I recently went on a coffee date with an old friend given we needed to catch up after a few years. We both had a lot of stories to share and a few functional gossips. And it’s during one of our discussions that she opened up about her grandma’s memory problems, which doctors had described as Alzheimer’s disease.
As we tried to do some shallow research about this memory disorder, we came across this article in Scientific American that had a lot to say about how brain games may help enhance memory and stimulate key areas of our brains. We quickly read some parts of the article and went further to find some brain games that would help manage the condition.
When I got home in the evening, I did more research on online brain games that would help improve everyone’s memory, thinking, reaction time, and cognitive ability.
I really loved a good number of them, and managed to prepare a list of the best 10.
This the oldest and most popular of all braining training games (apps) given it has been around since 2007 and currently being used by more than 70 million users across the globe.
The developers have continuously improved it through the years to make it more useful as time goes, and today its split into sessions of several games custom-made to every user’s’ goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed or flexibility of thinking.
According to its developers:
“At Lumos Labs, we believe in helping people keep their brains challenged. That’s why we created a simple online tool to allow anyone to train core cognitive abilities. From neuroscience to visual art, we combine many diverse disciplines to create our engaging brain training program — making cognitive research available to everyone. Through the Human Cognition Project, we collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.”
The app is currently free in the Android Play Store and IOS Store.
Since being launched in 2014, Elevate has managed to inspire many lives and is today considered one of the best brain training apps available.
This app takes the most practical approach. Its games are aimed to solve specific problems people have, such as trouble calculating a tip or struggle writing a clear email to a partner.
According to the developers:
“Elevate is a new type of cognitive training tool designed to build communication and analytical skills. Elevate has been selected by Apple as the App of the Year. Since launching in May 2014, Elevate has been downloaded more than 10 million times on the App Store and Google Play.”
Unlike many brain-training games Clevermind is specially designed for people already suffering from Alzheimer’s, and it offers more than just a collection of games.
According to most individuals who take care of Alzheimer patients, managing the disease requires more than just giving mental exercise and Clevermind is the right brain game when it comes to this.
It features social, medical, dietary tools that are all presented in an easy-to-read interfere that has a digital assistant guiding you through (speaking in Siri-like voice).
According to ADWEEK:
“The app includes a journal to track activities and goals, a series of brain exercising games, and even voice interaction via MYRIA, enabling patients to ask questions and make verbal requests thanks to the locally stored speech engine.”
This program features around 40 games on its platform, thus blending gaming and educational activities together. Its standout feature is a coach – a strict brain training coach – and this has seen it become popular among many individuals given it evaluates a patient’s state and offers necessary tips on how to improve their condition.
According to the team behind its development, they focus on training memory, attention, mental agility, problem solving, language, emotion control, coordination, and creativity using Advanced Training Programs that are built around training very specific skills.
“Our mission here at Peak is to make lifelong progress enjoyable. We believe there’s always a little room for improvement, and we should strive to better ourselves bit by bit. That’s why we use a combination of neuroscience, technology and fun to get those little grey cells active and striding purposefully towards their full potential.”
Dakim comes with a set of games and puzzles designed to help you give your brain a comprehensive workout. They have been known as a self-described brain fitness program that gives its users access to more than 100 individual brain training exercises that are focus a=on improving attention and concentration.
According to the developers, benefiting from real life experiences hugely depends on having a sharp mind, and using their clinically proven programs helps a lot.
“Dakim BrainFitness has been clinically proven to significantly improve cognitive performance in the two most important areas — memory (immediate and delayed) and language abilities — as users strengthen attention, focus, and concentration!”
Out of all apps on this list, cognito is the only one that fully focuses on gaming.
The game’s storyline is built around secret agents who have been sent out on a global spying mission. The games features makes it a great tool for brain-training with numerous tests involved in the gameplay.
According to its developers, it’s one game that helps in assessing a patient’s conditions and keeping a good record of their improvements.
“Keep your mind sharp with Cognito’s daily brain training missions. Play memory games, logic puzzles, word games, and more designed by neuroscientists to improve your focus, reasoning, and more. Progress through a secret agent story that takes you around the world. Get personalized insights to see your improvement over time, and challenge your friends in any game. Explore your personality with games that assess your psychological traits.”
These computerized brain-training games have been a cool idea in our society for many years now. They are built around major elements of helping people understand that living in an environment enhanced with countless mental stimulation activities ensures positive brain changes.
And I agree there’s a big potential for tapping into your specific neuroplasticity to improve mental health and prevent age-related memory deterioration.
From the understanding of someone who’s looking towards preventing and managing Alzheimer’s disease, it’s certain that brain games capitalize on the ease with which folks game by offering a wealth of puzzle and problems that you can solve for hours or merely minutes.
They are the solution to help you discover how your brain works, challenge your attention and memory, language and logic puzzle, optic illusions, tease your pattern recognition and thinking, and prepare your brain for job interviews.
Naveen’s list of 6 best brain training apps on Android platforms.