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The best BRAIN-TRAINING games?

06-03-2011, 12:38 PM
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The best BRAIN-TRAINING games?

I'm looking for suggestions of fun, addictive games that give the brain a good workout.

I'm not just looking for "Brain Age"-types of games (although those are welcome, too, if they're good) but anything that's both fun and keeps the brain sharp, whether it's words, numbers, or even physics. Thanks!

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06-03-2011, 01:00 PM
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Well i don't know what your really after but Brain Age by Dr Kawashima is really good.

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06-03-2011, 01:14 PM
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Puzzle Maniak is a must have.

Alien Glyphs is my favorite recognition/reaction game.

I've been having a lot of fun with 7 Little Words recently.

All of these work completely different parts of your noggin.

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06-03-2011, 01:36 PM
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Kenken gets my highest recommendation. Also, I have been looking at Crosswords for this reason myself but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Oh yeah, and Str8ts. Can't forget Straights.

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06-03-2011, 01:51 PM
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PathPix series
Piczle Lines
Sarang
iCut
LetsTans
Color Fill
Hexius
Mine Blast
Shady Puzzles
Robo Riot!
Buttonia
Crix
UConnect
iCrossOut
Valistroke
Hellsing's Fire
Mouse About
OddBlob
Sack Sack
Puzzle Devil Touch
Blocks Mania
Quell
Photo Spot
Alien Glyphs
Switchy
Dex IQ
Paralellus
Wordspector
Quotiac
Fishtropolis
Virble
Word Roots
Bloody Fun Day
Crystal Soul
LabyMania
Cash Machine
Alchemize

Crosswords is also pretty excellent. For only $10 you get hundreds of puzzles. Definitely worth it.

Hope you find what you need in those

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06-03-2011, 03:05 PM
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06-03-2011, 07:14 PM
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Wow, I HATE math, but Kenken is a revelation! Keep 'em coming!

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06-03-2011, 08:48 PM
#8
Thank for recommending Hexius SkyMuffin!

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06-03-2011, 10:22 PM
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Hemispheres - a game split in 2 screens where you have to solve a math equation on one side and mix colors on the other side.

Frozen Equilibrium - all tiles are raised or lowered and you need to make them all even. Choosing one tile affects all other tiles around it and you are only allotted a certain amount of moves.

Reiner Knizia makes very good strategic board games if you're into that.

The Heist is also a very good game with 4 different styles of puzzle the get progressively harder at a fast pace.

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06-04-2011, 05:28 AM
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Wow, I HATE math, but Kenken is a revelation! Keep 'em coming!
Heh, I felt the same way. There are lots of great suggestions for puzzle games in this thread, but Kenken really makes me get my thinking cap on in a way that almost no other puzzlers do (and it's really fun).

I'm sure you would enjoy Straights too.

And yeah, Reiner Knizia's stuff is basically all excellent. Some of it requires deeper thinking, like Samurai, Kingdoms and Ra, whereas some is more casual fun, like Keltis, Clustermaster and Yoku-Gami. It's all worth looking into though.

I love Pathpix, but it really doesn't require deep though. Still, one of my all-time favorites (all three of them).

Current obsessions: Bug Princess 2: Black Label, Neuroshima Hex, Pinball Arcade, Final Fantasy Tactics, MacGuffin's Curse, 1112, Dangerous, 100 Trials, Ascension, The Quest
Anticipating: Spirit Hunter Mineko, Rogue Touch EX, Fargoal 2, Cursed Realms