Mobile games are getting a lot of flak because of games like Candy Crush and Flappy Bird, which most people regard as nothing but recreational, but there are in fact dozens of educational games out there. While most of these are geared towards students (and parents who want to teach their children with mobile games), there are also some great apps for the adults who just need to relax a bit while still putting their minds to work.
Sudoku, which reached worldwide popularity in 2005, is a game that seems simple in principle. The objective of the game is to fill a 9x9 grid with the numbers 1-9 in such a way that the numbers don’t appear more than once per row, column, or 3x3 sub-grid. It seems quite simple, but depending on how many numbers are in the beginning grid, solving a Sudoku puzzle can be incredibly challenging. Sudoku helps improve logic and memory, and some research also hint that Sudoku may help prevent dementia.
Finger Arts presents the game in all its simplistic glory, with a nice interface and a point system that rewards more points depending on how quickly you can finish the puzzle, and on the difficulty of the puzzle you’re working on. There’s also a global leader board and a “Total Runs” count which increases as you solve puzzles, so it’s easy to keep track of your progress.
There are four difficulty levels to choose from: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. This is great for when you just need to sneak in a quick game while waiting for the bus, or want a real challenge while waiting at the airport.
Bingo stands to be one of the most recognizable games throughout history, with mechanics that haven’t really changed much since its inception in the 1950s. Bingo also offers more than just entertainment to its players. Julie Winstone of Southampton University studied the
effects bingo had on players’ mental health, and she discovered that bingo helps improve memory, mental speed, and of course, hand-eye coordination.
Adding to that, bingo is also quite versatile, and it’s seen some great improvements over the past few years, mostly because of the internet. Online bingo has taken the game to new heights, and quite literally. While prizes for traditional bingo had been limited to pocket change, a new contest announced by FoxyBingo on Twitter revealed that it was giving away full-fledged vacations to its players.
There are hundreds of free bingo apps available on both iTunes and the Google Play Store that can help you get through the most boring hours.