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GBrainy – Brain Training in Ubuntu

The games selection in Ubuntu underwent a rethink for Ubuntu 10.04. Out are the masses of endless games no-one uses and in are a intelligently picked handful that people do.

Gbrainy
Once of the new choices that will be sat inside the Games menu on your default Lucid install is gBrainy – a so called ‘brain teaser and trainer’ game.


Conundrums aplenty
gBrainy provides four different category of game and an ‘All’ option.

These are: -

  • Logic puzzles – These challenge your reasoning and thinking skills

  • Mental calculation – mathematical based questions designed to test your mental arithmetic skills

  • Memory trainers - These help push your short term memory to the max. Ouch!

  • Verbal analogies – Think you know your English/native language? Try these analogy puzzles to see if you’re as good as you think you are.



The great thing about these games are that you can choose a difficulty level before you start making it a great game for anyone of any skill to get involved in.

Criticisms
There are a few things I didn’t like about gBrainy. I’ll try to be brief

  • Some answers are not recognised, despite being correct.
  • Some of the wording of questions and hints leaves a lot to be desired
  • The game isn’t very netbook friendly with a set height than results in most questions have masses of wasted space between them, the answers and the entry field.