A simple app containing six 'brain games' that claim to keep your brain sharp and focused.
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Samsung Galaxy S5
Brain Games II was created as a tool to help you keep your mind on task and stay focused throughout the day. If you have ever stepped foot into the Google Play store this may not be an unfamiliar idea to you. These ‘brain games’ that claim to condition your mind have been sprouting up since the beginning of time and are sent with the task to help your brain stay on top of things with some of its functions. This idea is most commonly approached through the use of a game or a group of mini games intended to push your mind to the limit. Brain Games II does not stray away from this method and although it was not created to compete with powerhouse programs such as “Lumosity” it will still make you feel silly with its selection of taxing ‘brain games’.
A worthy sequel?
Given the “II” in the title of the app, it is obvious that it was created as the sequel to a previous Brain Games application. Both applications are available in the Google Play store for free and serve identical purposes. Although the goal behind each game is the same, they are actually quite different as far as the design and gameplay go. Having opened both applications the most prominent difference between them is certainly the UI. The design of Brain Games II manages to be simple, sharp, and attractive as compared to the dull and unattractive design of the original.
On the other hand, the gameplay of Brain Games II does not blow the original’s out of the water by any means. In fact, I would argue that the mini games in the first iteration are more original, creative, and stimulating than those of the predecessor. They both share similar concepts but the games in the original are much more refreshing. In other words, the sequel has many mini games that are commonly found in other games of this genre while the original contains fresh and creative ideas that really get the mind flowing. I think it would be great if the developer were to convert some of the old mini games into the new application while also updating the look of said mini games so they are better suited for the new app.
Now that the two have been compared, I’ll briefly describe the six mini games contained within Brain Games II. All games last 60 seconds and progressively get more difficult as you succeed within the mini game. They also tell you which part of your brain is being exercised by playing the game, a neat little addition. They are designed for ‘pick up and play’ situations and there are seven achievements that you can earn at the time of this review.
- Mismatch: You are shown two pictures and must determine if they are the same images, just rotated. This mode claims to condition your brain to be more creative. It is not too difficult but gets much harder once all of the blocks turn the same color.
- Fade: There are four multicolored tiles and you must tap the tiles as the colors start fading. I can’t quite figure this one out because all of the tiles are rapidly changing colors and it is extremely difficult to tap right as they fade color.
- Odd 1: The classic odd one out mini game. You must choose the tile that does not share the same shape, color, or number as the others. It forces your mind to switch your attention from the shape, number, or color of the tiles which can be very difficult at times.
- Verbonator: In my opinion, this is the most difficult mini game. You are given an image with text describing it and must determine if the text is true or false. My brain feels like it is working the most whenever I play this mode.
- reFlex: Remember those multiplication tables you learned back in grade school? Well now you have to use those skills to choose the correct tile among many other wrong tiles. This is probably the easiest mode but the search for the tile is much harder than the problem itself. I have also encountered a problem with the text in the tiles becoming unreadable after around 1,000 points have been gained.
- brainFry: Once you start racking up points in this game, it will certainly start to fry your brain. You have to choose the tile with either the lowest or highest number or an even or odd number. This might sound easy but once you have 20 tiles on the screen it can be very difficult to find the one with the highest number.
This is certainly not going to be your go-to game that you will put countless hours into. Instead, it’s a fun way to wake your brain up either in the morning or during a long day. With a market full of these types of games, it is certainly not the best at what it does but it does show promise with some of the creativity portrayed through the mini games. I’m not sure about the science behind these types of applications actually helping your brain become stronger through games, but they are still a fun challenge nonetheless. If your looking to get that noggin joggin’, I would definitely pick up both Brain Games applications.