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Brain Training Apps for the iPad/iPhone

Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed playing brain games like the ones following. Not only are brain exercises fun to do (or so I think), they are also great for developing the brain. Here are some terrific brain training apps for the iPad and iPhone. Some of them are probably more appropriate for older children. They are great for Moms, too, especially if you’re at home with babies and toddlers and looking for mental stimulus that doesn’t involve deciphering grunts and gestures. I’m still pondering over how effective brain training exercises are on battling the “Mom Brain” which is the resultant memory loss that a lot of new mothers are afflicted with that often continues for years after the pregnancy. In the mean time, they are fun to do and they’re great for the children.

MindDabble – Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.

Minddabble offers a set of mini-games that are designed to focus on 3 key elements of brain training that is Visual, Sequential and Semantic recall.

  1. Find the pairs
  2. Tap the rocks in the order they were flashed
  3. Select the patterned cards from a grid of cards

Nothing particularly unique from these memory activities (I’ve seen similar activities in other memory games) but good for providing some variation to the game – also, the app is free.

Elevate – Brain Training

Brain Training Apps

This app was named Apple’s App of the Year. It offers daily game workouts designed to train critical skills:

  • comprehension
  • focus
  • speaking abilities
  • processing speed
  • memory
  • math skills
  • and more…

It offers a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results so that the more you train with Elevate, the more you’ll improve. Elevate will target critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, performance potential, and self-confidence. Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence.

Peak Brain Training

Peak Brain Training offers over 40 unique games, each one developed by neuroscientists and game experts to challenge your cognitive skills and push you further. Use Coach, the personal trainer for your brain, to find the right workout for you at the right time. Choose from Coach’s best recommendations to push your skills to the max. Or take contextual workouts like Coffee Break if you’re short on time. Coach will help you track your progress using in-depth insights and keep you going when you need it most.

Mind Games Brain Training

Mind Games is a great collection of games based in part on principles derived from cognitive tasks to help you practice different mental skills. With over a dozen

This app includes a handful of free games. Additionally, there are a number of trial games included that can be played 3 times. All games include your score history and a graph of your progress. Using some principles of standardized testing, your scores are also converted to a standardized scale so that you can see where you need work and excel.

Fitbrains Trainer

Fitbrains was developed by top clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Paul Nussbaum, who has more than 50 peer reviewed publications and is an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Fitbrains is designed to train your brain in 6 different areas:

  • language
  • speed
  • focus
  • logic
  • memory
  • visual

Fitbrains also offers are specially tailored brain training app for kids called “Sparky’s Adventures“.

Sharply Brain Training

Sharply is free personal brain trainer, that helps you exercise and challenge your key abilities using +25 brain games. It will help you challenge your memory, focus, problem solving and more. Sharply comes in the form of fun and rewarding brain training games.

NeuroNation Brain Training

NeuroNation is a brain training app that will help you:

  • Stay Focused
  • Sharpen Your Mind
  • Improve Memory
  • Think Faster
  • Achieve Success

More brain training apps for iPad/iPhone.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

5 thoughts on “Brain Training Apps for the iPad/iPhone

  1. Hi Shen-Li,

    Is the mindsparke games different from other memory games? I downloaded the one for iPhone and feel that it’s not the usual memory games I see before. I was interested in trying it but they don’t offer a free trial.
    Also, can you suggest a whole package of right brain education product that includes all there is about the right brain development such as tangrams, mandala, stereogram, linking memory, etc.?
    What do memory magic and photographic memory kit include?
    I’m at loss as to what exercises to start my 7yo son and what’s next.


    1. Hi Elysa,

      Mindsparke does look different from the other memory games. Definitely not as fun, but I read a detailed review of it from someone who used it and they said it really worked. It takes 30 minutes though so you need to be able to set aside the block of time to concentrate on it. I bought the app (much cheaper than buying the online version) just to try but haven’t actually had the time to give it a go yet. I’m not entirely sure I even know what I’m supposed to do! I’ll let you know when I finally do.

      As far as I know, there aren’t really any complete packages of right brain education products. The closest you will find is probably the Wink program by Right Brain Kids or the photographic memory kit. Unfortunately, you still have to get different activities from different sources. Mandala is available from Home Education Singapore. Memory Magic has three main activities on the computer which you can see here:

      What’s good for a 7 yo? The Wink Kit is a good place to start but you can also follow the suggestions here:

      I hope that helps.


  2. Hi. Thanks for the article. Brain games are definitely appealing, especially when they are also fun!

    Just as the first comment said, Mind Sparke is scientifically proven to work, but is not as fun. We have a new brain game collection that is based on the same science as that of Mind Sparke, but much more fun. Please check it out on both iOS and Android:

    There is a free Android version to try it out. iOS free version is coming.


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