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Brain Age (DS)

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Genre: Strategy / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Nintendo

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      31.05.2008 17:30
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      It's a great game, but at its best when combined with the sequel.

      With the release of Brain Age 2, it's probable that people have forgotten about its predecessor here; after all, its sequel offers brighter colours and what I myself call 'funner' games. But it shouldn't be so (if, indeed, such is even the case).

      I believe Brain Age is essential to the, well, "brain training". This game acts as a sort of basis for its sequel and, in my opinion, the best way to play them both is together. Brain Training offers the more simplistic games that its sequel misses for the sake of the more complex such as Masterpiece Recital. It misses the more mathematical aspects of the game, essentially. Perhaps the more artistically inclined readers will rejoice here and skip this game over - but wait! I, too, have always been one to avoid the quadratic formulas and weird, algebraic functions; I, too, have suffered through many a math lesson where all was lost upon me - but these calculations x 20 and calculations x 100? They are my favourite part of the game. They are something I genuinely look forward to playing as part of my daily "Brain Training" routine!

      Obviously, though, the game does offer a great number of other games for you to enjoy. An interesting one is the "Reading Aloud", a game that requires you to read from classic texts such as Little Women as fast as you can. It's surprisingly difficult. Another is the "Syllable Count", which is a little easier for me, where one reads through a variety of well-known phrases and must count the syllables (...basically the name, I guess). And still more! It offers Head Count, Triangle Math, Low to High, Time Lapse and Voice Calculation. Then, in the Brain Age Check business, it offers you a Stroop Test if you're able to speak into the mic, Word Memory, Connect Maze, Number Cruncher and the Calculations from the training. Sudoku is also available, as with the sequel, with a multitude of puzzles to unlock.

      When compared to the sequel, the game does look slightly mundane but realistically, this is only to be expected. The case is, though, that the game isn't mundane. The sequel loses something also when compared with the original, and that's why the best scenario is probably to play and enjoy both. They, as with all cheesy romances, complete each other.

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      Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy. Inspired by cutting-edge neuroscience, it's a full set of reading and mathematic exercises that stimulate the brain. At the start, you'll take a series of tests and get a score that determines how old your brain is. This is your Brain Age -- by performing daily exercises just minutes a day over weeks and months, the better you'll get and the lower your Brain Age will get.