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      20.11.2010 09:09
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      Playing games is always a great pleasure if they are good in many areas but I like to try new things. I had never played Brain Training for a long period of time and this is my experience and more information about the game.

      This game is meant to give you an insight into how old your brain is. This is done by how good you are at playing some of the activities they have for you to play. If you are very good and achieve high scores and times you are going to achieve a better brain age.

      One of the first things you do is conduct a brain age and you do these with a few simple exercises and once done you are given an age and your aim to make that age much lower then it currently is.

      One of the games you can play on this is 20 calculations where you are given random sums which change everytime you play and you need to write in the answer quickly. This game requires plenty of patience as the numbers you write do not always appear as you would hope.

      You have many other types of games and sadly the majority involve some sort of maths and if you do not like that subject this game might perhaps put you off. You have triangle maths where you have a triangle with some numbers inside but some are missing and you need to place the right number there.

      Again this is a maths game but it tests your knowledge and you do get quicker over time. I think the game could have done with more variety because maths is a good topic and some people do struggle but why not add science perhaps or English. I think this would have made more sense to test various areas of the brain.

      Thankfully help is at hand if your bored there is Sudoku puzzles to play, oh yes the maths theme continues even further. In terms of what the game format is you play a few games each day and you get marked on a calendar.

      You turn up more and more and you unlock new games and it is just you turning up and once all games are unlocked thats it really. You can take a brain age check whenever you wish but to be honest I have not seen a vast improvement.

      My age was 50 and it has gone down to 30 but the problem is I have not gained any knowledge from what I knew before so does the game really work ? This might be for others to answer my view it does not.

      The game speed is a problem with the writing of numbers but I have noticed if I type quickly I might be making errors myself and if I type much slower these problems never show up so perhaps this is me and the game.

      I would say play it because some might experience better results but for me this is not worth the time and effort.

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        10.09.2010 12:05
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        Great value and does improve some aspects of your brain

        Brain training made for the DS started the craze of 'Brain Games'. The game says it can make your brain younger through a series a challenges that use every aspects of your DS as well as your brain.

        The game makes you take a series of tests that measure the age of your brain. these tests include word memory, counting and reading. All of which really test you but there is also an element of fun. Once you get used to the challenges it sets you, it really does help with your memory! The game is not designed to be played for long periods of time, just short sharp bursts. It only notes your brain age once a day so it discounts any other tries you do. As you progress through the weeks you get to do new challenges which are lots of fun but some are quite hard. If you take time off from the game it makes fun of you and calls you a lazy brain. This is a nice touch.

        Some aspects of the game don't always recognise what you are saying or writing. This can frustrating when

        Brain training allows for multiple user profile which means you can have mum or dad playing at the same. it also shows how you compare too which gives it a nice competitive edge. Speaking of competitive it also has the ability for wi-fi play against friends.

        One of the big pluses of the game is the inclusion of the sudoku. This is fantastic and is a free game in itself which really makes this title value for money in the long term. even if you stop playing the main game the sudoku will keep you hooked.

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        01.09.2010 19:13
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        train your brain with sums, memory and reading games

        When I first bought this game I was addicted to it trying to get the lowest age possible but then it got boring and it looks very simple and plain. It has a sudoku game that goes from easy to difficult I don't play it very often because I feel it is very fiddly and annoying having to change the numbers all the time I think paper is best for that game.
        You can do training everyday with a mixture of math's, reading and memory games and all of them you use the touch screen and write the answers in the only problem I have found if your not careful when writing the answers it sometimes doesn't recognise them. You can use the microphone for the game when you say the colours of the letters and I find it recognises them very well. You can practice brain training as much as you want but can only record with a picture stamp once a day it can be disappointing when you feel you could have done better.
        I tried for ages to try and get a low score then got fed up because for me 39 was the lowest I could get and became impossible.
        The games on it are very challenging but some people may find it easier than others and I feel that the game isn't for a child aged 3+ its far to difficult but Brain Training is a fun game to test your mind just don't take it to seriously.

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        30.08.2010 22:16
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        Good if you enjoy maths and puzzles

        My husband bought me a Nintendo DS for Christmas a couple of years ago and included this game with it. I did the brain training religiously every day for the first 6 months after I got this, but after that the novelty wore off. I don't think it really improved my brain but it did keep it active in the evenings and provide competition and entertainment while I used it. When it first came out it was very hyped and a lot of people bought it because of that. If you are going to have 10 minutes every day when you want to do this then I would definitely recommend it. If you are looking for fun game then this is not for you!

        Some of the activities available on it are calculations, reading aloud, remmebering numbers low to high (my favourite), syllable count and voice calculations. There is a lot of maths involved in the games and if you struggle with it, this game is not for you.

        I have found a few problems when playing this game in that sometimes it does not record your writing properly and so it gives you a wrong answer even if you got it right. this can be extremely frustrating if you are trying to get a best time. You need to make sure you write the numbers of symbols properly so they register. the voice caluclation also has some quirks and doesn't register certain numbers in different accents. I have a Buckinghamshire accent and it struggles with that sometimes.

        Overall I would recommend this game if you enjoy maths or just want some puzzles to do every day.

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          14.03.2010 12:30
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          a good workout for the brain

          Now I personally really like this game. But first I want to clear up that I don't think it's for all ages as it seems to make out. We bought my grandad a nintendo ds and brain training for his birthday (he is 70) and I really don't think he got the hang of it at all. He is perfectly capable of basically everything, but I think the technology side of this baffled ihm a bit. So I think maybe it's best leaving this game from that age market? He gave me this when he'd got sick of trying with it so just a warning for anyone present hunting for the elderly!
          But as for my verdict, I think it's a really good programme.By creating your own profile and being able to track your progress (most people start with a really bad brain age! mine is 20 now :)) it makes you want to keep up with it and as the games are only a few minutes maximum each, it isn't difficult to keep up with it on a daily basis even if you just do a challenge or two. Also, there's the option of sudoku puzzles if you just want something to do, which I think is a good time waster! I do think that the training aspect of it does work - Iknow that the calculations have improved my mental arithmatics significantly!
          The only problem I would give to the challenges is that the voice operated ones, such as the colour test (a colour word such as 'blue' appears and you have to state what colour it is in) can be a bit inaccurate as it doesn't recognise accents very well - it takes a while to work out how to say each colour in a way that registers! But once you've cracked that it's not too problematic.
          I really enjoy brain training and think that it does really help your mind keep active. Wouldn't recommend it for the technophobics though!

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          21.02.2010 21:41
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          This is a very fun, educational game which is very stimulating to play. Your brain will thank you!

          You may all have seen those keep fit programmes where unfit people are flabbergasted to learn their fitness/internal organ age as opposed to their biological age...? Well, this DS game does the same thing for your brain!

          My husband bought me this (much to my surprise) together with a DS Lite for our 7th wedding anniversary. I wondered what he was trying to say about me and where the romance had gone, but I digress...!

          However, after playing the game and finding out that my initial brain age was 83 years old (I was 35 at the time), I made it my mission to get my brain age down to a more appropriate level.

          With several different games, more of which become unlocked as you progress, this product really does test your brain power and takes you back to your school days and your times tables, as well as addition, sub-tracton and division!

          It also tests your memory with games like head count where a certain number of people start off in a house and you have to note the comings and goings (which get progressively faster) in order to state how many people are left in the house at the end or memorising 20 words in two minutes and then writing those that you can remember out. It is quite an eye opening experience!

          With lots of helpful tips it is fun, educational and has a bonus of several levels of sudoku to play - something I had never played before but now love and am slightly additcted to!

          As some of the games require you to speak, you do need quiet around you for those games as the speaker is not always great at picking up your answer, even when speaking clearly which can be very frustrating. For example, one of the vocal games is where you have four words: Red, Yellow, Black and Blue and these appear on the screen as coloured words that don't necessarily match the colour that you see. You therefore have to say the colour and not the word which is not as easy as it sounds. However, even if you do say the right colour, the microphone does not always pick up on this and asks you try again. This of course adds to the time it takes you to complete the task and therefore brings down your brain age!

          You can get round this as it does ask you if you can speak or not and will not incorporate those games in your brain check (three games it randomly selects) to gage your current brain age which is handy if you are playing somewhere in public and don't want to have to speak out loud.

          I have to boast that I did eventually get down to a brain age of 20 which is the lowest you can go and well before my husband did so that pleased me. My children love to watch me play and even have a go at a couple of the simpler games and it will definitely help them with their maths now and in the future.

          I suspect at the time my husband probably paid at least £25-30 for this game but it can be bought for considerably cheaper now on line and I suspect in stores as it has been out for a while and further training games have followed since.

          I would definitely recommend this for the whole family to keep your brain ticking over nicely.

          Thanks for reading. x

          also on Ciao under ryanellaxx

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            19.01.2010 13:50
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            A good game, you can pick it up at a really low price now, not a bad buy.

            This game will certainly test your mental skills, requiring you to complete mini-games such as answering sums quickly and correctly. Your eyes will be glued to the screen in order to achieve the best score.

            One good feature of the game is the multiplayer side, it supports download play for up to 16 players. The download play allows you to play the quick play mode or the Calculations x30 mode, in which you must answer 30 sums as fast as possible.

            The single-player mode isn't a let down either. There are large varieties of games to play, 9 in total. Calculations X20, Calculations X100, Reading Aloud in which the player must read parts of a story, Low to High in which boxes will appear with numbers requiring you to memorize where the numbers are and then touching them with a stylus in low to high order. Syllable Count, where the player is shown a phrase and then must count the total number of syllables in the phrase. Head count, the player is shown a house with people inside, gradually people will enter and leave the house, when the timer runs out, the player must answer how many people are in the house. Triangle Math, similar to the calculations game, the player is shown an equation that contains 3 numbers and 2 mathematical operations, such as 3+2+1, the player must answer them quickly and correctly. Time Lapse, a simple game, the player is shown 2 clocks, showing different times of day, the player must then work out the time difference between the 2 clocks. Voice Calculation, same as the calculations game, except the player is required to speak the answer into the microphone instead of writing it on the screen.

            Brain Training also contains a Sudoku puzzle game. Which contains 100 levels across 3 difficulty levels.

            Really the game is quite fun, but it's more suited as a party game. The single player is ok, but as its a daily game, similar to the training on wii sports, it means theres not much point in playing the games more than once a day.

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            11.01.2010 00:50
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            Awesome game for the family

            This game has the potential to be really good. It features many mini
            games that lead you to do some mental gymnastics-quick arithmetic,
            remembering words, counting the number of units in a particular state
            when others are whizzing across the screen. It even throws in some
            sudoku games.

            I was aghast to find my brain age was originally 80 the
            first day I did a brain check. 40 was somewhat gratifying, but not as
            much as when I got 21, 2 days later! This game can be quite addictive
            as you want to beat yourself, or maybe one of the 3 other potential
            users. The downside is that they don't give you new games quickly
            enough and so it is easy to get bored as you don't initially have a
            wide variety of games to play. Another issue is that the game doesn't
            always hear you correctly, so if you're playing something requiring
            this feature, it may artificially lower your score. There is a similar
            problem with hand writing recognition when you are playing Word
            Memory. This is especially annoying as it may cause you to forget some
            of the words.

            Don't let this put you off though! All in all, this is an enjoyable game that can help
            improve your brain's agility. I would recommend it to anyone (even my
            8 year old brother greatly enjoys it).

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            08.01.2010 14:33
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            Overall, not a bad game, but there are plenty of better ones available.

            Brain training for the Nintendo DS was one of the first games to be released for the console and has been one of the most popular too, with many people wanting to challenge their friends and family to see who has the 'youngest' brain age.

            The idea of the game is to try different challenges and puzzles every day to get your brain working and eventually make it 'younger'. The challenges include maths (quickly adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing numbers together), memory (seeing a list of words, and then spelling them out from memory), colour tests (seeing a word written in a colour and shouting out that colour), plus many many more. If you don't want to be tested on your brain age (it can get quite repetitive), there are other programs like 30 sudoku puzzles to try out.

            I think the initial idea of the game is great, because playing it over and over again does get your brain working better than it usually does. For example, my first attempt gave me a brain age in the 70's but after a few attempts, i got this down to mid 20's which is what i am. I don't believe that it makes your brain better as a whole, because the questions are normally very similar, so if you remember the answers from the previous day or week, then you're bound to do the puzzles quicker and lower your brain age! Another negative aspect is the voice games, where you shout out colours (as previously mentioned). The console doesn't always recognise what you say so you can shout out "yellow" until you're blue in the face, and it still may not work.

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            01.01.2010 16:41
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            One of the best games for DS

            This was the very first game I got for my Nintendo DS, as it came with the console itself.
            I started playing the quick training mode to just get a feel for the game, and to see my rough brain age (it was in its 40's). The game I played was that either 'rock', 'paper', or 'scissors' would appear, and I had to say either 'rock', 'paper', or 'scissors' so that I would win. This did take about half the game to get used to, but when I had, I was really enjoying it, and I did actually find it quite challenging at first, but when I found it easy I decided to start on the 'daily training' this is where you make your own account and you can take dialy brain age tests, based on giving you random excercises and seeing how well you do on them.

            As well as the actual brain age test, you can take other brain training excercises, and as you do more, you unlock other excercises - some you will find easy, and others you will find hard. One of my favourites is the calculations x20, which is where you have 20 (quite) simple calculations, and using the stylus, you can write the answer (you do have to make the answer very clear, otherwise it wont recognise it).

            You can make up to four accounts, and then you have a leaderboard, for each excercise, so you can compete against other people (which I think makes it really fun and competitive) and at the end of completing each excercise it will tell you how well you did by saying whether it was 'walking speed', 'cycling speed', 'driving speed' 'train speed' 'flying speed', or even 'rocket speed' (which I only got three times).

            I really enjoyed this game and the competitiveness of it. I found myself going on this game everyday just to improve my brain age, and beat my brothers.

            I also enjoyed the other option, 'sudoku' I found this option particularly useful for train, or car rides, as it takes around 10 minutes to do each one, and it doesn't take too much concentration, also, it saves you having to buy a newspaper, just for the puzzles.

            If anyone is thinking about buying a Nintendo DS, I would recommend you getting this game as well, in fact, I liked it so much I have even bought 'More Brain Training' just to do more excercises, and have more fun.

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            17.12.2009 15:42
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            This is the very first game that I ever bought to go with my nintendo DS. It was on offer on amazon, so when I bought the nintendo DS, I got a game for a fiver (or something like that).

            This is a really fun game that you can play on your own or with family members on the multiplayer option. When you first get it you only get something like five brain challenges to get scores in, but gradually as you earn yourself more stamps, they unlock more challenges so you end up with six or seven.

            These are just a few of the challenges that are on offer with this game:

            calculations: these can be played at either the more easier level at x20 or at the slightly more difficult x100. In other words there will be either 20 calculations or 100.

            reading aloud: does what it says on the tin really. You have to be in a quiet room with no distractions and read out an extract from a book which is displayed on the DS. The DS will then give you a score to say how good your reading skill is.

            low to high: a memory game that gets more difficult as you complete the puzzle. On the screen will be four numbers (to begin with) this will increase of you get it right, however if you get it wrong it will stay at four. If you have reached a harder level then it will go back to previous level.

            syllable count: On the screen there will be a well known or popular saying/sentance. you will have to count how many syllables are in that sentance and write it onto the touch screen. Varying difficulty.

            head count: There will be a picture of a houce on the screen, and you will see various amounts of people walking in and out of the house. Your job is to count all of the people how go in out and see how many people are left in the house at the end.

            triangle math: probably one of the more difficult puzzles. You have to either add or take away the two top numbers and then add or takeaway that final answer to the bottom number which makes the number that you will have to write on the touch screen.

            You get the option to do the quickstart games, which allows you to play against family members and there is also a chance for you to have a got some sudoku, which can be played at either easy or hard levels.

            Earlier I mentioned that you could earn stamps. You can get these by simlpy logging into the game and playing on one game. If you play three or more games you get a bigger stamp, which doesn't really make any difference.

            Overall, I think this game was very good value for money. I have had many days of boredom that have been resolved by playing this game, for the price that I got it at I would highly reccomend it but it was on offer, nowadays I think you can get it for under twenty pounds on amazon, so still a good buy!

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              18.09.2009 20:52
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              A very fun game where you can train your brain with a variety of exercises

              I have had this game since I bought the Nintendo DS Lite from my old original Nintendo DS. It's very fun at first and you can play it with your friends to try and perform better and get a good brain age. The lower your brain age, the better and it should ideally be around 20 years old.

              The game can be bought for under £12 on amazon.co.uk right now, which is definitely worth it if you want to commit yourself to the game and play it regularly. It really does help to get you 'on the ball' and in general, it increases your skills such as mental maths and other areas too.

              You can do daily brain training on your profile and records are kept of each time you do this. You can stamp the calendar when you do your daily brain training to keep count of what days you have done it. When you get a certain number of stamps, you unlock more brain training games. Games include things such as mental maths (simple calculations), reading out loud and more where you have to draw lines between letters and numbers e.g. A-1, B-2, C-3 etc.

              Overall, it's quite a fun game but the replay value isn't excellent. Some of the games are quite challenging and require concentration, focus and a bit of skill too. It does help keep your brain in shape and it's a very educational game in this way but fun too. The controls are good as you use the stylus to simply write and draw on the screen. You can also use the microphone in the reading exercises and the menus are easy to navigate around. The sounds are simple and the game is very easy to play so it's recommended for anyone really. It's really cheap so I'd recommend picking up a copy as it's well worth it for all ages!

              Thanks for reading,

              Dan ©

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              04.09.2009 16:34
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              Buy it, Buy it now!!!!!

              I recently bought my son a DS as 'all my friends have one so I need one too!!!!'

              Since we got it I have slowly become addicted. Luckily my son is very kind and doesn't mind sharing!

              One of my first purchases was 'Brain Training'.

              I'm sure you have all heard of it by now as it has got to be the most widely known game for the DS, and probably the top selling game as well as every person I know with a DS has this game.

              Basically, there are various exercises to complete, each one works a different part of the brain. There is:

              Calculations - Either x20 or x100.
              You will see simple sums on the left screen, you then write the answer with the stylus on the right screen.

              Reading aloud - The screens display an excerpt from a novel and you simply read the pages and click the screen when you have finished the page. This can be done aloud or in silence, it works either way.

              Low to high - You will see between 4-7 numbers displayed in a pattern in boxes on the screen. It will flash on for a second, then you have to remember the numbers and click in the corresponding boxes on the right screen in order from smallest to largesat number.

              Syllable count - You will see a sentence on the left hand screen, you then count the syllables and write the number on the right hand screen.

              Head count - You will see a picture of a house and people walking in and out of it. You must keep track of how many people are in the house.

              Triangle math - You have to add two sums then add the totals to find the answer, this is displayed in the shape of an upside down pyramid (hence the name!).

              You can also do a quick start age test (great for friends as you don't have to add all of their details).
              This could be any tests chosen at random; these can be different tests to the training test. One test that comes up frequently is The 'stroop test'. This is where the name of a colour is written on the screen but it's in a different colour font. You have to say the colour, not the actual word.

              If you are going to log in evberyday and take part in training you can save your personal data. Your name, age, etc. You can then track your progress and try and improve your brain age.

              This is a great game although it is flawed. The screen can be difficult to write certain letters/numbers on so sometimes the DS will not recognise what you are writing or will type it up as something else. The microphone doesn't work as well as it could either. When I do the Stroop test, I struggle to get it to register the word 'blue', I have to pronounce it 'blooooooooooooooo' for it to recognise it!
              My son has trouble with the word 'red' although this is probably because he can't pronounce his R's yet!

              This isn't a huge problem though. When you are about to take the test it asks you if you are somewhere where you can speak, and if your accent does make this more difficult then you can always say no and use a different test.

              I have played this for a good few days now and it is getting a lot easier. My brain seems to be improving, it is 28 at the mo (I started off at 80!), although most people start off with silly scores as they are still getting used to the system. It is kind of accurate although in no way can calculate the scores of young people or children - my 4 year old has a brain age of 80 apparently, lol!

              It is still quite good for children though as my son uses it to practise his maths skills, the multiplication sums are too hard but the adding and subtracting is simple and he enjoys working them out on here as it doesn't seem like hard work. Older children can use the other features and still train and improve their scores, it just won't be an accurate score

              All in all, this game is highly recommended as it is fun, functional and educational, and is suitable for use by the whole family.

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              A DS must have ! :)

              Brain Training. Although the actual game cover and the way it is spoken makes it sound old and dated... It is actually very handy for finding out how brainy you really are and how much knowledge you hold under your belt. The game is also, quite addictive. Each time you just have to log in and prove to freaky doctor YOU ARE BRIGHT! Dr Kawashima really is freaky. His eyes pop out of their sockets when you say such words as ' CHEESE ' and ' CHALK ' my brain age came out as ... Well ... I'd rather not say!!! The game trains your brain but also enhances the gaming experience for the younger generations. Actually, I might as well say now that ' Brain Training ' does not accurately calculate younger peoples mind. The youngest brain age and best is brain age 20 but WHAT IF, you are younger than that??? If you are 12,13,14,18 it will give you inaccurate test results and in actual fact it does state on the pack. But all in all, a great way to test your knowledge. It trains the brain by captivating it and making opposite sides work together. I would say, This is a game suitable for all the family as it has games like:
              Guessing SUMS under the clock
              Sudoku's (Easy - Hard)
              Colour games
              Memory tests
              And many more great activities
              A DS must have!!!

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                09.08.2009 22:40
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                Buy it!

                I think there's been a lot of hype about the Brain Training game, what with all the adverts on TV a while ago, so when I was deciding to buy my Nintendo DS, I also chose to buy Dr Kawashima's Brain Training game too.

                Once you have set up a profile for yourself, you can start brain training and it will save all your data under your profile. You are allowed to create up to 4 profiles, and any other friends or family wishing to have a go can go on the Quick Play option which doesn't involve inputting any personal information.

                So- starting your training. By clicking through on the Daily Training option, then your name, then "Training", you can begin. The games that you are allowed to play to start with are Calculations x 20, Calculations x 100 and Reading Aloud. Once you have finished one of them, you have to place a stamp on the calendar- don't worry, this easy to use game will guide you through everything. By putting a stamp on the calendar the game knows how often you train. The stamp gets bigger if you do more than 3 training activities on one day. By playing often, you unlock more activities.

                As well as Training, you can also find out your Brain Age. This involves doing 3 games and at the end it tells you your age. The faster you move or the more things you remember, the lower your age will be, with 20 years old being the optimum age.

                A nice little addition I think is Sudoku. There are many games to play of varying difficulty, which is useful if you're bored and there's no paper around!

                I love this game personally. I have found that I have really improved at basic calculations- having dropped maths after doing my GCSEs, I think my arithmetic was a bit rusty! It feels really satisfying getting a high score in something, especially when I beat my maths genius of a boyfriend! All my family have had so much fun playing on it and it gives us all something to laugh about.

                The big question though is whether it actually makes a difference to your brain! Obviously, I have no clue, but I would have thought it does as some of the games/activities are quite challenging, like the Triangle Math one.

                As for disadvantages, there are a few. I think that once you've played on it for a few weeks, it starts to lose its novelty. You know which ones you're good at and tend to stick to them as they're easier! Well at least that's what I do! I do enjoy unlocking new activities though, it's quite exciting.

                My other problem with Brain Training is that the voice recognition isn't great. It has trouble understanding me when I say "blue" and I find the Voice Calculations game impossible as it just puts "seven" down even if I've said "three" for example. It doesn't seem logical to me so I always avoid doing something that involves the voice recognition.

                Overall I think it's great for all members of the family, however any maths haters out there should probably avoid. Most activities involve numbers/counting in some way and if you hate maths this might not be the one for you!

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              • Product Details

                Brain Age presents players with a series of fun mental brain-training challenges that incorporate word memorization, counting and reading. It even includes sudoku number puzzles, which have become extremely popular features in newspapers around the country. The distinctive touch screen of Nintendo DS lets users write their responses, just as though they were using a PDA. Players even turn the Nintendo DS sideways to make it feel more familiar, like a book. The more often users challenge themselves, the better they become at the tasks and the lower their estimated DS brain age.