Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Even more train for your brain
More Brain Training (DS)
Member Name: m_illie
More Brain Training (DS)
Advantages: Lots of variety and many games to play, always fun
Disadvantages: Not necessarily great for buzzing,action-pack-lovin g children
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.
Summary: A great little game which offers more than you'd expect
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