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Give Your Brain a Workout with These Tricky Teaser Apps

The concept of brain training was certainly very popular when the Nintendo DS brought ‘Dr. Kawashima’ to our attention back in 2005 (remember him?).

And if you’re looking for a mobile game with a little more substance than Candy Crush or Angry Birds, you could do worse than putting your problem-solving skills to the test with a challenging brain teaser or two.

12 years on from the Nintendo release, the best smartphone brain teaser apps are built with the same format in mind; lots of mini-games to test your mental skills, and graphs to chart your progress.

Here we take a quick look at four of our favourites:


Available for: iOS and Android

Lumosity is probably the king of the teaser games. It’s the oldest on our list, and many of its features have become standard for brain training smartphone apps.

When you start using Lumosity to sharpen your wits, you’ll be met with a nice selection of mini-games, which are thrown together to create a daily exercise programme for the mind. You’ll also be able to track your progress and see how you match up with other users.

It’s free to download, but to unlock more features you’ll need to subscribe for either £8.99 per month, or £54.99 for the year.

Peak – Brain Training

Available for: iOS and Android


Peak might just be the most aesthetically pleasing app on our list. It covers a whole host of subject areas, including language, mental agility, memory, and attention, all presented with beautiful, sharp design.

And with 40 unique games, each created by neuroscientists and games experts, you’re in for one intensive (and fun) cognitive workout.

Again, it’s free to download, but the monthly subscription (£3.99 a month) unlocks unlimited games and personalizes your daily workout.


Fit Brains Trainer

Available for: iOS and Android

Ranked the number one education app in over 90 countries, Fit Brains Trainer is designed to stimulate your cognitive and emotional intelligence.

It targets the six major areas of the brain: memory, speed of thinking, concentration, problem solving, language, and visual spatial. It also helps you improve self-control, self-awareness, social-awareness, and social skills.

The app boasts over 35 games (and up to 60 on the website) with 500+ customised workouts, and in-depth performance reviews.

Download and play for free, or upgrade to a monthly subscription (£7.99 a month) to unlock even more features.


Available for: iOS and Android


Apple’s App of the Year in 2014, Elevate is all about creating routine with its brain training. It wants to keep you logging in regularly, tracking your streaks and changing the difficulty levels to match your ever-improving skills.


It has over 40 games designed to enhance critical cognitive skills like focus, memory, processing, math, precision, and comprehension.


And as with the others on our list, you can go Pro (£5.99 a month) to unlock more games, and play them without restriction.

What’s your favourite brain teaser app? Has it helped improve your critical thinking? Tell us on Twitter.