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MentalUP Educational Games

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Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

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.

Teacher Review

Brain games have long been popular with children and adults alike.  They are fun, help to pass the time, and they feel like they have more value than a purely entertainment-based game.  Scientific research is not conclusive on all of the proposed benefits of brain training but such games do provide a sense of satisfaction and highlight that thinking problems through will lead to success.

Children, in particular, can be too quick to resort to the familiar claim of "I don't get it," when an answer does not pop into their heads in a few seconds.  Brain training games and puzzles can be useful to show them that they should not always expect answers without some thought first.  In education, this is often described as persistence or grit - the willingness to stick with a problem until a solution is reached as opposed to abandoning it as impossible after only a little thought.

MentalUP does brain training well.  Its games are easy to understand while challenging the skills which they are designed to stretch.  Each game begins with a short and to the point instruction and then the timed exercise begins.  They look fantastic with clear and bright graphics that would fit easily into a pure entertainment app.

Players (or their parents) can set up the app to be biased towards helping certain skills and to take the user's age into account.  A reports page provides a record of accomplishments and progress.  A player avatar can also be upgraded with cosmetic items by spending the in-game currency that is earned through success.  

Playing this app will not be a chore for children and, while it is not directly linked to their school work, the results of brain training are supposed to raise attainment through a general raising of a multitude of skills rather than through topic-focused support.

The scoring of the challenges is good, as your own is recorded but also matched up against the average of other players.  This makes it satisfying to beat your own personal best as well as overtake the rest of the app's player base.  Each game makes it clear which aspects it tests such as memory, visual intelligence, logical reasoning, and others.   There are many game types per category.

Any issues with the design of these games are mostly intrinsic to logic games as a whole.  Logic and reasoning in a game are rarely able to be completely isolated and a player's background and general knowledge can prove a limitation in a game that is challenging something quite different.  This is the case in apps and even such things as IQ tests and college entrance exams. 

For example, in this app, a word game that is based around food may well feature items that a player has never encountered, either due to geographic reasons or due to socio-economic background.  Of course, this does expose players, in some way, to these new words and could help overcome such problems in other situations where such knowledge is expected.   Indeed, the thinking style developed in this app could be linked to the English 11+ exam and probably the equivalent in other countries.  Being familiar with the challenges provided in these puzzles should help children feel less intimidated by the preparation and the experience of taking the 11+.

Some cues used to solve puzzles may not be within a player's physical ability.  Players with colour perception difficulties will not be able to succeed in at least one game in this app.  This is perhaps one that should have been designed out as it is quite possible to achieve the same ends without relying solely on colour as a distinguishing difference.

MentalUP is a subscription-based app but you can try it out first before signing up.  Teachers may find it useful for children who seem to be lacking in a specific skill.  Parents will like to have an app that children like to play but which feels like it has more educational worth than many of the time-passing casual apps that exist.  The developers recommend twenty minutes use per day.  

There are many brain training apps but few with such a well-produced and broad set of games within them.  You should check out the trial and make a decision from there.

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Developer Description

Discover MentalUP Brain Games App offering mind games for children between 4-13 years old.

Support development of your memory and attention skills with entertaining visual and verbal intelligence games! Moreover, you can explore your strengths with development analysis and detailed performance reports, and you can improve your skills accordingly.

MentalUP, rated 4.7 in the mind games category of app stores, is developed by game designers and academicians with pedagogical approaches. It is offering dozens of mind games with suitable difficulty levels for children. They learn through play.

Download MentalUp now and join the world's largest brain training app for kids with 60+ brain exercises to improve your visual, verbal and mental skills and to strengthen your memory and attention.

WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT MentalUP?

MentalUp has been developed by professional game designers and scientists. On top of that, thanks to the advanced performance reports, you can discover your strengths and follow your progress real-time.

WHICH SKILLS CAN YOU IMPROVE WITH MENTALUP?

• Visual intelligence
• Verbal intelligence
• Logical reasoning
• Attention and Concentration
• Memory
• Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving

KEY FEATURES

• Smart Categorization: Games are divided into categories according to skill development
• Personalized Daily Exercises: Challenge yourself with daily exercises meeting your needs
• Track your progress and compare your performance with friends and same age groups.
• Pedagogic product certified, ad-free and reliable content

USER GROUPS:

• Primary and secondary school
• Pre-school
• Children suffering from attention and concentration problems
• Adults wishing to improve their mental vitality

MentalUp can be used by children over 4 years old and adults

MentalUP PREMIUM PRICING & TERMS

MentalUP offers the following subscriptions:

• 3 month: $17.99
• 6 month: $29.99
• 1 year: $35.99

These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on your country of residence. Your MentalUP Premium subscription will be charged through your iTunes account.

At the end of the term, your subscription will automatically renew through your iTunes account.

You will be charged for the regular price of your subscription within 24 hours prior to the end of the current term.

Subscriptions may be managed by the user. Auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase.
No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.

Privacy Policy: https://www.mentalup.co/privacy-policy
Terms of Service: https://www.mentalup.co/terms-of-use
Payment Policy: https://www.mentalup.co/payment-policy

TO KEEP INFORMED ABOUT MENTALUP, FOLLOW:

Web: https://www.mentalup.net
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mentalupEN
G+: https://plus.google.com/+MentalupEN

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