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Apple’s App Store Gets New ‘Games for Kids’ Section

by Killian Bell | January 12, 2015January 12, 2015 5:05 am PST

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Apple has made it easier for parents and their children to find suitable iOS games with a new “Games for Kids” category in the App Store. The Cupertino company has split its selections into different age ranges, making it even easier to seek out exactly what you’re looking for.

With more than 1.4 million apps now available on iOS, it isn’t always easy to find what you need — especially if the thing you need is a game that’s suitable for a small child. Trust me, with three of my own, I’ve been there myself. But Apple has now done most of the legwork for us.

Its new “Games for Kids” section features a whole bunch of apps that are ideal for little fingers, and they’re split up into different age ranges — like 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-11 — making it incredibly quick and easy to find a great game for players of all ages.

Some of the titles include fairly well-known games and characters, like Thomas & Friends, Club Penguin, and LEGO Ninjago; but there are plenty of others you may not have stumbled across yourself, like Calling All Mixels, Little Galaxy Family, and Color Zen Kids. At least one title in each age range is completely free to download, but most of them are paid.

At the top of the “Games for Kids” section, Apple has highlighted an iBook by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center called Family Time with Apps, which “aims to show parents how to find the best apps that fit your child’s needs, provide tips on how (and why!) to use apps together,” and more.

If you often struggle to find the right apps for your children, then, or you’re concerned that you’re not choosing the right apps for them, this book could be just what you’re looking for. It’s totally free to download, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check it out.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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