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More Brain Training is the Nintendo DS sequel to Brain Training and although an educational game which provides something a bit different this game can get a bit dull especially if you prefer action based games but the concept is good and I can see why this game would appeal to many people.
If you're familiar with the game then you will know that there are a series of mind a game which use different parts of your brain to work out and therefore trains your brain, giving the game its title. You start off by doing a Brain Age Check which consists of three different games and at the end you receive your Brain Age, which starts off very high in most cases. As you train each day and take more Brain She Checks you'll find that this age goes down. The different training games are varied and you unlock more the longer you play on the game. Some of the games include:
Masterpiece Recital: Using the keyboard on the screen you play along with the musical score on the top screen.
Word Blend: Several words are spoken together and you have to identify what single words were spoken and write them down.
Finishing Position: Several runners run a race on the screen and you have to identify where the one shown in black came in position.
There is also a relax mode called Germ Buster where you get rid of germs by lining up a capsule of the same colour to make them disappear as well as Sudoku.
The host of the game is Dr.Kawashima who leads you through the game and says witty things once in a while or tells you off if you haven't visited for a while; this makes the game more about puzzles and the brain and makes it a bit more interesting.
The game can get a bit annoying in parts when you have to speak into the microphone and it doesn't always register what you're saying or your trying to draw a letter or symbol with speed and it doesn't register.
Although I found the concept of the game interesting and it provides something a bit different, I found it got boring after a few days of playing and now only play on it once in a blue moon which defeats the object of the game, to improve day after day.
I think this game is best for older people or those who don't enjoy action or platform based games and for people who like puzzles and brain games.
I hope you can please ignore my grammatical errors in my pathetic excuse for a pun in the title and continue reading.
The original Brain Training game has sold over 6 million copies worldwide and remained in the UK charts more than a year after a its initial release. Knowing this and owning a copy of the game for DS myself i didn't think that they could exceed the predecessor and make any improvements that I would not deem unnecessary useless. I was wrong, and I admit that now, as having owned this game for well over 5 years now, I still continue to play it (albeit less regularly than before) and still continue to enjoy.
The basic premiss or the game is to provide a stimulant for your brain daily to ensure you don't fry it away to smithereens as we all do via expansion in electronic devices, magasines and general rubbish that I'm sure Doctor Kawashima would advise against. There are a number of games that you unluck daily (starting with three) that you slowly build up by collecting stamps, which basically means that when you tune in every day after your first game you tap the screen to produce an icon that acts as a stepping stone to unlocking a new game for you to play.
The games on offer vary from voice activated ones, numeracy and literacy, IQ tests and colour recognition games. Sadly my most challenging game was possibly the simplest as calculations x 20 became a nemesis of mine, something I felt the need to daily fight in order to achieve a time score below 10 seconds in answering 20 sums. Sad as it sounds, anyone who purchases this game, or owns it already, will understand the competitiveness that it brings up from within as you battle it out with your family and friends who can also make their own accounts (up to 4 are allowed on the console). You can compare your scores in each game daily/monthly and even weigh it up against family and friend, a motivation for me that saw me playing the game daily for well over a year.
Perhaps I am a little over the top, a rarity in that one small scare inch game managed to hook me so bad, but I guarantee that it will do the same to any buyer, even on a smaller scale. Everyone I have discussed the game with agrees that it is thoroughly entertaining and that even upon unlocking all of the levels there is still variety with other options such as the choice to play over 50 levels of Sudoku. This was a welcome addition as it allowed me to whittle away my time in a somewhat productive way and also to challenge my mum to beat my hopefully superior scores. Again, I digress, I am an overly competitive person and for those of you out there much less ridiculous than me, this aspect of the game is still very enjoyable on a much slower pace, with 3 levels of difficulty to match players of all abilities and ages.
Despite up until now having sung this games praises there were some faults I had with it. One is that the IQ test that features is somewhat culturally specific, as discussed in many articles which note the nature of the tests may not necessarily be applicable to those not from western backgrounds. As well as this, I personally was not a fan of the vocal tests as one, I'm not exactly confident in the sound of my voice, especially sitting on a crowded bus playing at my DS, and two my console was not particularly great at picking up my voice and so my score for days in which I played voice-reliant games was considerably lower than without. However, this may not necessarily be the case with all players and I am certain many of you may have better performing DS consoles and so may genuinely enjoy these games. I am not saying they were any less entertaining than the others on offer, simply that I couldn't enjoy them because of my own circumstances.
More Brain Training is an excellent, challenging game that I personally found addictive and consistently fun. There was always a new score to beat, a new record to make, which kept me always coming back, even to this day from time to time. Despite no longer necessarily being an avid Nintendo DS player, this is still a game I thoroughly enjoy and would definitely recommend.
I enjoy puzzle games and like to keep my brain fresh by trying to use it a bit each day so the idea of a game on my DS that would combine the two seemed good to me. I bought more brain training online for around £15 despite not owning the first game in the series as I wanted the most up to date version.
The game is designed to be played for a few minutes each day to work your brain - the idea being that anyone can fit this into their schedule. It is also designed so that anyone, even those not used to playing computer games, can play - you do not need to press any buttons to play, you can write your answers on the screen using the stylus or, for some games, simply speak your answer. The DS can then pick up your answer using the in built microphone.
The games are all short and designed to exercise your brain's ability to perform different tasks, for example arithmetic and vocabulary tasks. There is a calendar in built and this allows you to monitor your progress over time. The game will use the tasks to calculate and give you your calculated brain age score - eeek!
Taking you through the exercises is a virtual man's face (annoying!). He talks to you about how you are doing via a speech bubble. If I had the option, I would like to turn this feature off!
As well as the brain age check feature, you can use the training mode which allows you to select which games you would like to play. There are also handy features away from the game to allow you to take a break from training - there are various Sudoku grids and a game that I enjoy called Germ Busters. This is meant for 'brain relaxation' and is similar to TETRIS, you have to manoeuvre different coloured germs into blocks of colour to clear the screen. This is actually my favourite game of all!
It is worth noting that not all games are available to play immediately, but they will gradually become unlocked as you play the other games.
This game is maths based. You are given the numbers in the sum and the answer and you have to work out what the mathematical sign in the sum is (+. -. / or x). The aim is to work through the list of sums against the clock and the quicker you do it the better your score. If you get one incorrect you are penalised with a higher score. I find this quite stressful due to the against the clock feature, which can make me panic. Also, sometimes the console does not recognise your symbol correctly, so you need to make sure that you write this clearly. It's an easy game to get to grips with though and does work your brain.
Not one of my favourite games but then I'm not exactly what you'd call musically gifted either. It's really a memory test as you are given a virtual keyboard and they play a tune, highlighting which keys are pressed. You then repeat the tune from memory. I personally find this quite hard.
A number of letters are arranged in a circle. These are an anagram of a word and you are against the clock to identify the word. The number of letters increases as you progress. Again, you need to ensure that you write clearly so that the console can recognise the word that you have written.
A maths based game where you are effectively a cashier and are given a price and some coins as payment. You then have to select the correct coins to give as change. This is again against the clock, a factor which I find stressful, but enjoyable.
I find this one really challenging. You need to turn the volume up on your DS to play this. The console will then say two or three words at once and you have to identify which words have been said. You can have a few guesses and if you are incorrect, they will identify a few letters in each word to give you a clue. You can also listen to the words a few times. This game is really unique and challenging and one that I enjoy.
Another maths based game. This one can be played on normal or hard difficulty so you can work at improving your skills. You have to answer the maths questions but one of the numbers is taken from the previous sum and you need to remember what this was as it is scribbled out. This requires good memory and concentration skills. Enjoyable and challenging.
**Days and Dates**
Not a favourite of mine. The console will ask questions such as 'tell me what day of the week it was 10 days ago' and you have to write your answer in. I find this extremely challenging as, with a young baby, I barely know which day of the week it is that day!
This one is fun and you really need to concentrate. It starts off ok, but I find the latter levels nigh on impossible as they speed up. Basically you watch a race and, imparticular, an individual runner in that race. You have to keep track of their position in that race, so when they overtake or are overtaken remember to promote or demote them. Fine when the overtaking is every now and then but very hard when people are flying past left, right and centre! Challenging.
**Determine the Time**
This one is to do with how you see images. You are shown different images of clock - analogue and digital - at different angles, upside down, mirror images etc and you need to write the time. The quicker you do it, the better your score. This one is ok but a little monotonous.
**Calculate the Height**
You are given a block with three vertical columns, A, B and C. This is greyed out so you can't see inside but cubes are dropped into each column and you need to remember the height of each column at the end of the game. Again, this speeds up and gets more difficult as the game progresses so becomes increasingly challenging.
I think that there is a good variety of games and that each tests a different skill area. I tend to find that I play some games more than others, but this is personal preference. I also like the fact that, when you complete a game you are given a speed to show you how good you are - for example jet speed or walking speed. Your result is also plotted on a graph so that you can compare how you have done with your previous attempts.
These are the types of games that I enjoy, but I can see why others would find these boring as the games are really short and could become monotonous and repetitive. There is no real depth to the games as, once you have mastered them, there is nowhere further to go.
I completely agree with the concept that this is to be played for a few minutes each day, it is not a game that you can play for hours on end. However, I do not think that this is necessarily a bad thing. The game will appeal to people into puzzle games and it definitely tests and works your brain. It is also enjoyable to play and there will be at least one or two games that everyone will enjoy. The price online seems to be around £10 for this now, which I think is about right - it is a good stocking filler.
When this came out, I was like WOW! Because I enjoyed the first one (Brain Training) for while but the challenges got boring. So I bought this... it was pretty much the same apart from the challenges were slightly different. It was fun for a while... once again. But after you've unlocked everything there is to unlock it gets boring. These games make good use of the touch screen that aint always used in other games. Sometimes it can be forgotten about. You can have four players on this, so other people can use your ds. It gives you a bit more of a challenge when other people play and get better scores than you, it gives you ambition to beat them and get better scores. This game was fun for a 'short' while. But some people probably disagree with me. Im saying its boring but everyone has there own opinion. This game is aroud £20 but you can get it cheaper if you dont mind have a used version.
I have recently received a free DSi (thanks Cokezone!) and I have been busy using my Lovefilm membership to try out lots of games for it. However, this game is one that I purchased from Amazon for just £7.99 as it seemed like a game that I would use everyday and I price that I couldn't turn down.
The game is very simple to load, just pop the small cartirdge in to your DS and turn it on. The cartridge comes provided in a standard DS game cassette which I always think are a little bulkier than they need to be but they do come with a little booklet usually detailing how to play the game and things like that.
When the game initially loads up you will be invited to give a few personal details about yourself, your name, date of birth etc. These details are used to create a profile for you which you can then select each time you come on the game to build a fairly accurate profile of how well you are progressing in the different game types.
The menu shows a few options and I will explain a little more about each of them.
Quickplay: Here you can do a 'quick' brain age check, training session or play a quick game of sudoku. These games are perfect if you want to let someone else play on your DSi and don't want to waste lots of time setting things up or explaining the gameplay for them. The quick game modes will give a brief explanation on how to play things before allowing you to start the game straight away. I think this mode is more for when other people play on my DSi as I haven't actually ever used it myself because I find it almost as fast just to play on my profile and select the games that I want to play.
Daily Training: This is the section of the game that I use the most. Once going through the Daily Training screen I can select my profile or create a new profile if I want to set someone else up to play regularly. When I first load up my profile the little Dr character will talk to me, about how my battery is low, what a lovely day it is (usually when it's not) and other little random things like that. If I haven't visited the game for a few days then he usually has a comment to make on that as well. In this screen I can perform a brain age check where I do a small series of games to see how well I can perform at certain things and then a brain age is calculated. I can also do some daily training where I will receive a stamp on my calender for each day that I play and complete one game in the training mode. I can also view the graphs to see how well I am performing on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. This is the most useful section for me.
Sudoku: On this section I can go to different difficulty levels and play games of Sudoku depending on the challenge that I want to set myself. Obviously the style of the game is the same but it's just harder levels and they take longer to complete because even more brain power is needed! In this section, if I visit it first each day, the Dr will have a little chat about how long it's been since I last played and things like that.
Download: In this section you can send a demo and play the multiplayer training. I am not exactly sure what this is because I have yet to connect my DSi to my Wi-Fi connection and therefore I haven't used this section.
Overall I would say that the longevity of this game is long as I find myself wanting to spend 10 or 15 minutes every day playing all my training games and then taking part in a brain age check. The brain age check can vary quite wildly when I don't feel like I've done much worse so I do think it's all a little bit of nonsense really but it's fun at the same time.
I love nothing more than logging in every day to earn my stamp and works towards unlocking a new training game. So far I have 6 or 7 games and these, coupled with the brain age check, are enough to keep my attention for 10 or 15 minutes which is just enough time not to eat in to my busy evenings and to give me a nice break from whatever I have been doing all night.
There is a choice of different games including ones where you use maths skills and ones where you listen, look or remember certain things. I feel like my brain does get a real work out when I play this game and I'm pleased with the quality of the games.
This game is quite fun as well as being educational and I have definitely improved in terms of my brain age while playing this game. I will continue to play it and I've been just as happy with this game as any of the others in the series and I'd certainly try any new ones that come out based on the quality of this one.
More Brain Training is the sequal to the original Brain training on the DS. Released in 2007 this is an updated and expanded version of the original game.
More brain training is designed stimulate your brain and help improve your brain age, telling you what its current age is at each step. The challenges here are designed to test your brain and let you have fun doing it. the games uses all of the DS's controls and is great fun to play alone or with friends (up to 4). Great for short and sharp bursts of gaming.
The question your asking if you have the original is 'should I buy this one?'. After playing both I prefer the original as the mind games here are not quite as good in my opinion and get old quicker. However you should still get it. Its great to swap between the games as it expands the longetivity of both and the minigames are all different.
If you havn't played a brain training before then this is a great game and you will have alot of fun playing it. The sudoku is also present here which increases the games value.
Games I tend to play revolve around action and logic as I find they get me going more than other games and the More Brain Training game is meant to test your knowledge and give you a productive brain age score.
The game wants you to try and advance your skills in areas such as English and maths and just general logic in simple puzzles. You begin with a brain test to determine the age of your brain which I have to admit is rather random because I done this twice and had a similar result both times and ended up with different scores.
You have some challenges available to you and you do these if you wish but if you get a stamp each day you begin to unlock the puzzles in a harder mode and you begin to unlock new challenges as well which does help an awful lot.
The games have got you trying to complete them as quickly as possible and at the end you try and beat your best scores and you get penalties for anything you have done wrong such as an answer.
Then you see yourself producing this graph with previous results. You have games such as remembering words which are said through the speakers and you have games such as the piano and trying to play a song in tune and on time as well.
You get told how fast your doing at the end of each challenge you play because the game likes to warn you about the various speeds so a car is pretty good but a jet and a rocket are also there so if you see these vehicles at the end if shows how well you are doing.
You can play a game of Sudoku to take your mind of the challenges if you wish and you can play any of the challenges you wish and some are boring and each to obtain good scores with but some of the challenges are tough and mean you have to work hard to obtain good scores.
When playing the game you can take a brain age test whenever you wish and hope that you obtain another decent score which should be easy enough to achieve because this test is conducted with some of the games you have played during the brain training itself.
I feel the graphics are nothing to get excited about and the game play can be a bit odd with some of the games letting you use mathematical symbols and if you try and do a division sign sometimes the multiplication sign comes up instead resulting in penalties and lost time which does not help your overall score.
There is plenty to do but whether is assists your brain age or not is debatable and I sadly have to assume it does not.
I received this game as a present at the same time as my Nintendo DS. I certainly liked the idea of a challenging game that would test my knowledge and mental ability.
The game was really easy to set up and start playing. You can create your own profile that saves your progress as you play each time. There is also the option to play with up to 16 friends - something I have not yet tried however!
I haven't owned the first brain training game for the Nintendo DS so I'm unaware of how they compare, however I was impressed with this game.
The brain training exercises vary in difficulty according to the level you decide to select. The challenges vary from general arithmetic and calculating how much change you would give someone for monetary notes, through to musical recitals where you learn to play songs.
An added bonus was that there's a feature where you can attempt a considerable number of sudoku puzzles from the main menu of the game.
I found some of the challenges were actually more difficult than I anticipated but it certainly made me want to play more and eventually accomplish them - great satisfaction involved!
At times I found messages from the Dr Kawashima character slightly boring with his sayings when I had not played for a while, but I think the purpose of them is probably to be motivational to make you play more.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised at this game and the content. There were many more challenges than I expected and found it quite addictive wanting to attempt to complete challenges in the fastest time!
More brain training is an excellent follow up game from brain training.
If you have never played any of these games before, basically they help to stimulate your brain and get you thinking. It is meant to help you improve your brain, and it even tells you what brain age you have!
For those of you who have played the first one, this one is a lot better! They have added in new exercises and training games!
I thought this game was good, but the exercises could still be better! I get bored of doing the memory games and I seem to find, i get them an awful lot!
Would I recommend this game?
Yes, this is a very good game and if you are deciding whether to buy the first one or this one, I would go for this one. This one is more advanced and more fun to play!
There are also other games out related to brain training such as sight and hearing, etc. I have only tried the brain games, but if they are as good as these games, then you will probably like them too!
More brain training i purchase this game after exhausting the original , this too was a brilliant game i enjoyed it thoroughly , but it again can repetitive towards the end of the game after you have completed all the tasks.
It is very similar to the original version, You still have to 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.
This game features new tasks such as correct change, which obviously is of great use to us in everyday life. Missing symbols where you have repeated the recital after they have stopped, the brain age test gives you 3 random tests these may include rock paper scissors, memorising the position of numbers on the screen.
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.
More Brain Training (DS)
I have had a Nintendo wii for a while but wanted a DS to use on holidays and to try out brain training games to help keep y mind active. So I got the DS a few months ago and More Brain Training for Christmas. I have not tried the first version of this yet but I am liking this one so have ordered myself it.
The idea of More Brain Training is to help stimulate different parts of your brain to keep it active. Considering the DS is meant to be for the kids that this game and its original have been such big hits.
The brains behind More Brain Training is Dr Kawashima a doctor of medicine from Japan and ''leading figure'' in ''Brain Imaging'' there. He wrote a book called 'train your brain in 60 days' and these principles were translated to the first game.
You turn the DS into a book shape upright and first have to register your name and take the brain age exercise. You are then given a brain age by the Dr and of course mine was quite ancient as the first attempt at this is not great as it takes time to build up to being good at the exercises set.
Once you have a brain age there are different options to choose from which are quick play which allows you to do a brain age check, quick training and quick sudoko without needing to register. These included a paper, scissors and stone game in the age check or quicker versions of the games in daily play. I haven't downloaded anything yet where you are able to battle against up to 15 people.
You can pick the options of brain age check, training, graph and other options.
The brain age check allows you to retest your brain age and consists of three test modes which form part of the daily play tasks but randomly chosen.
The graph allows you to see your progress on each of the various components over it. Whether you have gone up or down in points or time. In the other options you can change your signature or stamp design or colour settings. You can also get tips from the famous Dr which can be fun and useful.
What I have played mainly is the daily play training and each time you go you get a stamp for each day. If you attempt more than one game you get a bigger stamp. The Dr talks to you and greets you each time on knowing the time of day and occasions. It wished me happy new year and tells me off for going on late at night when I go on before going to sleep. In fact I have been on everyday since Christmas except yesterday and it know and says it is sorry to miss you! It also warns you when your battery is running low which I think is rather clever. it also wished me Happy New Year and knew it was cold outside!
You start off with a couple of games and once you have done them it will open up new ones and to get more games you have to play more days. I haven't opened up all the games yet but have enjoyed the ones I have so far. They all have rules next to them to help explain them for each of the games you are measured by points or time and given speeds e.g. walking speed, cycling, car, train or plane. I am better at some than others which is odd. Each game will give penalties for mistakes which can mean adding of time etc and then you get a lower score or giving a lower speed. Each game has the top 3 scores and ill note any personal bests even if it doesn't put you in the top 3 as the Ds has 4 different slots for players to use so you can compete as a family for the spots.
The first one is missing symbols which requires you to work out the missing symbols x+-/for the sums on the screen in the shortest time possible. You have to write on the right of screen with the scroll the answer to the sum on the left part of the DS. I do get slightly frustrated with this one as my drawing of the / symbol seems to be mistaken for a - sometimes and then gives me the wrong answer. The game is pretty addictive and you want the best score so it can mark you easily if you want to get a good score. Only one score gets counted per day you see so if you mess up that's the score taken. Though I worked out you can backup out press the start button and it doesn't record anything. (cheating slightly I know) For this one surprisingly I am only walking which is not so good but I think that is more to do with me drawing the symbols as I don't make mistakes. If you make a mistake you get a penalty of time added which can give you a worse score.
The second game on it is masterpiece recital which first time I got plane speed which is good. Must have a knack for being a super composer anyway it plays the piece of music each day and you have to hit the right notes to play the tune. I quite like this as soothing though you need to make sure the volume is turned up on the DS to hear the tunes.
The next one I have on my DS is word scramble which is words muddled up on left side in anagrams to decipher and they spin round in a circle. Sometimes they spring out at you and you instantly know them. They get harder as the game goes on and if you miss one you get a penalty. I vary on this game between car and train.
The next game I have is correct change and I like this one as nice and easy. You have the amount spent on left with amount given to buy and you work out the change. You rag the coins into the box to add up the change. It normally starts with fivers then will suddenly drop to trick you. Again you have to be quicker to get a higher result but I normally do well on this one.
The next one I have is word blend which is harder than you think. You have to listen to the DS for this one so need quiet space and volume up. It starts off with one word then moves up to two and three spoken at the same time and you need to decipher the word. Sometimes you get letter clues in the word and can repeat the sayings a few times. Though it ill only let you listen so long before saying up. I can get train and plane speed on this so I like it!
The next one I have is memory addition and I don't like this as it is hard. It starts off with a two numbers that need adding up . e.g. 4+12 but it then scribbles over one of the numbers so you give your answer then you have to remember the scribbled out number for the next sum whilst putting in that answer. You do ok for so long until it bleeps when you hit a certain line of correct answers which puts me off then I forget! You can put try again to re-see the numbers. I have done alright at this and am improving but only on train speed!
The next one I have is days and dates and I find this a tad hard for some reason. It goes off today's dates and you have to work out days or dates within the past or future week. It will say what is it two days from 4 days ago etc to confuse you. Thus I am at car speed!
I am not clever enough to have opened up anymore games yet of the three spaces I have left though I have only had the game under a fortnight!
I did sneak to the bottom box to see if it would open and I got the germ buster. You are only allowed to open this after opening at least one game and have to do a brain training game each day before it will let you in! This is not a brain training game but a relaxing game. I actually do find this highly addictive and calming though. It plays the nursery rhyme type song associated with the flu not sure which but myself and niece ended up quite calmed by it. The idea is to kill the germs with the different coloured pills that fall down. It is basically like tetris and staged in levels. I only like the easy game as the normal and advanced start dropping more than one pill in one go making it too hard. On easy you go at a gentle speed. The more you move up the levels the more germs are there making it harder to clear the and I get to about level 20 before dying. However it is addictive and fun.
Overall I am a fan of this and like to go on daily before bed even through Dr tells me off! I like the fact that you can open up new games once you have conquered some. I like seeing the graph and getting the time down and points up. There is sudoko on there but it doesn't fuss me too much. I have now ordered myself the orignal game too to play and I am hoping for some more types of activities to do.
It also occasionally will ask you to do random other things like connect the dots to draw what you see e.g. dolphins etc though I never quite see the same as the Dr.
It is a game that says for 3+ though my little nephew aged 9 tried to play the other day and struggled with it so I think it's a tad hard for the younger child. I think it is great for adults though or teens. For the adults it is good to help your memory and keep your brain active. If you love puzzles and sudoko you will love this. In fact there are 10 million users of this according to Nintendo so my suggestion is to buy this as it is fun and also beneficial to the aging brain!
**Where to buy**
You can buy DS games in lots of outlets from music shops to supermarkets etc and online. The cheapest place I have seen I s Amazon for under £13 though you could pay up to £22 for the game in land based shops. You can go online to www.nintendo.co.uk and get onto the page for more brain training to find out more information about it and how to sue the add in features.
I Would give this a 4 star as it is highly addictive though I wish there were more games/activities on it. The price is pretty cheap too. In fact I am so addicted I took my DS to relatives and friends nad was being rude playing it whilst there like you do with your mobile! I have had to ween myself off the thing hence not going on yesterday and the Dr said he missed me! I hope this has been of some help to you as I have tried to explain it in the best way I could.
When I first got a DS, I got the first Brain Training, and after playing it for about 2 months, this game came out, and I knew I had to buy it, because the first was just incredible.
So after seeing the adverts I decided to go to the shops to buy it, it cost me a very reasonable £19.99, which I thought was quite a bargain, if it was going to be as good as the first.
I first starting playing it and I soon realised that it was pretty much the exact same layout as the original, the person even said the same things as before.
I was pleased they still had the sudoku, which I really enjoy whilst on long car or train journeys.
I then went on the new excercises, and I felt that they had improved slightly (although I feel that they couldn't really improve much more), and one of my favourites was on called 'masterpiece recital' which is where you have one octave of notes on a piano, and then there is a small piece of music you have to play, and you play the notes by tapping them with the stylus on the touchscreen.
Another one of my favourites, is called 'correct change' and that is where, you have a picture of a note, or coins and you are told to give change from a certain amount by tapping, different coins to give the correct amount.
And if you tap the last excercise (you wont have unlocked it) it will be a game called 'germ buster' and basically, it has the same rules as tetris, and Dr Kawashima, explains it as an 'excercise to calm your mind' but unfortunately, i'm not very good at it so I just use the other excercises.
I enjoy playing this game just as much, as the original 'Brain Training' because as well as the great excercises and sudoku, it will still give you a brain age, also if you compare the two, o the same day, I actually got the exact same brain age!
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who had the previous brain training, or would like to see how 'old' their brain actually is.
I was bought this as a present when I got a DS at Christmas to keep my brain occupied before going to bed rather than driving myself mad by stressing. I had a rough idea of what to expect because I had heard about it before trying it, but then again, I would be surprised if there were many people who haven't at least heard of Brain Training.
More Brain Training was released in 2007, a year after the original 'Brain Training : How Old Is Your Brain?' was released in 2006. Brain Training was one of the first big games for the DS Lite, and there was a lot of hype about it. When the DS Lite started selling, many bundles offered Brain Training as part of the package, so it obviously wasn't long after its success that the next version came about.
More Brain Training was inspired by the Japanese neuroscientist Dr Kawashima, and as this is made known on the product, the overall feel of the game is reinforced as one of quality, almost as if it's backed up and proven by science as being effective.
The game is rated as being PG and suitable for ages 3+, though I would very much doubt a toddler would be able to complete some of these tasks! Perhaps one for older children and teens, this game is also great for adults. In fact, I would argue this is more of an adults game, though would perhaps be suitable also for older children and teenagers.
The game is marketed as a way to train your brain, sharpen your mind and challenge your skills. For me, a great deal of the appeal is in the fact it's an open-ended game. You can pick it up and play as much, or as little, as you want, whenever you want, and as there are no 'levels' to complete, it's endless. I prefer this to something other games with levels as I usually hit a brick wall with them and either get fed up or stuck, or the opposite and complete it quickly and find it's then made redundant. At least with this, it's a game you can keep hold of in your collection.
More Brain Training is 'packed with all new brain training techniques', a claim I can't really comment on as I haven't played the original. I'm not sure how the original compares to this one, but I would have thought this would be more advanced and a positive step forward from the previous.
I've seen adverts for Brain Training on tele recently, and it shows the game being used with other people, so it is technically an interactive game. You can save upto 4 individual player profiles, with upto 16 people using the same DS card, but the games generally are too fast to play with more than one person at once (ie. It's not really practical to have someone next to you trying to shout out your next move). That said, you can monitor your progress afterwards and compare it to your friends/family, and you can use the download for multiplayer games, so it is something that you can include other people in.
The leaflet that comes with the game gives an overview of the different games, as well as some scientific information on training your brain. Again, the science aspect reinforces the game as being something of quality, something that is scientifically sound and proven. I'm not sure how accurate this is, but I also think it depends on each individual person, which mini games you play, for how long and how often etc.
There are also a few tips on using the DS and getting the most out of your gameplay. For example, there's a bit in the booklet about clear pronunciation and the writing of letters for quick recognition.
There are three main sections on the main menu for gameplay:
Brain Age Check - A series of tasks to ascertain the age of your brain. This is unique and original, and quite fun to do, and at the end of it you'll see the age your brain is currently at. Don't be too shocked by this. I saw I'm nearing 80 and could have cried, but instead I laughed and got on with 'training my brain'. I really don't think you can take the age check seriously, especially if you're only just getting to grips with the game and the controls, but it's fun to do. You'll be glad to know that I've also shed several years off my age now!
Quick Play - This is what it sounds like. A speedy brain age check, quick training and sudoku.
Daily Training - Select this if you want to play the meat of the game. This include a full rain age check and/or your daily training. You need to check your age when you first start the game, but after that you can go into daily training.
As part of your daily training you get a selection of mini games to choose from, but when you first start you'll only see the first couple. The rest gradually appear as the days go on.
I quite like the calendar on this, which you stamp using the stylus after you play one game. This means you can keep track of which days you've trained your brain, which I think is quite funky. You can also design your own date stamp, using the options on the main menu.
The main settings include: Your signature, stamp, viewing of brain tips and the erasing of personal data. These help make the game personalised and suited to you, which makes the game more user-friendly and interactive.
As well as the settings to make it more personalised, you also get brain tips throughout the game, ie. After your first training exercise, and animated graphics for when you do well. The tips can be fairly interesting, but I think they're quite basic and can sometimes be a bit annoying as you keep pressing 'more' to get rid of them. Dr Kawashima makes an appearance on the left-hand screen and often says hello, or 'I've missed you', again making the game more friendly.
Prior to playing the games, events occur periodically. For example, every couple of days there'll be a quick exercise to complete before you can play. These include: acrostics, connect the dots and a picture quiz (but the latter only for multiplayer). At first, I thought these were quite quirky and enjoyed doing them, but as they got repeated a few times I just wanted to skip them, which you can do by just drawing something, anything, with your stylus and moving forward because there are no right or wrong answers.
The training games include the following:
Missing Symbols - general maths which is fast and quite simple
Masterpiece Recital - using the stylus to play a keyboard along to the music
Word Blend - Listening to a group of words at the same time and trying to distinguish the individual words
Word Scramble - Solving the word from a circle of jumbled up letters that are moving
Memory Addition - Keeping track of numbers as they are added together
Days & Dates - Quite a difficult one in my opinion, as you try to work out the day/date from the clues given
Correct Change - Fairly easy as you calculate the change you need to give, as a shopkeeper would do
Calculate the height - As it sounds
Finishing Position - Trying to keep track of some stickmen to see who finishes at which position
Determine The Time - A clock, from different angles, is shown and you need to work out the time. This is actually more difficult as it sounds as the time can be back to front too!
Germ Buster - A 'relaxing' game a bit like tetris. This is actually the game I play the most, so I tend to do missing symbols first, as you need to complete one training exercise before you can access Germ Buster, then play this before going to bed.
I must admit that the novelty of most of the above did wear off fairly quickly, especially as some of them can be quite difficult. Saying that, most do offer the chance of determining the difficulty, either easy, medium, or hard, which is a good option.
To play the game, you hold the DS like a book, and most instructions are given on the left hand screen. Using the game is interactive but mostly uses the stylus. The game pads aren't used, but there is a small amount of vocal work with the microphone when you're using the brain age check.
I was a bit sceptical at first about how easily the game would be to use with the stylus. Writing numbers and letters, and having them recognised by the DS, is very cool in my opinion, and is actually more accurate than I thought it would be. It will depend on your handwriting, but I find that more often than not, the DS will pick up what I'm writing very quickly. If you have any problems with it, you can refer to the instruction leaflet and see how they suggest letters and numbers are written for easy recognition.
It's the type of game you can pick up and play whenever you want, but if you want good results from it in terms of improving your brain age and recent scores (which are shown to you on a graph, which I think is pretty funky!) then a little every day or so is a good idea. I personally have seen a great improvement. Obviously, part of this is learning how to use the DS and stylus so your speed picks up, but I do think it's made me better at word games at least.
Overall, this is a unique game (apart from the original Brain Training of course!) and was one of the first of its kind on the DS. Other training style games have been released since, but I think this would be more superior, not to mention more popular.
As a bestseller, I think this game lives up to the hype to reasonable extent. It's creative, interactive and fun to use, and it gives your grey matter a workout. The best bit is that you can use it whenever, wherever you want, for as long or as little as you want, and you can keep it in your collection because you can't technically 'complete it'.
Definitely recommended if you have a DS and want something interesting and interactive, that has both easier and more challenging mini games. It also means you have a great excuse for playing it because you're 'doing the important task of 'training your brain'!
[ RRP £19.99 Selling on Amazon for £12.98 ]
This is even better than the first title. It has many more great features and brain training exercises. The fact of the matter is that this title really increases your brain activity if you really do it everyday. I have even made up a program for myself - When ever i grab my nintendo ds lite, i plug the cartridge with the first brain training title, complete all exercises there ( I personally love the ones with the math problems ), afterward i change the cartridge to the "More brain training" one, and start completing the exercises there. Be sure to check your brain age, after you complete all the exercises.
The best part is when i complete all the exercises, i go and complete a couple of sudoku games and then wait until the next day comes.
When you insert the cartridge, and start the game for the first time. the greeting and signing up is really "friendly-made". A professor starts to explain all the basics to you, and then you enter your details such as day of birth, sign, name and etc. to keep track of your progress everyday of the month. When you first start, you have only access to a couple of exercises, and after you complete them, and check your brain, you immediately unlock another one, and can play it right away.
Everyday for the first few days, you can unlock different exercises.
My personal favorites are the ones with the math problems. Like for example, you have to answer math problems as fast as you can. They consist of ( 2+1 = ?, 5*8 = ? ) and etc, or you they give you the math problem solved, and you have to put the proper symbol, for example ( 2?1 = 3, 5 ? 5 = 25 ) and etc.
What i love the most about the second title is the piano playing. I my self play the piano and the guitar, and love to make music, and love even more to play rhythm and music games. This exercise consists of a given song for the day, and you playing it correctly while it plays in the background. A piano is given to you on the bottom screen with the notes, and on the top screen there are the notes playing in real time, and you have to hit the correct notes in order to play the song. It is just great, and you have to be quick and have a piece of "rhythm" in your mind.
I will not spoil you anymore, the rest is always up to the purchaser.
This game is on the first on my top three games list, and the second one is its first version. Probably one of the best things that happened to my gaming console. Its cheap and everyone that need to wake up their "what some people call" gray thingy in your head, you should go and get it. I personally enjoy it a lot, and will not regret for a second that i bought it.
Oh Dr Kawashima, if only your second DS offering didn't seem a little buggy. This is the next game in the Brain Training series (I presume there will be more as they do make money), and as much as it is useful and entertaining it does appear to have a problem.
That problem, you may ask, is that when it wants you to speak for certain tasks - such as calculating your brain age via rock paper scissors, it doesn't seem to understand what you are saying. I have cleaned the mic, got people with different accents to test it out, tried other copies of the game and still the same. It does however understand one work - it is of the four letter variety, begins with f and I will not type it here incase the kiddies are reading. But it knows and accepts that word perfectly fine!
However I have found a way around this little problem - any time the game asks if you are in a place where you can speak press No you are not. It then does not give you the speech-related games and you feel less like throwing the DS out the window!
So other than that little issue how is the game? Well it's pretty good, the good Dr himself seems a bit smug but you can take him down a peg or two by saying coriander into the mic on the title screen twice - he hates the stuff and will pull a grimace that makes you feel much better if you've just messed up! The other brain training games in this offering are very good, there's a lot of variety including image, number and word games, and as you persever with it more games will be unlocked and more levels of difficulty too. Occasionally the doctor will butt in and ask you to connect some dots to make a picture or something else odd - but most of the time he leaves you be.
I have to say the best parts I've found in this game are the Masterpiece Recital and Sudoku games, I hated sudoku before playing it on this game and I have many many more sudokus to finish before I will get bored.
This isn't a bad game once you find the way around the speech thing, but honestly if I'd paid the RRP of £24.99 in most stores it would have gone back based on that fault. At less than £10 this was a great purchase that will keep the mind active and the brain boggled.