People young and old are going crazy over mobile games. The desire to crush candy or slingshot angry fowl has grown so out of control that it's literally injuring people's thumbs and causing some to spend hundreds of dollars on in-game purchases.
Fortunately, not every mobile game will hurt you or your wallet. There are a few out there that can actually help build a little brain power.
Since the advent of "Jeopardy!" and "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" people have become captivated with entertaining games that will teach them something, too. Now, you don't need a TV set to play along. Just whip out a smartphone and download one of these brain-building games.
Elevate can help sharpen your skills in 29 different areas.
This self-proclaimed personal brain trainer has captured a lot of attention after featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today and the Boston Globe. It's an app that combines mini-games with training activities to help you sharpen your skills in 29 different areas. Upgrade your reading comprehension or increase your memory or vocabulary. You choose what you want to work on and then play games doing it.
A trivia app that has it all, Sporcle is packed with every kind of question you of. Do you want to focus on past and current members from the Saturday Night Live cast? There's a quiz for that. Would you rather stick with sports and answer questions about NBA teams? No problem. How about putting your brain to the test with a quiz about famous biologists? You're in luck. Sporcle has every question — and answer — you're looking for. Best of all, you can make it into a game with your friends and share your scores wirelessly. Sometimes, a little healthy competition is the best way to learn.
What happens when you take neuroscience and brain research out of laboratories and distribute it to everyone with a smartphone? Lumosity uses the science behind measuring cognitive functions and puts it right into your hands so you can test, train and measure your progress. With 40 universities collaborating with developers and 70 million users across the globe, Lumosity may be one of the most popular and reliable brain-building apps.
The Official SAT Question of the Day™ App
A quick little quiz that's straight to the point and is actually preparing you for something — that's what the Official SAT Question of the Day is all about. If you haven't taken the SAT test yet, this is your one-stop shop for practicing a little on a daily basis. If you've taken the test already, why not keep your brain in shape? There are millions of teens preparing for the SAT. Make sure your mind is as sharp as theirs.
Remember, brain power isn't just about what you know, it's how you feel, too. The way you handle stress can tell others a lot about your mental fortitude. Luckily, there's an app for that. A psychology and neuroscience professor collaborated with a team of developers to combine the power of games and stress relief methods to create Personal Zen. Even better news, the game has already shown promise in clinical studies.