N-Back Challenge

In-app purchases
3.9
65 reviews
1K+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this game

The N-Back Challenge provides a special type of cognitive training, “dual n-back,” that helps you raise your IQ in just a few minutes per day. Sounds implausible? The N-Back Challenge is based on a decade’s worth of scientific studies, published in top peer-reviewed journals, including Nature. (For more details, see https://nbackchallenge.com/science.)

The catch? It’s no fun at all! Indeed, the training is designed to be maximally exhausting. If you are determined enough to make it through 20 sessions, however, science suggests that you stand to reap powerful benefits.

Intelligence is the ultimate cognitive ability: You need it to learn, reason, solve novel problems, and see connections. Higher IQs have been linked to improved academic achievement, professional success, and even better health. Since it will take you just 7 hours, in total, to complete the N-Back Challenge, not much more than the length of a single school day, it may prove to be the best investment of time you’ve ever made!

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SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND: Not only has the dual n-back paradigm been validated in top peer-reviewed journals, but our two founders – both PhDs, one with a focus on neuroscience, the other with a focus on higher education – have taken particular care to thoroughly align the app with the prevailing scientific research.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: In order to help you stay motivated, the N-Back Challenge allows you to visually monitor your progress over time, build up “streaks,” and compare yourself against other learners across various stats.

COMPETE AGAINST YOUR FRIENDS: Perhaps the most powerful way of making sure you remain motivated to complete the Challenge is to tackle it together with friends or colleagues. To make it more fun, we’ve provided leaderboards that allow you to compete based on who has completed the most sessions, racked up the longest streak, and more.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE: The N-Back Challenge allows you to choose between different voices across multiple languages, turn on notifications, and customize their timing and style. There are advanced settings for turning on instant button feedback, controlling the n-back level, and tweaking the game speed. And if you are too busy to complete one session every day, you may switch to the Weekly Habit, which gives you a full week to complete each session.

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ARE YOU…

… A PARENT? Give your children an edge at school or university by nudging them to complete the N-Back Challenge. Indeed, why not tackle the Challenge together as a family?

… A GRANDCHILD? Help your grandparents (and other older relatives) fight cognitive decline by introducing them to dual n-back. (See https://nbackchallenge.com/decline.)

… A KNOWLEDGE WORKER? Share the N-Back Challenge with your HR department. Dual n-back may well be the single most cost-effective way of making knowledge workers more productive. (See https://nbackchallenge.com/work.)

… A TEACHER? Prepare your students for a world of rapid technological change by using dual n-back to hone their problem-solving skills. You can have a big impact, with a minimal investment of time! (See https://nbackchallenge.com/class.)

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HOW IT WORKS: The N-Back Challenge is free as long as you stick to the program. When you miss or delay a session, we ask you to support us with a “coffee,” which you can buy in-app or earn — for example, by using the Share link in the Settings to invite friends. (Each of you will receive a free coffee.) You can also unlock unlimited free breaks by buying us a “pizza.”

CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Do you have any questions or suggestions? Like to say hello? We’re happy to hear from you! Just drop us a note at support@nbackchallenge.com.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: To learn more about dual n-back and the N-Back Challenge, browse our repository of articles at https://nbackchallenge.com/articles.
Updated on
Nov 5, 2022

Data safety

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Data is encrypted in transit
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3.9
65 reviews
Eddie Nuno
June 6, 2022
Everything about this game has everything done well at first glance. By far the best UI, optional settings, and solid design choices for this game. But, having a paywall EVERY TIME you miss a session streak is just infuriating. If the game wants to not be free. Let it be. It might as well be advertised as $8.99 (unlocks free streak breaks)
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Rivuspurus
July 12, 2022
Hi Edward, we’re very sorry about your frustration! In the onboarding process, we aim to make it clear how the Challenge works: It’s free if you complete the Challenge in 20 days, but we request a “coffee” when you delay a session. (Background: https://nbackchallenge.com/coffee) We’ll revisit our design to make this more obvious. Thank you!
Benjamin K
December 30, 2022
it looks and plays very smooth but there is one catch: you have to play 12 rounds a day. Otherwise the app will ask you to either pay $1.19 each day you miss that margin or pay almost $10 to unlock the app forever. I think the unlock option should be way cheaper. Update: Since the developer clarified, that you can switch modes I increased my rating. I think the choice of the type of challenge should be shown when first starting the app.
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Rivuspurus
December 23, 2022
Hi Benjamin, sorry to hear about your frustration! In the onboarding process, we try to make it clear how the Challenge works: It’s free if you complete the Challenge in 20 days, but we request a “coffee” if you delay a session. You can also select a Weekly Habit (playing 12 rounds a week). (Background: https://nbackchallenge.com/coffee) Thank you!
Jalmari Vinko
January 19, 2023
No ads, incredible interface, gentle affirmations, fluid functions, - and great motivation. Easy #1 out of every single N-Back app. It really does look properly designed, unlike any other option. Theme is gorgeous. I have not ran across a single bug. The motivator to pay for a coffee if you miss out on a lesson might not be for everyone, but it is for me. Your passion for the method is contagious. Please add a rewardless donate option. This app has to stay, and I'm not missing my sessions.
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Rivuspurus
January 20, 2023
Hi Jalmari! We are really glad that you like N-Back! :) Our development, QA, and design teams indeed put hundreds of hours into it. And thank you very much for your suggestions, we really appreciate them! By the way, please feel free to write to us at feedback@nbackchallenge.com whenever you have any ideas or suggestions; we'll be glad to chat! :)

What's new

Squashed a few bugs. Kudos to our community of learners for helping us spot them!