ByRachelle Riddle, writer at Creators.co
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Rachelle Riddle

Card games can range from simple digital versions of the classic card decks to intricate RPG games with card based combat. Mobile card games tend to skew toward adults simply by the entertainment aspect of RPG combat but the mechanics and math needed to play certain cards are often a good introduction for kids. Most of these are rated for older children, but any of the games can be played with adult supervision.

1. '6 Takes'

  • Price: $1.99 (iTunes), $1.49 (Google Play)
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Age: 10+
  • In-App Purchases: No

Based on the physical 6 Takes card game, the game is now available in digital. The goal of the game is to avoid getting any cards with bullheads. Cards are dealt out and points are assigned based on how many bullheads are out. Players will try to get rid of their bullheads which will require strategy and luck. The player with the fewest bullheads at the end of the game wins. The game comes in single player against the computer or multiplayer, which can accommodate up to 4 players so the whole family can play. There are 3 difficulty levels and several game modes for a challenge.

2. 'Card Crawl'

  • Price: $2.99 (iTunes), Free Trial (Google Play)
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Age: 12+
  • In-App Purchases: Full Version (Android)

Card Crawl is a solitaire style game played by defeating monsters and progressing through the dungeon. The game features four game modes and 35 unlockable cards with special abilities. The individual games are short, with each lasting 2-3 minutes. Players build mini-decks of 5 cards each to battle the cards thrown by monsters in each game. Winning games will earn gold that can be used to unlock other cards for better abilities.

3. 'Card Shark'

  • Price: $2.99
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Age: All ages (though rated teen for suggestions of gambling)
  • In-App Purchases: No

A collection of the most popular card games in digital form. It includes more than 50 traditional card games in a single app, such as Solitaire, Crazy Eights, Old Maid, War, Go Fish, Rummy, and Blackjack. The app also features custom tables, card backs, and card fronts.

4. 'Card Wars Kingdom'

Based on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, Card Wars Kingdom is the sequel to the first game, Card Wars - Adventure Time. Both games take inspiration from the Card Wars game in an episode of the show and bring the game to real life. Kids can play as their favorite characters with unique hero cards and battle against enemies. Card Wars Kingdom also introduces a new card combat system as well as battles against other players and daily challenges. Players can collect new cards and abilities by leveling through the game, with additional items available for the game with in-app purchases.

5. 'Clash Royale'

Created by the makers of the hit Clash of Clans, Clash Royale is a card-based tower defense game. Players will need to balance their offense with defense, using the ability cards they've collected. Card play is punctuated by a detailed, animated game map that shows all of the exciting action. Players can duel other players in real time and each round is short, only a few minutes. Wins will earn chests that contain new cards and upgrade rewards to add to card collections. Players can even form clans for a community experience. Additional items and card starter packs are available through in-app purchases.

6. 'Go Fish: Kids Card Game'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Age: 4+
  • In-App Purchases: Yes ($0.99 for Ad-Free Version)
  • Third Party Ads: Yes

A basic digital version of the classic Go Fish game and perfect for younger children. The game features two modes: Single Player Mode to play against the computer, and Career Mode to track scores on the leaderboard and compete with other players' scores. On-screen tips also make the game easy to learn for children just starting

7. 'Hearthstone'

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes, Google Play
  • Age: 12+
  • In-App Purchases: Yes
  • Third Party Ads: No
  • External Links: No

Hearthstone is perfect for casual entertainment or serious play. It's definitely geared toward older children because of the intricacies of the game mechanics and card interactions, but younger children can play it with an adult as well. They'll be enchanted by the card personalities and animations, and learn that you can only play that pretty dragon card if you have this many mana crystals. The game has pretty regular updates and expansions, keeping everything fresh and exciting. The base game features hundred of cards with additional themed card packs and boards available via expansions. It's completely possible to play the game without spending any money. Expansions will obviously cost money to upgrade, but card packs can either be bought with money or gold made in the game. It's also cross-platform so your child can play it on the computer, tablet, or phone.

8. 'Memory King' – The Memory Cards Matching Game

  • Price: Free
  • OS: iTunes
  • Age: 2+
  • In-App Purchases: Yes

A matching game, but one that can scale with all ages and provide a challenge for even adults. The game includes over 60 initial cards and games can be anywhere from 2 to 32 pairs for a difficulty that scales. There are two modes: single player for learning and multiplayer for up to 4 players. Magic cards can add special effects to the game, such as seeing all the cards previously revealed or the cards still remaining on the board. The app is fully customizable and players can choose exactly what effects are in each game or create their own matching cards using their own pictures. Additional themed card packs are available for in-app purchases of $0.99 each, consisting of over 200 cards in each set.

9. 'Pick A Pair' - Memory Card Game

  • Price: Free ($1.99 Full Version)
  • OS: iTunes
  • Age: 0-5
  • In-App Purchases: Full Version

A basic memory card game, in Pick A Pair children match cards up with the corresponding pairs. There are 50 pairs in all, featuring people, animals, and objects. Four different activities are included: find the missing half out of a set of four cards, match all the pairs, mix and match with colors, and drag halves of cards to each other to create a whole.

What are your favorite card games for mobile? Let us know!

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