5 Phone Apps to Boost Your Brain Power

LeadImage.jpgEverybody 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
brain power!

Wiki HuntWikiHunt.jpg
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 TestImpossibleTest.jpg
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. KawashimaBrainExercise.jpg
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 Artssudoku.jpg
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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  • http://profile.typepad.com/fahrenheit_0451 Autarch

    This, plus language learning apps, has been one of my favorite things to see on the iPhone!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/yukayoneda Yukayoneda

    I definitely need these with my blender brain.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mikechino MikeChino

    Does scrabble count? It teaches me words like QAID…

  • http://profile.typepad.com/fahrenheit0451 Fahrenheit0451

    This is a great list of apps!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/rebeccapaul Rebeccapaul

    This post made me miss my iPhone. When are they going to have these apps for the rest of us :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406359274 Amal

      I’m not much of a puzzler, thguoh my brain could surely use that kind of stimulation! I’ll check out sporcle.When Bub was a baby and I was letting him cry it out a bit, I used to work sodoku puzzles while he cried as a distraction (or I would read positive reviews on Amazon of whatever sleep book I was trying to use at the time). Fond memories. Not.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jonochanin Jono Chanin

    Awesome! I was looking for a list like this.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lilbridge Lilbridge

    Sure wish they made these for the Droid. I have suduko, but the others sound like fun.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/britliggett Britliggett

    I just got my very first fancy phone and now I have a feeling it’s going to help keep my brain in motion! Thanks for these app tips, they are great!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/arielhschwartz Arielhschwartz

    I’d have to go with Sudoku.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jillfehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher

    This is a great article – love Sudoku – will have to try out Wiki Hunt! That sounds right up my alley!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/daliaskevin Kevin Dalias

    Great article. I can’t wait to try out The Impossible Test. Sounds awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406363434 Steve

      Bummer I found your site only less then a week ago but I did.. So me happy..I will love to see the show on a daily base wish to you a lot of luck!(I found the previous TV first from a Girls Go Geek Interview with Cali Lewis, then your blog, then gebekeet.tv and only then the youtube channel.. so you can direct link from each of the sites to the you tube ^^)p.s. Now you look better then in the Girls Go Geek Interview 2 years ago..=^-^= .. and that’s Awesome!! =)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/dianepham Diane Pham

    already addicted!