Brain games

The Brain Game Genre

Brain games provide us with quick and thought-provoking game play. Often, they give us a range of puzzles or problems to solve, requiring some critical thinking and providing us with plenty of entertainment in the process. But certain games do more than entertain; they’re designed to help improve your brain power. Games of this sort are driven by the theory that the brain can be developed through exercise, much like building a muscle through exercise. Games of this sort will help give your mental faculties a good workout, and they’re fun, too!

The History of Brain Games

Brain games have been played for hundreds of years, examples of them appearing in history as early as 3500BC in ancient Egypt! Modern games we recognise such as Sudoku and Crosswords started to show up in the late 1800s and provided newspaper readers with entertainment. As we reach the introduction of computers the games then made the jump to our screens on early consoles, taking classic thought-provoking puzzles and making them interactive! Brain games on our screens have taken on many forms over the years first taking the leap onto the earliest consoles such as the Atari. Brain games evolved into ways to train our brains and memories around this time and were no longer just word or number puzzles that required a lot of thought!

The first Brain Training game to grace our screens was called Brain Games in the 1970’s and was actually suggested at the time as a tool to help people improve their memories! Featuring a variety of mini games such as memorising musical notes and inputting the correct sequence (a puzzle type often found in adventure games!).

The types of games featured were designed to be quick to play and highly re-playable. The games even featured increasing difficulty settings, adding things such as distracting noises to put you off, in order to help further train your brain when you grew comfortable completing the games offering of mini games.

The Increasing Popularity of Brain Games

Perhaps the biggest success story of the brain-training craze in the mid-2000's was a collaboration between Nintendo and Professor Ryuta Kawashima, whose brain-training book had taken Japan by storm. The first Brain Age game hit shelves in Japan in 2005, and elsewhere in the world the following year. The game’s success inspired a string of adaptations, including a sequel on the DS, and another on the Nintendo Switch.

Brain Age notably introduced games based on neuroscience experiments such as the Stroop test to the genre. The Stroop test highlights the difficulty of reading words when our visual perception of the word is changed. The best example of this is seeing the word red written in the color blue. When you see the color of the word your brain is immediately inclined to see say that the color written down is blue! The idea behind the mini game is that you would eventually learn to ignore the colour of the text and be able to read the word as written through playing the game daily and testing yourself for short periods at a time.

In more recent years it’s evident that the Brain Training genre is still continuing to grow, sales of these kinds of games has increased wildly across the last couple of decades as more and more people look to keep their brains engaged and healthy!

Brain Games at Gamepix

The best reason to play the Brain Games we provide here at Gamepix is that they’re great fun. Whether you’re looking to kill a few minutes on a train, or settle down for a longer session, we’ve got a game that’ll help you to do it. You’ll find many different Brain Games available to play in this section of the Gamepix website. If you want to test your memory, why not check out Kobadoo Flags a game about remembering which flags you’ve seen and the order you saw them in, each round increasing in difficulty if you’re up to the challenge! Put your perception skills to the test with a number of spot the difference games such as Block Craft Spot the Difference or Impostor Differences. If you want to play classic Brain Games such as word games and math puzzles or settle down with some online jigsaws you’ll be able to scratch that itch with the games Gamepix has on offer in this section.

If you’re looking for a game you can settle in with why not try out one of the level based puzzle games that’ll test your forward thinking like Tomb of the Mask where you’ll need to think out every move to make sure you can avoid all of the traps laid out for you while trying to escape the tomb you find yourself in!

All of the games featured in this section are playable on a range of different platforms and browsers. Whichever device you’re using, there’s always an opportunity to train your brain; why not give it a try now, and see how smart you really are?


What Kinds of Mini Games Are in Brain Training Games?

Brain training games feature mathematical challenges, Sudoku boards, and other mini games based on neuroscience experiments. Most puzzle games are also good for brain training! To get the best from these games, you’ll want to play them for a short while every day much like exercise for your body!

Are Brain Games Worth It?

Brain Games can help to keep your mind sharp and refreshed. All ages can benefit from playing these games, and as you grow older it can be particularly beneficial to continue to play these games in order to keep your brain active!

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