4 Fun Apps To Keep You Connected And Your Mind Sharp

AWomen over 50 don’t understand technology so they don’t know how to play games on their mobile phones, and they don’t want to anyway. Only young men do that.

If you believe nonsense stereotypes like the one above, you are way out of touch with modern day over 50s.

The Entertainment Software Association in the US has done some research on adult gamers and their 2019 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry report has thrown the stereotypes out the window.

While the average age for women gamers is 34 years old, 23 percent of gamers in 2018 were over 50 years old. Of them, more women than men play video games in the 50+ age group.

The difference between men and women in this age group is the type of games played.

While men might still be into Fortnite, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto on their consoles, women are more likely to be playing hypercasual games on their mobile phones.

That may partially explain why Candy Crush Saga, with 70,000,000 followers on Facebook is still the most popular game of all time.

Hypercasual games have simple graphics, easily reachable new levels and are highly addictive. They are low commitment entertainment and can be played while multitasking, waiting for someone, traveling, taking a break, or even in the bathroom!

Most of them are free but have lots of ads and in-app purchases. It’s thought that hypercasual mobile games are popular with women over 50 because it makes them feel less stressed.

Another popular genre of mobile game are the so-called brain training variety. There have been many claims by brain training game developers such as Luminosity that their games help stave off dementia.

However, scientists in the US, Canada and Europe have taken the step of issuing a public statement claiming that there is no scientific evidence that these games do anything to reduce or reverse cognitive decline.

Favourite games for women in the 55 to 64 age bracket are card, puzzle and virtual board games and, in the US, their favourite games are Mahjong and Monopoly.

While 58% of this age group prefer to play alone, the popularity of virtual board games suggests a bias toward socially interactive games. Games played online with other people can be a great way to stave off loneliness.

Here are four apps to download to get you started on your gaming journey:

1. Stack Ball by Azur Interactive Games

Stack Ball looks very much like a hybrid of uber popular Helix Jump by hypercasual gaming behemoth Voodoo. It takes about 5 nanoseconds to become addicted to the spinning cylinder and hypnotic bouncing ball that destroys each successive ring on the tower on contact. Tons of ads so if you want to play for free, just remember where Azur is getting it’s revenue.

2. Monopoly GO! for Androids from Google Play and iPhones and iPads on Apple

Us Baby Boomers stand accused of making a motza from real estate and ruining it for everyone else. No wonder we still love playing this all-time favourite property game. On MonopolyGO! you can play with others worldwide in real time. If you love games from this era, check out the original and best word game, Scrabble GO on Google and Apple.

3. DroidFish Chess

DroidFish Chess is an Android app that allows you to play the open source Stockfish chess engine. So the original brain training board game is now an app that allows you to play a computer.

It was a toss up between chess and Sudoku for a brain trainer, but chess has been around longer so it wins.

4. Tetris 99

With Tetris 99, Nintendo Switch has upped the game (pun intended) on the classic puzzle game of Tetris. You can now compete against 98 other players online or offline as you battle it out. This game takes speed, skill and strategy and fits the bill for brain training and socialising online.

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