Don't know if anyone had managed to catch a new TV programme on BBC2 called Brainbox Challenge but it's rather good. However, what is even better is that their accompanying website has some excellent games on it that are quite similar to thise that you find on the Brain challenge games that you find on the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP.
As you play the many games that are available the site records your performance and gives you your Brainbox Quotient: how clever you are at these games! This approach is very similar to what you would see in Big Brain Academy for the Nintendo DS but what's good about this is it's free!
The areas of challenge and the games available are as follows:
- Shaping Up. What pre-defined shapes make up a larger composite shape?
- Sphere and Now. Word puzzle game that has me perplexed!
- Word Matrix: Add prefixes and suffixes to a central group of letters to make as many new words as you can
- Vowel of silence: A word appears without any vowels! Work out what the word is.
- Dual Task
- Five a day: Numbers are replaced by fruits. You need to memorise the values of the fruits and then get the sums correct.
- Symbol Solution: Similar to Five a day but the codes here are related to letters. Really challenging
- Total Recall: Pictures appear in order and then you have to say which order they appeared in. Kind of like Simon from MB Games in the 1980s!
- Pairs in Squares: Under which square did you hear that sound?! Great fun.
Have a look and see what you think. There shouldn't be any problems, hopefully, with accessing this in schools but have a go yourself and see how high you can get your Brainbox Quotient.