Thinking Games

If you have already checked the main Brain Games page you might also like the thinking games below. Did you know that thinking is a skill? Believe it or not, It is really a skill, and therefore it can be improved. Try to practice activities that can sharpen your ability to perceive patterns and recognize problems, a key element in solving puzzles.

Many times you don't know the solution to a puzzle simply because you can't see the problem. By playing, practicing, and making mistakes, you will learn. You can really improve your creativity if you make an effort and work hard on your thinking, you will definitely see results!

When you're trying to solve a problem, remove all "blinders", obstacles that can limit your range of solutions, try to widen your scope of answers, because avoiding conceptual blocks can lead not only to successful problem solving but might result in great inventions.

Thinking Games & Puzzles (Requires Java)


Brain Teaser: This is about a mathematical game which consists of three poles, and a number of discs of different sizes which can slide onto any pole. The puzzle starts with the discs neatly stacked in order of size on one pole, smallest at the top, thus making a conical shape. The objective of the game is to move the entire stack to another pole, obeying the following rules:

-          You can only move one disk at a time.

-          Each move consists of taking the upper disk from one of the poles and sliding it on top of other disks that may already be present on a different pole.

-          You cannot put a bigger disk on the top of a smaller disk.

Brain Teaser


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Chess Vs. Computer: You can try to stimulate some of your grey matter with this very cool chess game, you will be playing against a computer, it is a good workout for the brain. Chess can help you increase your spatial intelligence, also when you play it you relatively use a lot of energy, and that's what make it a hard but rewarding work out!

-          To play either start moving the pieces or click on "New Game".

-          If the computer is taking too long to play, you can click on "Move Now" forcing the computer to stop thinking and play.

-          This game uses Javascript, which means that if you can't see the game then you need to install it.

Chess vs. Computer


Click on Chess to play



Thinking Game: This game is also called 8 queens; it is a puzzle with one goal, putting eight chess queens on an 8×8 chessboard in such a way that none of them is able to capture any other piece using the standard chess queen's moves, which means a solution requires that no two queens share the same row, column, or diagonal. To put a queen in a certain area simply go to the square you want to put it and click there with your mouse. To start all over click "clear", to see the solution (which is not recommended at the beginning) click "help". Try not to click on the "help" button so quickly, first try hard finding the solution, maybe you don't need any help solving it.


Thinking Game


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Reflex Game: this test will check how fast you are. To play, click "Start" and wait for the square to change color, once it does, click with your mouse anywhere inside that square as fast as you can. Try not to use a touchpad (on laptops) because it responds slower than a mouse, and therefore it will give you inaccurate results.

A reflex, or reaction time is the time from the onset of a stimulus until the organism responds. In humans, reaction time to visual stimuli is typically 130 to 300 milliseconds. Reflexes may be trained, such as during repetition of motor actions during sport practice, or the linking of stimuli with autonomic reactions during classical conditioning.


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Logic Puzzle: this is a classic game where you have to arrange a scrambled picture, it's simple but fun. Try to solve it in less than 30 seconds. First click on "Scramble", which will scramble the image of the brain, then start arranging the brain image to the correct order. If you want to restart click on "solve".


Logic Puzzle


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Snake Game: This game has been around since sometime last century. The idea is to guide the snake to eat the food.  The sooner you eat, the more you score, the bigger you get.

Use your cursor keys on your keyboard: up, left, right, and down. Here is the rule:

Don't run the snake into the wall, or its own tail. Playing a "fast" level can help you earn points faster.


Snake Game


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Mechanical Puzzle: Rubik's Cube is the most famous puzzle game of the 20th century, and still a very popular game these days. The rule is pretty simple. Arrange the cube so that each side will have only one color. Easier said than done. First click on the game to the right to activate it, rotate the cube to familiarize yourself with it and its colors, then press "s" on your keyboard to scramble it. In case you decide to restart or see it solved simply press the letter "r" on your keyboard. Enjoy!



Start rotating the Mechanical Puzzle above after clicking on it.



Sudoku: This game is about the most popular game of the 21st Century. The aim of the puzzle is to enter a numerical digit from 1 through 9 in each cell of a 9×9 grid made up of 3×3 subgrids (called "regions"), starting with various digits given in some cells (the "givens"); each row, column, and region must contain only one instance of each numeral. To play simply click on the link to the right, once a new window is open click on the square where you want to put the number, once highlighted you can enter the desired digit.



Click Sudoku to play