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Free Brain-Training Game Claims To Improve Your Memory

I'm quite a fan of those brain-training games that you often see advertised in magazines and on the TV.  If you are too, here's one for your PC which is free to download and use.  It's called N-Back, and you can get it from http://brainworkshop.sourceforge.net.  It runs on all recent versions of Windows, and the download is 10 MB.

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Best Free Hearts Game

Introduction

The game of Hearts dates back to around 1850 and derives from older games of skill where one had to try to avoid taking certain cards. It has now become one of the most popular card games. Computer Hearts is usually designed for four players per game (though in real-life card play the game can accommodate anything from 3 to 7 players).

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Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver

Introduction

Sudoku is a simple logic puzzle and number placement game, easy to learn, great for zoning your logic thinking while you play the game.

There is only one rule to completing a sudoku: each 3x3 box, each row and each column, must contain each of the digits from 1 to 9 without repetition (there are nine cells in every row, column and box). The puzzle begins with some cells already numbered. Your task is to fill in all the rest.

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Best Free Reversi Game

Introduction

Reversi is an endlessly fascinating board game for 2 players, which first came on the scene in the late 19th century. The standardized modern version is marketed as Othello under the slogan A minute to learn... A lifetime to master. True enough...

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Best Free Screen Saver

 

Does anybody remember Johnny Castaway? ScreenAntics, the screen saver about poor Johnny on his island was the first cool screen saver that you would wanna watch for hours just to know what happens next. It was never really reached by any other, but what many don't know, you can still get it, adjusted for our modern Windows systems but still presenting the old look and feel.

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Best Free Match-3 Puzzle

Introduction

Match-3 puzzle games are hot for all ages—simple and easy to learn and play. They are good for fun and entertainment, but sometimes can be addictive when players are challenging themselves for higher scores or better results.

Computer programs make these games interesting by introducing variety: you can match 3 jewels, 3 coins, 3 colors or any other three objects in a row, horizontally or vertically, by swapping or firing them.

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Best Free Backgammon Software

 

Introduction

Backgammon is a game of skill with a dash of luck... in the long run the better player will win.

Using artificial neural networks, computers and their programmers have found ways of winning regularly even against the strongest of players. But the technology doesn't take the enjoyment out of computer play.

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Best Free Computer Go

Introduction

Go is a deeply fascinating Far Eastern board game with a long and distinguished history. Put simply, black and white stones look to surround each other and win space on a 19 x 19 board.

The rules of Go are remarkably simple, but the seriously large numbers of possible lines of play have kept Go software programmers largely in check, at least at the highest levels of play. And there's a whole world of strategy.

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