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Brain Challenge HD

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Brain trainer puts your mind to the test, but it's harsh.

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Designed after Nintendo’s popular Brain Age games, BRAIN CHALLENGE HD for the iPad offers players more than two dozen brain exercises in Logic, Math, Memory, Visual, and Focus categories. Activities are wrapped up in a simple interface that tracks the player’s progress over time via charts and a somewhat arbitrary brain usage meter. It’s nothing fans of the genre haven’t seen before -- save perhaps the optional and not particularly fun “stress test” mode which features a mean man who berates players for their poor performance -- but it’s both competent and compelling. Of course, the actual benefits of brain training games like these are hard to nail down (do we perform better over time because we’re getting smarter or merely because we’re training ourselves in specific tasks?) but one thing is certain: Simple brain exercises can’t hurt.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, memorization, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Release date: June 7, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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