Mini-Guide: Decipher: The Brain Game

LQ: 8.6

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Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 8.8

Decipher: The Brain Game
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: Any Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Decipher: The Brain Game is a lines and gears puzzle game set on a backdrop of outer-space and constellations. Each level shows a puzzle with several lines and several various gear-like circles. Each gear has a gap in their circle. The player must line the gap up over the lines. When the player has done this to all of the gears and lines, the lines will light up and the level is complete.

The gears can be many different colors. Different colored gears have a different ability.  The blue gears, for example, move together. If the player moves one blue gear, all the blue gears in that level move. The purple gears, however, move any gear that is close to them. The more advanced the level, the more variety gears and powers have.

Decipher: The Brain Game has in-game ads and purchases. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


Decipher: The Brain Game helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

PlanningDecipher The Brain Game

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Because the different gears have different abilities—and some of them will impact other gears, it is important for the player to take the time to make a plan. Short-term planning is especially important when having to solve the problem of which gear to turn first. If the player doesn’t think ahead, then he or she could have all the blue gears lined up and then move a purple gear and mess up one of the blue gears (for example). Without a plan, the level can will take longer and be more frustrating.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

While it may not seem like it at first glance, this game provides a great chance to practice a player’s working memory. Each gear has a special ability that the player needs to be able to remember. If they cannot remember which color has which special ability, the player will have trouble making plans and knowing which gear to rotate next. This will slow progress and make it harder to unlock new levels.

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