It doesn't always have to be complex board games with thick rule books to train your head while playing board. Thinking games usually get by with a few and easily comprehensible rules of the game, but they are particularly challenging due to their clever game concepts. So getting smarter by playing is not impossible. Those who often play puzzle games promote memory and thinking skills considerably and even have a lot of fun with head training. The following post on my board game blog introduces some entertaining mind, puzzle, and skill games that can also be used as therapeutic games.


Double gaming fun

Dobble is fun and trains your head.

The simple reaction game comes from Asmodee Dobble. The required game material, which also consists of round cards with printed symbols, is in a handy metal box. Nothing more is necessary to get the heads of children and adults smoking. Dobble relies on a double game concept: concentration and lack of time. 55 different symbols are shown on each of the 8 cards, which have to be analyzed in a short time on a central card or on the cards of the opponents. The main focus is on recognizing duplicate symbols or pairs of symbols. The highlight: Dobble offers a variety of different game variants. For around € 12, fast observers can get a wonderful reaction game.

Panic in the laboratory

Panic in the laboratory: be careful!

The name is program. In the monster-like puzzle game Panic Lab is all about panic in the lab. Bacilli have broken out of the production units and must now be recognized and thus captured. But watch out: the nicely styled slimy heads are changeable and not so easy to find. With a few dots, the bacillus you are looking for turns into a one-eyed striped bacterium or submerges in a ventilation shaft. Panic Lab cleverly leads the player by the nose and demands the full attention of those involved in the search. At first, nobody expects that you can have so much fun for around 10 € who holds the small box in their hands. But Panic Lab is a great game that forces players to be more focused. Flexible ways of thinking, good observation and an eye for details are the keys to success.

Mistakes make undesirable

Pay attention to the colors!

The thinking game Black red yellow initially reminds a little of the classic card “Set”. On the cards, which are kept in pink and black, color names are printed in different font colors and in different numbers. The players now have to form a row of cards, whereby the following cards are completely different from the previous card. Reading skills and concentration are wonderfully promoted here, because if there is one thing that people are particularly good at, then it is making mistakes. Playing with this disadvantageous human condition Black red yellow and leaves so many players in despair. Those who practice diligently get better and better. Black red yellow is head training of the highest order!


Each of these games can also be used as a great therapeutic board game to challenge and encourage attention, concentration or social interaction. The colorful presentation especially the Play panic Lab and Dobble  are additional motivation for children. Every game relies on a mixture of logical thought processes, reaction speed, memory and observation, so that it makes sense to use it in the therapeutic area.  

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