HOW TO

5 smart ways to
train your brain

You’ll be playing these mind games for days.

What did you have for dinner last night? Um… If you can’t quite remember these clever apps and games will sharpen your weary brain right up.

WordBrain 2

The first edition of this excellent word search game has been played by more than 30 million people, and this sequel is quickly becoming just as popular. The master of App Store word games MAG Interactive has created 850 new puzzles to get stuck into here, which are categorised under 101 fun themes.

    WordBrain 2: Fun word search!

    Play over 1000 themed puzzles

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Memorado

Daily brain workouts, backed up by actual science, are the main draw in Memorado. Play these fun mini-games every day and you can set (and reach) personalised targets, building up a full picture of what your Brain Quotient might be. From there, you can see where you sit compared to other Memorado users.

    GEIST (Memorado): Brain & Mind

    Get smart: games & meditation

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Threes!

It’s testament to this game’s enduring appeal that we’re still playing Threes! four years after it first hit the App Store. Our 2014 iPhone game of the year is a wonderful puzzler which asks you to slide numbered cards into each other to rack up a high score. Absolutely essential stuff.

    Threes!

    The original number slider

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Lumosity

A team of scientists and designers put together the 40 different brain games and activities in Lumosity, which challenge five core cognitive skills: speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving. Daily workouts are based on your preferences, and you can poke through analysis of your results if you want to understand your strengths and weaknesses.

    Lumosity: Brain Training

    Play. Learn. Improve.

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Typeshift

Leading indie creator Zach Gage delights in reworking classic games such as solitaire and chess for a modern audience, and he’s done the same for the humble word search here. In TypeShift you’re given a sliding selection of letters and asked to form as many different words as possible. A smart test of your vocabulary and ability to think creatively.

    Typeshift

    Snappy word puzzles

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