In presenting this list, I realize that no one will ever want me to do their Christmas shopping for them… ever. There are so many apps and so many different tastes, interests and age groups to consider to make it kind of difficult to find 5 apps suitable for every child out there. So, the goal was reduced to trying to find at least one app for just about everyone. That, I think was achieved… without including a single Zombie App!
A cute talking kitten app. My wife talked me into getting a real cat, insisting that real cats don’t shed hair, don’t go potty in places where they aren’t supposed to, generally eat everything you give them, and that she would take care of it. She was wrong on all accounts. So, when your little ones look up to you and give you that look that you simply cannot refuse, you know the look, “I want a kitten!” You can now put a smile on your little one’s face and download Talking Ginger. Parents should note this app may involve some in-app purchases and an additional download of 6 – 42 Mb to get the best graphics quality.
Chess is a classic, easy to learn, hard to master game. For all of the games out there, Chess is arguably the oldest game people still play. Simply knowing how to set up a chess board these days implies a certain measure of… sophistication. There are also a lot of different chess game apps available, all quite good with different features so you may want to shop around. I selected this version for having a very traditional and authentic chessboard look-n-feel with 7 difficulty levels and lots of extra features. Chess is like mental martial arts, “Wax on, wax off!” This is not just a game for boys either, over 3 decades ago, a girl put me into checkmate on the junior high school chess team tournament. I was stunned.
“Heroes of Dragon Age hits all the right notes… impressive depths in terms of strategy, style of play, and character design make this Dragon Age tie-in a worthy addition to your games folder.” – IGN Asia
Collect heroes and fantastic creatures and do battle! Produced by Electronic Arts, you get a high quality game with rich graphics and an extensive storyline supporting solo and player-vs-player game play. There are literally thousands of games out there; trying to select a few “for everyone” is pretty hard.
Back in the day, about when the Apple IIe first appeared and role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons started becoming popular – with nerds like me, there were girls who played, too. Well, okay, technically, there was just one girl who joined us “once in a while” – but fast forward to 2009 and there were 400,000 girls playing World of Warcraft just in the United States.
Today? Well, Today, Winter is Coming! The entire fantasy genre is coming to life like never before.
Parents today can be very, very thankful for not being hit up every year to buy a new 20-30 book set of the Encyclopedia Brittanica – technically, they stopped printing in 2010. Today, Wikipedia can be considered an excellent free encyclopedia simply for the number of people who contribute to it. Everyone should be able to have free access to information. Looking back, anyone who actually received an Encyclopedia Brittanica set for Christmas – and I know there are at least a few of you out there, you probably felt ripped-off… because you really wanted the newest G.I. Joe. Okay, well, you probably didn’t want that either. Anyways… now, you can make sure your children always have the information they might need at their fingertips.
A Christmas App List for Kids probably would not be complete without some kind of Christmas related app. Where Talking Ginger is likely to appeal to young ladies, Talking Booba might be funnier for little lads. The best thing about Booba, for parents at least, is that you will never have to buy a real one!