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Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by Jenny TipsforME, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I’m hoping we can pool some community knowledge on games which we can still play even when our cognitive function is poor.

    I find the right games can have a meditative effect and can be useful to dissolve boredom. The wrong choice of game can zap all cognitive function or trigger unhelpful levels of adrenaline.

    Criteria I look for are:
    • No time limit. With brainfog my mind needs to take its own time and not feel rushed
    • Benign, creative or funny: I usually avoid violent games unless designed with quirky humour
    • Free or good value for money
    • Can play in short bursts
    Examples

    These are games which I’ve found, or have been suggested to me when I’ve asked on Twitter:

    Design Home: interior design gamification

    The Sims FreePlay: boss virtual people around

    Min! : like Tetris but no time limit

    Hocus: puzzles based on Escher drawings

    Zen koi: fish catching things in a pond

    Steppy Pants: I find this difficult but you might find it funny

    The best game ever to make the hours disappear was Emperor but I don’t this exists as an app.

    One that breaks most of the above criteria but I found fascinating was Device 6. I played it with the walkthrough, it would have broken my brain completely otherwise but I still enjoyed the experience.

    Suggestions from this thread

    Plants versus Zombies: killing zombies, has humour but some speed required

    Words with Friends: similar to scrabble

    Wordfeud: multiplayer word game

    Jigidi: online jigsaw https://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/JMQWJ3V6/Bellagio-Village

    Candy Crush

    Gardenscapes

    Pill Mania

    Chuzzle

    Solitaire


    Links added

    Which games would you recommend for people of very few cognitive spoons? Let me know and I’ll add to this list.
     
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  2. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    An old favourite that I bought back in the days when could sit at my desktop computer is Plants versus Zombies. It's very simple but I love the graphics, and it's fun killing off zombies with an unlikely collection of vegetables. I found I can get it free on my little Google Nexus tablet computer.

    Things do move and you need to shoot the zombies in time to stop them eating your brains, but that in itself is quite entertaining. You move through levels and gradually have access to more varieties of flying vegetables.

    I also play Words with Friends (a version of Scrabble) both against the machine, and against friends or random strangers, and various card, sudoku and Mahjong solitaires all free.
     
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  3. Effi

    Effi Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    Almost all games drain me cognitively. The only game I've been able to consistenly play is Candy Crush (and some of its variations: Soda, Saga, Jelly or whatever those are called). It's mostly something that keeps my wired brain busy. There is no story to it whatsoever.

    Thanks @Jenny TipsforME for the list, I'll be trying the tetris game Min!
     
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    Dechi Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I mostly play these games :

    Pill mania HD
    2048 undo (this one is brain challenging but I mastered it before being ill and no I can play without any effort as long as my brain doesn’t stop working)
    Solitaire
    Chuzzle
    Some pinball machine games
    Yahtzee
    Gin rummy
     
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    Daisybell Moderator Staff Member

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    I’m playing Gardenscapes at the moment! I can cope with it fine except for the occasional game against the clock...
     
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    Helen Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Wonko Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I can't play any games, haven't been able to for a long, long time, one of the Doom's was just out last time I could play, it may have been that that broke my brain ;)
     
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  8. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Something I hadn’t thought of is that for me personally I have particular trouble with words when my cognitive function is low, but I think best to leave that off the criteria as not universal. My capacity to do image stuff is greater than my ability to decipher letters or remember words.
     
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  9. MsUnderstood

    MsUnderstood Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a game, but I have enjoyed doing on-line jigsaw puzzles here:

    https://www.jigidi.com/

    The puzzles are available in many categories, especially seasonal. With no opportunities to socialize, this is how I celebrated Christmas last year. Many of the puzzles are available in different levels of difficulty (number of pieces). And since the pieces are already positioned upright on the screen, Jigidi puzzles are less frustrating than actual jigsaw puzzles for those of us with the visual perception problems often experienced by ME patients.

    It's tempting to try to equal those on the "Leader Board" in terms of speed. My approach was to be accurate, not fast, and just enjoy the process of putting together a colourful image.
     
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    Allele Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I adore Color Zen, it's beautiful to look at and keeps the brain gently trained, as you have to solve shape/color puzzles that go in cycles from very simple to more complex (so just when your brain is getting tired from the thinking, they get easier again.)
    There's no timer, thank god, and the colors/shapes are dynamic but not flashy or busy. It probably would be better on a tablet than a phone. I got this for free on an app giveaway day, and liked it so much I've bought extra packs for it.

    I like to do jigsaws at jigsawplanet because there's a dropdown menu on the (searchable) images to chose the number of pieces. I've noticed over time that I need to chose less and less pieces or I get completely brainflammed. It pleases me to be engaged with art, illustration, landscapes, fractals, mandalas etc at the same time as exercising visual and organisational skills. I find it soothing as long as I don't overdo.

    Still do morning crosswords, but there's no better evidence of the cognitive decline than there. It's a great way to start the day and know what level I am on the Stupidometer by how long I sit mouth agape at the simplest clues.
     
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    I have had a couple of games of Scrabble on the go for a few years. I play other spoonies so some times it’s just one move a day each. We are also tolerant of days without a word being placed.
     
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    On and in 3 minute bursts I also play Boggle at Weboggle
     
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    I am another one who has had to give up on games. I cannot afford to use up my concentration on a long game. I suffer from stuff that flashes and has complex movement. However I have never been a big video game player. Back in the day I could manage a good game of Tetris until my fingers flew off in all directions. The timing mechanisms in the game meant that I found I got lower scores on faster PCs.

    The last game I played was Flappy Bird. A simple game but somehow a lot of fun. Also each game was over pretty quickly. I could play for a couple of minutes and then stop as my brain started to sag. I got all the medals and then they all disappeared again. I know there are look-alikes, but I don't know if you can still get the original. I have an old Android tablet and that still has the game, about the only reason to keep the tablet.

    Does anyone know if I could reload it from the Google store if I logged into a new device? Perhaps if I got a current model Android phone. I replaced the Android tablet with a Windows one, but if I get a new phone (I don't need one) I have considered a Moto G5.
     
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    I lost my ability to play games etc. long before the first smartphones or tablets - I've never seen the point in them other than as a way of keeping kids quiet, and MPs from doing any active harm ;)

    I do have a friend who does, or at least used to, play candy crush type games*, mainly on a PC, 'orrible annoying virus ridden things - but she seemed to like them.

    Just goes to show, erm...something.....I couldn't possibly say what :p

    *edit - popcap games is what they were called, simple things, very very similar to a lot of stuff that seems to be on phones/tablets.
     
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    arewenearlythereyet Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I mainly do words with fiends mainly to keep a track of how well I'm doing cognitively...mainly with family who know I may only do a word a day. I do get annoyed when I'm using British English and Aunt uses American English (she's not American) ...just don't think that's a level playing field ..dirty cheat!
     
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    many games drain meor make me very dizzy
     
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    I realized this thread has been quiet for a couple of months, but thought I’d post my two cents anyway:

    Prune - You are basically pruning trees but it is much more meditative and beautiful than that sounds! Not free, but worth it IMO. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prune/id972319818?mt=8

    Dots - Connecting colored dots. Has an “endless” mode option, great for low spoon days when you can’t react quickly or strategically.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dots-a-game-about-connecting/id632285588?mt=8

    iOrnament - draw geometry art. Relaxing! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iornament/id534529876?mt=8
     
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    There's an app that's not a game exactly, but I like it. Flutter, it's a butterfly garden. Unlike some other farm/garden/pet games, nothing goes wrong if you don't play for a while. All the butterfly art is based from real life.
    http://www.runawayplay.com/games/flutter/
    If you ignore the "events" or don't try to collect all the butterflies or get them to top level from an event, there's nothing that's timed.
     
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