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Brain Training Apps

Brain training is a term that most often describes the use of online games and software to exercise the brain.

Brain training apps claim to improve intelligence and cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing speed, and problem solving ability by tapping into your brain’s plasticity — its ability to change. Some even profess to help those with significant brain problems such as traumatic brain injury, ADHD, dyslexia, dementia, chemo brain, and more.

Boost your memory or maintain a healthy state of mind with these dedicated brain training apps that are turning simple activities into hardcore thought exercises.

    SumW0rdZ is an interactive educational app for children age 9 and above and improves your general knowledge, word and maths skills all in a single game format. This fun, interactive game has three supporting levels; easy, medium and hard and combines wordplay, mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and powers. The basic application is free but additional Word Themes and Dice Combinations can be obtained via in-app purchases. There are also in-app adverts which promote these in-app purchases. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Yuppy is packed full of mini activities to entertain and educate your young child.  As children play they will solve problems, learn to write letters and numbers, and create music.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Coco - Educational Games is one of the best educational games for kids and an easy to use educational games program, featuring multiple brain trainer activities such as children’s puzzle, children’s math games featuring mental math and memory games for children. Suitable for children from 5 to 10 years the application is subscription based on several levels from institutional subscriptions to individual subscriptions over various lengths of time. The application has in-app purchases relating to the content but is free from in-app adverts. The application is available in two languages English and French. The application works without a constant wi-fi connection.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    In Sumaze Primary, arithmetic skills and careful planning form the basis of a fun and challenging puzzle game.  It is ideal for children to develop their maths and forward-thinking skills.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Pocket Family is a whole lot of fun with its engaging and non-violent game play.  If you want your children to have a fun diversion that engages their brain and not just their reflexes, this might be just the game you want.

    Devices: Android


    Pictoword is an exciting game with an addictive premise, where two related picture clues must be connected together to find the right word. For every right puzzle, you can win coins, so in-app purchases can be avoided. The puzzles can be shared on Facebook, so you can seek help from friends if needed. While Pictoword is much more of an entertainment app, it does offer players a chance to test their logic and problem solving skills with each puzzle. There is also a spelling component that provides good practice for players as they must spell each word correctly in order to complete the puzzle.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Space Pig Math is an action game for practicing the times tables - up to 12x12 - with retro-inspired visuals and sounds.  The purpose of the game is to laser the aliens to save Space Pig's Friends - and they will provide you with help on the progress through the game. The game rewards correct, consecutive, and quick answers.  It is easy and accessible for the novice, but it can become increasingly difficult.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The application 'Brain Kids' is an entertaining brain training app for children aged 7 and above. The application offers a number of brain training games that can be played by both children and parents. The application has three books where the first chapter of each can be played for free. Further chapters can be purchased within the app. The application is free from in-app adverts and supports three languages English, Chinese and Thai.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    The ability to solve problems and think in new ways is as important as the knowledge of how to read or do maths. The developers of MentalUP have devised a series of brain games that expose learners to new types of problems and the different ways of thinking required to solve them.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Funexpected Math is an attractive app that uses mini-games to develop and consolidate children's maths skills.  Its detailed descriptions of curriculum objectives met, imaginative games, and growing content make it an app subscription worth considering.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Word Beach is a word puzzle game that will work the brains of adults and children alike as well as entertain them.  Learn the spellings of new words, be reminded of the spellings of non-standard words, and see patterns in the use of letters.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Peek and Seek has been created to address a very specific need - that of developing visual discrimination skills in children.  Through careful graphical design and varied tasks, it meets its aims.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Just having the knowledge to solve problems is not enough. Children need the confidence to develop their own strategies to reach a solution. Kids Brain Games by Digital Copel is fun, varied and constantly challenging children to develop their thinking skills.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Think! Think! Is an app that provides a series of mini games to develop the Childs intellectual and problem solving skills, these particular skills included, special recognition, shape comprehension, trial and error, logical thinking and numerical processing. Each game is timed and ranked in accordance with the users age and scores are provided to track the progress and performance. The Child can only work on three games a day and the total time for the day is limited to ten minutes.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Once again the indie development  team, Ahoiii, pull it out of the bag with an app that will test logical thinking, numeracy and memory skills. The app has been beautifully constructed and children will adore playing with it. The app receives a 5 Star Certification and EAS Recommended Status.  

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Lumosity app is one of the best brain game apps available for iOS and Android. Lumosity focuses on training your memory, making decisions and paying attention to details. The memory exercises are quick yet challenging at the same time. The activities in Lumosity Brain Trainer were designed by top neuroscientists to improve players' Brain Performance Index (BPI). The simple games tap into cognitive processes like speed, attention, memory, flexibility, and problem solving.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Brainbean contains a collection of eight puzzle, memory, drawing, and word games that will play with your brain. The games are all based on scientific creative exercises, and last only about a minute each. They’ll help build creative confidence, test your working memory, boost problem solving skills, and much more all while providing oodles of entertainment.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Unlock your child’s imagination with iMindMap Kids. Support literacy and encourage creative thinking in early education. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Peak (Android, iOS) combines brain science and gamification to give users a full-spectrum brain workout, testing users' focus, memory, mental agility, problem solving and language skills with a variety of daily minigames and goals. As you exercise regularly, Peak provides users with a variety of performance metrics to rate your improvement over time. Free users get a selection of daily exercises, while premium subscribers gain access to the full range of exercises available on demand, as well as improved metrics and personalized training plans.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    You learn how to boost all types of cognitive skills with brain training exercise designed by brain training experts. Memorado is your workout gym for the brain. It gives you brain training games to challenge your working memory and cognitive control.   Scientifically researched games help you grow and connect cognitive functions so that you learn how to boost your intelligence. Memorado has strong ties to the research community and was developed by brain training experts. You set goals with Memorado’s unique and fun interface that will set up your brain training methodology.   Within those channels, you begin assessments that guide your progress and brain learning. Every day, five new games are selected that will enhance your cognitive learning. The app compiles brain tests and games that enhance your IQ and give you an enjoyable place to grow your brain and increase mindfulness.   Users that train with the app show a 76% increase in brain quotient IQ.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    You probably know that, despite aging, your brain is able to grow, learn things and form new neural connections.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Brain Trainer app contains games that have you memorizing letter sequences, phone numbers and solving assorted math problems to keep your mind in tip-top shape. Difficulty levels range from easy to brain-tingling hard. 

    Devices: Android


    With Mensa Brain Training, you can assemble your personalized brain-training program, cherry-picking from a wide range of creative and challenging puzzles and tasks.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Next requires your complete and utter attention. All you have to do is tap numbers in their correct order as quickly as you can. The difficulty is that the numbers are spread out across a complicated and completely random grid. The game includes two modes, with one requiring you to find all of the numbers at your own pace and the other having you race against the clock. Both allow you to utilize power-ups in case you find yourself stuck.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    CogniFit Brain Fitness combines neuroscience and gamification to make mental exercises into a fun pastime. The CogniFit Brain Fitness app allows users to sign up and run through a series of exercises to assess their mental abilities and train further in fields such as memory, focus and attention. Users can take a personalized training track, or simply play one-off games. A neat feature is the ability to challenge your contacts to beat your performance, with Neurons (credits earned in-game or purchased) at stake for a bit of a competitive dimension.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad