Brain Age: More Training in Minutes a Day!

Puzzle Game - DS - MPN: NTRPANDE
Product Details
Description
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 Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Puzzle Game
Expert Reviews
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  GameZone - Jun 29, 2006

Brain Age, at its core, is a puzzle game. What’s unique, though, is that this is a puzzler that guarantees to strengthen your mind or your money back. It’s based strictly on the works of genius neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima. Brain Age promises to eventually make you a sharper individual with mini games designed to empower your prefrontal cortex, or the part of the brain that’s said to allow you to apply knowledge. The concept here may seem a tad on the boring side, but don’t be scared just yet as Brain Age actually incorporates some fairly enjoyable modes and features, including a ravishing Sudoku aspect.

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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.18 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,768 game of all time, #7 game of 2006 for the Nintendo DS and #39 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 70 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Dr. Kawashimas Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 8 expert reviews for Dr. Kawashimas Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Great Game!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Trains your brain and is scientificly proven to make your brain smarter

Weakness: weak voice reconization

Brain Age is an awsome game! It makes your brain smarter and is fun and the same time! You can unlock new games and special features. And if a friend has brain age also, you can conpete in a times test.I would TOTALLY recomend it.

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Its OK
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Education pack into fun games!

Weakness: Gets boring after a while

The games are awsome. A little boring after a while though. I would rate it 5/10. Note: only fun for 10 minutes! Its still fun and for parents: Educational Fun!

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Brain Age keeps you sharp!
5 Star Review   By member GlennW6540 - Nov 21, 2006   

Strengths: Uses NDS touch screen & voice capability

Weakness: Takes some time to recognize voice & handwriting.

The Brain Age gives you a set of mostly math problems. Try to do 1x20 in 15 minutes or less. Could be good for grade schoolers just before the big test! Don't guess: There is a high points penalty for wrong answers. As time goes by, you can improve your score & lower your age. It's a creative way to turn math into a game. Let's see you tell time (sorry if you need a digital clock) The 100 sudoku games set up the same way. 5 misses & you're out! Go back & try to make no errors to get the best score. Game cam be played for an hour at a time. Could be perfect for those long commutes. Could use a timer so you don't miss your stop! Be sure to save your results before turning off the machine! Good for gamers of all ages. Get one for YOUR MOM!

75% of readers found this review helpful.

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Brain Age
4 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 1, 2006   

Strengths: Nice diversion from usual gaming, budget price

Weakness: Not much lasting appeal

Brain Age was a huge hit in Japan so it was only a matter of time before Nintendo brought it over to the U.S. The game measures your "Brain Age" by challenging you with a variety of brain teasers which require quick (and, of course, correct) responses. It makes full use of the DS system by implementing handwritings recognition (via the touch screen of course) and even voice recognition. The latter can be a bit touchy at times (it needs to recognize you saying different colors and sometimes mistakes one for another). The game is meant to play a little each day so you can work on your score (ie, making your brain younger). As such it is a great game. There isn't much depth or replayability (once you have achieved a low age), but that's OK as it is a $19.99 game. There is also a mode to play against other people (locally) that only requires a single cartridge. That is always a bonus and loads of fun in a multi-DS household (like ours!).

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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A fun little game that's good for your brain!
4 Star Review   By member mike27112 - Aug 30, 2006   

Strengths: Fun. Innovative. Challenging. Records and tracks progress for 4 profiles. Decent replay value. Lower price. Sudoku included. Good use of the touch screen feature.

Weakness: Mini-game variety lacks depth. Designed for play during shorter periods.

Brain Age is a collection of several mini-games designed to engage your brain's prefontal cortex (the control tower of your brain). These games test speed, accuracy and memorization skills with simple activities including Calculations x 20, Calculations x 100, and Time Lapse. Based on your performance in these mini-games, you will be given a "Brain Age" between 20 years to 80 years old; just like in golf, the lower your score, the better. The game records your results for each mini-game once per day so that you can track your progress. This Overall, I find this game to be quite entertaining. Though the mini-games are simple, they are still challenging; even if you are great at a game, you can always try for a new top score. I definitely believe the claim that playing this game daily will help you develop and maintain an active, healthy brain. If you like puzzles and brain teasers, then Brain Age is for you!

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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Brain Age (DS)
4 Star Review   By member cheapfrag - Jun 12, 2006   

Strengths: fun, unique, uses a lot of the DS unique capabilities (microphone & touch screen).

Weakness: not meant to be "played" for hours at a time

I bought Brain Age for my son who has a DS. He and I tried it this past weekend and had a lot of fun with it. The concept is that you can keep your brain "young" by using the tools available in this "game". It ranks your brain on a scale from 20 (best) to 80 (worst) by having you perform a series of tests. For example one of the first tests is to name the colors shown on the DS. It will display words ("red", "black", "blue", "yellow") and those words will be in different colors. You have to say that actual color the word is written in as opposed to the word itself. It uses voice recognition so you just speak the color. Another test is where you solve 20 simple math problems as quickly as possible. You write the answer on the touch screen and it use character recognition to recognize your handwriting. The faster and more accurate that you do the math, the better (and the younger your brain is). It keeps track of overall best times (you can have 4 users set up), personal best times and it categorizes your results as walking speed, car speed, train speed or rocket speed. I think it's more fun when two people are "competing" against each other to get best times. You can use the game in training mode to practice and tune-up your brain and by doing this daily you supposedly exercise your brain and keep it active. And hopefully your "Brain Age" goes down toward 20 (best) with practice. The DS is held sideways to play so that it's like an open book. The voice recognition and handwriting recognition are good but not perfect. This is NOT a game that you will play hours at a time... it's designed to be played for shorter periods but daily. It does include about 100 Sudoku puzzles to play in between training and testing. I think the Sudoku is very well implemented in Brain Age. I don't know if this game will keep my son's or my brain any "younger" but it is fun and I would recommend it. It retails for just under $20.

91% of readers found this review helpful.

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Train your brain!
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Jun 2, 2006   

Strengths: Addictive, challenging, and fun

Weakness: Voice recognition of the word "blue" is spotty

Brain Age is one of the more interesting games I've played for a while. While not a true game, that doesn't take away the fact that it is fun and challenging. With Brain Age, your goal is to master mental exercises with precision and timing. All of the exercises you work on help improve your Brain Age, an overall score that you can get as low as 20. Also included are a few hundred Sudoku puzzles for us Americans.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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addictive game play
5 Star Review   By member t260 - May 27, 2006   

Strengths: addictive game play

Weakness: weak voice recognition

In Brain age you do exercise for you brain. The include simple math problem to memorizing words. It might not seem that intersting, but the gameplay is ver addictive. My only complain is that the voice recognition sometime have trouble picking up what I said, which lower my score.

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Nintendo DS Brain Age
4 Star Review   By member zumatech - May 9, 2006   

Strengths: Family-friendly fun.

Weakness: Uneven voice and character recognition.

Never before did a high scrore make me feel so....old. When I first started playing my "brain age" score was 80 (the worst it could be.) Much of the problem was due to the voice recognition aspect of the software--it couldn't understand the word "blue." Your preformance on each game is rated. As far as I can tell they range from "walking" to "space ship." New activities become unlocked as you play the game. The game makes you open the DS like a book, and works fine for lefties (you turn it upside down) and the rest of us. In short, my 8-year-old son and I both enjoy the game(s). It's not so addictive that you'll forget dinner, but you just may be a few minutes late.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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Product Details
Description
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 Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Puzzle Game
Summary
Product Title Brain Age: More Training in Minutes a Day!
Manufacturer Computers America
Power Score 4.1 | 12 Reviews
General
URL: Manufacturer Link
Expert Reviews
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  GameZone - Jun 29, 2006

Brain Age, at its core, is a puzzle game. What’s unique, though, is that this is a puzzler that guarantees to strengthen your mind or your money back. It’s based strictly on the works of genius neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima. Brain Age promises to eventually make you a sharper individual with mini games designed to empower your prefrontal cortex, or the part of the brain that’s said to allow you to apply knowledge. The concept here may seem a tad on the boring side, but don’t be scared just yet as Brain Age actually incorporates some fairly enjoyable modes and features, including a ravishing Sudoku aspect.

Read the full review »

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.18 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,768 game of all time, #7 game of 2006 for the Nintendo DS and #39 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 70 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

Dr. Kawashimas Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 8 expert reviews for Dr. Kawashimas Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Great Game!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Trains your brain and is scientificly proven to make your brain smarter

Weakness: weak voice reconization

Brain Age is an awsome game! It makes your brain smarter and is fun and the same time! You can unlock new games and special features. And if a friend has brain age also, you can conpete in a times test.I would TOTALLY recomend it.

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Its OK
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Education pack into fun games!

Weakness: Gets boring after a while

The games are awsome. A little boring after a while though. I would rate it 5/10. Note: only fun for 10 minutes! Its still fun and for parents: Educational Fun!

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Brain Age keeps you sharp!
5 Star Review   By member GlennW6540 - Nov 21, 2006   

Strengths: Uses NDS touch screen & voice capability

Weakness: Takes some time to recognize voice & handwriting.

The Brain Age gives you a set of mostly math problems. Try to do 1x20 in 15 minutes or less. Could be good for grade schoolers just before the big test! Don't guess: There is a high points penalty for wrong answers. As time goes by, you can improve your score & lower your age. It's a creative way to turn math into a game. Let's see you tell time (sorry if you need a digital clock) The 100 sudoku games set up the same way. 5 misses & you're out! Go back & try to make no errors to get the best score. Game cam be played for an hour at a time. Could be perfect for those long commutes. Could use a timer so you don't miss your stop! Be sure to save your results before turning off the machine! Good for gamers of all ages. Get one for YOUR MOM!

75% of readers found this review helpful.

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Brain Age
4 Star Review   By member mojave - Sep 1, 2006   

Strengths: Nice diversion from usual gaming, budget price

Weakness: Not much lasting appeal

Brain Age was a huge hit in Japan so it was only a matter of time before Nintendo brought it over to the U.S. The game measures your "Brain Age" by challenging you with a variety of brain teasers which require quick (and, of course, correct) responses. It makes full use of the DS system by implementing handwritings recognition (via the touch screen of course) and even voice recognition. The latter can be a bit touchy at times (it needs to recognize you saying different colors and sometimes mistakes one for another). The game is meant to play a little each day so you can work on your score (ie, making your brain younger). As such it is a great game. There isn't much depth or replayability (once you have achieved a low age), but that's OK as it is a $19.99 game. There is also a mode to play against other people (locally) that only requires a single cartridge. That is always a bonus and loads of fun in a multi-DS household (like ours!).

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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A fun little game that's good for your brain!
4 Star Review   By member mike27112 - Aug 30, 2006   

Strengths: Fun. Innovative. Challenging. Records and tracks progress for 4 profiles. Decent replay value. Lower price. Sudoku included. Good use of the touch screen feature.

Weakness: Mini-game variety lacks depth. Designed for play during shorter periods.

Brain Age is a collection of several mini-games designed to engage your brain's prefontal cortex (the control tower of your brain). These games test speed, accuracy and memorization skills with simple activities including Calculations x 20, Calculations x 100, and Time Lapse. Based on your performance in these mini-games, you will be given a "Brain Age" between 20 years to 80 years old; just like in golf, the lower your score, the better. The game records your results for each mini-game once per day so that you can track your progress. This Overall, I find this game to be quite entertaining. Though the mini-games are simple, they are still challenging; even if you are great at a game, you can always try for a new top score. I definitely believe the claim that playing this game daily will help you develop and maintain an active, healthy brain. If you like puzzles and brain teasers, then Brain Age is for you!

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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Brain Age (DS)
4 Star Review   By member cheapfrag - Jun 12, 2006   

Strengths: fun, unique, uses a lot of the DS unique capabilities (microphone & touch screen).

Weakness: not meant to be "played" for hours at a time

I bought Brain Age for my son who has a DS. He and I tried it this past weekend and had a lot of fun with it. The concept is that you can keep your brain "young" by using the tools available in this "game". It ranks your brain on a scale from 20 (best) to 80 (worst) by having you perform a series of tests. For example one of the first tests is to name the colors shown on the DS. It will display words ("red", "black", "blue", "yellow") and those words will be in different colors. You have to say that actual color the word is written in as opposed to the word itself. It uses voice recognition so you just speak the color. Another test is where you solve 20 simple math problems as quickly as possible. You write the answer on the touch screen and it use character recognition to recognize your handwriting. The faster and more accurate that you do the math, the better (and the younger your brain is). It keeps track of overall best times (you can have 4 users set up), personal best times and it categorizes your results as walking speed, car speed, train speed or rocket speed. I think it's more fun when two people are "competing" against each other to get best times. You can use the game in training mode to practice and tune-up your brain and by doing this daily you supposedly exercise your brain and keep it active. And hopefully your "Brain Age" goes down toward 20 (best) with practice. The DS is held sideways to play so that it's like an open book. The voice recognition and handwriting recognition are good but not perfect. This is NOT a game that you will play hours at a time... it's designed to be played for shorter periods but daily. It does include about 100 Sudoku puzzles to play in between training and testing. I think the Sudoku is very well implemented in Brain Age. I don't know if this game will keep my son's or my brain any "younger" but it is fun and I would recommend it. It retails for just under $20.

91% of readers found this review helpful.

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Train your brain!
5 Star Review   By member botticus - Jun 2, 2006   

Strengths: Addictive, challenging, and fun

Weakness: Voice recognition of the word "blue" is spotty

Brain Age is one of the more interesting games I've played for a while. While not a true game, that doesn't take away the fact that it is fun and challenging. With Brain Age, your goal is to master mental exercises with precision and timing. All of the exercises you work on help improve your Brain Age, an overall score that you can get as low as 20. Also included are a few hundred Sudoku puzzles for us Americans.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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addictive game play
5 Star Review   By member t260 - May 27, 2006   

Strengths: addictive game play

Weakness: weak voice recognition

In Brain age you do exercise for you brain. The include simple math problem to memorizing words. It might not seem that intersting, but the gameplay is ver addictive. My only complain is that the voice recognition sometime have trouble picking up what I said, which lower my score.

69% of readers found this review helpful.

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Nintendo DS Brain Age
4 Star Review   By member zumatech - May 9, 2006   

Strengths: Family-friendly fun.

Weakness: Uneven voice and character recognition.

Never before did a high scrore make me feel so....old. When I first started playing my "brain age" score was 80 (the worst it could be.) Much of the problem was due to the voice recognition aspect of the software--it couldn't understand the word "blue." Your preformance on each game is rated. As far as I can tell they range from "walking" to "space ship." New activities become unlocked as you play the game. The game makes you open the DS like a book, and works fine for lefties (you turn it upside down) and the rest of us. In short, my 8-year-old son and I both enjoy the game(s). It's not so addictive that you'll forget dinner, but you just may be a few minutes late.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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