If you love your puzzle games (I know we do) and you find yourself also needing a fix of sexy Steampunk goodness, 2013’s A Clockwork Brain will handily satisfy these two cravings. It’s easy enough to call A Clockwork Brain “smart” and “stylish”, but the puzzles and the way they are presented here are just glorious on so many levels. ACB is touted as a brain training game and Sprocket the robot is your guide to help you get acquainted with the various types of puzzles.
Side note #1: Fellow brain training app site Lumosity recently came under fire for allegedly “preying” on users’ fears of developing cognitive decline as they age. So yeah, take the whole notion of “brain training” with a grain of salt because there’s no hard proof that they make you smarter or keep dementia at bay. Most scientists agree however that they are fun to play.
Side note #2: Something about Sprocket reminds me of the little dude from Machinarium. I guess it must be the fact that they’re both robots with round metal eyes.
Training with the unfamiliar
The point of A ClockWork Brain is to challenge and train your brain with puzzles from categories that range from perception, logic, math, and memory to name a few. All games are beautifully designed in a consistent Victorian / Steampunk style. What I found very smart about using this style is that you get to match up items from the Victorian era that may not be so recognizable to your 21ist century eyeballs. Check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean. Matching up the silhouettes of items such as 19th century awls doesn’t always come naturally. And that’s one of the areas where ACB succeeds (aside from also being brilliantly designed): employing unfamiliar items to take you out of your comfort zone.
But, it’s not all about matching weird items from centuries gone by. A Clockwork Brain also uses mathematical and logic puzzles to make you smarter, or at least have fun trying. For each game, you’re playing against the clock, and with the least amount of mistakes, the better your score will be. As such, you can’t trick A Clockwork Brain or use any kind of how to or walkthrough. Practice makes perfect and that’s how you get better at this game. Also, there are also plenty of bonus games to unlock as you advance through gorgeous 19th century puzzle land. Enjoy!