Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. With the plethora of options waiting to be uncovered after every passing day, it's hard to not enjoy playing Flash Focus. The game offers the player a lot, and at the same time, limits what can be done day by day.
  2. Sight Training has no story at all, and no context beyond the potential to improve skills useful in your everyday life. It is simply a tool – a good one. If you want to improve your vision, it’s an affordable first step.
  3. Even though Flash Focus is neither a masterpiece nor a highly anticipated title, it may draw some good sales. The game is cheap, innovative, interesting, and well designed.
  4. For a simple little collection of fun minigames, $20 sounds just about right. If you've enjoyed other games of this ilk, you'll find Flash Focus to be a refreshing alternative.
  5. Although it's not very original, the content found here is compelling and fun, and the sports twist proves to be inspiration for several addictive mini-games.
  6. 70
    The presentation is straightforward and functional, but it doesn't pull any punches about what it is -- a training application with a very specific purpose. It accomplishes that perfectly well -- just make sure that you're expecting gratification through progress and not just mindless enjoyment.
  7. It may well improve your coordination but no more than any other game. [Christmas 2007, p.92]
  8. 70
    Extra goodies aside, Flash Focus doesn't fall far from the Brain Age tree, so anyone who gets a kick out of using their DS to put their bodies and minds to the test will enjoy this.
  9. It does what it says on the tin, but it's not really a game as such. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  10. An above-average eye(s)-trainer.
  11. A brave effort to bring vision training to the masses, Sight Training won't appeal to most and is undone by the blind spot of dullness.
  12. The game is simplistic at best; it doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, and in some cases lacks what Brain Age set up as the fundamental training video game.
  13. A limited exercise plan for the eyes with little challenge that fails to give us the perception that we’re making any real progress. It’s not even close to Brain Training. [Dec 2007]
  14. 60
    Despite the cute retro-styled characters, cheery music, and narrated post-work-out relaxation exercises (which I actually skipped after the first time because they felt like more strain than comfort), I can confidently say this is not the next must-have brain game.
  15. 55
    Brain Age is far more believable as a brain trainer than Flash Focus is an eye strengthener, even if neither will really make you smart or see clearly. Flash Focus just seems like it's just more quick reflex and memory retention challenge…and there's just not that many of them to make a full Nintendo product.
  16. For those who are truly desperate to gain any advantage they can in their vision - all the moneyed falconers and old men crossing the street out there - well, play it for a few weeks, but don’t be surprised if you spot an unwanted space in your wallet where twenty bucks used to be.
  17. Nintendo simply grabbed a bunch of corny challenges and copied Brain Age's presentation, and the result is an average game that probably does nothing to replace our coke bottle lenses.
  18. 50
    Sight Training is an okay title, those who want to feel better about their eyesight will probably get a bit out of the game, but the exercises do become repetitive, which is not a good thing when you'll be doing the exercises every day.
  19. 40
    Flash Focus: Vision Training In Minutes a Day is cheap, checking in at $19.99, but even that doesn't seem to justify what you are actually getting here.
  20. Sight Training is no fun. There's not enough to do and what there is to do is tedious. It's hard to believe it improves your visual abilities any more than eating carrots makes you see in the dark.
  21. If you’re truly worried about your vision we recommend spending the £20 on an eye test instead, as Sight Training will offer you nothing but prolonged boredom and headaches. [Jan 2008, p.127]
  22. Cocked to the side of intellectual myopia, Flash Focus is a blurry and beady exercise that wants you to keep it one foot away from you – but you’ll probably do that and more.
User Score
4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. BillWilson
    Mar 14, 2009
    8
    I really enjoy this game, but I do think it's easy to misunderstand what the game is for. As Tom A said, this is really brain training... it just happens to focus on the brain's processing of visual sensory input. At that, I think it does a very good job. I've been playing for a while, and I am starting to realize actual benefits. For instance, I now find it much easier to navigate heavy traffic on the freeway -- perhaps my peripheral vision and dynamic visual acuity have improved? Anyway, I enjoy both the sports mini-games and the more abstract exercises included in this game. I thoroughly enjoy it, and believe it is actually beneficial to me. Full Review »
  2. MarkReule
    Oct 30, 2007
    5
    From the creators of Pac-man comes a title that is hard to classify as a game: Flash Focus Vision training in minutes a day. Flash Focus is in the vein of the new casual brain training games offered by Nintendo such as Brain Age. The idea behind these games is that if you do these brain exercises everyday, you will improve your thinking, comprehension, and memory down to the optimal age of 20. I did not have much confidence in this game after I read on page 5 of the manual, Full Review »
  3. TomA.
    Oct 21, 2007
    3
    This is basically brain training, except you only get to see your question for 2 seconds and call it "eye training". and that 2 seconds is how long it will take you to realize that you've been ripped off. Full Review »