Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (Nintendo DS, 2006)
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|Brain Age is a game of mathematical equations, logic puzzles, reading exercises, and more with the curious goal of stimulating a player's gray matter. Based on the research of Japanese neurologist Ryuta Kawashima, the premise behind Brain Age is that certain regions of the brain can become more active, more "healthy," through specific, timed exercises repeated on a daily basis. Played with the touch screen positioned on either the left or right side, like a book, the game involves using the stylus to jot down numbers, draw lines between dots, and so forth, while the microphone is used for calling out colors, reading passages aloud, and various other functions. |
Kawashima himself serves as the game's host and will offer pointed criticism or words of encouragement based on each test's results. The object is to make one's brain "younger" over time by playing each day for weeks or even months. Progress is charted via graph over a specified time period, with up to a year's worth of data stored in each of the game's four save files. Among the included activities are Syllable Count, Reading Aloud, Word Memory, Stroop Test, Speed Counting, Triangle Math, Connect Maze, Calculation, Head Count, and Low to High. The logic puzzle game Sudoku is also featured as a bonus, while up to 16 players can compete in a race to solve math problems.
|Game||Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day|
|Number of Players||1-16|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Brain Age Series|
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- austin_schutNov 8, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
I had this game when I was younger, now that I'm older I have a better appreciation for brain games. Games like this will keep you sharp throughout the day.
- weekendsquireApr 27, 2006by
If Homework were Fun, It'd be called Brain Age
Brain Age for the Nintendo DS is somewhat of an anomaly. By all technical terms, it's a game; you learn the rules, play your guts out, and go for a high score. Then again, it's nothing like a game; simple math equations, classical reading, or just counting as fast as you can are the order of the day. You hurriedly scribble the answers (which the game will occasionally completely misinterpret), shout the names of colors (which the game will occasionally completely misinterpret), and try desperately to write out that list of words you were just supposed to memorize (will the game will occasionally completely misinterpret). All of this to receive a score like you've never seen: a score for your brain.
If you want a game that you will play for a few hours at a time, look elsewhere. Nintendo seems determined to have you play this game for a few minutes every day (much like Nintendogs or Animal Crossing). The added Sudoku puzzles add some longevity, but it won't keep you glued to your DS. It's odd and occasionally unwieldy, but I keep coming back. Never before has a game made me feel so dumb, and never before have I felt a game may just make me smarter.Read full review
- phelix105Jul 22, 2015by
Food for thought think and you shall be happier
Very good game very happy with it, would recommend to all who would like to keep their brains happy lol This is a great way to keep you thinking not hard at all very entertaining.
- potatopcstoreNov 1, 2007by
Pros: This is one of the coolest ideas I have seen on any gaming system. Its designed to activate a fairly important area of your brain, the prefrontal cortex. That area of the brain is primarily responsible for deciding between correct/incorrect and desirable/undesirable choices. The more you train with this product, the more efficient this area of your brain becomes at performing these evaluations! Talk about a life-hack.
Cons: Its not really a *game*, per say. Its a training device. Think of it as a gym for your brain. But unlike a gym, it only targets one general area in particular. What about other useful brain areas? Finally, bad handwriting will throw off your scores. That is frustrating. I don't know how it mistakes my 1s for 5s... grrrr. I have also heard that it doesn't recognize the spoken word "blue" very good, but I have only had a problem with that maybe twice.Read full review
- jagadishnApr 30, 2006by
some thing you could do with kids
I am not very sure about its ability to improve your brain's smartness but I do think it is a cool thing you can do with your family kids. This has some fun activities in the game like simple math, memory (remembering a few words shown), headcount (counting the people who will be in the house after a few people move in and out.) Since the game also keeps track of time and the problems are simple, it evens the field between adults and kids. My kid and I enjoyed this game very much.
This game also depends on speech recognition and handwriting recognition technology both of which are not perfect and in fact may contribute to lower scores( actually higher age in this case). Otherwise so far we enjoyed this game very much.
Overall, I would rather like my son to spend time on this game than any other nintendo games he has.Read full review