Apps and Games That Stop Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry may feel like an inevitable part of family life, but there are healthy ways to moderate and keep the competitiveness in check. These terrific apps and games can help kids go from conflict to cooperation in no time. Though they aren't all technically multiplayer, there are some that can definitely benefit from strategizing together. Some picks teach kids to share, while others encourage siblings to collaborate and co-create. Puzzles and adventures incite siblings to strategize together. And there are picks on this list for siblings to just have fun playing together! ​

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Sago Mini Friends

age 2+

Fascinating first app features familiar, friendly fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Marble Mixer for iPad

age 3+

Gather the whole family for some classic marble fun.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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Sharing with Duckie Deck

age 3+

Inventive mini-games show why it's fun to share.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2015)
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APP

Silly Street Learn & Play

age 4+

Build character via games on and offscreen.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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APP

Toca Tea Party

age 4+

Transform iPad into a tea table with cute, imaginative app.

Devices: iPad (2013)
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APP

Heads Up!

age 7+

Guessing game is family fun with real-world interaction.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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APP

Plum's Photo Hunt

age 7+

Fun nature missions get kids outside; safe sharing options.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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APP

Windosill

age 7+

Imaginative journey through surreal, richly drawn puzzles.

Devices: iPad (2015)
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GAME

Dragon Quest Builders 2

age 8+

Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.

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THE GAME OF LIFE

age 8+

Classic game takes kids on a speedy 3D adventure.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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GAME

Moving Out

age 8+

Fun co-op sim is appropriate for all ages, skill levels.

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APP

Subwords

age 8+

Fusion between trivia and word game engages spellers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Zoombinis

age 8+

Save cute creatures with fun, complex puzzles.

Devices: iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app (2015)
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Runbow

age 9+

Colorfully chaotic party game expanded with bonus content.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition

age 10+

Cartoon shooter is loaded with fast-paced, bloodless combat.

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Fingle

age 10+

Cooperative puzzler reminiscent of Twister but with fingers.

Devices: iPad (2012)
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GAME

Lego Jurassic World

age 10+

Fun, commercialized movie game takes kids on dino adventure.

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GAME

Minecraft Dungeons

age 10+

Simple dungeon crawler with lots of fighting and teamwork.

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Pikmin 3

age 10+

Fun and colorful strategy/puzzle game is a Wii U must-have.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U (2013)
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APP

Trivia Crack

age 11+

Addictive trivia game with some privacy implications.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2014)
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