Afraid of bees? Well, don’t worry, Bee Balloon’s main character is so adorably fuzzy and buzzy that you can’t help but fall in love.
But how does this little guy help you with Hand-eye Coordination, Response Time, and Shifting? Let’s take a deep dive into another of CogniFit’s excellent brain games. We’ll look at what you can expect on gentle low levels as well as on challenging, high levels.
What Is Bee Balloon?
On easier levels, you’ll start with a simple, grey bee with three lives. All you have to do is move him around to pop all the balloons in the playing field.
You’ll also notice red shapes in your way. If you’re bestie-bee friend touches them, the poor little guy will die. Try to maneuver him around the obstacles while bursting the balloons as fast as possible. Easy peasy.
That is until you start reaching harder levels. Then, you’ll have to stay on your toes to protect your fuzzy friend.
There will be new obstacles to overcome. The red blockades will still be there, but now they will MOVE! Some will be waves of red, others might be a pac-man-looking shape ready to chomp any insect in its way. There will also be bombs!
Your bee will also change colors. He might turn blue. This means he will only be able to pop blue balloons. You’ll have to wait until he changes color so you can pop the rest of them.
This is why we always recommend starting on the lowest level and naturally building your way up. It not only lets your brain exercise at the natural pace it needs but it will also save your confidence (not to mention frustration!)
But What Does Bee Balloon Help?
There are three main brain functions that this game targets. Let’s take a look at each one.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s the part of the brain that helps us when we need anything that uses our eyes and hands together (opening a door, driving, writing, and countless everyday tasks).
- We use our eyes to direct attention to a stimulus and help the brain understand where the body is located in space (self-perception).
- We use our hands to simultaneously carry out a determined task based on the visual information our eyes receive
Interesting Fact: Even if a person’s eyes are working properly, they can still have hand-eye coordination problems! Brain damage to the motor areas (or areas related to motor areas), or to perceptive areas may cause such problems.
Bee Balloon uses Hand-Eye Coordination by making you use what you see on the screen with the bee and the tasks and having you react with your mouse to control the movement.
This is the “time that takes place between when we perceive something to when we respond to it.”
It also depends on various factors:
- Perception: Seeing, hearing, or feeling a stimulus with certainty.
- Processing: It’s necessary to be focused and understand the information well.
- response: Motor agility is necessary to be able to with good response time.
But there’s more.
The more complex the stimulus, the longer this process will take. If you know the stimulus well and you’ve responded to it before, the reaction time will be lower. The less information that you have to process, the quicker the reaction time will be.
Some factors that may negatively affect the detection of the stimulus are fatigue, attention (being sleepy), high temperature, old age, or even eating too much food or substances like alcohol or other drugs. Finally, different stimuli have different processing speeds. For example, audio is processed faster than visual.
In Bee Balloon, especially as levels grow harder, the moving obstacles will force you to use your reaction time.
“Cognitive shifting is the brain’s ability to adapt your behavior and thoughts to new, changing, or unexpected events. In other words, shifting is the ability to see that what you’re doing isn’t working, and make the appropriate changes to adapt to new situations.”Cognifit
If you have good mental Shifting, you can adapt quickly, tolerate changes, easily change from one activity to another, better deal with errors, and see other points of view more clearly.
“Cognitive shifting and mental flexibility are two of the basic superior cognitive functions in metacognition, and makeup part of our Executive Functions. Executive functions are a crucial part of success and proper development both at school and in daily life. It allows you to make goals, plan, and carry out the plan, supervise your own actions, and correct your behavior depending on the results.”
If you train your Shifting skills, you can adapt better when things like weather block your usual route to work, help when a friend is having difficulties, and adapt when something at home is missing. Things like this.
Bee Balloon End Thoughts
On a complete side note, if anyone like popping bubble wrap, the sounds of the balloons bursting might have the same soothing effect. But that’s just an unexpected bonus. The real value is having a game that is not only fun but spans several vital brain functions.
And, all you need is three brain training sessions a week and 20 minutes a session. Plus, with all the game options on the site (and new ones always coming out), you’ll never be bored of choice.