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Video Games That Make You Smarter -- A Dozen Games To Get You Ready To Go Back To School

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Posted August 29, 2012 - By Matt Swider


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Smarter

Do video games make you smarter?

Studies have indicated both yes and no, however, we like to side with all of those positive, “potion-jar-half-full” researchers out there. They have concluded that games can change your brain efficiency for the better, which of course means every game-loving employee at G4TV is an overachiever when it comes to Xbox 360 Achievements.

Our ultra-efficient minds are also good at putting together streamlined, well-organized lists, like this one for the most mind-intensive video games on the market. With the new school year fast approaching, here are the top video games that we think will make you smarter and help your brain score a few extra points this semester.

Brain Age

12. Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A Day
Nintendo calls its Brain Age games “entertainment,” but the concept behind this mind-exercising DS series still has us hoping that we can reverse our decline in neurons through video games. After all, we’ve put a lot of time into solving its fast-paced quizzes over the years in an effort to retain long-forgotten math and reading comprehension skills. We wouldn’t be naive enough to keep working at it if it didn’t work - our brain ages are a ripe 20, the best possible score according to the game’s Dr. Kawashima. There’s no way we could be wrong.

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11. Portal 2
First-person shooters have a reputation for being mindless forms of entertainment, and for the most part that’s true. Portal 2, however, eschews the genre’s over-the-top violence in favor of thought-provoking puzzles. This is accomplished with the portal gun, which launches blue and orange gateways that allow you to traverse challenging rooms... if you can figure out the proper physics. The best thing about Valve’s sequel to the Orange Box original is that it features co-op play. Yes, you and a buddy are able to (either locally or online) have fun playing a problem-solving FPS game and claim to be getting fully equipped for academics. You can have one’s Cake and eat it too.

Echochrome

10. Echochrome
Echochrome for the PS3 and PSP is like an M.C. Escher piece of art because it features impossible constructions inspired by his perspective-dependant masterpieces. It also features levels that are darn near impossible to figure out. The game and its PlayStation Move-enabled sequel, Echochrome II, literally allow you to turn physics upside down in an effort to guide a mannequin character to its goal. Don’t let the simple objective and black-and-white graphics fool you. Echochrome can add serious brainpower with enough playtime.

Darksiders 2

9. Darksiders 2
The latest game to tickle our brain is Darksiders 2. The protagonist, Death, is a more agile character compared to his brother and star of the previous game, War, making for fluid action gameplay. He’s also faced with more challenging puzzles - you’ll have to turn light-emitting statues in the proper direction, roll giant boulders into door-activating gaps and push stone pillars to sweet spots so that you can climb to new heights.

Our favorite puzzle type involved sticky bombs, a lever and a platform. The lever would raise the platform if activated, but the lever was too far from the platform to climb aboard in time. Eventually, we figured out that we had to stand on the platform, use the deathgrip grappling hook to snatch a bomb and immediately throw it at the lever to do the activating for us. We won’t tell you how long it took us to sort that one out. As you’ll read in our Darksiders 2 review, the puzzles are one of the many reasons we loved this game to Death.

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8. Limbo
Don’t play academic limbo by playing the wrong games. Instead, play the video game Limbo, a black-and-white platformer for Xbox Live, PSN, and the computer. What this brain-boosting title lacks in complicated graphics and your typical upbeat puzzle music it makes up for with grey matter-stimulating platform scenarios. It doesn’t help that the silhouette boy you play as is terrible at jumping, but that’s part of what makes Limbo’s shrouded-in-darkness world such a challenge. Let your noggin take comfort in knowing that our detailed Limbo walkthrough can guide you through the game’s most complicated puzzles. After that, all that’s left is to do is look forward to the Limbo 2-looking game by Playdead.

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

7. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
P.B. Winterbottom is another black-and-white Xbox Live Arcade and PC game, but a decidedly different gameplay experience than Limbo. It stars a pie-obsessed thief who must overcome fire, water and heights in an effort to obtain his favorite out-of-reach treats. The 75 puzzle levels get complicated when there’s more than one P.B. Winterbottom involved - you can clone him in an effort to work separate parts of a level simultaneously. As long as those clones don’t cross paths and whack each other with P.B.’s trusty umbrella, they’re useful for whacking levers and jumping on the other sides of seesaws, lifting you to new heights. With a film grain-style presentation and theater organ soundtrack, P.B. Winterbottom is the thinking man’s silent film era video game.

SimCity

6. SimCity
As much as George Costanza doesn’t want to admit it, pretending to be a city planner beats pretending to be an architect every time. We know this because we’ve been playing variations of Will Wright’s SimCity for more than twenty years. In that time, we’ve learned to manage a budget, construct buildings that our citizens demand and connect them all with roads on (for the most part) a neat-and-tidy grid. Multitasking in order to clean up toxic pollution, put out fires and stop crime all while pouring our city’s resources into a new, state-of-the-art sports stadium takes skill that no real-life politician has - debt is not an option. Playing SimCity Social has most of these features, but our civic duties personalities are really looking forward to next year’s SimCity reboot.

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5. Braid
Pulling your hair out at the mere thought of all the course work in the semester ahead? Try spending a couple minutes solving the puzzle-platform game, Braid. This indie title’s innovative time controlling gameplay made it one of the most successful games on XBLA and cemented it as #94 in G4TV’s Top Video Games Of All Time countdown. Although short, its six worlds introduce groundbreaking new ways to manipulate the world around you, so Braid has had lasting appeal. If you didn’t buy it through the Humble Indie Bundle II or V, then you should definitely check out this mind-sharpening game on XBLA, the PC, or the Mac right now.

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4. Ico
We’re eagerly awaiting The Last Guardian on PS3, but still relish the immense amount of time we spent figuring out the puzzles of designer Fumito Ueda’s previous generation game, Ico. What it lacked in storyline and English dialogue, it made up for with difficulty, thrusting you into a series of intricate room-based puzzles. Complicating the process was the fact that you played as a young “boy wearing horns” who had to lead a reluctant girl by the hand. And shadow monsters were always attacking her. And she didn’t speak any natural language. This minimalist game had us fascinated a console generation ago and, thankfully, it came back with HD graphics along with its spiritual successor in aptly named The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection on PS3. It says something that the original Ico was strong enough on its own to grab our hand ten years ago and take ahold of #26 in G4TV’s Top 100 Video Games Of All Time.

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3. Myst
Graphic adventure games are on no man’s island right now, but back in the 90s this genre was dominated by a memorable island-based adventure called Myst. Its point-and-click interface meant that there was no action or chance of death, and that the game just amounted to a series of screenshots. But they were beautiful screenshots that represented a mysterious world. Trying to figure out what was context sensitive in the always-still environment around you meant paying attention to the finer visuals details and the looped sound effects. Myst beat the halfway mark, ranking #47 in G4TV’s top video games of all time.

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2. Shadow of the Colossus
There are few video game achievements out there that topple toppling Shadow of the Colossus’ 16 colossi. Figuring out a way to mount these tremendous, always-moving enemies requires a combination of intelligence and many, many trial-and-error attempts. But like designer Fumito Ueda’s other PS2 game, Ico, you’re doing it in the name of a girl, so that’s a pretty good reason to slay the any impossible-looking beast made of stone in our book. Like the giant colossi, we too have a weakness: video games that make us think, which is why Shadow of the Colossus worked its way up #9 on our top video games of all time list.

Tetris

1. Tetris
Tetris is our time-tested proof that video games can increase brain activity. Its 28-year history has seen numerous studies that indicate the game’s piece-manipulating, line-clearing gameplay leads to the thickening in the cortex and changes in brain efficiency. In other words, figuring out how to save that long piece to masterfully clear four lines simultaneously is going to do wonders for your body’s internal RAM. Connecting the right lines couldn’t be easier, as Tetris is available on just about every platform ever created, including Facebook and Internet-connected TVs. Our favorite, though, is last year’s PS3 version delivered via PSN. Modes like Shared, Team Battle, and Worldwide Online are accompanied by 1080p graphics and 5.1 Dolby Sound, which seems unnecessary until you hear that brain-stimulating Russian music. Of all the brainiac games, Tetris scored highest in G4TV’s video games of all time at #5.

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