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  • Summary: (Also known as "Brain Training For Adults" and "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training") Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy, as it helps players flex their mental muscles. Brain Age is inspired by the research of(Also known as "Brain Training For Adults" and "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training") Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy, as it helps players flex their mental muscles. Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain. Brain Age presents quick mental activities that help keep your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out loud, and more. You can also play sudoku, the number puzzle game which has become an extremely popular feature in U.S. newspapers. On your first day of exercise, you will take a series of tests and get a score that determines how old your brain is. This number is called your "DS Brain Age". By performing daily exercises just minutes a day over weeks and months, the better you'll get at the exercises and the lower your DS Brain Age will become. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
  1. What impressed us most was the possibility that a player just might get hooked on Conrad or Bronte and this little handheld game might actually spark someone to put down the electronic gadget for a while and pick up a literary classic.
  2. However, if you're looking for another fix of Nintendo's knack for genius game design - with the added benefit of potential brain flexing thrown in - you owe it to yourself to check this out.
  3. For DS owners that haven’t played Brain Age yet, it may be hard to understand what the hype is about. Let me give you a word of advice – take your DS to one of those demo download kiosks Nintendo has in game stores, or find a friend with a copy of the game and download a demo from them. Only after trying it will you have an idea just how fun this title is.
  4. Games Master UK
    80
    Genuinely strengthens your mind, and does it well. That's it, really. [June 2006, p.66]
  5. I enjoy playing the game daily since it keeps a chart of my progress. Does the game make me any smarter? I doubt it, but the bottom line is I’m having fun.
  6. 70
    Brain Age is a remarkably accessible game that just about anyone can pick up and get something out of.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    30
    Don't be fooled: Your score is not an accurate measurement of intelligence. But whether you buy this game is. [July 2006, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. EvanB.
    Jul 22, 2007
    10
    This game is worth getting just for the Sudoku puzzles alone! The training is unlike any other DS game out there...I still go back to this This game is worth getting just for the Sudoku puzzles alone! The training is unlike any other DS game out there...I still go back to this one after months of having it unlike an adventure game that I have conquered! Great family game! Expand
  2. RussellC.
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    I am really surprised at the reviews by the major press organizations...or maybe not. My experience with this game has been stellar. I had NO I am really surprised at the reviews by the major press organizations...or maybe not. My experience with this game has been stellar. I had NO intention of buying it when it was announced. However, I was one of the lucky ones who got a free copy at the GDC from Nintendo. Since getting it my wife and I have played every day. Though I've loved my DS, this is the most usage it has received by far. I never thought math would be fun, but competing for the lowest brain age with family and friends at the office (I work at a video game developer) has been an unexpected surprise. I think if you play the game in isolation you are missing out on the joy of the game...it would be akin to playing Halo alone. It's alright, but you don't really get any sense of the game. The way the big N has set up the cartridges to make the multiple save slots work together to make it feel like everyone is competing even though there is no simultaneous play is quite smart! Knowing what I know now I would have RUSHED out to get the $20 game. It's honestly worth a lot more, and may take the place of Mario Kart DS as my favorite DS game! Expand
  3. CaitlinN.
    Aug 15, 2006
    10
    i love this game though the 20 minute penalty for a wrong answer on the sudoku games is rediculous.
  4. RodM.
    Jun 14, 2006
    8
    The highly addictive package that taught me Sudoku and scolds me when I miss a day of brain training. Voice recognition and OCR are both a The highly addictive package that taught me Sudoku and scolds me when I miss a day of brain training. Voice recognition and OCR are both a bit buggy (keep training until you are allowed to SELECT your favorite tests, then avoid the ones where the DS' scoring errors cost you points), but this is absolutely a gem. And at a bargain price, as well. "Big Brain Academy" is silly - this is the real deal. Can't wait for the sequel. Expand
  5. Jul 25, 2011
    8
    Brain Age is like those game that came out of nowhere , and have a different scheme. Is lacking, not to many diversity , just finish to unlockBrain Age is like those game that came out of nowhere , and have a different scheme. Is lacking, not to many diversity , just finish to unlock all the content and nothing more. My big complain even if i enjoyed a lot , is that if you finished school and one of your families member gives you as a gift this game, please , is like having an insult. Expand
  6. XV_
    Jul 20, 2019
    6
    Brain Age is entertaining at the very beginning, I was really into doing my brain age check (3 random exercises that put your brain to theBrain Age is entertaining at the very beginning, I was really into doing my brain age check (3 random exercises that put your brain to the test and depending on your skill it gives you a score), you can see results even the second day of your check, and that's kind of promising, the thing is that current studies say that still there's no real evidence that you gain something by playing this kind of games so lets you get that aside.

    Gameplay wise, the puzzles are fun at least when you start the game but they became repetitive really quickly, also I don't know if it was just me or my 3DS but I had a hard time when it came to registering my voice or writing letters, so at least a third of the puzzles malfunctioned on my "playthrough".

    It's hard to recommend Brain Age, its a game for quick plays and time passing, it starts fun but ends like a chore, kind of.
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  7. reble4life
    Apr 20, 2006
    0
    this gamws soooo stupid! i cant beleve my parents wanted me to play it because mthey think skool is what i should go to to and i dont want tothis gamws soooo stupid! i cant beleve my parents wanted me to play it because mthey think skool is what i should go to to and i dont want to be a stupid nerd. all theseloosers who rated it above 0 are just dumb and have no intelligince if you want to play a awesome game then go play cool pspgames or xbox and ps2 because nntendo is for kids and im even mature ehough to know that, Expand

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