The main brain-training apps stick to the same format — collections of mini-games that promise to test various mental skills; pretty graphs to show how you are improving over time; and optional subscriptions for extra games and features. Here are five worth a try.
Peak is the slickest brain-training app available, with a polished collection of mini-games covering subjects including memory, language, mental agility and what was it again? Oh, yes attention. There are more than 30 to play in total, with enough variety to stop your daily session from becoming a chore.
Elevate is a strong rival to Peak. It has similarly clear visuals and simple, accessible mini-games to test your wits against. There are more than 30 here testing memory, focus, maths, comprehension and other mental skills. The app
is keen to get you logging in regularly, tracking your ‘streaks’ on its calendar, and tweaking the difficulty levels as you become more adept.
The veteran of the bunch, and the service that set many of the features are now familiar from its rivals. Here,
a selection of mini-games is mixed and matched into a daily programme with the obligatory stat-tracking to show your improvement over time.
Fit Brains Trainer
Another fresh, modern take on brain training for mobile devices, Fit Brains Trainer has more than 35 games, grouped into different workout sessions to keep your daily practice from feeling stale, whether you are testing your memory, concentration, language or other skills. One interesting addition here is games based on your ‘emotional intelligence’ — an aspect that is more to the fore than with rivals.
Cognito is the most game-like of the five apps in this roundup, wrapping a story of sorts – secret agents and global spying missions – around its brain-training tests. It still has all the serious features of the genre though: memory, logic and word mini-games, and stats tracking how your skills improve over time. It also promises to pull in data like steps and sleep from Apple’s Health app, to show you how exercise and shut-eye affect your mental agility. As with its rivals, you can play for free every day.