Tablets and phones are great for professional work, but you also have to have a little fun. There are always reports saying that gaming is good for you, so don’t think of this Thing as a throw away. It’s actually good for you to play some games every so often!
For Thing 20 we’re not going to give you in-depth information on how to play these games. We’re just going to give you a selection of games (a lot of them, we like games) that we think you may enjoy, so whether you want to stretch your brain with word games and puzzles, or stretch your fingers with action games, we’ve got some suggestions for both the young and the young at heart.
Blogging for this Thing
Use at least one of these apps, or, if these suggestions are not games you’re interested in, treat yourself to find an app that fits your passion and use that for Thing 20. Write a blog post about the app you have chosen and why it may (or may not) be a good game app for you.
Easily find a game’s rating in order to know if it is age and content appropriate for your child. Search by game title, platform, rating, or content. This mobile app, from the non-profit Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), makes it easier to determine the right games for your kids, whether at home or in the store.
ABC Ninja: Apple only
ABC Ninja is based on the Fruit Ninja game but adds sound and letter recognition. Slice only the letters or sounds the reader says. Three levels: easy, medium, or hard .
If you think Candy Crush is addictive, try Bubble Mania. The baby kittens have been stolen and you need to get them back by matching bubbles. Match bubbles of the same color to drop them and get to the kittens. There are over 150 levels and they become more difficult with a variety of different types of bubbles the higher you get.
We can’t really add games without talking about this behemoth. If you haven’t yet taken time to try this very popular game, now’s your chance. There are over 400 levels in this addictive game where you match candy to either get a certain amount of points or bring the candy ingredients to the bottom. There are in-app purchases, though you do not need to do them to play the game.
Your favorite Minions from Despicable Me are back in this free online game. They jump, fly, dodge obstacles. You collect bananas to get outfits and power-ups and it allows you to be mischievous while you defeat villains to earn the title of Minion of the Year!
DrawQuest: Apple only
Join people of all ages coming together to complete daily drawing prompts—or “Quests”—that are sure to tap into your creative side. You may get asked to draw a tree, a superhero, something from your dream last night, your Thanksgiving dinner, and so much more. Find and add friends in the app so you can see what they draw for each quest.
You know you remember Frogger. Okay, maybe you’re too young (or too old?) to remember Frogger, but it’s a very fun game where you have to help the frog cross the street so he doesn’t get killed by a car. This was a very popular arcade game years ago and now you can play it on your mobile device.
Funny Animals helps a child to: develop auditory, visual and fine motor skills; recognize animals; and relate animals to their names. There are many colorful nature themes with animals shown in their original interactive habitats.
Take Ten!: Android only
Take Ten! is a brain puzzle game: the rules are simple, your main goal is to remove all the digits from the game field. This is done by deleting pairs of equal digits or pairs of digits that add up to ten. If no more moves are possible (this is not a bug, but a feature of the game. In this case, you may wish to “undo” some of the latest moves to redo “adds”) the game is over. There are a lot of ways to solve the puzzle.
Temple Run is pretty simple. You’ve stolen the cursed idol from the temple, and now you have to run for your life to escape the Evil Demon Monkeys nipping at your heels. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, unlock new characters, and see how far you can run. And once you master Temple Run, try Temple Run 2: Apple / Android.
Word Abacus: Apple only
Find English words by linking adjacent letter beads left, right, up, or down. Shift the letter beads like an abacus to increase word possibilities. Recognizes both American and British spelling.
Each puzzle in WordCollapse contains a number of words on a theme, such as fruits, sports or animals. All letters are mixed and you find a word and swipe it. The tiles disappear and the remaining tiles collapse into new words. The tricky bit is to remove the words in the correct order so you clear the board and complete the level. 70 levels, more via in-app purchase. Languages: English, Español, Italiano, Português, Français, Deutsch, Nederlands, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk, Suomi.
Word Warp: Apple only
Word Warp is a challenging anagram type of word game in which you try to form as many words as you can out of the six letters you are given before time runs out. You will receive points for each correct word you come up with, but in order to advance to the next level you must come up with at least one word that uses all six letters.
Wordmaster: Android only
Wordmaster is an addicting anagram game where the object is to form as many real words as possible based on a scrambled 6-letter word. There are two ways to win each round: solve one of the 6-letter words or solve at least 50% of all words in the round.