Research shows that challenging your brain as you age can help to prevent cognitive decline. One recommendation is learning a new language, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge or even playing online video games.
Older adults who are not electronically inclined may shy away from this type of mind engaging activity, however, it can be easily learned. Fortunately, for older adults, there are many games online that focus on peaceful topics, such as travel or detective mysteries rather than the beat ‘em up, blow ‘em up games the younger generation plays.
The following are suggested online video games that can be played on your computer at home, on a smart-phone or tablet, or a home video game console, such as Wii or Xbox. (Prices range up to $50.00 per game but some are actually free).
Here is a list of 12 games worth checking out:
1. 80 Days.
Loosely based on the Jules Verne novel – Around the World in 80 Days-plotting your own route across the globe.
2. Civilization V.
Buildinging a roving tribal civilization to an
advanced high-tech society, while learning about how
science and culture develop.
3. I Am Alive.
The premise of this post-apocalyptic action-adventure is that most of the world’s population has been wiped out and you are returning to the dust-covered
city of your home. This is a game where you will have to climb, scavenge and fight your way to survival.
Steeped in mystical and religious imagery with simple visual design and intuitive controls. Journey lets you find your path and rewards you when you succeed.
5. Kentucky Route Zero.
This game is visually beautiful as it incorporates magical realism. The object is to point and click on where you want to walk, decide which characters and objects you want to interact with and choose responses that are offered to you.
6. L.A. Noire.
As a detective in post-war Los Angeles, you solve cases by investigating crime scenes,
collecting evidence and interrogating witnesses.
7. Labyrinth 2.
You guide metal balls through a maze that offers tricks and traps to slow you down.
8. One Chance.
When a pathogen kills all living cells on Earth, you must choose how to spend your remaining six days.
This creative game allows you to explore vast landscapes and construct your own houses, castles and what- ever else you want to make while avoiding zombies.
10. Monument Valley.
Players must guide their character through a series of landscapes that combine
optical illusions and the irrational architecture of an M. C. Escher print. This stylish and evocative game was considered one of 2014’s best tablet titles.
11. Papers, Please.
Winner of 2014’s prestigious GameCity prize, you play the role of a border guard
at an Eastern European country. You must then decide who can pass through and who must be turned away based on a series of ever-changing rules.
12. The Sims.3
In this popular game, you create virtual people called “Sims” and place them in houses
you build or that already exist. You help them to satisfy their desires, whether for love or material goods. In this third version, you travel the world and learn about local
customs and cultures
Contributed by Tammy Taylor of Always Best Care