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Top 10 brain training apps and games for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook

Top 10 Brain Apps
By Ryan Blundell on 14 Jan 2012 01:56 pm EST
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Time and time again, I’ve heard arguments about how smartphones make for dumb people. In other words, our continuous reliance on our smartphones have made us mentally lazy. We no longer need to remember addresses and phone numbers. Keeping tabs on appointments is as simple as a reminder and there’s no longer a need to worry about forgetting birthdays and anniversaries. Your mobile browser is your source of information, useful or otherwise, so your brain can be emptied of interesting facts.

On the other hand, not having to keep track of so much has been said to free our minds for more important things. We are free to create, innovate and dream. No matter which path your cranium may take, you should make sure you give it a workout once in a while. Since your BlackBerry smartphone, and the BlackBerry PlayBook, have taken so much away from your mind, it’s only fair that they give something back, as well. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Brain Teaser Apps and Games for both the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphones.

Twinoo the brain train

Twinoo

Choo choo! Oh wait, that’s the wrong type of train. This game is available for both your smartphone and tablet. Both hemispheres of your grey matter can be challenged by Twinoo, as it provides mathematical equations to solve and colour mixing puzzles to figure out. With each question, a “timer bar” is shown above that will push you to solve the problem as quickly as possible. If you miss 3 questions, or answer them incorrectly 3 times, it’s game over. Doesn’t sound too hard does it? Well, I forgot to mention that you have to answer both types of questions simultaneously, mwa-ha! Math on the left, colours on the right; try not to focus on one side for too long or you’ll lose the game. It may seem simple, but with the added stress, it really challenges you.

More information on Twinoo for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Brain Driver

Brain Driver

Brain Driver for the BlackBerry PlayBook is a method of putting you and your brain, in the state of mind you both want to be. It does so by playing a series of tones to place you in a particular state of consciousness. According to the description, the states of consciousness are Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta.

“Alpha brainwave activity is linked to good relationships and feeling connected. Beta is associated with problem solving and moving forward. Theta brainwaves suggest a mind engaged in future planning or other imaginative processes. Delta is associated with sleep and regeneration that comes with a good nights rest.”

When selecting which state you want to achieve, the application will give you details about each of them, such as what you should experience and what age you may experience a reduction of a particular state. Controls are pretty simple; you are essentially limited to volume control and play/pause.

More information on Brain Driver for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Mobile Brain Trainer Plus

Mobile Brain Trainer Plus

This application makes sure you don’t forget the day to day basic problems that we tend to forget oh so easily. Mobile Brain Trainer Plus helps you work on your ability to handle basic calculations, your memory and your ability to reason more quickly. With eye catching graphics, you need to solve the puzzles at hand. They may seem so simple to look at, but you have to make sure that you think your answers through. The application also helps you keep track of your progress, so you can see if you are improving on that, which we may take for granted.

More information on Mobile Brain Trainer Plus for BlackBerry smartphones

Advanced Brain Trainer

Advanced Brain Trainer

There are 2 editions of Brain Trainer for you to check out. Edition 1 includes the following games: Speed Count, Drawing Over, Parking Check, Color Algebra and 4 Aces. Edition 2 has Shipping List, Cool Cat, Memo Square and Shape Counter. Each game gives you instructions on how to play and provides addicting game play. Who said games rot the brain?! Advanced Brain Trainer includes a built in coach that will help you analyze your results and provides feedback, whether you want it or not. You can start off with practice mode for some free play and then switch to exam mode; where you get a new 5 minute module to complete each day. Advanced Train is said to help improve memory, focus, reaction time and so on.

More information on Advanced Brain Trainer Edition 1 for BlackBerry smartphones
More information/download Advanced Brain Trainer Edition 2 for BlackBerry smartphones

IQ

IQ

From what I gather about Fluid Intelligence, the term refers to your ability having abstract thought and to reason quickly (deal with complex information). This type of intelligence tends to fade over time- great. Luckily, we have apps like IQ to keep this fluid intelligence from leaking out of our ears. They say that if you use the IQ app for a half an hour per day, for 19 days, you should see an increase of 40% at maximum. The game play seems a bit confusing, even more so when you read the description in BlackBerry App World. The exercise used is called a Dual N-Back Task. Two independent sequences of letters are show at the same time. The subject is then tasked with indicating which letters correspond with letter previously presented.

More information on IQ for BlackBerry smartphones

Connection

connection

A pipe dream-like game, Connection for the BlackBerry PlayBook is all about linking point A and point B. What you do is swap tile positions until you create a connection. It’s not simply swapping adjacent tiles either-as long as the tiles you want to swap are in line (vertically or horizontally), you can swap across the game board. The game will keep track of your score, as well as the number of moves and connections. Don’t spend too much time trying to figure it, as you are being timed. The highly responsive and vivid board will keep you connected to Connection. It helps you visualize the correct patterns and increase your response time.

More information on Connection for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Magnetic (free version)

Magnetic

Within the simple design, a challenge awaits. The object of each level is to get a specific block to move onto the goal. You have simple movements, such as up, down, left and (you guessed it) right. This can be done by using the directional buttons, or by tilting your BlackBerry PlayBook. Sound simple enough? Well the developer throws additional blocks at you; designed to hinder you, but you can turn the tide and use them to your advantage. Use your common sense and try to look a few moves ahead. It’s about developing focus and patience.

More information on Magnetic for the BlackBerry PlayBook

MyBrainSolution

MyBrainSolution has a suite of applications tailored for those with their “thinkin’ goo” in mind:

MyCalmBeat 

MyCalmBeat works on not only your focus, but stress level. This is done through controlled breathing. A breath pacer is available to help you slow your rate of breath which in turn activates your calming reflexes. With less stress, you are able to think more rationally. After the relaxation session, you can then record the number of minutes you used the exercise for and what your calmness level is. This is then graphed to see your records over time.

e-think memory

e-Think Memory helps you strengthen your memory banks through repetition and consolidation. This is done through a card/memory matching game. The application keeps track of your score, numbers of matches and number of attempts. Through the gameplay, you develop a more efficient way to memorize information with using shortcuts or little detail.

e-think balance

eThink Balance focuses on your focus and tasks tackling multi-tasking (still following me?). The name says it all; it’s all about balance – balancing your focus on a single task or multiple tasks. They use the terms “Selective Attention” and “Alternating Attention”. The game type they use is, of course, a balancing act. You start off by balancing an orange ball on a board (like the CrackBerry logo, without the CB). At random, other objects drop down, forcing you to maintain your balance, or drop everything.

More information MyCalmBeat for BlackBerry smartphones
More information/download e-Think Memory for BlackBerry smartphones
More information/download e-Think Balance for BlackBerry smartphones

14 comments

npunk42

That guy has good roots. His teeth will never fall out

Cachorrondo

"That guy"!!!

I find almost impossible that somebody doesn't know who that character is after more than 20 years of being on tv!!

Duff beer?

DOH!

El Platanero

This is an excellent article. I love these kinds of apps. It makes me wonder how many apps or even phones will I be switching/buying with the playbook in exsistance. Everytime I see a new app I hope its on the playbook because the only apps I like on my phone are productivity ones.

xXBLACKBERRYXx5

playbook has some really good apps coming out. did u see the remote control feature? damnnnnnnnnnnnn ;D

El Platanero

did I see it? I got choked up when i watched the video. I haven't been waiting for bb10. I've been waiting for RIM's inovation to show and it is finally showing it's face. Love my Playbook

VanCity778

I did a lot of drugs when i was young so there's not much left up there. I'll pass on these brain apps.

flori72

unfortunately it seems that none of them are available for the 9900 in Switzerland

JAGWIRE

I HAVE CONNECTION ALREADY. ITS A VERY FUN AND A GOOD MENTAL WORKOUT :)...sry about caps

cletis

I was kind of excited when I read the part of this article that says "It’s not simply swapping adjacent tiles either-as long as the tiles you want to swap are in line (vertically or horizontally), you can swap across the game board." I thought that I had been playing Connections wrong for all the months I've had it installed on my Playbook, and that now I could get some higher scores. However, the production version installed on my Playbook does not behave the way Mr. Blundell describes, and does indeed restrict you to swapping only adjacent tiles. Not a problem for the game; it simply makes it harder to play, which is a good thing.

iririr

Great list....I'd like to add one app to list that's my favourite...it's called MazeMover for PB....quite interesting brain workout....

palm

Rubish.
Mybrainsolutions not available for some OS6 devices like 9800.
in my opinion the news in crackberry are loosing interest and becoming a joke.