IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. It is the measurement of your intelligence. Intelligence simply means the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills to find solution to any given problem in utmost time. It also tells about your problem solving structure and goal achieving method.

In the world, one of the tool that acts as recreation to large number of people is video games.

It is believed that video games have a negative effect on most teenagers. Especially when they fall victim of being addicted to it…

If you want to increase your IQ,  and think fast on providing solutions to any given problematic situation. Then thanks to advanced technology that made it possible for every person to improve and check on their IQ and intelligence level.

However, most games with quality simulation have been designed to have educational and physical benefits for players.

This games are classified into what role they play to human IQ and physical benefits. The classes however are;


Puzzles are a great way to improve one’s IQ level, given how they stimulate the motor skills.

Crossword Puzzles as well as Sudoku are games that significantly improve one’s IQ level with a few minutes of game time each day. However, others include;



Brain Workshop is aimed to improve speed so that you can understand and process fast. You must be able to take decisions and understand problems fast and efficiently even at older age also. Brain Workshop has been designed to improve short-term memory and fluid intelligence.




This popular app is split into sessions of three games tailored to your goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed or flexibility of thinking. The games are played against the clock and change every time. Developers say just one session a day can improve mental skills and users can track progress and compare performance with others.



Improve cognitive abilities, such as concentration and memory, with sleek, fun and addictive games designed by neuroscientists. Users can track progress and access insights about overall brain health. Competitive players can challenge friends, too.

After an initial quiz, the app adapts each game’s difficulty to your profile and gives you recommendations based on your results. Developers found that users saw improvement by spending at least 20 minutes, two to three times a week, playing the games.




Players follow two animated characters, one of which looks calm and friendly while the other looks angry, as they burrow through a field of rustling grass. This game, developed by Dennis and researchers from Hunter College and the City University of New York, reduces anxiety by training your brain to focus more on the positive and less on the negative.

“The habit of thinking about the world in a more positive light — like looking for a silver lining in a bad situation — is one of the key ways we can promote our own resilience in the face of adversity,” says Dennis.

Even a single session of play can build resilience over several hours. She suggests using the app right before a stressful event, but 10 minutes a day will help build more enduring positive effects.




This app was originally developed for service members returning from combat with high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. It uses augmented reality with an Android phone’s GPS to find nearby activities and diversions for someone coping with depression.

If you cannot make up your mind what to do, “pull the lever” and let the app’s jackpot function make the choice for you. PAJ is based on a form of behavioral therapy called pleasant event scheduling, which encourages a daily schedule of enjoyable activities to improve moods and overcome despondent thoughts. (Free; available on Google Play)


Strategy games requires the brain to plan, strategize and manage limited resources and logistics.  When playing a strategy game, the player has to be flexible and should be quick to change tactics when something unexpected suddenly happens, just like in the real world.  Playing a strategy game also involves making fast analysis and quick decisions, sometimes with incomplete information.

Examples of this games are



A player needs a developed hand-eye coordination to be a good first person shooter.  In almost every second of the game, a player keeps track of the position of the enemy, his speed, where the gun is aiming, and so on.  The player simultaneously works these factors out in his head, and coordinates his brain’s interpretation and reaction with the movement in his hands and fingertips.  He also needs to think fast, making decisions that are accurate under stressful situation.



“Starcraft,” is a science fiction real time strategy game where different alien species fight for dominance.  Each specie has different fighting units available and requires different tactics to win.  The game involves resource management to build and sustain units.  A study has found that playing Starcraft can increase a player’s “brain flexibility,” the ability to allocate the brain’s resources under changing circumstances, which the scientists described as “a cornerstone of human intelligence.”



XCOM enemy unknown, a science fiction turn-based strategy game, allows players to control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battles.

— CIVILIZATION (Franchise Latest: Civilization V) —


Civilization V is a strategy game that is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchise of all time.  Players strategize to become Ruler of the World by creating and advancing civilization from the dawn of man and into space age.  It involves waging wars, conducting diplomacy, discovering new technologies, and going head-to-head with some of history’s greatest leaders.




The game puts the player in powerful battlegrounds of the future, where new tactics with advanced weapons are used to win in a high-tech era of combat.  The advanced arsenals include vehicles like hover bikes and highly specialized drones.

According to a University of Rochester study, shooting bad guys in video games can unexpectedly give players better vision.  In a 2009 study, expert action gamers who played first-person shooting games like “Call of Duty” saw a boost in their “contrast sensitivity function,” or the ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of an image. Considered one of first of the visual aptitudes to diminish over time, the ability to pick out bright patches is key to tasks like driving at night.


In action role playing games or RPG, you take the part of a character in a fictional world.  The characters have a goal while exploring a dangerous environment.  In order to reach a goal, the player also makes fast analysis and decisions, just like in first person shooter games, although the pace is slower.  On the other hand, the decision-making is deeper than first person shooter games because many other variables are involved.  The games also exercise the player’s inductive reasoning skill, that is, the ability to think scientifically by hypothesis-testing, which is fundamental to learning.



In this platform game, the player controls Mario who explores Princess Peach’s castle to rescue her.  It places an emphasis on exploration within vast worlds that require the player to complete many diverse missions in addition to the linear obstacle found in traditional platform games.

In a research conducted jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charite University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus ,it was found that  players of Super Mario 64 on a Nintendo XXL had “significant” increased gray matter responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation, and strategic planning, as well as fine motor skills.



Sex, violence, and drugs: Grand Theft Auto has it all. This role-playing game includes over a dozen titles and is one of the most controversial — and popular — series on the market. Its stories revolve around a criminal underworld (such as the mafia), and players are cast in the role of gang members who must commit brutal crimes to rise through the ranks. This game could make your mind sharper by improving your decision-making skills. Past research showed that people who play action video games have faster reaction times than those who don’t play the games.




In Diablo, players choose one of many character classes – like witch doctor, barbarian, wizard, crusader – and aim to defeat the Lord of Terror, Diablo.  It involves exploring, acquiring, and trading weapons, armor and magic items and battling hordes and demons.



The player (playing with a first or third person perspective) freely roam over the land of Skyrim, an open world consisting of wilderness expanses, dungeons, cities and towns.  The player navigates by riding horses or using a fast-travel system to warp to previously discovered locations.  The objective is to develop the player’s character so that it is able to cope with the quests it pursues.  The character also chooses from a variety of weapons, armor and magic that he acquired to be effective in combat.



This is an open world video game where the player controls a Ranger named Talion.  There is a main quest, but the player has the freedom to pursue side quests and roam around the world.   The player levels up the abilities of Talion both as a Ranger and Wraith.  The “Shadow of Morder” has been called the strategic person’s action game.



This is a science fiction role playing action game that is also a third person shooter.  The player assumes the role of Commander Shephard and use extreme character customization.  The game reacts to every decision a player makes.  The game has a rich, branching storyline with multiple endings based on the player’s choices and actions throughout the game.



Sim City enables the player to build a city and do the challenging job of urban planning.  Players zone land for residential, commercial or industrial development, as well as building and maintaining public services, transport and utilities. It effectively teaches the player how to manage finite resources and the complex consequences of decisions


Sport games are similar to action games in the sense that they are fast-paced and take good hand-eye coordination to win.  For some, they are preferable to many action games because they do not involve violence.  Though players won’t learn the physical skills necessary to excel in actual sports by playing sports video games, they can learn player moves and team strategies that are used to win games.  Thus, quick thinking and making fast analysis and decisions are involved, often in situations that are constantly changing.

— NBA —


Playing with NBA 2K15 is like having a true-to-life NBA experience.  The graphics are life-like and the gameplay ultra-realistic.  Players have control of such moves as rebounding, steals and blocks making the player feel engaged in every basketball decision and action.


— FIFA  —


The game is designed to give players the experience of playing soccer that is close to life-like.  It even models the emotions of all 22 players, giving fans the chance to experience the personalities of the world’s best soccer players during a match.  The player control is responsive making Man-to-Man battles more engaging.

— PES —


Apart from the fun that comes from Football game, a game such as pes can help you plan tactics against your opponent to win. If teaches you about setting up right formation to tackle any problem.



This sports video game based on the NFL gives you all the moves of the American Football game and more.   There is even a skills trainer that teach not only gameplay skills, but strategy and football concepts as well.


All the games listed here and even the ones not listed are good for recreation. However, like everything else, playing video games should be done in moderation, and it is important for kids and teenagers to spend more amount of time in other activities that improve the mind such as reading and physical activity and not get addicted to this games.


  • That’s great information and useful to our society. I would like to make sure I have the name of the app, so I can start implementing into my schedule somehow or way, which is hard to do, but maybe I will get some improvement towards my mains goals using the technology for good use

  • I played some of these games, like Mass Effect, Elder scrolls, and I found them very entertaining and mind opening too.
    Middle-earth was good too.
    I also played other great games that have amazing puzzles, like Tomb Raider, Batman series, Prince Of Persia. These games were very mind opening and increasing mind skills and fast thinking.
    Thanks a lot for this

  • Great post. I heard about real studies made about the effect of gaming. Like first person and shooting games, they improve more than IQ. They even improve the eye contrast and are like some eyes exercises.
    I personally don’t like FPS and Strategy games. But I played some games of which you mentioned like Mass Effect and Fifa.
    Thanks for the share.

  • Hi! I think it is important to kee the brain trained. I was looking for somethin similar to this as I have a colleague who is ill with multiple sclerose. So this site is deffinitely something I want to show her.
    Do you also have games where I can bring my left brain together with my right brain half?

    • well there are tricks to do so.. Learning a new skill, activity or language. Doing so optimises left brain functions.

      games like football games and language games does this.

      Word association, doodling and memory games help unlock your right brain’s

      hope it helps

  • I like the apps and games that you offered. I also love the games that you have mentioned, especially starcraft because it requires a lot of strategy and builds up thinking time to have faster reaction time. Have you mentioned rhythm games such as Pump it Up, DDR or even osu to increase coordination? How does feet-eye coordination games help with IQ? Are there other ways to increase reaction time in video games?

    • It Develops One’s sense of balance and eyefoot coordination…Sense of Balance helps you not to be tensioned while thinking or reasoning

  • The different games you have listed on this page have benefited myself as well as my family members. I have played Super Mario 64 as well as several first person strategy games and they have improved my focus.
    My brother has ADD and he played a Donald Duck game that helped his focus and motor skills tremendously.
    The game was a side view game that had obstacles that appeared as the character progressed on the screen so it involved quick thinking strategy to get over and under the obstacles. I mostly play Zelda which involves problem solving and quest completions.
    My husband plays Lumosity and its helped his brain function since he suffered Epilepsy. I have also played Sim City. I had to play that game for a college Sociology class and always had trouble keeping a town from going bankrupt. Sad really. I did not know there was so much brain games out there. My family will have to try these others.

  • I always had a feeling that video games can increase IQ. There’s so much problem solving involved and also a lot of hand-eye coordination. Plus I’ve noticed that a lot of hardcore gamers seem to be highly intelligent. Okay, that could be coincidence but I’m starting to doubt it more and more these days.

  • Hey, Yudee

    This is great information right here. I really liked your approach and I totally agree. I am a video game player myself and having played most of the games I can say the same thing.

    Relevant researches have been made and proved the same thing. Keep up the amazing work!

  • I have played:
    – Sim CIty
    – Civilization
    – PES

    I have to agree that those games were helping me to see problems as a big picture. They also taught me how I should be decisive and yet full of considerations.

    You can’t be decisive and reckless, can you?

    On my leisure time, I like the challenge of Sudoku. Using pencil and paper while solving it, really makes me calm and think better.

    I hate Clash Royale, though. The game is too fast paced and the taunting can really gets you. But somehow, I still play it. Do you play Clash Royale (mobile game)?

  • I used to play a lot of video games when I was a kid. I would therefore hear that video games were a waste of time, but I always thought differently.

    I used to love playing puzzle games, and mostly Tetris. And I would sometime soon think about those blocks while I tried to get to sleep, lol.

    It touch teach you things these video games. Such as Tetirs for example. This game can teach you skills of putting things together and fitting all your toys into a box for example.

  • Fascinating, a friend of mine years ago was explaining to me that some games can improve IQ, and ive noticed myself that as a result of playing so many strategy games and various shooter games, i can definitely say that my mind is always planning and looking at the best strategy to approach all areas of my life, and from all the shooting games, ive noticed that my eye speed movement is much better like when im driving or training and stuff.

    Great post here anyway, thanks for sharing it.

  • This is quite information actually. To be honest, I have limited my number of hours played already. I used to play for almost a whole day every weekends after school days. I think it had some pros and cons though. But overall, I’d like to really recommend playing strategy and FPS games because they actually help you think critically and keep your reflexes sharp.

  • Oh wowww. Your my dude! Lol. And alot of other people ‘s dude as well. Because you have giving us an excuse to play video games instead of mowing the lawn. Lol. This was a very interesting and helpful piece. Staying sharp and getting sharper is very important to me.
    Off all the things in the world. One of the most important is our brains. Yet we do not exercise it enough. Or challenge it enough.

  • Finally I got to come across an article that agrees with me! Nicely done by the way! My parents never believed that video games help with hand-eye coordination and peoples’ IQ. I’ve played the Call of Duty and Battlefield series and I can definitely say that it did improve my speed of thinking and strategizing.

    Another game I want to point out is League of Legends, as I find that this game also requires players to think on the fly especially since a small lead can change the whole game.
    Anyways, nice article, I really enjoyed it!

  • Hey Great post! I never really thought that most of these games were good for one’s IQ. It’s interesting to think that an NFL game could be good. But it’s true because it builds specific skills.

    The first category of games you listed is very good! They’re not only good for the IQ and brain functioning of kids and teens but also adults. Especially seniors. My mom has Alzheimers and I think part of the reason why is has been stable for so many years is because she does crosswords and such. Good brain exercise.

    Have you ever tried the Wii brain game Big Brain Academy? It’s fun and really great for memory and other skills. Try it if you haven’t already.

  • Hey Yudee:

    Thanks for the informative post.

    I am technologically challenged so am not really “into” the games and apps, but I did wonder about the effects these things have on the mind.

    It does make sense that they can help to train your mind to view the world in different ways as well as help you develop your set of skills.

    You are what you think, it’s said. These apps can provide an array of different perspectives that could prove useful, I am supposing….

    • Yea, too much of everything is not good.. Getting too much of this makes one addictive.. Everything we do, we do with moderation.. I think that is what matters

  • Haha this is excellent, whenever someone tells me gaming kills my brain I’ll just link them this article and be done with them lol! I remember playing SIM city a lot when I was younger, it was a fun and addicting game. who knew it was teaching me things that i could apply in real life! also thanks for introducing me to personal zen, I will definitely check this app out as it will help me a lot with handling stress.
    Wonderful article!

  • Hmm, agree… I think IQ related to how we solved the problem. The more game we solved, the faster we solved the problem. At reality, we faced a various problem that can upgrade our experience to solve it… sure a lot of game that can help us to solve many problems, even we do not yet face the problem of reality.

    Somehow EQ related to how we pushed our self to accomplish the game, include how we pushed our self to try a new game or not. The more we reject the new experience, then we will have more times got stuck and more easily tempted our self to give up.

  • Hi there, these are all very interesting games. I do believe that some work on the computer is important and relevant for us and especially teenagers. The danger however, comes when like you said they become addicted to it and they become less and less interested in the other things around them. Having the balance is whats important.

  • It’s an interesting list that you provided…considering that I have a husband who grew up in an environment where video games were very prevalent, not to mention that I have an 8 yr. old son who is a fan of Infinity 3.0, Lego Marvel Superheroes, Minecraft, etc. I kind of see in them what you mentioned in your post, that somehow, certain video games help sharpen minds in terms of quick-thinking, strategizing, memory formation and the likes. What is most interesting to me, however, is Personal Zen, that could perhaps hone resilience and positivity. I hope you could expound on this as well as similar apps.

    • Personal Zen is a scientifically-validated app for reducing stress and anxiety. Based on 20 years of brain training and anxiety-reduction research, it effectively boosts stress resilience and decreases anxiety when used only a few minutes a day, a few days a week. Alternatives are Zentomino and Shape Shift.

  • Hi, I am a gamer myself and I must say that I am quite surprised that playing games would actually increase your IQ. I have heard that IQ is already fixed when a person is born so it cannot really be increase by quite a bit. What are your views on this?
    Rather, I think video games could actually help people with dementia as it can help their brains to work more!
    Best wishes

  • Hi there Yudee,

    Great site and great article thanks for sharing it with us, really appreciated.

    There are many games available, thankfully for enhancing ones IQ, which is great for the old just as much as it for the young. The younger ones can use it to enhance intelligence, while retirees can use it fight of cognitive brain degenerative disorders such as dementia, alzheimers disease.

  • I find that X-Com Enemy Unknown and even X-Com 2 , really gets my brain going.

    The game itself is like playing a fancy dolled up version of chess with about fifty new layers tacked on to it.

    Racing games and First Person Shooters, for instance, I can totally agree they improve reaction time, spatial awareness, perception etc.

    How impactful do you feel VR will have on our brains ? will it dull our senses or improve and or unlock areas of our minds?

    • Virtual Reality (VR) which is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Improves and as well as unlock areas of our minds because VR places you inside an experience and with that you improve on how well you respond to situations which helps the brain too…

  • Video games may increase our problem solving ability and help us in learning how to achieve our goal. Puzzles are good for memory and helping us solve problems. They help in improving our attention. The Personal Zen game by Dennis and researchers from Hunter College and others has made a game that reduces anxiety by training the brain to see the positive side more than the negative side. I personally like the StarCraft game which is science fiction where aliens fight. This game allows the brain to bend and adapt to change. This is what intelligence is all about.
    I agree that children should read more and not so many video games or at least limit them.

  • Video games may increase our problem solving ability and help us in learning how to achieve our goal. Puzzles are good for memory and helping us solve problems. They help in improving our attention. The Personal Zen game by Dennis and researchers from Hunter College and others has made a game that reduces anxiety by training the brain to see the positive side more than the negative side. I personally like the StarCraft game which is science fiction where aliens fight. This game allows the brain to bend and adapt to change. This is what intelligence is all about.
    I agree that children should read more and not so many video games or at least limit them.
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