Mind games
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Date: 24 September, 2004

'Make a flower to earn a starflower. Use starflowers to make another flower and earn the elusive black pearl.'

Steve Tilley challenges you to stretch your brain this month with a few strategy and thinking exercises

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If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

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A board covered in coloured tiles. Same-coloured tile clusters disappear if you rotate them. Create some special patterns to earn bonus points. Make a flower to earn a starflower. Use starflowers to make another flower and earn the elusive black pearl. Make a cluster out of black pearls to win the game. Time consuming once you get the hang of it.

Thinking Skills assessment
Cambridge University has a nice sample thinking skills questionnaire. After each question it tells you if your answer is right or wrong and why. Learn the other reason why you never got to Oxbridge; the first reason was that you didn't wear brogues

Make lines, horizontally or vertically, of three or more matching gems. Swap adjacent pieces. If you make a line of three or more pieces, it will disappear. The more matches you make, the higher your score. Time-Trial, advanced and expert modes.

Mozaki Blocks
A building game in which coloured outside walls have to be connected to the centre using coloured walls while a timer runs down. Not all the bricks come in convenient shapes though. Rotate them to make them fit.

A problem to solve. Joe, the leading activist in Chasmton, has been volunteered (in his absence) to save Chasmton's water supply. Climb with him up into the water system and work out how to fix it. Cruel, logical and time-consuming.

Manically click on like-coloured falling bricks to stop them piling up. Detonate the bombs to give yourself some breathing space (bombs do that). Panic as the inevitable end gets nearer and check into the RSI clinic.

Fancy a quick game of Connect4 to get the brain cells started? The computer's rubbish at level one but improves rapidly.

Slide the pieces to get the trapped block out of the door.

Push Pull
Try to get all the panels into the down position. Trouble is every time you change the position of a panel all the adjoining ones change too.

Bubble Wrap Mayhem
Nothing to do with strategy. If all these games have driven you to the verge of madness then pop some virtual bubble-wrap. Try it in manic mode and enjoy the voice saying 'must have more' once you've finished.

Other games

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