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Brain Games for Function, Fun and Friendship
Keeping our minds mentally active and challenged is as important factor in our cognitive abilities now, as well as in the future. Using brain games is a way to keep track of your performance and functioning levels, improve your reaction time, attention span, memory abilities, and other skill sets depending on the types of games you enjoy playing. Bringing people together, a good game also connects old friends and creates new friendships in the spirit of good sportsmanship. For example, my kids prefer multi-player games for the exciting interactions, while I'm more a fan of playing an occasional game of Classic Solitaire to escape from my routine.
Solitaire Rules of Gameplay
While Solitaire is one of countless card games with an element of luck associated with it, strategic gameplay does help with winning moves. The goal of my personal favorite version, Classic Solitaire, is to arrange the deck of cards according to card suit (Spades, Clubs, Hearts, Diamonds) and number order (A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2) piles. Seemingly simple, unfortunately, there will be times when the cards are just not stacked up in your favor and arranging your cards in sequence will be easier said than done.
Most times, I chose playing Solitaire online at solitaire.org, a popular site and app for game collections in a vast array of categories for all to enjoy. Choose from games such as-
Classic | Klondike | Spider | FreeCell | Pyramid | TriPeaks | Golf
Blackjack | Crazy Eights | Euchre | Gin Rummy | Hearts | Spite & Malice
Solitaire | 3D | Animal Connection | China | Cooking | Golden Autumn | Panda
Castle | China | Circus | Garden | Hotel | Kitchen | Pirate | Princess
Candy Fiesta | Candy House | Same Game | Treasure of Atlantis | Zuma Ball | Zuma Legend
Battleships | Chess | Crossword | Minesweeper | Nonograms
Sokoban | Sudoku | Tetra Blocks
Crossword | Word Search | Letter Logic | Letter Scramble | Wordoku
Enjoying the many mental wellness benefits of playing games can certainly be fun and games (another corny pun), however, it's also important to be mindful of the amount of time devoted to gameplay. Taking a quick 10 minute break to play a few levels of your favorite game is understandable, yet can easily captivate you into losing track of time. Whether you are aiming to beat your personal best or going for the high score rank, take heed- gaming can become addictive.
Technology has a enhanced our selection of online game sites and apps, taking us into the metaverse. Advancements in the tech industry are beyond our imagination, yet there will always be a place for the challenges of traditional hands-on brain games for function, fun, and of course, friendships.
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