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9 Creative Puzzle Video Games That Make You Smarter

9 Creative Puzzle Video Games That Make You Smarter

Puzzles have been around for a long time. Built to test people’s problem solving skills in areas of logic, sequence solving and word completion, puzzles help measure people’s IQ and intelligence. But puzzles are more than just brain games for fun – a recent study showed that people who played puzzle games for an hour or two a day improved their brain’s executive functions.

A brain with good executive functions allows people to make better decisions, improve their logic and cognitive ability. These skills are extremely important if you want to always be able to think on your feet. Ready to feed your brain? Here are some of the best creative puzzle games you might want to try on your free time:

1. Doodle God

Doodle God Puzzle Game

    Given four main elements — fire, water, earth and wind, can you build the world?  Doodle God from the award winning Doodle Series is a unique puzzle game that lets players create and discover an expansive collection of elements through different material combinations. Players can see their world grow as they start from creating simple organisms such as bacteria, plankton and worms to a world filled with people, tools and even armies!

    Doodle God can be downloaded on doodlegod.com.

    2. Fire Boy and Water Girl

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    Fire Boy and Water Girl Puzzle Game

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      Explore temples and ruins with the cutest duo Fire Boy and Water Girl in this awesome teamwork puzzle game. The game’s objective is simple – players need to collect diamonds and reach the “exit” door to get to the next level. Fireboy and Watergirl will encounter a lot of hazards and obstacles on their way – and they need each other to get into different points on every level. The game has more than 50 challenging levels and will require a lot of strategy planning. If you love multiplayer games with teamwork involved – this is the game for you!

      Fireboy and Water Girl is available on Google Play and can be played in various free online game sites.

      3. Scribblenauts

      Scribblenauts Puzzle Game

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        “Write anything, solve everything!” Scribblenauts is a one of a kind puzzle game that enables players to summon objects, people or animals through scribbling or simply writing the word in order to solve various puzzles and game quests. The game’s main character goes by the name of Maxwell – a boy who has a magical notebook which can materialize anything he writes into existence. He can conjure different kinds of objects, people or animals in all colors and sizes. Scribblenauts is a great game for people who enjoy flexing their creative muscles and using their imagination to solve puzzles.

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        Scribblenauts is available for download on its website Scribblenauts.com, steam and Google Play.

        4. Finger Physics

        Finger Physics

          Give your brain a good workout by playing Finger Physics.  This physics-based puzzle quest comes with 27 levels and uses the laws of physics to incorporate obstacles and puzzles in the game. Players are challenged to think logically about how objects will move in reaction to stimuli just like in the real world. The objective is to accomplish tasks that are presented in each level. It could be in the form of knocking obstacles, stacking different shaped blocks, and dropping an egg safely into a basket. Challenges get harder as you progress to higher levels of the game.  While simple in its graphics – the game is very well-designed and addicting.

          Finger Physics is available on Google Play, iTunes and Shockwave.com.

          5. Age of Wonder Puzzle Game

          Age of Wonder

            Set in ancient Egypt, Age of Wonder is a short puzzle game where you play as an old philosopher dressed in rags while throwing scrolls at weeping townspeople to “educate them.”  The objective of the game is to make sure everyone is given scrolls on each level provided that you solve different kinds of obstacles on the way. The game requires strategy and planning as you have to use the rocks and scrolls to break walls, statues, or switch levers. You’d be forced to restart the game if you use up all your rocks and scrolls.

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            Age of Wonders is available on Miniclip.com.

            6. Axon

            Axon

              Axon is a fun logic puzzle game that simulates the actual neural development in the brain. The game’s objective is to grow your “neurons” as long as possible by making connections to other cells. The player must be quick in clicking protein targets inside his space before the circle shrinks. There are also other obstacles in the form of rival neurons which may compete for protein targets. Power proteins help you throughout the game – they can increase your circle of influence, boost your axons upwardly, or delay the contraction of influence by freezing its rivals.

              Axon is available on Welcome Collection.

              7. Simple Motions

              Simple Motions

                Developed by Roman Konyukhov – Simple motions is a strategic puzzle game where the player is to direct a ball to a red flag with the objective of keeping it straying off the path. The players must also collect the needed amount of stars to pass the level.  The user must edit his placements to maximize points – and to leave a trail when you reposition triggers. Triggers have different effects and duration. Using them in correct order and position will help you solve the puzzle.

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                Simple Motion can be played on Physicsgame.com

                8. The Equator

                The Equator

                  The Equator is a challenging math puzzle game whose main objective is to test your wits and knowledge in making simple mathematic equations. While finding correct mathematical equations, the player also has to prevent all the tiles from stacking up. Using three adjacent numbers you have to find a group that makes a correct sum, multiplication, subtraction or division. You also get a bonus when you finish an equation in 5 seconds.

                  The Equator is available on Freeworldgroup.com

                  9. The Book of Treasures

                  Book of Treasures

                    For fans of word games – book of treasures is a wonderful online puzzle game with a compelling story arc to define the adventure. The story revolves around a character named Jessica West who is a librarian at an ancient library which is rumored to house a lost Egyptian manuscript. The game can be played in three modes where you can opt to find the lost manuscript, complete as many levels, or play with no time limit.

                    The Book of Treasures is available on Game.com.

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                    Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                    1. Believe It to See It

                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                    10. Be in It to Win It

                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                    24. Champion in Communication

                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                    28. Live by Core Values

                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                    48. Follow Through

                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                    Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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