Now that iPhones are becoming more and more a part of our society, it is no surprise that there are possibly more iPhones in the hands of children and teenagers than in those of adults and businessmen. However, kids aren’t interested in the phones for calling or texting as they are for the games. Here’s some games (other than Angry Birds) that may or may not be appropriate for the kids, as well as ones that might break their piggy banks.
For younger children, Disney’s “It’s a Small World” app ($3.99), consists of a sing-a-long iPhone version of the famous ride at Disneyland. With an average of four stars, the app has “redeemed an irritating song” says one happy customer. At $4.99, Mega Man X is certainly one game for kids that will be a gift from mom and dad, and well worth every penny. This Nintendo 64 game look alike has received four and a half stars from Mega Man fans and iPhone gamers. Although the Apps Store suggests other CAPCOM games such as Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 4: PLATINUM (both $4.99), those may be saved for the older kids in the family wielding an iPhone.
However, the famously violent and slightly (okay, quite) vulgar game Grand Theft Auto (3) has now been made for iPhone. Although this app is listed under games, it is not necessarily the best ‘game’ for those under at least high school level. On top of this, the $4.99 game has many good reviews from fans, but more recently has gotten bad reports of bugs that cause crashes and other let-downs that make the game a bad buy.
But forget about all the action/adventure and racing games! Introduce your kids to games like Words with Friends (free with ads, $.99 w/out), Tetris ($.99), and The Sims Free Play (free). Both Words with Friends and Tetris have been re-vamped to catch the eye of adults and kids alike. And The Sims, being a game listed as 10+ normally, has introduced “Free Play” which teaches kids how to multi-tasks, how to be patient as the tasks take time, and how to just get excited about completing tasks with points and rewards for each completion–even if they are electronic!
Creators are getting more crafty with the way they make and re-make games so that both kids and parents will be happy.