Brain-Training

Brain-Training

HOW IS PERIGON GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN?

Perigon is a brand new board game that falls into the category of two-player abstract strategy games. This means that like Chess, it is a game of 'perfect information' and therefore the 'purest' of games.

There is no luck involved whatsoever (as opposed to Backgammon) and there are no non-deterministic elements: no dice or lucky hand can save you from your fate when it comes to Perigon. Only the clever and cunning will place the Flag on the opposing goal line and win the game.

The broad appeal of Perigon, which is suitable for adults and children aged eight +, lies in the initial simplicity of its rules. However it’s Perigon’s strategic depth that gives it lasting interest: whilst it takes minutes to pick up, Perigon has in fact been proven to have a higher branching factor than Chess. Players may continue to learn how to improve their game for the rest of their life.

It is this strategy aspect that ensures that as well as gaining intellectual and competitive pleasure from Perigon, players will also be inadvertently improving their brain’s capacity for logical thought. Perigon has been proven to help foster all the basic aspects of psychological learning: concentration, pattern recognition, decision-making, and reinforcement.

The famous psychologist Dr. Joseph Langen Ph.D. could have been describing Perigon when he stated “Contexts are familiar, themes repeat, but game positions never do”. This makes abstract strategy games such as Perigon “good grist for the problem-solving mill”. In other words, dedicated play of Perigon and other abstract theory games will improve players’ day to day general mental alertness.

The diagram above displays the hierarchy of a Perigon decision tree. Because Perigon is so easy to learn, players are able to quickly foresee numerous levels of the hierarchy below the current situation. As such, whether experienced in abstract strategy or new to the field, children and adults alike quickly get engaged in and addicted to Perigon.