Boost Your Brain - Free Brain Games Online!

Training your brain with free online brain games is a fun way to keep your mind active. Even more, you can potentially improve your memory, concentration, and other brain skills. To help you with this, there are now over 200 brain training games on this site. Play them free anytime.

No sign-up or log-in needed. Just go to a game page (example: Mahjong Dimensions) and start playing!

Popular games include Wordmeister Scrabble, Butterfly Mahjong Connect, and Microsoft Sudoku. But there are lots more. Don't forget to check out the full list of games.

If the games won't open for you, there might be an issue with your browser. As an easy way to test this, try opening this site in a different browser. For example, if you normally use Google Chrome, open this site in Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

Challenge Your Brain. You can start your own brain training program right now. I've searched the web for puzzles, logic games, and other brain training games to make it easy for you to begin.

Scrabble games
Example: Scrabble-type word games

To keep your mind in top shape, play these brain games often. For best results, I recommend that you play at least 10 minutes a day, although there's no hard and fast rule about that.

Each brain game trains a small set of mental attributes, and different games strengthen different mental abilities.1,2,3,4 This means you need to play a range of games to train all parts of your brain. For a full-brain workout, play a variety of games.

Which Brain Skills Can You Improve?

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Online brain games can be used to exercise many different mental abilities. On each brain game page, I usually mention which mental skills that game strengthens most. For example, the Hangman game targets skills related to verbal fluency and thinking speed.

Generally speaking, categories of brain skills that can be trained include memory, concentration, problem solving, thinking speed, and mental flexibility. Here are more specifics about these categories:

(1) MEMORY. At its most basic, "memory" refers to the brain's ability to store and recall information. Examples of games on this site that train memory:
Lightning Librarian · Pattern Memory · Simon Says Challenge

Mental skills closely related to general memory include short-term memory, working memory, and remembering names

(2) CONCENTRATION. Generally, the skill of "concentration" refers to the act of focusing one's attention. Examples of games that train concentration:
Bubble Hit · Cube Field · Gold Miner 2

Terms related to concentration include focus, attentiveness, intentness, absorption, flow state.

(3) PROBLEM SOLVING: This includes logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, arithmetic.
Examples: Flash Chess · Connect Four · Mancala

(4) THINKING SPEED: This includes visual perception, information processing, spatial orientation.
Examples: Alpha Attack · Bloxorz · Tetris

(5) MENTAL FLEXIBILITY: This includes planning, task switching, verbal fluency. Examples: Chronotron · Penguin Diner · Outspell Scrabble

For a great summary of some of the ways playing these types of games can boost your brain power, check out this short video below by Asap Science:

Can Brain-Teasing Video Games Make Your Smarter?

The cognitive complexity and mental energy you must exert while interacting with the game challenges your brain.

Many studies have shown increases in cognitive function. ~ Asap Science
"Dramatic improvement
in memory and attention"

Most of the brain games also strengthen attention, focus, and concentration in addition to brain skills like short-term memory or verbal fluency. Some of the games, such as the RUN Game, train attention, focus, and concentration specifically.

Because of this, if you play a variety of games that require different brain skills, you can boost your overall brain power. These skills are valuable at school, at work, and in everyday life.

With Free Brain Games - Plan a Little, Then Play

Brain SequencerWith online free brain games, it is easy to waste time. Unless you approach the games in a structured way, you won't get as much benefit.

Here's one way to create your own very own personal brain exercise program using the free games on this site. Follow the step below, and work on forming a consistent habit until brain training becomes a regular part of your daily schedule.

  1. Choose one or more games from the Games List.
  2. Once a day, for 10 minutes, work on solving the puzzle or game. Use a stopwatch to track time if you need to.
  3. Each time you play, try to solve the game more quickly than the last time (or get a higher score).
  4. After you feel you've mastered that game, repeat the steps above with a new game.

That approach should get you some results. Have fun with it, and good luck!

In addition to being a fun way to give your brain a workout, solving puzzles, mind benders, brain teasers, and other online brain games is a great way to take a break from other "normal" work.

Now you can justify to your parents, significant other, or boss why you spend so much time playing games. You are keeping your mind active and building a stronger brain! Smilie

Other Categories of Brain Training Games

Can't make up your mind which free online brain games to start with? To make it easier to find specific types of games, I've grouped related games together on their own pages. Here are some game categories to choose from:

  • Brain games for kids
    Brain Games for Kids. If you're on the younger side (or just young at heart), take a look at these top ten games for children.

  • free online checkers games
    Checkers Games. Try your hand at these fun online variations of the classic checkers board game. Includes a Chinese checkers game.

  • fun brain games
    Fun Brain Games. Ten entertaining games. These are some of my personal favorites, including Bloxorz and Air Typer.

  • mahjong tile games
    Mahjong Tile Games. If Mahjong is your game, see this section. Remove pairs of matching tiles to clear the stack.

  • Math Multiplication games
    Math Games. Want to brush up on your basic math facts, or just want to train concentration and math skills? Try these free math games.

  • Memory improvement games
    Memory Games. Play these free memory games to improve your short-term memory, concentration, and ability remember people's faces.

  • Scooby Doo online games
    Scooby Doo Games. Are you a Scooby Doo fan? Help Scooby and the gang solve mysteries while training your brain.

  • Card Solitaire games
    Solitaire Card Games. Also called "patience" card games. Rearrange playing cards into designated foundation piles.

  • Tetris games
    Tetris Games. Several variations of online Tetris for those who are addicted to the game. My favorite is Fruit Tetris.

  • Typing games
    Typing Games. Hone your typing skills while training your brain. Lots of fun variety of games. But you need to be fast and accurate!

  • Word Search games
    Word Searches. Try these word search puzzles you can solve online right in your browser. Dozens to choose from.

To help you practice the math games, I've also created a free printable multiplication chart and a Multiplication Speed Test that you might find useful. You might also want to check out my free Printable Math Flash Cards.

And if you want to practice memorization, try the U.S. State Capitals Quiz that I made. Be sure to read the memorization tip at the bottom of that page.

Feedback About My Site

If there are any other free online brain games you would like to see added to this site, or if you have any problems with the ones I've provided, feel free to send me a message through my Contact Me page.

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Published: 02/23/2007
Last Updated: 06/11/2020

Free Online Brain Games
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No sign-up or log-in needed. Just go to a game page and start playing! Smilie

TIP: The HTML5 brain games do not need the Adobe Flash Player. They work in modern browsers automatically.

If an HTML5 version is available, "HTML5" is shown on the game page, under the picture of the game.

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