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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 September 10, 2019

                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                    7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                    Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                    Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                    This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                    One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                    Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                    Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                    1. Gratitude

                    Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                    The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                    Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                    So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                      2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                      This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                      For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                      What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                      Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                      3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                      This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                      Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                      An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                      Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                      write down goals

                        4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                        According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                        There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                        5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                        Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                        Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                        6. Rise Earlier

                        The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                        For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                        So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                        Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                        7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                        Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                        Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                        It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                        Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                        [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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