Embiggen Your Brain with gbrainy

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 03, 2010

Fans of logic puzzles, memory games, and other brain-stretching exercises should check out the latest release of gbrainy. Gbrainy 1.40 came out at the end of February with some new translations, mouse support, and two new logic games to entertain your brain.

What's gbrainy? It's a package for GNOME that includes a set of games that test reasoning and thinking skills, memory, verbal abilities, and how well you can do mental calculations. And they do challenge you, as anyone who's tried gbrainy will tell you, the tests aren't easy — but they are addictive. A gbrainy session can easily stretch into hours if you're not careful (and if you enjoy that sort of thing).

The goal for gbrainy is to be challenging, but not ridiculously so. You can tweak the settings a bit to give more time, if the timed puzzles fly by too quickly. The default is four seconds, which isn't terribly long to memorize a visual puzzle that needs recall later, but it can be a great way to build your memory if you're willing to ride it out.

Ready to take it for a spin? Packages for Linux distros can be found off the gbrainy page. Windows users can also find a build of gbrainy, though it may trail behind the current version of gbrainy for Linux by a bit. The most recent release available is 1.20, and those builds are available from SourceForge.net.

Screenshot courtesy of Jordi Mas