There’s a fair bit of evidence that playing games can enhance your cognitive ability and prevent decline as we age. Or at least that’s the excuse I use when I take a few minutes off during the course of the workday to play a game or two. Here are some of my current favorites:
- Str8ts. This game confused me at first, but once I got the hang of it, I was an addict. Follow the walkthrough to get an idea of how it’s played, then play the daily puzzle. Tip: You can type as many numbers as you want into each cell, then eliminate possibilities until you figure out the answer.
- Kakuro. I play the Washington Post game almost every day. These puzzles can be fiendishly difficult. Mondays are easiest!
- How about a good old-fashioned Crossword? The Washington Post has a free one every day. Two on Sundays!
- Some action video games have also been shown to improve visual cognition skills. I don’t know if Rebubbled does, but it’s definitely fun, and a major challenge.
- Another visuo-spatial puzzler: Assembler. Wish this had more levels!
- A classic: Tangrams. Greta has a tangram game on her iPod, but here’s a free online version.
Do you have a favorite online brain game? Share links in the comments!