5 brain training games to get you thinking

Can playing games to increase your intelligence? In fact, there are quite a few ‘brain training‘ games for PCs. The primary goal with all of them is to exercise your mind’s logic, memory and overall thought.

OK, there’s no actual scientific proof that any of them actually enhance your mental capabilities. Good thing they’re all fun! Either way, these games will definitely feel like you’re giving your mind a good work-out.

Memoriad Simulator: Related to the Memoriad international tournament that tests mental calculation, memory and photographic reading, this set of desktop games is amazingly thorough. It comes with eight games to test your mental skills. A word to the wise though. Memoriad Simulator doesn’t allow you to change the complexity level so beginners should try not to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of memorization required from the get-go. A little practice goes a long way with this game pack.

gBrainy: As simplistic as the interface of this pack of games outwardly appears, it’s certain to keep your mind engaged. gBrainy tests logic, memorization and vocabulary skills. Questions are both written and visual to suit all types of learning styles. When paused, gBrainy also compiles a detailed list of statistics on your weak and strong points. While the interface is pretty plain, the breadth of questions more than makes up for it.

Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima: If the name of this brain game sounds familiar, don’t be surprised.  Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima is a PC demo version of the popular Nintendo DS game. This demo may be shorter than the original game, but it gives you a taste of what playing the full game is like. Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima tests your memory capabilities in order to calculate your brain’s true age. It may not be scientifically accurate, but it sure is fun!

Brain Workshop: Get ready to test your visual and auditory memory all at once with this basic but challenging recall tool. Not only do you have to memorize what order each square is presented to you in, you also need to remember what alphabetical letter is said at the same time. It’s harder than you think!

Sudoku: In the past few years this numerical logic game has gotten increasingly popular, so much so that there isn’t just one program to recommend but an entire page of them. Sudoku requires you to put the numbers 1 through 9 in order throughout an entire multi-squared box. It seems simple at first – until you try it and realize there are any number of combinations that could trip you up. This game will certainly keep your brain occupied and challenged for hours.

Do you know any other brain training games or apps?

[Via: OnSoftware Spain]

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