Types of Games To Strengthen and Sharpen The Mind
Although there are many enjoyable board games designed to strengthen and sharpen the mind, such as Chess and Backgammon, we are living in a digitalized world. The great thing is that the digital world offers so much variety in online and offline games for adults. You will often find that classic board games have online equivalents. For instance, if you are a big fan of Scrabble, Wordfeud is the perfect online game or app for you. You even have a variety of devices to play on, whether you prefer using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. Digital games allow you to play with friends, but when you don’t have an opponent, you can play the computer or with other people online. We have listed some of the best games available, which actively sharpen and train your brain.
Sudoku (the name says it all)
This classic Japanese number game is also widely available on smartphones, tablets and desktops. This puzzle game features a 9 x 9 grid, which is split into nine 3 x 3 grids. Each area needs to contain the numbers 1 to 9, without repetitions and it starts you off with a few of the correct numbers. Digital versions of the game can feature even harder challenges, with over 12 x 12 grids. Sudoku has been found to increase memory, improve IQ and challenge your brain. For something so simple, this game sure has it all!
WordFeud (similar to Scrabble, but with a twist)
WordFeud is available on smartphones and tablets, with an easy to use interface for those unfamiliar with apps or online games. You can play random opponents or friends and family, provided they own the game too. It is entirely free but does feature an option to purchase an ad-free version.
Flow (a cute, colourful game)
Flow by Big Duck Games LLC is an addictive puzzle game available on smartphones and tablets. The purpose of the games is to connect coloured dots by using all of the tiles on the screen. Gradually increasing in difficulty, this game requires a lot of attention and coordination.
Quadris (similar to Tetris, but in ”reverse”- you’ll see what we mean)
Quadris is an application which requires a lot of mental attention and coordination, as the goal is to fit preselected shapes into a tiled board. Unlike Tetris, you must fill a row before it disappears. Run out of space, you lose!
Wii Bowling (almost like the real thing, but can be performed in your living room)
Available on the Nintendo Wii, Wii Bowling is a fun, interactive activity for families and friends. It requires more physical and mental coordination than most games, but without the strenuous workout, making it suitable for everyone.
There are many other puzzle games out there, including Bejeweled, Mahjong and Cut The Rope. If our list is not challenging enough for you, try exploring the app store on your device, searching the Puzzle category. You will discover endless games that can challenge your mind and train your brain.