Apps to help you train your brain

Many of us have days when our once limber minds feel like a boiled egg left out in the sun. Give your synapses a stretch with these brain-training apps.

 
 
 
 
  • Brain School
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 28 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Price: Free

    Operating system: iOS

    The premise of Brain School is pretty simple, but the execution is not quite as straightforward - you take a series of quizzes to test your problem-solving skills in different ways.

    In order to move through the school years, you need to earn a certain number of stars. For example, four A+ grades will get you to year two. Challenges involve completing simple sums, playing a game of heavier and heaviest, recreating shapes from lose parts and that old favourite, ‘guess which quickly moving hat the coin is under’.

    The further you get, the harder the game becomes.

    The ads are a bit annoying and distracting, but the game is free and with a bit of practice you’ll be flying through the years.

     
     
     

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  • Left vs Right A brain game
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 28 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Price: 65p/Free

    Operating system: Android (via Amazon), iOS

    There’s a psychological theory that claims we’re all either left-brained or right-brained thinkers. Left-brainers are more logical and analytical, while the right-brain-thinkers tend to act on emotion and impulse. This game claims to put both sides of our organic CPU to the test with a series of word- and colour-based puzzles.

    During these tests it’s up to you to match up an item in the left column with a corresponding item on the right. So, for example if the word ‘yellow’ is written in black ink, you may have to match it with the word ‘black’, ‘yellow’ or perhaps another word with yellow text.

    It’s about as hard to master as it is to explain. If you crack the code, would you please tell us?

     
     
     

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  • Left vs Right A brain game
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 28 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

    Operating system: iOS

    If you’re really, really serious about brushing away the cobwebs in your brain then Luminosity is the app for you.

    Like a personal trainer for your mind, it sets you a workout three times a week, tailored to the areas you wish to improve. That could be boosting your decision-making acumen, reaction speed, attention span, memory, concentration, problem solving or improving on a whole range of skills.

    You get a certain amount of time to complete challenges and the more points you rack up, the better your brain score will be.

    There’s a free version that allows you to play some sample rounds, but the full fat version is only unlocked through a £10.49 monthly subscription or a £54.99 annual sign-up.

     

     

     
     
     

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  • Mensa Brain Test
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 28 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Price: £1.49

    Operating system: iOS

    If you really fancy your chances of joining the elite – those brainboxes at Mensa with IQs in the top 2% – then you can put yourself to the test with this ‘definitive’ app.

    Before you take the test you can enter training mode where five multiple-choice questions prepare you for the big test. You can choose a short, medium or long IQ test, and you get an average of a minute to answer each question.

    As with all tests of this ilk, all facets of your problem-solving instincts, vocabulary skills and mathematical acumen will be tested, including those terrifying “which is the odd one out” puzzles.

    At the end of the test you’ll be given a score and informed where you ranked in the averages, and you can share your results on Facebook if you’re particularly pleased with yourself.

    Android users have the slightly different Mensa Brain Academy app (£2.99) to dig into.

     
     
     

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  • The Room Two
    Chris Smith
    By   | Journalist
    Last updated: 28 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Price: £1.99

    Operating system: Android, iOS

    Not only is The Room a great test for your cognitive abilities, it’s also one of the most enjoyable, well thought-out and great looking games available on mobile devices.

    Based on the escape the room genre made popular on web browsers a few years back, this tense supernatural thriller will require all of your logic and creative thought in order to crack the code and unravel the mysteries of The Room.

    For those hide-under-the-blankets types, it’s probably better not to play this game in the dark…

     
     
     

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