Improving Your Memory, One Game At a Time

Tablet App Recommendations

This might be a slightly geeky confession, but whenever I have a bit of time to spare say, while waiting on hold, I like to break out my tablet and play a memory game. Whether it's an app that harkens back to my childhood in the form of something Simon-esque or a "now where was that card again" game, I have found that these short little memory game bursts help make being on hold less horrible. And it might just be my imagination, but I also feel a bit sharper since I have gotten into this habit. Want to get started? Check out these apps for your Android tablet and iPad.

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RemembeRing: Out of all the Simon-type games for the iPad this is the one I keep coming back to. I think it's because of the way the wheel is laid out, which makes it a little bit more challenging. Free

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Clockwork Brain: One of the loveliest to look at memory training apps out there. I find the steampunk theme to be just as fun to view as the short games are engaging to play. Free, $2.99

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Memory Matches 2: One of my favorite memory game options, I love it because I am able to indulge my competitive streak by comparing my scores against others and entering tournaments. Free

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Memory for Kids: Don't be fooled by the title, this app is also suitable for grownups. I prefer using the flag theme and quizzing myself on which country the flags are from to step my memory game up a notch. Free

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CopyCat Simon: As the name says, this is a Simon style game for Android. I like this one the best out of the others of its kind due to the way it looks. Sadly, many of the other games like this are plagued with fairly ugly design, and look even more awkward on a tablet. $.99, Free

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Glance & Memory: While this app is not going to win any prizes for how it looks, I like this app for the different spin on the memory game that it offers. Blocks fall — each has a number that they display for a short amount of time, and your task is to select them in order based on the number that had been briefly displayed. Free

What memory apps do you like to play on your tablet?

(Image: Flickr member Creative Commons)

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