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10 Best iPhone iPad AR Apps and Games for Kids (2017)

I’ve been playing a lot of iPhone and iPad iOS AR (ARKit) games that were developed especially for kids. If I were a parent, I would probably choose an educational game for my kid. That said, there are many different type of Augmented Reality kids games that I’m sure your kid will enjoy playing. In this page I am going to list what in my opinion are the Top 10 iOS ARKit games for children. Some have an educational value others are just for having pure fun.

If you are a parent looking for a children’s games that you can enjoy them as well, I’ve listed even two local multiplayer game that parents can play and enjoy the experience with their kids as well. OK, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the best iPhone and iPad AR apps and games for kids.

The apps are listed in no particular order. All these games are compatible with ARKit-enabled devices running iOS 11.0 or later, which as of the time of writing these devices are: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro (all three variants and models), the new 9.7-inch iPad (2017).

Math Ninja AR (Educational Math Game)

Math Ninja AR game screenshot

Math Ninja AR is a fun and addictive math-learning game for kids. The combination of search-the-answer with location-based AR gameplay mechanics and the Card Collection Game feature is ingenious. I have no doubt that this educational game will grab the attention of your kid and will motivate him to practice math.

ARrrrrgh (Hide and Go Seek Game)

Treasure chest in ARrrrrgh gameARrrrrgh is a simple and fun hide-and-seek augmented reality game for kids. The game uses Apple’s ARKit technology in an original way, where one person can hide the treasure chest underneath the floor and the other person searches for it. The game does need a rewarding system and a few game modes to make it more engaging and interesting to play.  This is a great game for parents to play with their kids. Your kid can hide the chest and you can search for it, and vice versa.

Augmented Stories (Stories told in Augmented Reality)

Cat watching an augmented reality scene on a window

Augmented Stories is a great children’s augmented reality app that delivers a great storytelling experience using the exciting AR technology. The app features vibrant and cheerful visuals, professional grade narration and a positive and important educational message for children. I would be more excited if the app had some sort of interactivity to deliver better immersion and to create a bond between the viewer and the characters within the virtual scene. That being said, what the app does it does it in a very professional yet charming way and it shows us how beneficial the AR technology is in delivering a compelling and engaging storytelling experience. The story is in the English language.

AR Children’s Fun Box (Sandbox game for Kids)

AR Children’s Fun BoxAR Children’s Fun Box for kids. It comes with lots of cool interactive virtual toys that your kid can interact with. There won’t be a single boring moment in this game. It’s colorful with lively and cheerful animations and sound effects. It’s a mess-free experience and you don’t need to clean anything up after your kid finished playing it. You can get it for free on the AppStore—so go and try it out, I’m sure your child will have a great time playing it.

Color BlastAR (Kid-Friendly Shooter)

Color BlastAR arcade mode playing indoors, game screenshot

Color BlastAR is an engaging Kid-friendly Augmented Reality FPS game which mixes the fun factor borrowed from other types of games and activities that kids enjoy like coloring books, shooting zombies and physical activities like running away from your parents when it does a spooky face, this time this is replaced by zombies. Overall, it’s an incredibly fun AR game that can be played both indoors and outdoors.

Makeup Salon AR (Makeup Doll in AR)

3D makeup model head with confetti

Makeup Salon AR is a great make up doll experience that kids, especially girls, will fall in love with. My niece loves the app but I did feel that this makeup doll head app was a bit too oversimplified. My niece is 5 years old, and I felt she wanted to get crazier with it and draw things on the doll, but she couldn’t. We both have a good time though and it’s a nice makeup salon app that the young ones will definitely love.

AR Dragon (Virtual Pet Game)

The virtual pet dragon in AR Dragon

AR Dragon is the most popular virtual pet Augmented Reality app on the app store as of the time of writing. It is a very amusing Virtual Pet Simulator game featuring a unbelievably adorable dragon that I’m sure many of you will fall in love with in first sight. Highly recommended for fans of this genre and for kids making their first steps into Augmented Reality and searching for a casual AR experience.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR (Based on the popular children’s book)

Blowing soap bubbles in augmented reality

My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR is a charming AR experience for kids and parents. It was a spellbinding experience watching The Very Hungry Caterpillar brought to life in augmented reality. The AR worked flawlessly and the in-game activities for both the player and the caterpillar very fun and satisfying. You won’t find any story or achievements in this game. It seems to be developed with purity and innocence in mind, with no competitive aspect, just a fun and charming AR experience for kids.

Hide the Hubu AR (Hide and go seek 2-player AR game)

Hide the Hubu AR game screenshot

Hide the Hubu is a fun little 2-player local multiplayer ARKit game for kids. The game is free on the AppStore and I recommend downloading it for parents who are looking for some nice casual games to keep their kids occupied when friends come over. The game is similar toe ARrrrrgh but you have a limit time to find the treasure, I recommend download this one as well.

Catchy Words (Simple word-solving AR game)

Words confusion in Catchy Words iOS AR game

Catchy Wards has a potential to be a much more entertaining game than it is now at of the time of reviewing it. but it falls short due to the lack of content and interesting game modes. The gameplay mechanics feel nice and the AR part of the game works well. The thing is that it’s free, and I think your kids will like it, so download it and give it a try.

This is out Top 10 best iOS Augmented Reality games for kids for 2017. More ARKit apps and games are announced every week. If you want to stay up to date with the latest AR games for kids, don’t forget to like our Facebook page and follow our YouTube channel. We publish in-depth reviews about the latest AR apps and games. I recommend checking the recommended age rating for each app on iTunes before download a game. Other than that, I hope that your kids will have great time playing any of those games, Cheers.