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Balloon Blaster is based on the ancient game of Nim, in which the players remove stones or other similar objects from heaps. A skilled practitioner of Nim could win a few rounds of drinks at his/her local pub by playing with peanuts! At another level, this game trains the mind in logical thinking. Those who learn the perfect strategy will find that the solution to Nim requires binary mental arithmetic. These sorts of skills are useful to mathematicians and computer programmers, and are often looked for in job interviews for positions in computing and finance. They also form the the basis of IQ tests.