Games for the elderly

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by redsoxfan320, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. redsoxfan320 macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hi there,

    My grandfather's iPad just arrived and he has relatively no experience with iOS at all. In fact, neither my grandpa or grandma are tech savvy at all, they really don't know how to do anything (Printing is a hassle).

    When my grandpa's PC broke a few weeks ago, I talked him into buying the iPad because I know that the OS is much easier to use then Windows on a PC.

    A few weeks ago, I showed him some games on my iPad including Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds which he really enjoyed and I also showed him a solitaire game cause literally that is the reason why he owned the computer in the first place lol.

    So I'm just looking for some games that my grandpa will enjoy. He is 79 years old, so racing games and first person shooters aren't exactly what we are looking for lol.

    If you know any good "play at your own pace" games that he would likely be able to manage and enjoy it would be awesome. While just having solitaire is technically enough for him, I want to try and show him what this new device can do for him.

    Thanks a bunch!
  2. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    There are some crossword puzzle games he might like. Check out the reviews for several. Other word games might be good. MahJong is another possibility if he likes solitaire games. And there are many variations of solitaire also.
  3. cathylee macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2013
    What about Sudoku? Considering that he likes Solitaire, you can give it a try and see how he goes with it.
  4. Deanavryn macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2013
    Jigsaw App

    We have created a kids game called Build a Scare but apart of that game you can great your own jigsaw from any picture on your iPad or take a photo and make it a Jigsaw. It has 3 different difficulty levels. If he likes to do jigsaws you can check out Build a Scare or Jigsaw Creator which is just the jigsaw part of the App as its own App. Only 99c

    Build a Scare
    iPad -

    Jigsaw Creator
    iPad -
  5. dancj macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    Plants vs Zombies
    Trainyard Express (and then Trainyard)
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Angry birds, plants v zombies, and I'm a fan of naps and going to the IHOP at 3 pm for supper.
  7. Firebeer macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    How about falling block games?

    I think most of the "elder" people use to play these kinds of games like Tetris. Is that on the list? My brother is a fan of these kind of games, and he is actually developing one at the moment.
  8. olimac3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2013
    Well I think you can find all his classical pc's game as app! solitaire, why not board games...etc. I think it's a good idea to offer an iPad to "old" people, this is good interaction. He'll also maybe interested by having encyclopaedia, newspapers...
  9. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Words with friends, he can play with friends or pick up random games.
  10. sharon888 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2011

    A lot of my senior citizen friends really like Bejeweled.
  11. OlgaJ macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2009
  12. 1934hotrod macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2013
    Jig saw puzzles as bad as I hate aarp they do have jigsaw puzzles on the web site. That would be the only thing I'd touch with aarp associated with it.
  13. udontno macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    VA, USA
  14. tornroos macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    Honestly this is a self promotion comment but we have had lots of comments that our app Symmetry HD is really great for elderly people.

    It is a simple relaxation drawing app. There are lots of videos on YouTube people have put up and the app is really fun.
  15. Roomach macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2014
    Simple word games are good for the elderly. I have used them for my Granduncle. After the initial difficulty of learning to play, he loved it. Some links I have used in the past:

    Word Games
    Online Word games
    BBC's CBeebies
  16. AndreaTa macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2012
  17. tiger1941 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Anyone know when Bejeweled is likely to work again on the 5s?
  18. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    Elevate is a good one. Helps keep the mind sharp.
  19. tiger1941 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Thank you, but I was specifically inquiring about 'Bejeweled'.

    I already have Bejeweled on my 5s - it stopped working after installing iOS8.0 (later 8.02).
    I was wondering if it's likely to be updated - then start working again?

    Is there a normal time frame for games to be updated?

    (Thank you)
  20. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I qualify as a senior, my mum is 80. We both are hardcore Words With Friends players - or as she prefers to call it Words With Former Friends. I've been addicted to Bejeweled since my Palm days, and while Mum prefers Bejeweled, I play Bejeweled Blitz. She also plays solitaire, although her favorite solitaire hasn't been updated yet for iOS 8. My other favorite is Hay Day, a total play at your own speed game.
  21. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    My reply was directed to the original OP - not your question. Sorry for any confusion.
  22. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    Threes. Letris. Rojo. Word Mess. Action Bowling.

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