Brain WorkOut

Brain WorkOut

Put your brain to the test with this puzzle game

Ever since Nintendo came out with its Brain Training title there's been a preoccupation that we're all slowly and irrevocably losing the ability to use our grey matter as efficiently as we apparently could in our teens. Along with this sudden self-consciousness that we're falling into a hole of senility has come a variety of titles that will restore your mind and maintain it at its optimum "level", just like Brain Workout does. View full description

PROS

  • Wide range of difficulty levels
  • Tracks your progress over time

CONS

  • Looks like it was designed in a rush
  • No preliminary test to find your level

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Ever since Nintendo came out with its Brain Training title there's been a preoccupation that we're all slowly and irrevocably losing the ability to use our grey matter as efficiently as we apparently could in our teens. Along with this sudden self-consciousness that we're falling into a hole of senility has come a variety of titles that will restore your mind and maintain it at its optimum "level", just like Brain Workout does.

To get started you create a user that will then be used to record all your scores and your overall progress on the way to a sharper brain. There are five categories – Logic, Memory, Numerical, Spatial, and Verbal - each containing three games that can be played at five difficulty levels. The main purpose of the game is the "Daily Brain Test" that gives you one puzzle from each category and records your results for the progress chart. You can also practice the games as much as you like, uploading your score to the Brain Workout web site, but that won't particularly help you in the quest for the perfect mind.

Stepping back for a moment and looking at Brain Workout, it seems like a DIY piece of software crudely hammered together in a rush with no consideration for design. There are skins available but they act as nothing more than a colour change and are so harsh that they could put you off your dinner, never mind the puzzles you're supposed to complete. This leaves a bad taste in your mouth and doesn't instil the all-important confidence that would be needed for anyone to fork over their hard earned cash to extend the seven day trial.

Turning a blind eye to the amateurish design of Brain Workout, the puzzles that it contains are actually well executed with suitable grades of difficulty for all levels. The daily trials are designed to last ten minutes and as time goes by you can track your progress, pinpointing the days when you weren't "firing on all cylinders". For all the hype that brain exercise has received, Brain Workout may be worth a look, but when it comes down to it give me a book and a good game of chess any day.

Brain WorkOut is an original game that puts your intelligence to the test through various puzzles. The trials that make up the game let you stimulate multiple areas of your mind to stretch and optimize the following modes of thought: Logic, Spatial, Verbal, Memory and Numerical.

Brain WorkOut also comes with a system to follow your progress, so you can view the gradual improvement over time in each of the categories.

Research has shown that doing puzzles and brain exercises on a regular basis keeps the brain active. Take a daily test for about 10 minutes a day and track your improvement as you build on your brain power and progress to higher levels. Workout your mind in practice mode and improve on any areas highlighted in your progress chart.

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