, that it is an iPhone/iPad adaptation of a game available for many platforms.

What you do with it: help Putt Putt (a funny talking car) find missing animals by solving various puzzles along the way.

What we liked: the concept, interactivity, navigation, 'likable' characters, illustrations, animations, sounds, number and variety of tasks, extra elements. It's a perfect app to introduce your kids to the world of electronic games.

What we didn't like: audio quality.

Please note that it is not a pure educational application although it may be useful for thinking and problem solving skills.

We rated the app's interface as 'Kid Friendly' but younger kids would need parent's assistance to play.

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Doodle Find™

Doodle Find™
by KLICKTOCK

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Overall Score: 69/100

version reviewed: 2.4

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving

What it is: a game/puzzle for attention and concentration for older kids.

What you do with it: find the hidden object as prompted among other objects on the page.

What we liked:overall concept, layout, illustrations, simple operation.

What we didn't like:with little adjustments (spoken instructions) this would be a perfect game for kids. Contains ads.

Please note: this game requires parent's supervision (instructions)."

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