We have curated some brain training apps to help your mind stay in tip top condition. Unless otherwise stated, these games are only available on Apple App store and Google Play.
Elevate is a brain training app designed to sharpen your mind while you play mini-games, and it was selected as the Apple App Store Editor’s Choice in 2014. Unlike its famous counterpart Lumosity which trains your core cognitive abilities with patterns and shapes, Elevate prepares you for daily encounters by honing how your read, speak, listen and solve Maths problems.
Sounds boring? Do not write Elevate off yet! The mini-games are entertaining, challenging and visually appealing, which is much more than what you can say for your English and Maths lessons. (Unless you happen to attend Basecamp lessons).
As you become more adept, the mini games will get harder and harder. This is because the app is designed to track your learning overtime and to pitch the games at a difficulty that will challenge you.
From my own experience, playing 3 brain training games at the start of each day is a great way to warm up your brain. This is in line with a study conducted by the California State University, which demonstrated that Elevate users improved by 69% in 4 key skill groups compared to non-users.
Remember, you rest, you rust, so why not give this app a try?
2. Brain dots
Brain dot is an endearing game with an enduring theme: boy meets girl. But before they can do that, they have to first find a way to each other. You play the role of a matchmaker. You have to engineer different ways for them to meet by drawing lines and shapes.
Similar to earlier offerings on your smartphones such as Cut the Rope, Angry Birds and Where’s my Water, this game teaches you about the laws of physics. However, what sets Brain dots apart is its freestyle kind of gameplay. You will discover that there is no one right answer. The possibilities are nearly endless. Instead, you have to think out of the box to complete the level.
Watch this video on Youtube get a flavour of what this game is like.
Want to be more creative? Give this app a try. Brain dots is also available on your PC.
Do you remember the global craze for Sudoku that happened around 10 years ago? For those of you who are still schooling, you probably don’t, given that you were only a kid then. But that phenomenon testified to the appeal of numbers and the allure of solving a difficult puzzle. The same appeal and allure continues today in the form of 2048.
In 2048, the rules are deceptively easy. Swipe to move your tiles. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one larger number. Combine the numbers to eventually get 2048. But don’t let this simple gameplay fool you. This game comes with a lot of frustration, a lot of panicking and if you manage to beat the game, a lot of satisfaction.
Don’t wait, see what appeal numbers hold today.
4. 成语玩命猜： 900 道成语趣题
I have a feeling that if this app in used in schools around Singapore, there will not be so many Chinese B students.
This game can be compared to its English counterpart, 4 pics 1 word, in which you have to guess the Chinese phrasal verb from the picture. To help you out, there are word suggestions at the bottom of the screen.
Let’s give the following level a try:
The answer is 洪水猛兽。Did you get it right?
Beware, this game is CHALLENGING. Mark my words, the day you conquer this game is the day you get A1 for Chinese.
So there you go, kill time with these 4 games on your smartphone (but not at the expense of your studies). Have fun!