Remember when… No, wait… It’s at the back of my mind and right on the tip of my tongue… What was I going to say?
Our memory has let us all down at one point or another. The best that we can hope for is that it doesn’t happen at crucial moments such as school exams or job interviews!
Much like working out to keep your body in shape, there are also mental exercises you can do to keep your mind sharp as well. Many people play chess for this very reason.
In the Windows Phone Marketplace there are many apps designed for the express purpose of helping you to improve your memory.
While I have never stepped foot inside a gym, I am very much open to the idea of sitting down, having a cup of tea and playing with some apps on my Nokia Lumia to aid my self-improvement.
Memory Test (free)
The aim of this game is to watch and remember the sequence of green squares as they light up across the grid on your Lumia’s screen. The sequence gets longer and longer with every successful effort.
This is very similar to the classic Simon Says game (of which there are many variants in the Windows Phone Marketplace) but I think it is much more challenging because the grid is bigger.
You can also change the difficulty level by playing on smaller grids and there are suitably pleasing sound effects (oddly, especially when you lose) and vibration options for you to choose from.
Many parents with small children will be familiar with the ‘matching pairs’ gameplay that drives Memorina.
You are given a split-second glance of all the cards before they are turned over. Your challenge is to memorise each card and match it with its identical pair. It sounds easy doesn’t it? Well, there’s also the time limit for you to consider.
This is a devilishly addictive game that genuinely gets harder and harder the further you progress. Plus, don’t let the pictures of children’s toys put you off. This is great memory training for adults too.
This game really lives up to its title as I found it really difficult – obviously I don’t have enough of those brainy cells in my head.
The aim is uncover the random pattern of icons in the grid, of which there are many sizes and shapes to choose from, in the shortest time possible.
When you first start you won’t know if there’s an icon underneath the tile. If there is an icon there, remember its position.
Each time you select an empty tile all the other successful icons that you’ve found will turn themselves over. In effect, you have to start again. Can you remember where they were again?
Flashdeck isn’t a game but an interactive utility designed to help you remember the answers to specific questions.
The premise is very simple and will bring back memories to students all over the world: You create a card with the question on one side and the answer on the reverse.
Once you’ve filled out your cards, the app then quizzes you on your knowledge of them. It keeps the score so you can track your progress. This is a great tool whether you are studying for exams or if you’re learning a new language.
This is a paid app, but the trial version is well worth trying out. You are limited to creating two decks with just five cards in each, whereas the paid version has no limits.
One of the ultimate tests of having a great memory is the ability to remember as many digits of Pi as you can, so it would be remiss of me not to include this app.
Using PiMaster you can memorise up to 10,000 digits of Pi and then test yourself to see if you’ve got the sequence right. Or not.
Also, while 10,000 digits sounds impressive it might be worth bearing in mind that the official world record stands at a mind-boggling 67,890 digits by Lu Chao of China. That’s what you call a good memory.
Have you used any of these apps to help improve your memory? Let us know in the comments below.
Updated October 1, 2015 7:02 am