Brain Age: Concentration Training 3DS

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. Mar 8, 2013
    85
    While I did enjoy Brain Age: Concentration Training and still train every day with it, there are some aspects I didn’t enjoy. Some of the Devilish Trainings can be just downright tedious and off-putting at times while the game’s handwriting recognition could use a bit of work. However, if you can train enough days to unlock some of the other types of training, it can still be a fun experience.
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    82
    Launching for $35 USD, Brain Age is a bit pricy for what it delivers. But for that price you get a variety of different games that will truly challenge your mind, record your progress, and give you a serious sense of accomplishment if you actually manage to claw your way up in terms of performance.
  3. Apr 18, 2013
    80
    Aside from the useless Relaxation Mode, Brain Age: Concentration Training is a pretty solid entry in the Brain Age series. It doesn't make exceptional use of the 3DS hardware, since the 3-D effect doesn't amount to much when graphics consist of simple shapes and text.
  4. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    Brain Age: Concentration Training takes Nintendo's cerebellum-enhancing series onto the 3DS in style. It boasts a wealth of content, smart presentation, and loads more charm than you'd expect from a brain-training game.
  5. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    The game features a nice array of fun and challenging mental exercises that will push your working memory to its limits, and its improved presentation makes the whole experience much more personal.
  6. Feb 8, 2013
    78
    If you think you’d have enough concentration to be able to endure those quirks, though, Concentration Training could very well help you overcome the many distractions in your life.
  7. Aug 2, 2017
    75
    It won’t have the same impact the first Brain Training had, but it is a nice collection of mini games, and a good choice for players who enjoy challenging their minds.
  8. Jul 31, 2017
    75
    This might not be a traditional game, it does include a pretty great collection of creative ways to challenge your brain.
  9. 75
    Overall, it's a well-rounded experience that works well as an educational tool, and makes a point to appeal to a player’s mindset by constantly offering rewards for a job well done.
  10. Sep 18, 2017
    70
    Funny, rich and perhaps healthy compilation of a mini-games that will pleasantly exercise your brain.
  11. Aug 16, 2017
    70
    It does its job well, but it lacks Brain Training's focus and accessibility, making it a difficult recommendation compared to the past iterations.
  12. Aug 7, 2017
    70
    The elaboration of exercises intended to improve brain capacities is not an easy task, but it gets even more difficult to make these fun as well with a focus on the (hard)working memory, because of the multiple distractions from our hyperconnected world. Thanks to a playful tone, an adaptive challenge and a wide selection of cleverly designed activities, Brain Age : Concentration Training successfully keeps the experience interesting, but also gratifying. Despite some persistent handwriting recognition issues and the rather large amount of recycled games, this devilish episode shall amuse our minds, an indubitable benefit, intellectual empowerment debates notwithstanding.
  13. Jul 28, 2017
    70
    Dr. Kawashima returns to Europe after a long trip abroad, and it's been worth waiting as this new entry in the series is utterly good in its purpose, but is really conservative. 30 minigames and a new focus, perfect for this 3DS final life cicle.
  14. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    For the most part, though, the game excels in taking mundane tasks and making these activities fun. At the same time, having to unlock everything (along with the required Devilish Calculations demo) is an awkward way to introduce players to the experience. Nintendo would be wise to remember this before releasing a sequel.
  15. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Even compared to the original Brain Age, Concentration Training is much more demanding, and players shouldn't expect to breeze through exercises and watch their training grade skyrocket.
  16. Jul 31, 2017
    65
    The brain training assignments are fun to do, but the devilish missions are way too boring and repetitive to really enjoy for the long run.
  17. Jul 28, 2017
    65
    It’s a fun diversion, but I think that four years on it’s a case of too little, too late and Brain Training’s lost much of its charm. If you feel that information addiction has gotten the better of you or that you need to improve your focus, Devilish Brain training may be worthwhile – but it’s both tedious and sparse.
  18. Aug 31, 2017
    60
    Dr Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training does everything it sets out to do, but it doesn't try to be particularly ambitious. If you've played previous Brain Training games before, you know exactly what you're getting into, but it's not an experience for everybody.
  19. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    The Brain Age series has a certain charm about it, but this installment is easily my least favorite. If Devilish Training were some unlockable throwaway mode, I’d be OK with it. As the main new concept in a series, however, it makes the experience more annoying than it is entertaining or educational.
  20. It’s more pain than pleasure.
  21. 30
    Assuming concentration is a problem worth solving (an assumption lacking the solidest of foundations), I will argue there are better, significantly more efficient, ways to address it than through another game from a device that's otherwise a regular dopamine provider by its own rights.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    9
    Another great instalment of this serie. This time it has a lot of improved features, it's more beautiful, fully voiced, has more interestingAnother great instalment of this serie. This time it has a lot of improved features, it's more beautiful, fully voiced, has more interesting lectures and more challenging puzzles specially for the young people. The only step back that I would say is that the number of time one can play each puzzle is too restrict (5 min/day) and there's no way to play again, besides that it is a great game for those who desire to train the brain. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    8
    Brilliant game, very intuitive, and very hard at higher levels. Once you get past the devilish calculations, it is very enjoyable. This was myBrilliant game, very intuitive, and very hard at higher levels. Once you get past the devilish calculations, it is very enjoyable. This was my first foray into the Brain Age series so I can't compare it to other iterations. Well worth the money. Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    7
    This game is quite a new turn in the Brain Age series. First of all, Dr. Kawashima TALKS, and best of all, he becomes SATAN, a two-in-oneThis game is quite a new turn in the Brain Age series. First of all, Dr. Kawashima TALKS, and best of all, he becomes SATAN, a two-in-one DEAL! Joking aside, there are some pretty upset fans over the "bizarre design choices" the developers made over its gameplay. I will only repeat this once more, as I did in my review of Brain Age 2: HE'S A DOCTOR. He is helping the brain in news ways, completely different to original gameplay in the series, yes, but it can be both fun and innovative. The effects of the game DO pay off, and watching those graphs rise gives me thrills. Not all of the gameplay from the original games have been abolished at all. There are still many many exercises from the previous titles and even new ones as well aside from Devilish Training. I will say this though: If this is Brain Age, why did Nintendo remove the Brain Age Check? Full Review »