Best free educational and mind exercising games
Happy Note games is a collection of free games that will help you learn the musical notes. In the “Notes in Space” game, the duration indicated by a spaceship (whole, half, quarter) must match the duration of the note you’re shooting at. When you hit a whole note, it splits into 2 half notes, etc.
Piano desktop gadget features impressively realistic piano sounds. You can use it to tune your piano or test a song, or just play a while as you take a work break.
Minesweeper Gadget will let you enjoy a great game on your desktop whenever you feel like having a little work break and exercise your memory. The gadget offers three levels of difficulty and an option to flag the mines.
Slimes is a well designed arcade game in which you have to guide a group of slimes in each level to the exit using various tools, and your imagination and attention. After completing the game, the option to make your own levels with a “level creator” will appear in the start menu. After making and saving a level in the level creator, this “Custom” level will be offered in the level select menu.
IjI 2D is an action-packed strategic platform shooter with a detailed story, large levels with multiple paths, powerful bosses and lots of secrets. There are alternate gameplay events, dialogues and scenes depending on what you do, a wealth of extras and bonus features, and seven stats to upgrade through a leveling system.
Chausar / Parchisi is an intelligence and skill building game, which is played since the time of Mahabharata. The game of chausar is played on a board in the shape of a cross, each arm being divided into three adjacent tracks of 6 squares. The four arms/limbs of the chausar board are conjoined at the center. The middle track is often the home track, as this track leads the counters to the home. Each arm has six marked squares in different colors. Each of the exterior track has one safety space marked with a symbol. There are four counter platforms at each four corners of the board where a set of 4 counters each of red, green, black and white are stationed before the start of the play.
Logyx Pack is a collection of logic games with a hand-made feeling. It includes 52 different logic games under a single interface (you can switch between all of them on the fly). It will not let you save a game to continue another day, but it will save your score. Logyx Pack includes these logic games: Puzz, Harpy, Zookey, Bapp, Foldex, Hopper, Zoodoku, Yomboku, Mem Pro, Spiny Goo, Mips, Moc, Inrot, Zyx, Qwez, Zbam, Thux, Rotiz, Woosho, Newpy, Cossai, Crunch, Sanno, Yam Yam, Chakz, Chealla, Chagwa, Choy, N-Queens, Tac 3D, Symh, Geex, Micro Master Mind, Micro Yomb, Baca, Tetix, Tetrapod, Infe, Nam Chess, Foado, Three Men´s Morris, Tackle, ArrowPath, HexaPath, Connect Four, GoMoku, Ha, Icky, Reversi, Shaga, Hanoi, Simon Says.
Note Attack is a well designed and inspired educational game that will let you practice your knowledge of reading a musical score. Hit the Start button, select which note is racing across the screen (using the note letter A – G) before it gets to the left edge. When you’re done playing, select the stop button to see your score. To change the speed of the game and other options, select the ‘Game’-‘Options’ menu item.
Math Games is a group of games that will help your children learn basic math – adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. They resemble the familiar tetris game, and they are easy to install. Currently available: Valgetal, Matego, Euroblocks, Valgetal Tables, Valgebra. Other programs include team play and regard higher skills (equations etc.)
Rubix is a 3D rubik’s cube simulator that will allow you to solve a range of cube sizes (from 2x2x2 to 50x50x50). You can change the size of the cube and the colours of the faces. You can save a partially solved cube to continue later on.
Sebran ABC is a freeware with pictures, music and games to help your kids learn letters, numbers, simple math, and rudiments of reading. The program teaches using either Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Samoan, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Swahili or Swedish. Sebran’s ABC is for kids 4-9 years old. For younger kids try MiniSebran.
Minisebran is a free suite of educational games for kids 2-6 years old . It features eight different exercises, including doodle drawing exercises and very simple games to get to know the numbers and letters, as well as learning how to use the keyboard. Minisebran supports Catalan, English, Esperanto, French, Spanish, Afrikaans, Greek and Swedish.
JClic is a free collection of apps that let you design educational activities such as puzzles, crosswords, picture associations with certain words, questionnaires, and more.
Psychoballs is a free logical, puzzle, game. You have the aim of sorting various psychotic balls through mind-boggling pipe-systems.
SuDoKu Cracker is a free program that creates puzzles with a unique solution. The built-in Sudoku-generator has seven different levels of difficulty and can generate an “infinity” of high quality puzzles. The advanced Help functions show or solve the next logical step, if you need help to solve a puzzle. All puzzles can be printed, saved, opened again and exported to HTML or RTF documents. The SuDoKu-Cracker is also a sudoku solver. With this program you can create your own puzzles. All of them (or from newspapers and magazines) can be solved with the SuDoKu-Cracker. To solve the world’s hardest sudoku called “AI Escargot”, the SuDoKu-Cracker needs less than 50 milliseconds.
Sokoban 3D features dynamic lighting, dynamic shadows, animation, spatial partitioning, 3DS model support and more. The object of the game is to push boxes into a marked position with a minimal number of pushes and moves in a crowded warehouse. The boxes can only be pushed, never pulled, and only one can be pushed at a time. This may sounds easy, but the levels range from very easy to extremely difficult. Some take hours or even days to complete. The simplicity and elegance of the rules have made Sokoban one of the most popular logic games.
Transcendence is a free game of exploration and space combat. You pilot a small starship from the safe environs of the Eridani system and to the center of the Galaxy, on a mission for the mysterious hyperintelligence known as Domina.
Pyrrhic Tales: Prelude to Darkness is a free sophisticated fantasy CRP game featuring complex, turn-based tactical combat, 3D graphics, a skill-based character advancement system, and an intricate, involved plot. Prelude thrives on the tradition of true role-playing games, allowing players to craft a diverse team and become part of a large and intricate world with a rich history, hundreds of non-player characters, and nearly endless paths and subplots.
Mind Games is a collection of free games you can download separately to have fun while exercising your mind. 1check: The purpose of this game is to remove maximum number of pieces from the board. Abalone: Two-player, strategy game. The concept of the game is based on the popular Japanese Sumo wrestling. Awari: This is an ancient game from Africa. Try to capture opponents pieces. Requires visual thinking and some math skills. Boxes: Occupy a square by placing bars on each side of a square in the grid. Some sides are fixed already. You play against the computer. Conquer: In this classic game of military strategy, you battle to conquer a Map of Areas and Regions. To win you must eliminate your opponent by occupying every Area in the Map. The first player to do so wins the game. The computer simulates the Conquer game for two or three players. A number of Maps are provided, however any other suitable map may also be used. A companion program for making new maps is available free on request, and more.
GoGo Digger is a freeware logic / puzzle game. The idea of the game is to guide GoGo (the player) safely through the dirt while avoiding the hidden land mines and hopefully collecting a few diamonds along the way. To help you find your way through the dirt, numbers are displayed telling the player how many land mines are near you and through careful digging and logical thinking you should be able to work out where each land mine is and avoid them to reach the finishing line.
3D Morris Prof is a free PC simulation of the Nine Men’s Morris board game. The goal of the game is to close as many mills as possible and take the opponent’s pieces from the board. The player who is left with only two pieces or can’t move his pieces has lost the game.
0 A.D. Zero (0) A.D. is a free (open-source) real-time strategy (RTS) game featuring ancient warfare, a historically-based war and economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of Western civilizations, focusing on the years between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. The current release features Hellenic factions such as Athens, Macedonia and Sparta; technologies, civilization phases, click-and-drag walls, healing and more!, Multiplayer networking (Peer to peer, no central server), A level editor (Atlas). Athenians, Macedonians and Spartans will now replace the generic Hellenic faction. Each features some unique characteristics along with shared Hellenic units and buildings: Receiving significant naval bonuses, the Athenians are the rulers of the waves. Special Buildings: Gymnaseion, Prytaneion (“Council Chamber”) and Theatron.
CMeanGame, matrix logic casual game CMeanGame is based on the fundamentals of matrix logic and is developed according to contemporary standards of the casual games industry. A commercial version is also available.
BoxWorld is a free puzzle game, where the player has to place boxes in special places to gain energy to be teleported to the next level. If the player gets stuck by placing boxes in unappropriate places, he can retry the current stage, by pressing the R key, but this will cost a life. If all the lives are exhausted – the game is over. The Space key teleports to the next puzzle, but only if the current puzzle is already completed. The player can be controlled with the use of joystick or keyboard.
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