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Genre: Puzzle / Video Game for Nintendo DS / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2008-01-24 / Published by Nintendo

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      02.12.2012 12:25
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      A solid casual DS title, but not spectacular.

      The practice of casual gaming was a concept that had a huge growth spurt in the mid 2000s. The Nintendo DS was a major cause of this, with early titles like Nintendogs and Wild Crossing having a big impact. The DS latched onto the more grown-up individuals, with busy hectic lifestyles not having the time for a 3 hour gaming session amidst the pressures of work and family. The ability to play a little bit each day in bite size chunks greatly appealed, and so a direction away from virtual pets to tricky puzzles was inevitable. Sight Training came a year after the steamroller success of Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, with a similar idea, interface and presentation. At first it came with connotations of improving your vision and reactions, although Nintendo have clearly stated this was not the case. As such Sight Training should be taken as merely puzzling entertainment and doesn't improve your eyesight radically. Also in keeping with a more relaxed tone, it comes across as a little more fun and approachable with the inclusion of sport based games and overall far less daunting than the aforementioned Brain Training, but keeps the casual element essential for that trip on the bus or a break at the office.

      Sight Training has a basic set up with a predominantly menu based presentation, bold text and basic shapes. You create a personal profile in one of the four available slots, perform a few adaptations of the included activities to ascertain your 'eye age', and from then on set about improving this score through playing the various games and puzzles. Much like Brain Training, it's set out like a calendar and tracks your daily progress as you play. Everyday, it gives you a pre-set eye workout judging from your current 'eye age'. This is a selection of 4 to 5 games to improve your scores on the 5 parts of vision. These are Hand-Eye Co-ordination, Dynamic Visual Acuity, Momentary Vision, Eye Movement and Peripheral Vision. This is a strict, daily routine according to the game, but you are able to play any activity at will providing you have achieved the level needed to unlock them. Only 17 in total; most people with a degree of decent vision should be able to unlock all of these, it's not all that hard. Once all the games are available and the difficulty level is cranked up, things can get pretty though and challenging. However, the 'eye age' results can be slightly off the mark. My mother of 70, who has only 40% of her natural eyesight, achieved an eye age of 49... Hhhhmm. Needless to say, this score can be taken with a pitch of salt but does provide a target to beat nonetheless. That's the overall goal, to better your scores as it is with any video game. Sight Training likes to tell you your eyesight IS getting better (or worse), and like me you may feel an element of truth to this; however no scientific evidence exists to support this.

      For a game that focus' on eyesight skills, you would expect things to be presented in a very clear-cut sharp manner. For the most part it is, with pastel colours offsetting against a light blue/grey background. It's not bright or overly colourful, but provides a user-friendly environment that's clean and tidy. The menus are simple to read and understand, with instructions given for every game. It's a shame that these instructions repeat every time you start a new activity, even though the machine knows you have already played it. Eyesight facts and tips always appear after each game too, and quickly begin to repeat ad nauseam. This gets more annoying because the text takes a while to display each time. This aside, it's all easy to navigate around, choosing your daily eye workout or custom game is a breeze. Of the two sets of activities, core skills and sports, the latter is by far the more enjoyable; providing some nice captured animations and realistic settings to pep things up. The core skills are all presented in a black, green and yellow scheme to keep things clear, but it does look a little dull and un-engaging, far removed from the colourful screens of Big Brian Academy or the Professor Layton series. If anything, staring at the same colours constantly puts more strain on the ol' peepers out of sheer blandness. The rest of the graphics are all rather standard, nothing original save for a nice 8-bit style blocky character that accompanies each game. It's the same story with the audio. The usual inoffensive bleeps, clicks and chimes are there to highlight every menu hit or correct answer, the sports games have some decent lifelike samples but I cannot ignore the menu screens' overlaying tune that becomes very irritating. Eventually, you learn to block this music out.

      In actuality, all the activities are well designed and enjoyable to play. A few are far too simple; such as the basketball task or box tap, and others are a bit temperamental with the accuracy of the stylus. Both the football games being the worst offenders. That said, it is rewarding to beat your own targets and to improve more on your eye age score, you get a feeling that you are doing good for yourself and thusly this can be quite gratifying. Some of the games like the boxing, number flash and number tap are very addictive, and can be more of an enjoyable challenge. Unfortunately, because of the strict parameters of judging the eye age score, all games can only be played once in a 24 hour period. You can repeat them, but any score achieved will be ignored by the system. This makes the time frame in each day very limited, I would say about 30 minutes to get thought all 17 games of play to enhance your score. The sports games are able to be played in the separate option, but I would have liked a way to have a separate score table that records all the games scores. It would have given more life and attention per day so to speak.

      Sight Training is like the little cast-out brother of Brain Training, wanting to be as subversive but not delivering with the technicalities. The various activities are fine for the most part, but it's those little annoyances that make you want to put it down after a few days and pick up something with more grab-factor. On a personal level, despite the lack of proven research, I have found a slight improvement in my eye movement whilst playing other titles, this I attribute to Sight Training somewhat, as it as helpfully told me on numerous occasions. Not completely useless then and an enjoyable title for casual short stints, but flawed in parts. Not 20/20 vision, but not in need of the bifocals either.

      Graphics - 6/10
      Sound: 7/10
      Gameplay: 8/10
      Lastability: 6/10

      Overall: 7/10

      Thanks for Reading © Novabug (This review is also published on The Pixel Empire with full permission)

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        20.05.2011 13:46
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        Good for the price!

        This is your typical training game. But for your sight. I bought this after playing 'Brain Training' and 'More Brain Training'. I thought 'at first' this was really fun, the games were different to the other games so I thought it was good. The most fun games on this is the Sports challenges, its really good fun. It makes excelent use of the touch screen on the ds which some games dont. I enjoy the game where you have to tap the boxes and they appear and disappear quicker and quicker as the game goes on. You can have more than one game save so you can try and beat your friends scores if they play on your ds. This game is quite cheap. £13 from Amazon.co.uk which is really cheap for a ds game. You can probably get it even cheaper by buying it used. I got this for really cheap £4 used. This game can get a bit boring though everyday doing the same challenges. Its very repetitive. But I guess its worth so little money, you might as well try it!

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          27.09.2010 23:27
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          Very little to get excited about

          I have never found the games which are meant to expand your knowledge and skills that worthwhile and I have been left thinking the same again after playing this game.

          I have played Sight Training on numerous occasions but sadly it has never done me any good and my eyesight has remained the same. At the first time of playing you need to get an eye age for yourself which in my view is totally silly. They usually give you this enormous eye age and yet your age is determined by how well you do on the challenges and if you're new to them you're going to be poor at the first attempt and as you practice you get better.

          You begin by playing some of the games they have available and not all the games are available at the start you unlock more as you continue to turn up each day so it does become worthwhile showing up each day and allowing yourself to gain the new games you unlock eventually.

          The challenges are meant to test different sections of your eyesight from reactions to remembering various items in locations and you do play challenges which get quicker as you play them and if you fail to get things correctly you end up getting a lower score.

          You can play sports games such as a football game where you pass the ball to various players and a table tennis game which is all good and boxing is not to bad either but you're not gaining anything at all.
          You are meant to take an eye test to determine your eye age each week but for me this proves slightly difficult as I play this game when a friend allows me and I have had it a few times for a week and I have tried my eyes and I have done well all week on the challenges and my eye age apparently has decreased from the 70's bracket to the 30's bracket and yet my eyes are no different and scores are the same as they were when I was older.

          You do get to unlock harder modes of the games you unlock which you can imagine would be the case in this game but the overall impact it has to your eyesight I would say is poor. I cannot see how it actually helps your eyesight at all and I believe the idea is to make you think it does to make you purchase the product.

          Some of the games are easy to play and then you have some which have poor graphics and a lack of game play and the lack of game play is in the sports games with little taking place sadly. When you have done a few exercises you get told to relax and do these exercises to calm you down and then you finish. You play each challenge once or whatever you wish and in whatever order and once you record a score that day you can play the challenge again but you will not get the score recorded at all.

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            25.03.2010 21:13
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            Good training game, which is suitable for most ages.

            Sight Training for the Nintendo DS comes from the creators of Brain Training. It is designed to help train your eyes for a number of focusing abilities.

            There is an option on the game to 'check your eye age' which is calculated through a number of visual mini games using the DS's touch screen. At the end of this feature there is a graph to show the strengths and any weaknesses that may have been picked up on form these games. This helps you to focus on certain games on Sight Training to improve that particular aspect.

            As well as the eye age check there are a number of daily training mini games, where you can select any mini game you want to play. Once you have completed this daily training you can stamp your progress on a calendar so you can track your progress.

            As you complete more daily training more games unlock, some of which are better than others but help to keep your enthusiasm going with the game.

            I do find with these types of training games that at first I will play it almost every day for the first week but after that I easily get bored so if this sounds like you then you may wish to give this a miss.

            Overall I would recommend getting this game if you want a good fun game that you can just pick up and play for as long as you want.

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            06.10.2009 21:27
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            Good game that helps the eyes

            I was bought a ds last christmas and requested a brain trainging game to see how smart I was, so when I visited my local game store I noticed that they had a sight training. Now I know my eye sight is very poor I have wore glasses for many years but thought I would give it a go because it said that it strengthened the eyes.

            This game states the 5 different visual abilities that your eyes should be able to do which is peripheral and momentary vision, hand and eye co-ordination, eye movement and dynamic visual activity.

            There are several different games to help help each area of you sight training. The basic starting games are circle spot this is where a number of boxes are on the screen and very quickly some of them will flash with the letter c in them and one with a o you have to tap the box which has the o in it, you tend to have 10 goes at this and the box will change everytime once you have 100% you get the option of a harder level at it. This is the same for the other games. Once you have been playing for a few days you will be given another type of game or even a fun sporting game like boxing. This game is exactly like a game and doest feel as if you are learning or helping yourself.

            You are always monitored when you play. Your progress is plotted on a graph system so you can see where you are lacking the vision and which part of your vision is better. It also gives you useful information about your eyes and what sports you use different visual abilities in which I have found useful. It states that every few days you should do an eye test to see how old your eyes are and that it is not as accurate if you do this on a daily basis.

            Also it states on the box and in the leaflet to read the instructions carefully to ensure your safety. This is because you have to do eye exersises before and after you have played the recommended games for the day so that your eyes stay healthy.

            This has a 3+ age group to it because it hasn't got anything affencive in it which is good, but I would say that if you can not read you are better waiting till you can. The game that you play will be saved for when you come back again so when you first start you have to set up a profile. This will have your name on and you will be able to see the graphs that you have done by compleating the games and you will set a calender so that the days that you visit you will mark off so that an accurate score can be kept.

            I bought this game for £20 from game a few weeks after christmas you are now able to get this much cheaper pre-owned which is better. I have found that my eyes are as poor as I thought they were and are slowly getting better along with my reactions. I would advise to give this a try it is highly addicive to play but you will notice the difference with your eyesight after a few days.

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            22.08.2009 12:53
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            A good game to acompany Brain Training

            I got my DS a couple of Christmas' ago, and with it I got the Dr Kowashima Brain Training, the game is great, and although you never complete it in that the game ends and you can go no further without starting again, there are only a few of the little games on there, and it gets that way that your only using the game for half an hour each day. So when I saw a new game called Sight Training, with the same kind of packaging and design, I really wanted it.

            The game isn't by Dr Kawashima but has very very similar packaging as to make it look as though it is, whether it is made by the same company but not endorsed by the same "Dr Kawashima" I don't know, but it is much like the original Brain Training game in the way the packaging looks, and even the way the game is set out and played.

            PRICE:

            I got this game pre owned from Blockbuster, it wasn't in the DS box, was just loose, and cost £2, it works just as the game would if it had it's box, but there was no instruction leaflet or box to hold it; if you can get it preowned I would, as it cuts the cost down alot.

            But, if you are buying new the game costs between £7 and £10 from Game shops (GameStation, Game) and off the internet. It is a very good price, and much less than many Nintendo DS games, some of which cost £30. It is well worth the price you pay for the game, and if I couldn't have got this game pre owned, I would have been more than happy to pay the full price for Sight Training.

            The Game itself:

            The game is made to strengthen your sight by giving it challanges and tests and teaching you how to excercise them to keep them fit and healthy as you do with the rest of your body. The game gives you a range of games to play and puzzles to complete to test your eyesight and make it strong. I don't suppose the game says anything about stopping you needing glasses or keeping your sight at 20/20 vision, but it does claim that it will make your eyes stronger. Whether or not this works, I don't know...I have only had the game for a couple of weeks, and I suppose the effects will show in the long term rather than short!

            GAME PLAY:

            When you pop the game into your DS, you get a menu screen with 3 options "Daily Training", "Quick Play" and "Download". The Download function is for multi player, so that if there are two people with DS's they can both play the game without having to buy two games. To do this you need to be quite close to one another (I think it stops working afetr around 5m).

            Quick Play: This is a quick game where you can get a quick Eye age check and do some quick training, to play this part of the game you don't need to make youself a profile on the game, so it's good if the profiles are all full and someone wants a quick play to find out their eye age!
            In this section the training is just one random activity from the range of activities in the main training (I will go through these later in the review). And the eye age check is the same, normally a different activity than your training, it tells you how to do the activity, and then throws you into it. When you have done this activity, your then told what age range your eyesight is in, 20's, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. This doesn't give you an actual age, whereas in Daily Training you are given an age (i.e. 55). It is a good way to get into the game though, and is good for people thinking of buying the game as a demo.

            Now onto Daily Training:

            First of all you are asked to create a profile (you can have 4 of these, meaning it's great for a family). Here your told to give your real age and some other basic details after it gives you a brief introduction to the game and 3 quick games to intorduce you to the game. Once your quick games are completed you write your own name using the stylus on the touch pad. Then you pop in your DOB andf register yourself, it then guesses your eye age from the 3 quick activities you have done to give you a starting point.

            Now your registered you can start playing the game properly. When you are into your profile, you will see "recomended training", this is where you should go first as it gives you a good selection of activities which match each other, and also match what you have done before.

            But you can chose Custom Training where you can pick which activities you want to do, but you should make sure you do them equally.

            The rest of the game I will let you work out for yourself!

            The activities on the game vary: some of which are "box tap", where little red cubes pop up on the screen and you have to tap them before they disappear. This is said to help with your hand eye coordination! It's pretty easy at the beginning but you have to do them in order so when lots comes onto the screen moving quickly it does start to get more confusing!

            Then there is circle follow, where a circle is put under a box and then it's hidden with another two identical boxes. It moves around and you have to remember where the circle is, you know the kind of game I am talking about, there are hundreds around there in many different forms, mainly used by Magicians.

            There are lots of other games which come along as you use the game and unlock them, so I will leave it up to you to find these new activities as you go along!

            The game is easy to use, and is fun, but like the Brain Training game, once you have unlocked all the games, game play only lasts around half an hour a day at the most as it only records one Eye Age a day, so if you don't like the age you get one day and want to improve you have to wait until the next day to do this. But it is a good game which gets you thinking, and makes you use your eyes and brain alike!

            Definitely recommended if you like the game Brain Training, More Brain Training or Big Brain Acadamy!

            Thanks for reading!

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              21.01.2009 12:17
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              Good complementary game to Brain Training series

              I originally bought this game as I was a fan of the brain training games and heard that the England Rugby team were using it. Ithought it would be along the same lines as the other brain training games. However I was wrong and whilst it keeps the aspects of the brain training in its daily play mode it it totally different in all other aspects.

              The game is split into two sections one is based around sports and in some ways is a bit Americanised because it contains both American Football and Baseball, but you don't need to know anything about the sport to take part in the training so it doesn't really matter.In this section you take part in sports such as Table Tennis or Volleyball and need to touch the screen at the right moment in order to return the ball, in others you need to get past players or identify players on your side.

              The other is based around general sight training such as watching circles zoom around the screen and identifying the symbol which flashes up for a short interval of time on the screen, or memorising a number on the screen which increases in length when you get it right.

              You have the option on the daily training of taking the eye test or simply carrying out the training as you want. If you do take the eye test then the training programme that is identified after the test will be linked to the weakest parts of your test. This is quite good because sometimes you do end up doing the ones that you are good at all the time and this way you do identify your weaknesses and strengthen them.

              I enjoy dipping into this game now and again but it doesn't have the same appeal as the the Brain training and more brain training games. I would recommend this game but only after buying the other games.

              As with many of the games like this if you do find that you don't play them for a couple of weeks it doesn't take long for your score to plummet

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                05.11.2008 01:04
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                worth a go!

                The next game from brain training and more brain training.... and my favourite!

                I have brain training and have borrowed a friends more brain training, but this i prefer by far. There comes a point when really computery feeling activities get on your nerves, and this is where this game is great - you can then play table tennis or have a go at boxing sparring.

                The sight training game in basic - the game aims to help improve areas of your sight, such as hand eye co-ordination and peripheral vision. It does this by a variety of computer and sport simulated tasks (more are unlockable the more you play). There is an eye age check which tests you, and presents you with a score, and then each day it will provide you with a 'recommended workout'. These recommended workouts provide a mixture of four activities to complete to help improve your eye performance. the game also displays information about how your eyes work, and different eye training tasks that can be completed whilst out and about.

                i like the eye age check because its a challenge, or it is for me! with brain training i hit 20 really easy, with this i'm still not there yet, and am improving gradually which makes it seem much better value!

                I love the hand eye coordination games, especially box tap, love chasing a little red box around the screen!

                i think this game is worth purchasing if you like the brain training concept. If you are a keen sportsman i'd say its worth a go too!

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                A fun game to play but not as good as brain training.

                I was given the game as a present and I have to say it is great and very fun to play. I think it may even improve your sight which is a great added bonus.

                The graphics are ok but nothing special. This doesn't matter as the gameplay is great but not as good as brain training. go.The game has some framerate issues but this doesn't ruin the game. Also, the buttons aren't very repsonsive so you will sometimes miss the

                Everyday, you can take a age checkl which will check your age for your eyes. This is very fun and it is great to see it improve as you play the game. The game also has some great training games to play which are very fun. These go from educational games to some good sports game that cover many sports.

                Before you shutdown the game, you can play a fantastic game that will relax your eyes. This really works and relaxs your eyes before you finish playing the game.

                Overall, the game is very fun but doesn't help you as much as Brain Training DS. It does work and is a great purchase for someone who wants an eye for detail.

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                24.09.2008 22:07
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                great game highly reccommended

                i was given this game as a present from my fiance, after much hinting might i add, and i have found it to be a hard but very good game. there is a few different sections in this game, the first one is age check, you can do this as many times in a day, but only the first result will be stored. the level of the age check depends on how well you did in the last age check, the better your age score the harder the next check, the best age that you can get for being 23 is an eye age of 20.

                after doing your age check there is an option of recommended training, this selects activities randomly on your first shot, then selects them on your weaker areas the more that you progress through the game.

                you then have 2 different sections that the activities are section off into, custom training, and sports training, these all test the following abilities of your eyes; dynamic visual acuity, momentary vision, eye movement, peripheral vision and hand eye coordination.

                in the custom training you have the activities called -

                box track - thats where you have 3 boxes and one has a ball underneath it, the boxes move around and you have to keep an eye on the one that has the ball under it, when the boxes stop moving, you then have to tap the one that the ball is under. as you develop in this you are then moved up a level. the second level is this is alot faster than the first.

                number flash - this is where a sequence of numbers flash on the screen very quickly and you have then to type in the numbers in the correct sequence that they appeared. if you get one number wrong then you get the whole sequence wrong, there is about 10 different sequences that appear for the one try. the more you get right the more point you recieve, this game however does not monitor you on the time that you take so you can take as long as you like.

                symbol order - this one is really annoying, there is 4 dirrections that the letter 'C' can point,3 of these will appear on the screen very quickly and onve they have dissappeared you have to select which order they appeared in. this is quite hard as the only way you can really tell which way they are facing is to look where the space in the 'C' is.

                middle match - 10 circles will appear round the outside of the screen, and one will be in the middle, those annoying 'C's will appear in some of the circles round the outside, and one in the middle, you have to tap on the circle that matches the middle symbol, but you can only do this after all the symbols dissapear from the screen. the best way to do this one is to hold the DS further away from you as you get a better view of the whole screen at the same time.

                box tap - the boxes will appear on the screen of a limited amount of time, you then have to tap these boxes as quickly as possible, if you dont tap them they will dissappear and you will not be allowed to tap them again. There is a total of 40 boxes to tap. in the second level it gets harder as the boxes actually move when you are trying to tap them. you really need good hand eye coordination for this one.

                letter count - a box will appear on the screen asking you to count how many of a specific letter you can see, then a list of all different letters will scroll along the screen and you have to count how many of the specific letter there was, and then tap the appropriate one when it has finished, your really need to concentrate for this one.

                circle spot - 12 boxes will appear on your screen most of them will have the letter 'C' in them, there will be only one with the letter 'O' in it, when they dissappear from the screen you have to tap on the box that contained the letter 'O'. i actually find this one really hard as they dont shoe you the symbols for very long.

                c count - you will see 5 - 7 letter 'C's on your screen ( yes thats right there everywhere, now u know why they are annoying!) in all different directions, you will then be asked how many of those were pointing in a specific direction. i really wish that they would have changed the symbols to something else as i was really sick of seeing them by the time i got to this activity.

                fast match - thank your lucky stars that this is the last game that those pesky 'C's will appear in, one will appear facing a certain direction, you have to select the tick box if the symbol on the screen matches it, or the cross if it doesnt but you have to do this as fast as possible.

                the last game in this section is the number tap - a number will appear on your screen then 20 boxes with different numbers will appear, you have to select the number that was shown previously.

                the next section is the sports section. in this the games include;

                baseball - the pitcher will pitch a ball in your direction at different speeds through out the game, each time that he pitches you have to estimate when to hit the ball just right, the better the hit, the bigger the points, there is a handy little cheat option at the left hand side though, when the ball comes closer the cursor moves down the slider bar towards a dot, when it gets near the dot thats when you have to time it just right to tap the screen to line up with the dot.

                boxing - your boxing trainer will hold up to mitts for you to hit, these mitts have a dot in the centre that you have to aim for, the closer you are to the dot the bigger points that you will receive, but the only thing is, is that each mit has a timer on it and if you dont hit if fast enough, then you lose that chance, some of the mitts also dont have the dot int he middle which means that you are not meant to hit it. in the second level there is another thing that you have to do, your trainer will through a pumch at you and you have to avoid it by moving your pointer in the direction of the arrow. this is my favourite of the games in this section.

                table tennis - in this mini game you have to return the ball to your opponent, the higher up the levels that you go the faster the returns become, you really need a set of good sharp eyes for this one.

                basketball - there are two teams in this game, your team is the players in white, the two teams will appear from both sides of the screen very quickly, and then will turn into shadows, you have to tap on the players that are part of your team, the only thing with this one is that you need to act fast as there is a time limit on this game, and it does count down very quickly.

                volleyball - in this game you are facing your opponents on the other side of the net just like you would do in real volleyball, you have to tap the ball as soon as it comes into shot on the screen, the faster you do that, the more points that you get. this one is really hard for me and i am still only on the first level.

                american football - i have not actually played this one yet as each new game is unlocked as you develop in the previous ones, and as i am so rubbish in volleyball, i havnt had the chance to play it yet (awwww), but i'm sure that it will just be as good as all the rest of the games.

                at the end of the game it has an eye relaxation excersize, this is really good if you have been playing the game for a while as you really feel it working.

                over all i would say that this is a really good game (apart form all of the annoying 'C' thingys) and i would reccommend it to everyone

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                  03.09.2008 23:21
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                  A good game if you can stay committed

                  The sight training game is very similar in format to the brain training game. I was quite inquisitive when i heard about this game as i have never heard anything like this before and i didn't know what to expect. There are many different games and they all help you to improve your focus and also eye cordination. Sometimes there is quite a lot going on in the games and there is too much to take in, you need good attention and also an eye for detail to do well in the games, but i gues that te games are ment to teach you to do just that. I found the games to be quite interesting but after a while you can start to loose concentration and focus, so i only recommend this game for playing about 30 min a day regularly. The more days you play on the more games and features you unlock. You can also so an eye age test, hopefully you should become younger as you keep playing. At the end of your day's training there is even eye relaxation, a bit like eye yoga! The ds guides you through it, i am no really sure if it works at all, as my eyes felt the same after doing it.

                  Overall i think that this is a good game, but you need to be commited to playing it some time everyday to achieve best results.

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                  23.08.2008 23:59
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                  cashing in on brain training

                  I'm a big fan of the brain training games on the DS. I instantly fell in love with Big Brain Acadamy and then Brain Training 1 and 2 so was excited when I saw that a new title had been released which looked to be equally good.

                  Sight training claims that it will improve your focus ability and is developed by Japanese Professor Ishigaki Hisao who has worked with athletes to help them develop their sight.

                  It has a very similar format to the brain training games with a calander to mark your training sessions and tests but instead of a brain age you are told your eye age. It is played exclusively using the stylus on the touch screen so for non traditional gamers like me who cant get the hang of using loads of buttons during a game its easy to use. Like brain training you can have four profiles so the whole family can train using one game cartridge.

                  Dr Kawashima on brain training is fabulous. His pixelated face is a delight to interact with and he has a number of cute little tricks up his sleeve to make you smile. The narator on this game however is an extremely poor stick person, it almost reminded me of the type of graphics you got on a comodore 64 about 20 years ago!

                  The core training exercises were fun the first couple of times you did them but quickly became boring. An example is the old magicians trick of placing a ball under a box and shuffling the boxes around and you pick the box where the ball ends up. The graphics on this section were pretty poor, very basic shapes and nothing else.

                  The sports exercises were a bit better. Table tennis was pretty good but again you are simply batting a ball across the table repeatedly. The graphics on this section were much better with video action and realistic sound effects.

                  As with all of the brain training type games, you gradually unlock all of the activites on the game. I remember getting really frustrated playing brain training or word coach and couldnt wait to see what I could play next but on this game I just didn't care what the next game was.

                  Daily training, play and testing will take you around 20 minutes only per day. I persevered with this game for about a week in case it got better before consigning it to the dark bottom of my DS bag. My eye age was in its mid thirties the whole time.


                  I found this game to be deathly dull, a real disapointment after having hours of fun with games in a similar format. The games are repetitive, the graphics are poor but most of all it was just boring. At just £16.98 on Amazon right now its one of the cheaper game titles but it's simply not worth paying any money for it at all.

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                    11.08.2008 01:32
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                    A great 'daily play' game with some added features

                    I love sight training! The idea is to practice your ability to spot fast or moving things and to train your hand / eye coordination. As you turn the game on you are asked if you would like to do an 'eye test' which involves you doing 5 different exercises. At the end of these exercises it will give you an 'eye age' which seems to me to be a way of marking you out of 80(ish) as nobody who has played on mine has got anywhere near their real age!

                    Once you have taken or declined to take your eye test you are offered the opportunity to train your eyes. This is where one of my favourite features is - you can opt to take the reccomended training where it will give you 4 exercises to do, or you can choose custom training where you choose your own exercises. I like the reccomended training feature as in Brain Training once all the exercises were unlocked I found myself doing the same favourite ones each day, on Sight Training you can ensure that you get variety by using their reccomended ones.

                    After a while it's inevitable that you will get bored with this game (go on admit it, you got bored of other similar ones after a few months. right?) but that is where my other favourite feature comes in. Once you've collected enough date stamps it will unlock 'record challenge', a chance for you to have a go at all those sports events (football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, table tennis, american football, boxing) while it counts how many you get right. As soon as you miss or get it wrong it'll stop and record your score. My husband and I have had loads of fun competing against each other in this mode as it will compare your results for you.

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                    01.07.2008 13:26
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                    Good game - buy it for £15 or under as it will lose its appeal

                    Product Features - Their View

                    Strengthens 5 aspects of the focus ability through simple and short training exercises.

                    Endorsed by the famous Japanese "Visual Training" professor Ishigaki Hisao.

                    All operations are activated via simple touches so anyone can train there focus ability.

                    My View

                    To follow brain training we can now train our eyes. The jury is out on whether this can improve your eyesight but I'm a believer in use it or lose it and reckon it might just be of some help, training any part of your body improves it so why not your eyes.

                    Nintendo claims it develops your focus ability, eg how you see moving objects, your peripheral vision and hand-eye co-ordination.

                    There are various games and exercises with more to be unlocked along the way. You perform a short set of exercises each day and your progress is tracked within graphs and the usual calendar stamp. There is an Eye Age Test which shows your eye age, your strengths and weaknesses and I have improved my score over time.

                    Training

                    Box Track - A box covers a small green circle. Then switches around among two other boxes a bit like those fraudsters in the street who place a ball under a cup and swiril it round while you bet money on which cup the ball is under and always get it wrong.

                    Box Tap, - small red blocks appear on the screen and you have to tap each one with the stylus it disappears and is replaced by more boxes elsewhere on the screen score is calculated by the speed you manage to tap the boxes as they appear randomly.

                    Middle Match - A symbol appears going either to the left, right up or down in the middle for milliseconds you then have to match it when shown all the possibilities

                    Number Flash - you see and then have to repeat sequences of numbers these get longer with each correct answer.

                    Letter Count - you have to count the number of times a certain letter appears on screen. This speeds up as you correctly identify the number.

                    Boxing - you have to tap your trainer's gloves as he raises them or draw a line on the screen to defend yourself. Scores are given on how quickly and accurately you hit the target and your defence.

                    Table Tennis - Move the bat with the stylus to hit back the ball being shot across the table. You score by the length of rally there is.

                    Basketball - Players in red outfits or white outfits appear on the screen. They're silhouetted out and you have to tap on the ones who wore white.

                    Soccer - Use the stylus to pass correctly to another player running down the field, or to shoot at goal.

                    American football - Run down a course moving left and right with the stylus to avoid the large players coming towards you.

                    Baseball - Strike the ball at the right time to score a home run, single or double

                    Volleyball - click on the ball before the other team get it

                    Eye Relaxation - At the end of the session to rest your weary eyes from all their hard work.

                    After your eye age has been calculated the game gives you recommended training each day which addresses the weak spots it found or you can choose custom training.

                    My three kids 13, 11 and 4 have all played it and probably the 4 year old has played it the most as the sports games are very easy for her to play.

                    Overall, this title represents good value for money if you can get it for £12.00 -£15.00 or so. I wouldn't spend anymore than that as the novelty does wear off.

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                      10.06.2008 11:33
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                      I bought this game after reading a few reviews. I also have More Brain Training and the Maths Training games which I have really enjoyed playing over the last six months. This game is very similar and has plenty of different activities but I wasnt as impressed about it as the other two games.

                      The daily training can get a bit boring after a few days but saying that the game is fun to do and it is still worth keeping up with and good value for money, I just found it less enjoyable than the other two games.

                      The daily activities are quite difficult to do to start with but once you get use to them and know what to expect is easier to get a better score but that is the purpose of the game.

                      Well worth getting for a bit of fun and entertainment to keep you occupied for 15 mins a day.

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