★ ★★★ 4+, Rosetta Stone Canada, iOS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

Mak­ers Rosetta Stone are mostly known for lan­guage train­ing, but their lat­est app, Fit Brains, is more about hon­ing your over­all grey mat­ter rather than brush­ing up on your lin­guis­tic skills. Once you start your daily train­ing ses­sion, it will test your brain ar­eas, from prob­lem-solv­ing to mem­ory to lan­guage. You get a score known as the Fit Brains In­dex, which mea­sures your per­for­mance across the five brain ar­eas. And you do it all against the clock. The free ver­sion is ba­sic, but if you choose to up­grade, you can un­lock games that will al­low you to work on spe­cific ar­eas – count­ing blocks to in­crease your speed score or com­plet­ing pat­terns to work on prob­lem=solv­ing skills. There’s also a daily train­ing re­minder you can set.

But does it keep your men­tal acu­ity sharp? It’s too early to tell, but it cer­tainly can’t hurt to give it a try. At worst, it’s a great time waster. And you’ll cer­tainly be pre­pared for any ur­gent block-count­ing emer­gen­cies that may arise.

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