January 9

Mind Training Games

Mind Training Games

One of the most frustrating things to deal with is the day or week when you feel a bit “off your game.” It’s as if your brain can’t function the way you need it to, and you’re dropping the ball left and right. You may need some mind training games to get you back on your feet and out of the mental rut you’re in. These can be anything from your favorite board games to an activity you’ve never tried before, you just have to motivate yourself to be competitive in whatever you do. The best training is often right under our noses, we just have to see these opportunities for what they have the potential to be.


Sometimes the most underrated mind training exercises are the common board or card games we already have at home. Activities such as Uno, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, and even Euchre are widely accessible games that you may already have. You may not take them very seriously, but when you sit down with your family and get a little competitive, these laid back pastimes become a challenge of strategy. For instance, would you hold on to that “wild card” in Uno to use it as a guaranteed winning play, or are you going to use it sooner to get ahead of the game? Simple things like this teach you to think two steps ahead and plan for any situation that comes your way.


We all get into slumps where you can’t seem to keep track of anything, multitasking is suddenly an Olympic sport, and you can’t seem to construct a coherent sentence. You might need an exercise of awareness and agility in a fast-paced environment to shock you out of your stupor, and those activities could be recreational sports or even certain video games (sorry moms!). In both scenarios, you have to work to keep tabs on all the moving “pieces” in the match, as well as understand how and when to communicate to your teammates. Being able to master basic awareness and communication skills in these games will improve your day to day life, and as a bonus, you’ll form a community and make new friends while you’re at it.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking could include both previous topics, but it essentially means analyzing and evaluating the given issue to make a judgment or decision. It can be really hard to find an activity that exercises this skill well, but many people swear escape rooms hit the nail on the head. Facilities such as EscapeWorks in Denver design their rooms to present varying puzzles to participants. They’re challenged to think outside the box to find a solution, as well as evaluate the importance and validity of clues you find. All this under the added stress of a time limit and trying to communicate well as a team makes escape rooms the ideal pick for a full-brain workout.

From the comforts of your own couch to the turf of a soccer field, there are dozens of opportunities to train your mind right at your fingertips. No matter what skill you need to improve, there are countless options for you to choose from. Sometimes you just have to get a little creative, which is an extra mental exercise in itself.

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The Reviews

  • review rating 5  Came here for my birthday and it was a blast! Super nice people. We did the Casino Heist and it was definitely challenging but they did give us clues along the way. Can’t wait to go back!

    thumb Samantha Kendrick

    review rating 5  Great escape room. Would highly recommend. Nice workers. Trace did an excellent job. Definitely plan on coming again. 👍

    thumb Holly Schmidt
  • review rating 5  Went here as a small group recently and had a great time. Instructions from the staff were pretty clear at the beginning and helpful in their instructions in explaining how to try to solve the room. Trace was a great guide for this experience and would happily go again.

    thumb Nate Rogers

    review rating 5  My fiancee and I were vacationing in Denver and tried out the Egyptian Tomb with another group of 4. We escaped with 5 minutes to spare! Very good room layout and good props. Puzzles were challenging and rewarding once solved. I was not a huge fan of how they did the hints... usually you have 3 hints or whatever and you ask for a hint when you get stuck, instead they give you hints when they think you need it. Otherwise, our game master, Trace, was very helpful and personable. Overall, very satisfied with our experience!

    thumb Wes Cantrell
  • review rating 5  We had an excellent time!!! The staff was wonderful and very accommodating!! Malika and Trace were fantastic!! There was also another gentleman with a beard that has the BEST customer service!!! I'm sorry I cant remember his name... Very fun scenario!!! Thanks for a great time! We will absolutely be back for sure !!

    thumb Dhalia 1991

    review rating 5  Their flower shop was quite enjoyable, and Dana delivered with a lovely performance. Give her a raise 😁I've only done one room, but it was a great time. It was a bit challenging, yet did not feel too difficult for all levels of problem solving.

    thumb Caleb B
  • review rating 5  My experience here was awesome! Neb was very knowledgeable and very informative. You can tell he really cares about the customers experience! Thank you guys so much for a great time. Juan the manager is awesome as well!!

    thumb Kristen Barnes

    review rating 5  This was such a great place to go! It was our first escape room and they gave us a great experience! We will definitely be back to do other rooms! EVERYBODY should go here! They lock your phone and you have the key! Such a good friendly staff as well Jenn was such a great help!!! Overall a absoutly wonderful experience!

    thumb Nikki Schepp
  • review rating 5  Amazing escape room! I had a blast! The Casino Heist was one of the best I have participated in. Gen was an incredible host, super friendly and welcoming. Definitely recommend!

    thumb Janeese Brooks

    review rating 5  Had a great work team retreat activity here. Loved the puzzles and escaping the "flower shop" (aka: 1920s speakeasy). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a team building exercise or just wanting to have fun.

    thumb Robert Bogan
  • review rating 5  So many fun choices, a super safe place with a super professional and kind staff. The room I did was so much fun and planned down to the millimeter. My whole crew had a blast. I highly recommend it. No wait no fuss, treat yourself

    thumb gusgusgeol

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