The rush of adrenalin, the complete satisfaction of solving the puzzle, the self-serving pat on the back you give yourself when you have found your way out of an escape room with your buds is beyond compare.  But, let’s face it, you can’t spend every day dreaming of being a real-life adventure hero as actual real life sadly gets in the way. You can, however, set yourself achievable goals on a daily basis that will keep your mind active, any place and at any time. Get your brain into gear by finding brain training games and apps that can keep you focused, even on the go.  Grab a break from work and use your cell phone, device or even good old-fashioned pen and paper, to feel the rush of success without even leaving your seat. From traditional puzzles to state of the art computer games, there is something for everyone. Here are our favorite ways to keep your brain active, when you can’t be solving puzzles with us.

Crosswords

Old fashioned they may seem, but modern day crosswords are about much more than just fitting letters into boxes.  Crossword Puzzles are fun and exciting. Clues are given to form the words which fit into boxes on a grid.  They can be straightforward and simple or cryptic and downright difficult. Quick crosswords, metapuzzles or quantum puzzles will all get the gray matter working.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced level genius, a crossword puzzle is never far away.  You can download a ton of apps designed specifically for crossword fanatics, or just turn the page of your local newspaper to find a quick quiz to digest during your coffee break.

Sudoku

If numbers are your thing, this popular Japanese puzzle game is based on the logical placement of numbers. Despite what you may think, it doesn’t actually require any special math skills but will require some brain power and concentration.  The goal of the puzzle is to fill in a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, row, and 3×3 section contain the numbers between 1 to 9. At the beginning of the game, the 9×9 grid will have some of the squares filled in. Your job is to use logic to fill in the missing digits and complete the grid. Easy, right!

Strategy Games

 So yeh, we have probably just given you the green light to sit in front of your Xbox all day and playing Halo from dawn til dusk.  While it is true that these types of video games do call for concentration and military-style planning, there are other, probably healthier alternatives to help you get your strategy game on.  Traditional strategy games like bridge, chess or Scrabble are all easily available and great for stretching those brain cells.  What’s more, while you can play these types of games online, you can just as easily play them with real-life people to compete with.  Our brains are instantly boosted when we become competitive, and the social element of the interaction helps to boost serotonin making it a win/win for feeling happy and exercising our minds.

 Memory Games

 You probably remember playing games like these as a kid, and to be honest, they can be just as fun as an adult.  Easy to set up, with little or no props or equipment required, you can get set to memorize wherever you are.   Simple old-fashioned fun with games like Simon Says or Concentration help to boost brain power for everyone, young or old.

 Brain Training Games

 Slap bang back up to date with this last choice, brain training games come in a variety of formats and can be played on your PC, cellphone, tablet or games console.  Whatever your ability, you can try daily puzzles and exercises and record your scores to see your brain power improve as times goes by.  Our escape rooms need big brains to solve the puzzles and find the way out.  So get training your brain today!

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