Video games likely aren’t something that comes to mind in the context of potential dementia prevention, but their ability to combine fun with critical thought make them a great resource for those looking to strengthen their mind.
These games engage multiple parts of the brain, including those responsible for memory, muscle control, reaction time, and more.
Here are a few notable examples of games that are sure to be both challenging and entertaining:
Super Mario Odyssey
In the plumber’s most recent 3D outing, Mario chases Bowser across the entire world with the help of Cappy, a magical cap that gives him the ability to take over dozens of enemies and objects.
Controlling Mario requires precision and fine-tuned action, rewarding players with not only the most satisfying Mario controls yet but helping them with their reflexes when:
- Avoiding enemies
- Navigating difficult platforming sections
- Finding the game’s collectibles, Moons
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
If you’re looking for a game with a stronger storyline, occupy your brain by coming up with strategies for your units in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The game has you control a teacher responsible for the students of one of three factions: The Black Eagles, Golden Hawk, and Blue Lions.
You can freely customize how each of your units will fight by focusing on weapon skills during classes. Once you are in battle, you can freely control your units on a grid-based map.
The game requires you to thoroughly think through your moves, which can boost an individual’s short-term memory.
Celeste puts you in the shoes of Madeline, a young Canadian girl struggling with personal shame and guilt. She decides to climb a towering mountain to overcome her self-doubt and becomes a better person for it.
The game’s tough platforming sections will test reflexes, touch on memory skills, and challenge players to analyze decisions before they’re made.