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After showing you the Best Gaming Devices, it’s only right we show you the best educational games to play on these aforementioned devices. As recommended by the pros, we’ll show you why these games are the best, and not just for kids but for all ages.

Back in the early ’00s, downloading games from an App Store and playing them on portable devices was considered impossible. For early millennials, the only gaming devices available were the PlayStation, Xbox and the Nintendo 64, and the games that were deemed educational were played on PCs. Unsurprisingly, many didn’t take to the educational games as much as outside games. But since then the gaming industry has changed drastically. These days, there is a wider range of games and platforms for when we get bored, but more importantly, there are more games available to educate us early on and throughout our schooling. Some of these games are not just for kids but also for adults too, like brain training and escaping dark panic rooms.

When it comes to kids games, the goal is to improve a child’s literacy and numeracy skills whilst also enhancing their communication and self-awareness. Educational games not only prove engaging, but popular amongst teachers and students. The website gamesandlearning.com projected that the proliferation of educational gaming or the “gamification” industry would grow by $5.5 Billion (USD) by 2018. Though currently venturebeast.com reports that the industry has already reached an excess of over $152 Billion (USD) globally across all platforms.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best educational games yet. These games help everyone improve their core skills whilst harnessing the power of technology. For now, we’ll give you the best top five educational games for kids and the top five educational games for adults.

Top 5 Educational Games for Kids

1. Daniel Tiger for Parents

Whilst not so much on the academic side of things, this game, however, teaches young children manners, emotions, challenges, and basic communication skills. What’s even better is that even parents can participate in the game too. For example, if a child has a problem with something, the game encourages the child to voice their concerns with their parents. The game would also encourage the child and parent to connect on the same level, thus creating a bond.

Developer:

PBS KIDS

Compatible:

iOS, Android

Age:

2-8 years

Rating:

9 ½

Cost:

Free/Ad Free

2. Pet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose

An already popular game with the young crowd, Pet Bingo is mainly a mathematical system designed to prepare kids for prep, those with learning difficulties or for kids who just want to improve their numeracy skills. The functions are basic so kids won’t have a hard time understanding how the game works. The game features friendly cute and cuddly creatures but also includes the basic math skills such as; addition, subtraction, division and multiply as well as geometry and measurements. This game is ideal for children on all math levels.

Developer:

Duck Duck Moose

Compatible:

iOS, Android

Age:

5-8 years

Rating:

9

Cost:

Free/Ad Free

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3. Taco Kitchen 2

Toca Boca’s 2nd instalment of the hugely popular Taco Kitchen has brought creativity with food to a whole new level. This game aims to assist kids by creating so many weird and wonderful food combinations whilst playing in an ad-free, gender-neutral environment. It also aims at teaching children the basics and the importance of the food chart and diversity. With over 50 million downloads, this game will help kids understand how food is cooked, taste and experimenting with different flavours of food.

Developer:

Toca Boca

Compatible:

iOS, Android

Age:

5-8 years

Rating:

9

Cost:

Free/Ad Free

4. Compound Word Match

Here’s something a little different, this game is more of an interaction or an experience that tests the child’s vocabulary, spelling and grammar. Compound Word Match gives you the opportunity to play with three other players at the same and can be played with an adult. This app allows life long learners to test their skills and abilities regardless of level.

Developer:

Opal Games

Compatible:

iOS Only

Age:

8+

Rating:

9

Cost:

$ 3.99/ Ad Free

5. LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker

The title says it all if you have mad little DC fan in your family, why not encourage them to start making their own movies. This app will help your little superhero take down the villains and have video footage to prove it. The features are simple which educate your child on how to position objects/people in front of the screen, record and edit a film. Though there is no restriction on what content can be filmed so parents will have to be wary of what their child records. Also, once the film is complete, there is no online community board to upload it due to safety concerns. Apart from this, you could be looking at having the next Hollywood Director/Producer for DC Film under your household.

Developer:

The LEGO Group

Compatible:

iOS

Age:

6+

Rating:

8 ½

Cost:

Free/ Ad Free

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The Top Five Education Games for Adults

1. Ed X

If you’re looking for something a little more academic, then look no further than EdX (Education X). Whilst not really a game, it’s an app designed to help the individual attain more skills and certificates from leading universities from around the world. Perhaps you could take up a course and study Design to create the next best educational game available on apps? Just a thought.

Developer:

edX

Compatible:

iOS/Android

Age:

15+

Rating:

9 ½

Cost:

Free/ Ad Free

2. Speed Anatomy (Quiz)

Attention all Med students! If you need to heighten your level of medical knowledge in such a vast amount of time, then you need the Speed Anatomy. But then again this app is for everyone who just wants to train their brain. This quiz allows anyone to pinpoint the correct terminology for the vital organ, skeletal system, nerves or blood vessels in the quickest time possible. The quicker you are the higher your score. The graphics of the human anatomy are pretty accurate so you could even screen capture to harness the knowledge later. Benoit Essiambre also has apps similar to this one that are separated into groups; bones, nerves and vessels and even muscles.

Developer:

Benoit Essiambre

Compatible:

iOS, Android

Age:

18+

Rating:

9 ½

Cost:

Free/ Ad Free

3. Topgrade Quiz Maker

This game is brilliant. If you ever wanted to test yourself, your family, colleagues or even your kids, then this app does it all for you. Topgrade Quiz Maker allows you to personalise your questions and fill in the gaps where necessary. According to their reviews, people have used this app to gain good grades in school/college with amazing results.

Developer:

Sureware Ltd.

Compatible:

iOS, Android

Age:

18+

Rating:

9

Cost:

Free/ In-App Purchases/ Contains Ads

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4. Draw Something

This game is apparently The World’s Most Popular Drawing Game and also has over 50 million downloads. The aim of the game is a bit like Pictionary only you must draw a picture to describe the word you’re given. The graphics are basic with some in-app purchases and you can expect some ads when playing this game but nonetheless, it’s a pretty good game that encourages the improvement of spelling and grammar. Note: No artistic talent necessary.

Developer:

Zynga Inc.

Compatible:

iOS

Age:

15+

Rating:

9

Cost:

Free/ In-App Purchases/ Contains Ads

5. Drop 7

Last but not least is Zyna’s Drop7. I’ve been warned that this game can be extremely fun yet highly addictive. The aim of this game is to connect the right colour balls and numbers on the balls with the rest, but beware there are obstacles to make it just that little bit more difficult. Test your skills of attention to detail and strategy with Drop7.

Developer:

Zynga Inc.

Compatible:

iOS

Age:

15+

Rating:

8 ½

Cost:

Free/ Ad Free

So there you have it. The best mind games for adults and the best educational games for kids. There are many gaming apps out there that are just as good and we’re sorry if you’re favourite wasn’t up there. We had every intention to show you how you can harness the power of technology with the best games out there. We hope you enjoy these games as much as we did!

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