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From Brain-Building Block Games to Geographic-Testing Apps

By: Jen Chae - Published: May 20, 2013
These unconventional mind-exercise games exist to help children or adults have fun while exercising a bit or a lot of brain work.

From 'Simon Says' commanding belts to the Doctor Who chess set, we see creative versions of some favorite classics. For kids, education can be incorporated into cootie-catchers and building blocks.

GeoGuessr is an interesting geographics-testing game that uses Google mapping to display scenes from around the world. Players can fidget for a 360-degree view around the given scene, trying to figure out the region of the landscape. For travelers, this will be a test of memory; for others, a detective mystery requiring the interpretation of clues and languages from signs. It's a great way to enhance knowledge of the world in a fun, scenic way.