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The best mobile games to leave the house and play with your kids – Review Geek



  A Little Boy Playing Outside Pokemon GO
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It's hard to keep up with your kids, especially if they spend their afternoon playing mobile phones and tablets. However, it turns out that some mobile games can actually bring your family together for outdoor adventures.

Most entertaining family games use augmented reality (AR) to create a fun gaming environment. In other words, they use the real world (via your phone's camera, GPS, etc.) as a workspace for exploring, collecting, or solving puzzles. Many of these games are designed specifically for families and are all free. So you do not have to worry about paying off your nose to try a game that's not fun.

Pokemon GO (iOS / Android)

  Screenshots with the Pokemon GO Camera Features, Map, and Pokemon Teams
Niantic / Nintendo

Pokemon GO is one of the best (and best known) mobile games for families , You and your children can spend time catching and training Pokémon in parks, suburban roads or parking lots. And do not worry, Pokemon GO is super accessible, even if you've never played a Pokemon game in your life (that's why you see adult adults playing alone in public).

"But wait," you might say, "Did not Pokemon GO come out a few years ago?" They are not wrong, but the game is actually better than ever. Niantic regularly updates Pokemon GO with new events, challenges, and features (like Pokemon battles), so it's never too late to join the fun.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (iOS / Android)

  Screenshots of the Harry Potter Wizards Unite game. These screenshots show how spells work and how players can create their own class ID.
Niantic

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is basically a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go. You can enable your children to attend a Hogwarts class, master spells, and explore the city to explore famous locations from the Harry Potter series.

Wizards Unite may be more accessible to adults than Pokemon GO, and the game is regularly updated with new games features, spells, and magic collection items. It's also a great way to introduce your child to the Harry Potter books, which can become a great educational opportunity.

Geocaching (iOS / Android)

  Screenshots of the geocaching app and map.
Geocaching [19659003] Geocaching has been popular for 20 years and the game is easier than ever. It's basically a worldwide treasure hunt. Geocachers leave notes, jewelry, or toys in secret places, and it's up to you to find the hidden treasure (and plant your own).

Previously you needed special equipment for Geocache. But anyone can get into geocaching with the geocaching app. Just follow the GPS instructions and off you go!

Angry Birds AR: The Island of the Pigs (iOS only)

  The Angry Birds AR logo with a screenshot of the Angry Birds AR game.
Rovio Entertainment

Angry Birds AR brings the popular Angry Birds characters to the real world. As expected, this is an AR version of the regular Angry Birds game. You can tear down structures, fight pigs and save eggs in 3D.

While playing Angry Birds AR in you (or alone), it's a fun outdoor experience. You and your children can travel around the city (or just walk in front of the house), alternating between the challenges of Angry Birds.

Star Walk 2: Identify Stars in the Night Sky (iOS / Android)

  Screenshots of Star Walk 2 show how constellations and planets can be viewed in AR.
Vito Technology

Star Walk 2 is an educational AR game. You can see constellations, stars, planets, asteroids, and satellites by pointing your phone at the night sky. The Star Walk 2 app can even tell you when to look for satellites or comets – a feature that's especially useful if you have a telescope.

Star Walk 2 is an entertaining learning tool and perfect for kids who care about space. And of course you could learn something too.

Monster Park: AR Dino World (iOS / Android)

  Screenshots of Dino Park AR showing how dinosaurs can be adapted or posed for pictures.
Vito Technology [19659003] If your child is interested in dinosaurs, you should check out the Monster Park app. It's an AR camera app that lets you add dinosaurs to any environment. You can even pose and customize your dinosaurs for photos or videos. This is great news for those who have always wanted a stegosaurus for a pet.


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