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Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain (DS)

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Genre: Puzzle / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2006-06-09 / Published by Nintendo

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      17.08.2012 23:09
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      A good game for all the family

      I had seen a few adverts for this brain training game for the Nintendo DS before I purchased the DS. Being a lover of puzzles it was one of the first games I bought when I finally got my DS. Overall I was a little bit disappointed with the game, there are a few things that annoy me about it which I will go into later.
      I paid around £5 for a used copy in a game shop. The game is available on Amazon used from £0.40 plus delivery.

      WHAT IS BRAIN TRAINING?

      Brain training is selection of puzzles to complete. Before you start you enter your name, age and whether you are right or left handed. You then complete an age test which consists of 3 random puzzles, the results will give you an age for your brain. In this game the lower your brain age the better. The lowest the brain age can get to is 20 therefore this is what the player is to aim for. Each day you can complete a brain age check with a graph showing your brains improvement/decline in comparisons with other days.

      Sometimes the character of Dr Kawashima pops up on the screen to give you hints or may ask you to draw a picture. Some days he may ask you a question, for example"what did you have for breakfast today?" he will then pop up a few days later and say "What did you have for breakfast on the 17th August?" to see if you can remember.

      WHAT ARE THE BRAIN TRAINING PUZZLES?

      -There are three types of calculation puzzles, calculations x 20, calculations x 100 and voice calculations. You can also select a difficulty for the puzzles. There are no division calculations if you select the easier option. The screen will show a list of calculations and you are to use your stylus to write the answer. At first the game may not recognise your numbers as you write them but you will soon figure out how to write them clearly so they will be correct. In voice calculations you say our answers aloud.

      -A syllable count puzzle will display a sentence or phrase. You are to count the syllables and write the number on the screen with your stylus.

      -The head count puzzle shows a picture of a house, a number of people will enter the house through a door and some may leave, you are to keep track of how many people are left in the house and write the number at the end. This starts off quite simple but soon speeds up and adds more and more people so can get tricky.

      -Low to high is a memory game. A few boxes appear on the screen with numbers on them. After a couple of seconds the numbers disappear and you need to remember which numbers were in which boxes and touch the boxes in order or low to high. The further you get with this the more boxes are added for you to remember.

      -Reading aloud is a puzzle which gives you a few pages of text to read. You need to tap the next button at the end of the page, this tests how quickly you read the text. If you try to cheat and just keep tapping next the puzzle will end.

      -Time lapse shows two times of two different clocks and you are to calculate the difference in the times by writing the number.

      -Triangle math is available in two difficulties, there are numbers shown in the shape of a triangle. You are to solve the sums you are given to fill in the next row of the triangle. The hard mode has an extra row to the normal mode.


      BRAIN AGE CHECK

      Other puzzles are included in the brain age check. You can do this more than once but it will only save your first result for each day. At the start of this test it will ask you if you can speak. I always say no now as I feel like an idiot talking into the machine but I've tried it a few times before. If you select yes the first test is known as the stroop test.

      -The stroop test - The word of a colour will be shown in front of you. Say for example the word reads 'red', it may be written in a blue font and you are required to say aloud the colour of the font NOT the word as it reads. You are to say as many of these as you can in an allotted time, it's very frustrating as there's always a couple I slip up on.

      -Speed counting requires you to count clearly up to 120 as fast as you can.

      If you say no you cannot speak aloud you will be given three of the following puzzles-

      -Word memory - this is my favourite puzzle. The two sides of the screen display a list of 30 words. You have 2 minutes to try and memorise as many of these words as you can. You then get 3 minutes to write as many of these words as you can onto the screen using the stylus. You must write clearly or the word may not be accepted. I personally try to remember words in small groups that rhyme or start with the same letter but I'm not sure if it helps much.

      -Connect Maze - A bit like dot to dot but with letters instead of numbers, starting at 'A' going through the alphabet to 'M' you must draw a line from one letter to the next as fast as you can without touching the other letters.

      -Calculations x20 as described in the puzzles section

      -Number cruncher - A screen full of numbers is shown on the left hand side, some numbers may be written in different colours and come may be moving in circles or sliding from side to side. Questions will come up on the opposite screen for you to answer such as 'How many yellow numbers?' or 'How many moving numbers?' or ' How many number 5's?'. You must then write your answer in the box provided and get through as many of these as you can within the time limit.


      SUDOKU
      A popular number grid game found in many magazines/puzzle books/newspapers etc., this puzzle is included as a fun extra on this game. It is not necessary to do as part of your brain training or age check it's just an extra which in no way affects your results. There are three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The idea of this game is you have a 9x9 grid in which you have to insert numbers from 1 to 9. No column, row or 3x3 square should contain the same number twice. There is a tutorial which will explain this better than I can for those who are unsure how to play.

      QUICK PLAY
      Good for having a quick game or letting friends have a go as you dont need to put in your details and can just play. You can do a quick age check, training or sudoku that will not be saved.


      DOWNLOADS
      If you have the game and somebody else hasn't got it but has a DS and would like to try it they can download the quick mode from your game or one of the calculations games to try out. I have never tried this before.

      POSITIVES
      The game is for ages 3+. I think it may be a bit difficult for a 3 year old, but for children who can add up and know there alphabet all the way through to the elderly, this game is suitable for all ages. It does seem to work and just doing the few puzzles a day you will notice that your speed improves as the days and weeks go by.

      NEGATIVES
      After a few days I was a bit bored of doing the same puzzles over, I wish there was a bit more variety. When I had done the sudoku puzzles I had no interest in doing them again although they are timed so you could try to beat your speed if you wanted to.

      OVERALL
      I used it every day when I first got it but it soon got a bit repetitive doing the same sort of puzzles and it doesn't last long each day and I got bored after a few weeks. Although written down it may look like a lot of puzzles but a lot are similar puzzles, just different lengths and difficulties.
      If you can pick this up for a few pounds it is definitely worth getting. It is good value for money as the whole family can use it.

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        20.05.2012 00:22

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        I would not suggest this game to anyone, unless they wanted to waste their money.

        At first the buzz about Dr Kawashima's Brain Training was all over the media, but slowly the hype started to die down and is now practically non existent.
        I just like everyone else was drawn into the popularity of this game, and at first it seemed like a great way to 'train your brain' but after a while the boredom set in and turned me against every aspect of this game.

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        Entertainment- As there is a wide variety of games and tasks, it is fairly entertaining and fun, finding out your true brain age was always tense and full of expectations, usually ending in a happy reply.
        With all the games it's very tricky to decide my favourite, as they are all, at first, brilliant.

        Included- This game came included with my DS, so I didn't have to pay anything for it, which was a bonus and was why I didn't overly judge this game.

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        Boredom- While the games are fun at first, after a while they just get extremely boring, finding out your brain age is just the same old thing, this game seems to be a one time only hit and after that is deemed useless.

        Repetitive- The mini games get extremely repetitive, to the stage where you just get fed up and turn the DS off.

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        24.11.2011 16:29
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        An ok game to play for a while then re-discover!

        When I was bought my Nintendo DS a few years ago it came as a bundle with the Brain Training game but the game is still available to buy new for about £15.

        The game is used under the premise that keeping your mind active and well exercised is important to good brain function both now and in the future.

        Starting The Game

        On beginning the game it is necessary to fill in a few details about yourself and you sign yourself into a game slot. The game can hold information for 4 different people and it sometimes compares your behaviour to that of other players.

        You begin the game with a Brain Age check. This is done by completing three random games, some are spoken and some are completed by using the touch screen. I found some of these tricky as it takes a while to get the hang of writing numbers in such a way that the DS always recognises the correct numeral. I also find it seemed to have trouble when I said the word "Blue", I do not have a particularly strong accent and it had no trouble with any other colour but Blue always seems to cause trouble. You could always tell when someone in the house was using the game as you would hear the word Blue being shouted louder and louder until it got recognised.

        Basic Games

        When you first begin the game there are only a few training games available to you, I have played this on and off for a few years so I am trying to remember which games appeared first. I think it was Calculationsx20, Reading Aloud and Low to High. As you clock up more days on the game and achieve required scores the you have access to more games.

        Calculationsx20 brings up a list of basic maths questions on the left screen and you have to write the results on the right screen. I like maths and enjoyed this game but it took me a while to work out exactly how to write the figures so that they were recognised correctly, it was quite frustrating until I got the hang of this. The next level is Calculations x100 which is the same level of difficulty at first but a lot more questions. I found that doing this regularly really helped me to remember my Timetables which I had mainly forgotten.

        Reading Aloud was probably my least favourite game. It brings up a random passage from a book and you are supposed to read it as fast as you can out loud and then press stop when you have finished. I found this boring as the texts were really rather odd and I couldn't see the point of gabbling words out without thinking about their meaning. I never choose to play this game now I have other ones I can play instead.

        Low to High is a tricky game that requires you to look at a pattern of numbers on the left screen which appears very quickly and then click the blank right screen following the number order that you have memorised. My daughter always excels at this one and I always struggle as the numbers appear and disappear so quickly.

        Syllable Count is one of my favourites. Sentences appear and you have to count the syllables and write the answer as quickly as possible as, trickier than it sounds!

        Head Count is a fun game that becomes trickier the more advanced that you get. You see figures entering and leaving a little house and you have to say how many are left at the end of the sequence, it is a bit like the old pub game of watching the balls under the cups and it is very easy to get confused with the rapid mental arithmetic.

        Triangle Math can be completed on Normal or Hard mode and is a basic maths game where you keep adding a pyramid of numbers until you get to a total. Since I enjoy maths I like playing this one too.

        Time Lapse is a clever little game which shows you two clocks and you have to work out how many hours and minutes have elapsed between the two times. This is much harder than it looks and really gets the grey matter working.

        Voice Calculation is a basic maths game but you have to speak the answers out loud. The idea is fine but it does suffer from the basic problem that the voice recognition isn't perfect so it can be a trifle frustrating.

        Recording Results

        Every day that you go on and complete at least one game you get to stamp the date on the calendar on the game. Once you have completed a set number of stamps you can design your own stamp to use in future. It is nice to see the number of stamped days building up.

        After each game you get a scoreboard of your three best results and also a graph that plots your development over a period of time, this can be a good incentive as improvements can be seen quite quickly.

        Other Features

        When you log into your game sometimes you will be asked a question such as what you had for dinner or what was the top news story that day. Several days later when you log in again it will ask you to try to remember your answer to try to help your powers of recall.

        Occasionally you will be asked to draw a selection of pictures. Since I have the artistic prowess of a 3 year old I particularly hate this as when it pops up. It is quite difficult for me to produce anything that looks like Sphinx or Henry VIII on demand and the shame is compounded when one of my family members logs on and they get to compare their pictures to mine!

        The Brain Training game also lets you access Sudoku games as an extra feature. I like doing these puzzles so this is a nice extra for me as you can just pick it up and play this game without going into the Training function.

        Would I Recommend It?

        I enjoy playing this game but it is certainly not suitable for anyone who wants excitement. I am very much a geek and love Maths so those parts of the game are definitely my favourite but I imagine that many people would hate them. I would certainly say that when I use this regularly I definitely feel that I can add-up quicker, my brain definitely feels quite kick-started but I don't think the effects are very long lasting. It is nice to do another Brain Age check occasionally and see the number fall.

        I would have liked there to be a larger variety of games and for them not to have been unlocked as quickly as there were no more challenges to work towards. I tend to play the game regularly for a while then get bored and put it away and then drag it out again after a few months and thoroughly enjoy playing it again.
        The graphics on this game are exceedingly basic and functional, there are no exciting frills.

        People who enjoy puzzles will probably enjoy playing this and the Sudoku is handy too so I would certainly recommend it if that is your sort of thing.

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          10.11.2011 12:38
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          Brain Training DS

          One of the games I have for my DS Lite is brain training. I think its important to not only exercise your body but also your mind and as swell as that this is just a fun game. I am quite a competitive person so anything that makes me push myself and my knowledge to achieve better results time after time is good for me. This game is meant to be played a little everyday to improve your brains mental age as well as exercising your brain and keeping you focused and alert however I have read articles that say this really doesn't do anything to improve these functions but who knows. Actually, according to an article I read, Nintendo has been careful not to claim the game has been scientifically validated, however stating that it is an "entertainment product 'inspired' by Dr. Kawashima's work in the neurosciences so maybe they recognise too that this game is just for entertainment purposes but even so its still fun and a game I enjoy.

          The game is quite a collection of puzzles and brain teasers and nice because you can play for just a few minutes if you wish or longer and you will still get enjoyment out of it. The game is played with the DS on its side so it looks like a book rather than a laptop. You can then use either the stylus to play the games or you use your voice. To firstly begin playing you have to enter a bit of information about yourself such as name, date of birth, and importantly hand you write with. I'm right handed so the touch screen is on the right as you look at it.

          Puzzles on this include Sudoku where you fill in the numbers on the screen with your stylus, mathematical calculations such a multiply, divide, etc, and lots of counting and number games.

          One of my favourite games is the colour game as it call it where the name of a colour will come up on the screen and you have to say what colour it is written in rather than the word that is there. It is quite confusing and can get really funny especially watching someone else shout out colours into a little machine. It's sometimes more difficult than you think but very entertaining. Sometimes however I find the voice recognition doesn't always pick up my voice or the word I am saying so you really need to shout!

          At the end of each game you will be assessed on the speed at which you completed the task. You can go from walking speed which is very slow and not a score you want to rocket speed which is the highest. When you first begin you are pretty much guaranteed to get walking speed but as you progress and continue to play you will get better. You also get given your brain age and its fun to compare this to your real age and see how well you've done.

          I think what's nice about this game is that its fun for kids and adults too as you can compare how you've done against your family of different ages. You may not be training your brain to be better than it is or improving your intelligence much but it is fun and entertaining.

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            01.11.2011 10:16
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            not good enough

            When this was advertised on the telly several years ago it sounded really interesting and was actually the reason why I bought a Nintendo DS in the first place!

            This game is advertised as a way to see how old your brain is and also a good way to keep your brain as young as possible. I am not surprised it was so popular, I mean what a great claim that this game has! I'm sure we are all interested in how old our brains are and would like to keep them functioning in as young a way as possible for as long as possible.

            The game is set out so that you can do daily tests where you can see if your brain has aged over night or not and it also helps you to train your brain. There are also brain training exercises that you can do. As well as this there is a sudoku section to help keep your mind active.

            The daily contests keep track of your scores and stores them so you can compare them. It will also store other peoples' results too so both my husband and I have profiles on this game.

            The various tasks are all quite straight forward and easy to understand. They include memory games, navigation games, basic maths and several others.

            An example is the memory game. In this you are shown 30 words and have 2 minutes to memorise as many as possible. Afterwards you then write the words on the screen within a set time and see how many you can recall. What I find is limiting to this is that all the words are 4 letters long so it makes it slightly easier. Also when you are writing sometimes the screen doesn't recognise the letters you are writing, I find it is hopeless as recognising when I write a 'j' and so I can spend a good few seconds writing a word out several times before it recognises it which then impacts upon the words I'm trying to store in my short term memory!

            The maths game shows basic sums which you need to answer as quickly as possible. Again the flaw to this is that sometimes the screen won't pick up the right number you are putting in and so will mark you wrong because it's interpreted your 5 as a 6 or something. This can be frustrating and obviously makes the end result inaccurate.

            Another game is where there are four colours and they are written as words but coloured an opposite colour to what the word is, so for example the word Blue may appear in green. You then have to say what the colour is and not the word. Again this is inaccurate as the microphone element is so poor that it often doesn't understand what word you are saying, you have to try to say it very clearly and even then sometimes that doesn't work.

            At the end of the various tasks (you do three at a time) your brain age is calculated. This does generally get better over time but I think this is just because you get used to how this machine works and realise what is expected of you.

            The sudoku element is the part which I use on a daily basis, I like to do a sudoku before bed and I like doing it on this machine as if you make a mistake you can just erase it and go back whereas if I do it on paper I find myself getting annoyed if I make a mistake as it looks messy.

            What I dislike about the Sudoku part is that before you can play the game you are asked to draw several pictures first whereas I would prefer to just go straight into the game and get on with it.

            There are three levels- basic, advanced and intermediate each having about 30 games inside it. These games get more difficult as you go on.

            It is easy to do, again though sometimes the machine won't recognise your numbers so you have to try to write them as clearly as possible. At the end it will give you your score and tell you if you have beaten your previous one. I like this, it makes it more competitive and it's good to compare.

            All in all I will say that this game is rather limited especially considering how much hype it got. I found that I grew bored of using it, the daily tasks were simply just rather dull after a while with not enough variation, it would be good if there were plenty more tasks but sadly there isn't. I used this for several weeks but then grew bored and now never look at the brain training part of it, maybe once a year or so I will look at it again but it isn't 'daily brain training' like it was made out to be.

            I like the Sudoku part of this and find it is much more enjoyable to play but this is only an extra on the game and not it's main selling point.

            The game isn't good enough as it doesn't recognise what you write or say at times so this impacts upon your score. I think it is just a bit of fun and maybe good for if you have friends round and you want to compete over who has the youngest brain but it certainly isn't a game which you will want to use every day.

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              07.08.2011 14:36

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              I was given the nintendo DS and with it came Brain Training which i was quite excited about!

              Brain training has a collection of games such as sudoku, maths, reading and syllabol count. The maths one can come in sets of 20 or 100. Each game you complete gives you a brain age. You need to complete the games as quickly as possible, which means a lot of brain power is needed!

              After each days training you get to stamp the day, and after a number of stamps have been collected you can unlock harder levels.

              My favourite game is the maths game, it really makes you think. it has simple maths problems like 6+4 or 5x3 etc.. but when your having to do it quickly its not as easy as it sounds. The more you practice, the easier it gets though.

              This game is quite relaxing and enjoyable and it also passes the time. Once I start playing it I can get addicted as I want to beat my score!

              They say it's good for your brain, i'm not so sure, but it's fun and if it helps then even better!

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              20.05.2011 11:18

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              Good for a short time

              This is Brain Training, one of the first games out on Nintendo DS. It makes very good use of the touch screen, which is where you write your answers or tap on the answer. It has a variety of games on this, some are really fun and some are really boring. For example... the one where you have to read, its too long and gets really boring. You only have to do three challenges a day but I liked doing all the oens I enjoyed even if it was more than three. I like the number challenges the best. The problem I have with this game is it gets quite boring, after you've unlocked everything you've unlocked its just boring. You can have four games saves so other poeple can use your ds and play. Its quite good have more than one player because every now and then it gives you challenges for eachother, for example. It'll ask me to draw something, then when the other person goes on, it will ask them what they think the drawing is. Its also good to have mroe than one player because it gives you someone to beat as it tells you there high score. I do wonder though if this game is training your brain, you seem to get better at the challenges, but sure your bound to if your playing them everyday. You can get this game for about £20. You can get it cheaper if you dont mind having it used. This game is for all ages.

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              My daughter was desperate for Ads so we gave in a purchased one for her birthday I decided that I would see what all the fuss was about and treated myself to Brain training.

              What is Brain training?
              Basically this "game" is full of Sudoku puzzles and simple mathematics sums alongside memory exercises and reading aloud. The idea is that by doing these sorts of exercises that you can stimulate your brain.

              How to Play
              First of all you enter your date of birth and name and also your writing hand you then do a series of tests which determines your Brain age shockingly mine was the same as a 80 year old which is evidentially not good although I want to disagree as surely I would have lots more information!

              Once you have determined your brain age you can then exercise your brain with tasks such as mental arithmetic, reading aloud, memory games after each exercise it will tell you the speed you achieved for example I read at the speed of a rocket but do sums at the speed of walking.

              Each day you can test your brain age and I am pleased to say mine is the age of a 60 year old still not great but better than before.

              Recommendation
              I think this game is excellent especially at game's pre-owned price of £5 it really is addictive so much so that my daughter had to ask for her DS back!

              My favourite are the memory games which involve numbers being shown to you or three seconds and then you have to remember them and touch them smallest to biggest much harder than it sounds!
              One game I hate is the number maze you have to go along connecting the letters and numbers so A=1 right through to M=13 I find that really hard but it is good fun .

              I find this brain training relaxing and very interesting as also tells you which part of the brain you are exercising. My husband also enjoys the Sudoku puzzles so a really good grown up time something different from watching T.V

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                good puzzle game

                Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain, is a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. There are a number of different types of puzzles to complete which can test your maths, word skills and memory, along with toher types of games. There are three options from the main menu, these are; Brain age check, training and suduko.

                The brain age check is the area where you can test your brain age, which is calculated based on how well you perform in the puzzles. The game will remember what age you brain is recorded as and will plot it on a graph so you can see how much you are improving over time.

                The training mode lets you pick which puzzles you want to do and can practice at the specific areas you want to improve on.

                Sudoko is as you'd expect, the game has lots of sudoko puzzles packs into it with easy to hard difficulty. There are over 100 suduko puzzles in total to complete so will keep you well occupied.

                The maths puzzles have you working out a series of basic math problems such as multiplying, division, addition and subtraction. As well as being rewarded for getting the answer correct, speed is also rewarded, as you can get them all right but slow answers may still lead to a higher brain age.
                Also you may be given two clocks with different times, and you have to calculate how much time has passed between the times shown on the two clocks.

                In another puzzle, letters and numbers are randomly placed around the screen and you have to make a line going through the letter and numbers in the right order, this being: A-1-B-2-C-3-d.......

                Word games may have you counting the number of syllables in a given sentence. Another one will have you speaking into the microphone on the DS, saying the colour of a word of screen, for example blue may be written in red ink, you would have to say blue.

                An example of the memory games is that a list of words will be displayed on screen, and you will be given a set time to remember them. Once the time is up you will be given a time limit to write in as many word as you can remember.

                All the puzzle use either the touch screen for writing or the microphone for saying the answers. I found that overall this was very good and recognised what you were saying/typing very well. Sometimes when writing in numbers it does give a different one to what you were trying to type, and thus giving you the wrong answer and wasting time, which was quite annoying. Overall however it was mostly responsive and had good recognition.

                There was a good variety of puzzles, with lots more than the ones I have already mentioned. The more you train, then you can unlock different puzzles to do, so there is good incentive to carry on.

                I graphics are simple as there is mostly only text being displayed, and the text is very clear and easy to read, and makes it easy to answer questions, as you not staring too hard into the screen.

                Overall I think this is a good game, with a large variety of puzzles to complete, and by plotting a graph of your brain age, being able to see your day to day improvement is a nice touch. It makes good use of the touch screen and for the most part recognises what your writing very well. I must admit however that wince I brought it it has gathered a bit of dust as playing every day it can become dull (as day to day training becomes repetitive), but that did take some time, and writing this now makes me want to bring it back out and start playing again.

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                18.08.2010 12:17

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                I wouldn't recommend

                After all the press this game recieved, I felt I needed to buy it and to be honest I was a little bit disappointed. Its a very slow start to the game, with only a few things accessible to begin with, forcing you to play regularly if you want to see what other things emerged. I was not entertained by the different tasks, remembering where 25 numbers go etc. The only ones I liked were the mathematical ones where you had to input the correct number to get the answer.

                The game was quite tideously slow and it didn't make sense to me how they calculated your brain age - you could do really well at 2 of the tasks and fail miserably at one and seemingly still have quite a good age. The only fun we had with this was competing to get the youngest age now and again.

                Game is not worth the money in my opinion.

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                09.06.2010 18:01

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                a good game that is good for your brain.

                This is the first brain game that is part of a series.

                Brain training is a good game where you play mini exercises then using your results, the game then tells you what your brain age is. You can then improve your age by playing different mini games to help you and then on the next day, you can do the brain age test again!

                If you are choosing between buying the first game, or buying the second, I would go for the second. There are more mini games on the second and it is more improved. This game, however, is still good but there just happens to be a more recent version out now.

                Would I recommend this game?

                If you have already played the first one, and want to give this one a try, then yes, I would. However, if you can only get one, then I would just skip this one and go straight to the second one because it is more up to date! It is still a good game though and you may still want to consider it!

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                04.06.2010 22:29

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                Fun

                I wasn't too sure what to expect from this game, thought it would be quite boring and possibly too difficult. I wasn't really a big fan of computer games and never really had an interest in them. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the game aswell as the Nintendo DS. The first few days weren't quite as interesting as you get a new game each day so it took a few days till I had a wide range of games but then I really started to enjoy it! There is a wide range of games and you can become quite interested and competitive trying to beat your own scores, aswell as the scores of family friends. I find it very enjoyable and often can be challengable but still doable. The fact that it is also helping my brain capacity and possibly providing some benefit incomparison to most other computer games is a big bonus!
                This is definately worth a try if you've not done so yet!

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                16.04.2010 13:18
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                A good came to start with to get used the ds controls

                Brain training was the second game i purchased when i got my ds as i had seen the advertisements of Television for it and thought it looked great. It is an excellent game to i have enjoyed it, but after a while the game can get a bit repetitive after you completed all the task there is nothing left.
                You hold the ds like a book and after entering your details you are ready to go, and you write you answers with the stylus pen, it some of the task you have to say your answers which proves very difficult as the game does not always recognise certain words you say which can prove annoying when you are trying win that task.
                There are variety of tasks to do these include arithmetic, reading and memory tasks, the programs scores you in the form of brain age assessing how quickly and accurately you completed the tasks.
                I also like the fact you can send a demo version through wireless connection to a friend so they can have a go at the same time you playing , this however is not a full version but is still a good feature.

                This is a good game and i would recommend this to anyone regardless of age and ability my family and i have had hours of fun with it.

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                08.03.2010 13:44
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                Great game

                This is a game for the Nintendo DS and I find it highly enjoyable.

                I like the game because there is a variety of different brain training exercises available, when you get too good for these training exercises you get upgraded and can then set the game on hard level.

                As well as doing the training you get other little bits to do every now and then, such as there being lots of dots on screen and having to join them, or being told to draw something from memory on screen. At the end of the exercise Dr Kawashima appears on the screen and tells you what the point of the exercise was.

                As well as training you can do a brain test, which tells you what your brain age is at the end of it. I am usually nowhere near my actual age on this!

                You can also play Sudoku on this game and start with some basic training ones first and then they get increasingly harder.

                I like that the game talks to you and welcomes you back and says things like "I haven't seen you here for 3 days." It makes the game seem more personal.

                I also like that you only have a few training exercises at first and as you progress through the game you unlock more training exercises. This is good because it forces you to try each exercise instead of only doing the ones that you like. The brain age tests you do consist of the training exercises you do (three of them).

                I would recommend this game to anyone. It isn't as enjoyable for younger audiences but is a good learning tool for them for things such as maths. I find that playing on it for long periods of time can get a bit boring though.

                The game is said to help you by playing it each day but after a while you know all the answers to everything and the game becomes a little dull, but I think that you will get good usage out of it before you get to this stage.

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                23.08.2009 21:18
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                Unexpected delight

                I got given this as a present so didn't have any preconceived ideas about it, so bored on an long train trip I decided to give it a go. I found it strangely addictive and found myself desperately trying to beat myself. The game has a collection of simple maths problem which are timed, word puzzles and logic/spacial problems. As you complete them you get access to more, all these tasks act as practice for brain age check test where the goal is 20.

                The game is challenging and intriging, I have played it nearly everyday since that train trip. It makes you do mental arithmetic and problem solve which is something I haven't done since I was in school, the of which has been that my brain can process mental maths issues much faster which has impressed my clients and my boss. It has also got me checking my change again, which is good because it is suprisingly how often you get the wrong change.

                I heartedly recommend this game to anyone who commutes and has time on their hands.

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              • Product Details

                The portable phenomenon that has taken Japan by storm finally hits the UK. Part puzzle game, part self improvement tool this is the only game thatÆs both lots of fun and good for you û and thatÆs before you even start on Sudoku!