It’s been scientifically proven that regular mental exercise can greatly improve your memory, and there are now many puzzles available as mobile apps so you can challenge yourself anytime, wherever you are.
While gadgets have been criticised in the recent past as the reason why people aren’t exercising their mental skills, it seems your smartphone now really can help.
Here we take a look at some of the most extraordinary apps that are available to boost your brain power and keep you mentally active, even while you’re on the move.
This is an app that taxes your brain in several key areas to help improve your working memory and concentration, as well as your short-term recollections. Using different mini-games you will be tested on memory recall, and over a few days the app will start to build up a scoreboard of your efforts. You can also tweak the difficulty settings should you want to make it more challenging.
As well as giving your brain a complete workout you can switch to targeted training if you feel you’re lacking in certain areas. Some of the games leave a lot of empty space on the screen, but on a whole the interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Available for Android.
Brain Age Game
As well as working out your brain age the app also measures your memory age and arithmetic abilities. At the end of each test the app will present you with your scores, which you can then opt to post to the global scoreboard or via Facebook to share with friends.
There’s very little difference between the training stages and the tests, and with no limit on the number of errors you can make it isn’t something you’re likely to invest a lot of time in. However, for a quick daily brain workout it does the job well. Available for Android.
Luminosity first began as a web-based brain-training program, but users can now play it while they’re on the move. Once setting your goals the app will determine how many games you should be playing each day, unfortunately these can’t be changed afterwards.
There’re a range of different games on board and once you’ve completed your daily training you can repeat the challenges as many times as you wish, to improve your performance. However, you’ll have to wait until the following day for a new set of games.
While the tasks aren’t the most mentally stimulating it’s great for a daily mental workout. Available for iOS.
Brain Training – Math Workout
There are lots of different Brain Training games and exercises on offer, but one of the most popular is Math Workout.
This interactive app is ideal for children and adults, and quickly gets you thinking at a fast-pace for some intense brain training exercises and maths drills. Games have been designed to enhance mental arithmetic, promising impressive results within a week. Users can even compete with other gamers from around the world.
The user interface is simple but attractive, which is perfect as it means you’re not distracted when trying to complete your daily tests within one of the eight training modes. Available for Android.
Clockwork Brain comes with four default game modes, but what’s great is that each one starts off quite easy before gradually ramping up the difficult levels and speed at which each task is presented to you.
The games include anagrams, tile counting, number sequencing and pairing up silhouettes, which come in quick succession if you solve them fast enough. What’s more, you can use the points gained from previous high scores as a form of currency within the game to purchase additional packs featuring even more gaming modes.
The interface is visually very striking, with some impressive animations that help set it apart from many of the generic brain puzzle apps on offer. Available for iOS.