The best kids games on Apple Arcade

Steven Universe: Unleash the Light is one of my favorite kids games on Apple Arcade.

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apple arcades catalog of games is family-friendly and offers over 200 games across multiple genres. If you’re looking for some fun for younger kids, Apple Arcade has dedicated sections for families and beginners, as well as age ratings for each title. New Apple Arcade games are added almost weekly.

Here are a few of my favorites.

way of the turtle

way of the turtle


Way of the Turtle is a cute colorful single player platform game. Navigate a beach obstacle course and collect coins while dodging traps. As you progress, you’ll earn shells that grant you more abilities. The only problem is that Mr. Turtle never stops moving, which can make him difficult to maneuver at times.

Young Heroes



Take to the skies as Biscuit the Brave, a young macaw, in this tropical platformer. Tapping the screen will make Biscuit fly. Too much tapping will send the macaw too high, too little tapping will make it fall too low. You must maintain the right height to avoid enemies and obstacles while collecting coins. As you explore more islands, you’ll learn tricks and meet different characters like Penny the penguin who wants to be a pirate.

Dodo Summit



In this happy game you play as a dodo bird that has to save its eggs when they fall out of the nest. Get them home safely in less than 30 seconds while collecting coins, dodging obstacles like monkeys and snakes, and unlocking more dodos.

Lego brawls

lego brawl


The Lego brand has stood the test of time and made the leap from plastic blocks to the canvas to video games. Lego Brawls is a mobile fighting game that is easy to play. The game offers endless possibilities to create your Lego character in a fast-paced 4v4 multiplayer game. Each phase of the game brings new challenges, goals and whimsical power-ups, such as a cake shooter, cactus suit, snake car or hot dog stand. Join a party, brawl, or keep exercising.

Frog in toy town



Embark on a quest in a human’s home to rescue lost “froglets” after they are blown away in a storm. You’ll navigate a toy-filled terrain – avoid toy cars, climb block buildings, and collect jelly beans to save the frogs. If you rescue a frog, it’ll hop onto Frogger’s back (which is as cute as it sounds). Carrying the frogs presents an additional challenge during the obstacle courses as they can fall off. If you enjoyed the old-school frogger, this game is worth checking out.

The Enchanted World



The Enchanted World is about a young fairy whose world is being destroyed by dark forces. You help her on a journey to repair and heal what has been damaged. Guided by a red songbird along the way, you’ll get help from a web-spinning spider, quirky robots, a hungry frog and more. Through Sliding block style gameplayyou reroute rivers, mend tree roots, rearrange gears on a factory floor and save your world from darkness.

Sonic race


Sonic Stadium

Sonic is a classic 90’s game. There’s a good chance you know who the quick little hedgehog is even if you’ve never played the games. Maneuver your car to grab as many rings as possible, avoid traps and win. The game is fun and the controls are not difficult to understand. You ride in teams with Sonic, Tails and Knuckles at the start and you can change your team with other characters like Shadow, Amy and others as you level up.

Sneaky Sasquatch

Sneaky Sasquatch


In Sneaky Sasquatch, you play just that: a sneaky Sasquatch. But you also get help from a cunning raccoon. Sneak into the campsite and fill your backpack with snacks. Sometimes other animals, like the snoozing bear, are willing to pay for a few picnic scraps. You can use the money in the raccoon’s shop. Just make sure you tiptoe lest you get caught by the grumpy park ranger or startle campers.

Rayman Mini



Rayman Mini, based on the classic 90’s game, is set in a magical world that needs to be saved. You’ll jump, bounce off flowers, and slide down streams of water while collecting Lums (small firefly-type bugs), coins, and other special prizes. The revamped platformer doesn’t use a timer and lets you try as many times as you need to progress.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure



In Alba, the title character travels to a Mediterranean island to spend the summer with her grandparents. But once she starts exploring, she realizes there is a litter problem that is endangering the native animals. With the help of her bird nerd grandfather and Ines, Alba embarks on a grassroots campaign to clean up the island. The more volunteers you collect throughout the game, the luckier your movement will be, so you’ll have to try to convince the islanders to join the cause.

SpongeBob: Patty chase.



SpongeBob: Patty chase. is a fun platformer that will take you through the SpongeBob universe. Jump on trampolines, race down ziplines, dodge jellyfish, and collect coins and spatulas along the way to thwart infamous mini-villain Plankton’s plans to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. It’s up to SpongeBob and his friends – Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Gary the Snail and Mr. Krabs – to stop him.

farm it!



farm it! is a casual simulation game in which you have to gather resources to create your dream farm. Play mini-games, till the land, collect resources, plant seeds, decorate your dream farm, gather crops and take care of your animals in this fun farming adventure.

Crayola Create and Play

Cap 1 tablet


Crayola Create and Play is packed with fun features like coloring pages, take care of in-game creatures and plants, educational and arcade games, puzzles and more. It encourages creativity and curiosity with digital versions of Crayola art supplies (remember stamp markers?) and encourages kids to think about letters, numbers, problem solving and more. There are no “wrong” answers, only creativity.

Loud House: Out of control



Loud House: Outta Controll is based on the Nickelodeon show. Help Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters – Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lana, Lola, Lisa and Lily – complete timed objectives simultaneously. Don’t bump into each other or cause sibling rivalry fights while planning activities around the busy house. The timer adds an extra level of chaos as you lead Lincoln to his comics or Lana to her mud pies. You get bonus points for beating the clock. New challenges and special items to collect await on every floor of the Loud House.

Steven Universe: Unleash the Light



Steven Universe: Unleash the Light is a colorful platform RPG starring all your favorite characters from the popular Cartoon Network animated series – Gems, Steven, Lapis Lazuli or Bismuth. Assemble a team to fight against two gems with prisms. Unlock new abilities, equip new costumes and change formation in gem fusions including Sunstone or Rainbow Quartz 2.0.

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