Everybody can use a little boost of brain power from time to time, and
what better way to get that extra dose of intellect then from your
wireless device. From challenging puzzles and brain teasers to speedy
math challenges and online encyclopedias – there are lots of apps to
choose from. Read on for a list of our 5 favorite apps to boost your
Oh Wikipedia…… at one time or another most of us have “wasted” minutes, hours, or even days browsing through the endless archives of interesting (sometimes trivial) facts that Wikipedia has to offer. Compatible with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, Wiki Hunt is a game that gives this random clicking a purpose by challenging you to get from one Wikipedia article to another via the links in the related articles. It’s just like the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” but instead of listing actors and movies, you are stimulating your brain, and learning new information. Developed by Dan Hassin, this game is a lot of fun, so make sure you have some time to waste before getting started.
+ Wiki Hunt $1.99 at iTunes
The Impossible Test
If you want a REAL cerebral challenge then The Impossible Test might be just the app you are looking for. In this game you are given a total of 8 lives and proceed to answer a series of questions that increase in difficulty the further you get. Each mini-challenge is different — the app will test your ability to follow directions, figure out puzzles and think outside of the box. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t figure it out – you are not alone. Look online, there are plenty of avid reviewers out there that are always dispensing helpful hits for fellow Impossible Test takers.
+ The Impossible Test FREE at iTunes
Brain Exercise With Dr. Kawashima
Brain Exercise With Dr. Kawashima is a great brain teaser app that tracks your progress so that you can actually see how much smarter you are getting. This app features 15 unlockable mini-games and a quick play mode that allows you to practice each puzzle before recording your results. In addition to tracking your progress, the profile feature also allows you to view collected awards and compare your scores with others. If you are the competitive type, you can switch into Challenge Mode and play against your friends to see who ranks the highest.
+ Brain Exercise With Dr. Kawashima $4.99 at iTunes
SUDOKU by Electronic Arts
This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include the best app for the ever-popular, mind-stimulating game of Sudoku. SUDOKU by Electronic Arts strikes the perfect combination of soft, interesting music and tasteful shji-themed graphics for a user experience that’s enjoyable and relaxing. The app offers thousands of grids to choose from, plus the extensive help system is extremely useful and it can guide you through the game’s various modes and settings. This is Sudoku at it’s best.
+ SUDOKU by Electronic Arts $1.99 at iTunes
Puzzles puzzles and more puzzles! If it’s variety that you crave, look no further – PuzzleManiak, from developer Alexandre Minard, is the app for you. Offering a collection of 20 puzzles for only $1.99, this app is a great value, and will keep any puzzle geek occupied for hours. The puzzles range from familiar games like Sudoku to newbies like Untangle that fully utilize your smartphone’s touchscreen. The app also features a great social element — there is a daily challenge for every puzzle, and your scores are ranked against other players around the world. The online leaderboard allows you to track your standing, and the winner is awarded 1000 bonus points.
+ PuzzleManiak $1.99 at iTunes
What do you like to do to boost your brain power?
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