It happens to the best of us — whether it’s misplacing our keys for the twentieth time this week, or forgetting the name of a person we were just introduced to, lapses in memory make for some seriously inconvenient (and sometimes embarrassing) situations. There may not be a miracle solution to solve our memory woes, but certain brain games and exercises can help improve our short- and long-term memories, all while sharpening our concentration. Staying sharp is especially important as so many of us bunker down at home and practice social distancing amid the coronavirus spread.
Don’t worry, “brain exercises” is way more fun than it sounds — playing certain games has been found to improve memory function. We carve out time to go to the gym, and it’s equally important to set aside time to exercise our minds. And because games do the trick, this is a pretty fun item to addition to your to-do list. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered — these free online games will help improve your memory, concentration, and you can have fun while doing so.
1. Clockwork Brain
Available both online and as an app for your smartphone or iPad, Clockwork Brain consists of a series of games designed to give you a mental workout in the areas of Memory, Attention, Dexterity, Language, and Reasoning.
Under the guidance of Sprocket, the friendly neighborhood robot, get to work on puzzles that’ll exercise your brain. The layout is also visually appealing thanks to the artistic design inspired by a combination of Victorian Steampunk and Mayan art.
If you’re in search of the world’s largest collection of brain teasers, look no further than Braingle. Sharpen your memory using the over 10,000 trivia, word, and puzzle games available on this free website. Once you’re a seasoned pro and you’re beginning to feel ambitious, you can even create your own puzzles on Braingle.
Studies have found that the ancient Chinese tile-based game Mahjong improves cognitive functioning and memory skills — and luckily, it’s available to play for free online. This is a tough game and mastering it requires that you exercise your attention, memory, planning, and calculation skills. Playing Mahjong helps keep your mind sharp and can improve your ability to make quick decisions, both of which will serve you well in day-to-day life.
4. Brain Metrix
Designed to “train your brain,” Brain Metrix has an entire section of games dedicated specifically to improving your memory and it taps into common memory lapses. For example, there are exercises and games aimed specifically at improving your ability to remember names and faces. You can also play chess or a concentration game while you’re on the site.
Memozor offers a wealth of free memory games for people of all ages. There are themed games, so you can choose options that match your interests and are aimed at improving the areas of your memory that you’re hoping to improve. (There’s even an emoji memory game for adults if that’s your thing.)
You can play solo, or mix things up and pick one of the two-player games and go head-to-head with a friend or family member.
Written by Caitlin Flynn.