Adults usually avoid science games that are thinly veiled attempts at teaching science concepts. Successful science games for adults come in the form of deductive reasoning practice. Along these lines are two classic games and an introduction to a new game that many adults are getting excited about.
Tetris is a falling blocks game has been adapted for every personal computer and game system available. A pseudorandom sequence of shapes containing four square blocks fall down the playing field. The goal is to spatially orient these falling shapes in order to create a solid horizontal line once the shape is fitted with the shapes around them. According to one study prolonged Tetris activity can lead to more efficient brain activity during play.
Sudoku, meaning single number, is a puzzle involves pattern-matching abilities. The objective is to fill a 99 grid so that each column, row, and 33 box contains the digits from 1 to 9, appearing once. The strategy used to complete Sudoku puzzles helps develop logical reasoning abilities.
Geocaching is an outdoor game that has excited many adults. This is a variation of treasure-hunting which uses Global Positioning (GPS) receivers or other navigational techniques to hide and find containers, called geocaches, anywhere in the world. A typical geocache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and a treasure, usually some small toy or trinket.
Once, the geocache is discovered, the logbook is signed and a new treasure is hidden in the geocache. This form of game has been in place since Victorian times when the practice of hiding notes and treasures to be discovered was known as letterboxing.
Geocaching is has gained popularity because this is an event that can be shared with family members or a team of friends. In some cases, teams organize over the Internet and never physically meet. Geocaching helps develop navigational skills. Additionally, geocaching participants and organizers gain knowledge about the GPS system and how to filter data.
But, the real fun comes from discovering new parks and interesting places that you never knew were there. Kids love it, so it provides the setting for outdoor family fun.
Geocaching, which includes solving clues, exercises puzzle-solving and deductive reasoning through participating in the search for treasure. While places for geocaching, these visits can become a springboard to teaching adults about ecology and other current scientific issues, such as global warming and the effect of pollution on our environment.
While most people associate developing deductive reasoning as a skill necessary towards the sciences, the games listed here can help in everyday life skills. Most businesses now require critical thinking for all jobs. Later in life, these types of games will help exercise the brain to keep people feeling young.
Most importantly, these games are fun.