Mind Flex Review- Exercise Your Brain

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Mind Flex Board

This is the empty Mind Flex board.  You can see with the dial you control the fan movement around the board.  Also the empty areas where you add your own obstacles!
This is the empty Mind Flex board. You can see with the dial you control the fan movement around the board. Also the empty areas where you add your own obstacles! | Source

What is Mind Flex?

Mind Flex is a game for ages 8 and up and 1-4 players. It's purpose is to move a ball through an obstacle course with the power of your mind. Now this isn't quite as amazing as it may sound, but still pretty interesting!

What you do is put the head band on and attach the clips to your ears. The head band has a sensor that measures frontal lobe activity in the brain. The clips on your ears complete the circuit.

You begin by concentrating on the game and the ball, this in turn increases your frontal lobe activity which turns on a small fan in the bottom of the board. This fan blows the ball into the air. The harder you are able to concentrate, the faster the fan blows air, thus the higher the ball goes.

You then turn a small dial which moves the fan around the bottom of the board, thus moving the ball around the board as well. There are several obstacles both high and low that you maneuver the ball through either increasing your concentration to make the ball go higher, or decreasing your concentration to lower it.


Funnel and Tube

Shoot the ball up through the tube and into the funnel!
Shoot the ball up through the tube and into the funnel! | Source

Obstacles

Just some of the obstacles you can put together and add to the board!
Just some of the obstacles you can put together and add to the board! | Source

5 Mind Flex Game Variations

Mind Flex comes with different obstacles that you can use to set up your own course, or set it up according to the instructions depending on what mode you want to play in. The obstacles include a funnel and tube, a maze, a windmill, and a teeter totter to name a few. They just hook right into the board where you want to place them.

1. Mental Marathon

This mode allows you to set up your obstacle course then complete it as fast as you can.

2. Chase the Lights

Mind Flex has 4 lights at the bottom of the board. In this game mode these lights will come on and your goal is to get the ball to the light as and tag it as many times as you can.

3. Danger Zone

This mode is pretty much what it says, the goal is to keep the ball out of the areas of danger.

4. Thought Shot

As mentioned above, Mind Flex comes with a tunnel and tube. In this mode, your goal is to shoot the ball through the tube and into the tunnel. Basically score points by "making a basket".

5. Freestyle

Thank the game makers for this mode! This is just setting up the board and moving the ball around at your own pace. Great for beginners, or those who aren't that great at the game to get some practice!



Completed Board

A completed Mind Flex board.  Customize it how you want to play!
A completed Mind Flex board. Customize it how you want to play! | Source

Mind Flex Demonstration

Mind Flex Review

So the game itself requires 4 'C' batteries for the board, and 3 'AAA' for the headset. If you plan on playing it often, keep spares on hand. It comes with the headset, 4 foam balls, a variety of obstacles, and the board itself. It also comes with complete instruction manual, including tips on how to get your brain waves flowing.

Mind Flex is actually pretty neat, but there are a couple of downfalls. The first is the headset becomes uncomfortable after about ten or fifteen minutes. The small sensor on your forehead will begin to get sore after a bit. Also it requires a lot of batteries as you saw. It is kind of hard to learn to work well too. It does take some practice.

It is interesting to notice how your actions or your increase in concentration does really control the game. If you get distracted though it's all over! Another interesting thing about the game is that parents have said Mind Flex has helped their children's concentration level. Several have reported that their children with Autism or ADHD have benefitted a lot from the game, improving their ability to concentrate and sit still.

It is important to note though, the game does not claim to improve concentration and is strictly for entertainment purposes. However, it's still a very interesting game, and if it can help improve your child's concentration then that's just an added benefit.

Buying Mind Flex

If you've decided you'd like to try Mind Flex, I recommend checking Amazon prices and Ebay as well. The game itself is generally anywhere from 50-70 dollars at a store and does not include batteries with it. So you'll need to get some batteries to go with the game. However, checking Amazon and Ebay prices might net you the game for far less money and still in great or even brand new condition! Just don't forget to have some batteries ready for when it arrives!

If you've tried Mind Flex or have your own story, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it! You'll find some current Ebay and Amazon prices for Mind Flex below. Check them out and have fun!

Mind Flex at Amazon

Mind Flex Complete Video Demonstration

Below is a longer video demonstration of the game. It explains some of the pieces and navigates an obstacle course. It is a longer demonstration, right at about 12 minutes. For a shorter basic demo of the game see the video capsule above!

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Never heard of this one. It looks like fun.


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Vampsdes 4 years ago from Missouri, US Author

It's really quite interesting. Some skeptics say it's just a hoax, but you can really tell when you aren't concentrating it doesn't work well. I can see how it could improve concentration by practicing a lot. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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