Many people think that games (both computer and smartphones) - a waste of time. This is not so: in addition to the fact that they help to distract, they provide an opportunity to train the brain - in many of them you need to develop a strategy and think over a series of moves. In addition, their interface is more convenient for performing many interactive tasks, compared to, say, a book. Many programs develop logic, memory and attention using a test or game format. We've selected several apps that promise to improve your thinking, concentration and computing power.
The logic of numbers
If calculating your share of the total bill in a restaurant is getting more and more difficult, you should not rush to delegate the work to a calculator. Re-learn how to multiply will help the application "Logic of numbers". If you don’t pay for the version without ads and don’t give a head start to your brain by purchasing unlimited tips, you can not only remember the multiplication table and a list of primes up to a hundred, but also tighten up your strategic thinking. The game is akin to chess and is based on calculating actions several steps ahead: you need to fill the game grid with numbers so that all examples are solved correctly.
It is worth noting that, bypassing the rules of algebra, mathematical actions in the game are performed in succession, and brackets to indicate the order of actions are not used here. The ring-shaped button at the top of the field can be used to immediately reset all entered values.
iOS: free, Windows phone: free, Android: free
A comprehensive application offering all kinds of exercises for attention, memory and logic. Thanks to several levels of difficulty with calculating statistics for different tasks, brain training with NeuroNation turns out to be more personalized than in a simple game. When you buy a paid subscription, the program generally becomes a personal trainer for your brain.
In each task, you can improve by repeating the levels. The user motivation system is thought out carefully: you can compete with other participants over the network. The app breaks down your results after passing into compound criteria for success and the necessary skills, so you can immediately see what you should pay attention to next time.
iOS: Free, Android: Free
Another equally popular program for personal brain training. It uses a pleasant and, importantly, Russified interface. The approach is serious: the creators promise to help improve memory, teach you to stay focused and calm in a stressful situation, and much more. Games and exercises familiar from childhood for the development of memory, attention and reaction in a new reading, and even a session for meditation are available at the entry level for free. For more ambitious brain athletes, there is a paid subscription.
The game "Chain" is based on the interaction of shapes and colors of figures presented on the field. Moving from the starting point, you need to go through all the cells that differ in different parameters, so as not to get into a dead end. The game assumes that all the moves must be thought out from the very beginning. This is easy at the first levels, but becomes difficult as the number of rows and columns increases. In general, the application develops strategic thinking and logic no worse than special brain simulators, and a beautiful interface will make your leisure time doubly pleasant.
iOS: Free, Android: Free
The game is focused on practicing reactions and developing spatial thinking (its developer has another similar one, available on iOS and Android). Rotating elements, resembling either a blob or a hedgehog, are actually spheres moving in orbits, between which you need to throw balls, following the rules separate for each new level.As you progress, the game becomes more difficult due to the speed of rotation and the number of elements. In general, it is great for helping to spend time, besides, it has a pleasant minimalistic design.