Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day

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Hot on the heels of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, the brain training phenomena grows with Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! Seventeen all new, engaging activities designed to help work your brain and increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. Whether you;re playing simple songs on a piano keyboard or monitoring the photo finish of a footrace, you love your new mental workout!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Puzzle
Release Date 2007-8-20
Maximum Number of Players 16
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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  GameZone - Sep 7, 2007

When the first Brain Age came out it showed developers that there really is a market out there for people that are looking for games that are simple and don’t take much time/effort to play; aka “Casual Gaming”. The name of the sequel is called Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day, which basically tells you that this is exactly the same game you have played in the past, just new tweaks and mini games to play. The bottom line is that if you liked the first one you will enjoy this one as well. The purpose of this game is to make you think by doing three simple challenges over a period of time.

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Best Nintendo DS Puzzle Game
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Sep 7, 2010

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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 11 expert reviews for Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day and the average expert rating is 79 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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Brain Age 2 (DS)
4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: Improvements on the original game, more challenging mini-games

Weakness: Voice and handwriting recognition issues, not that different from the previous title

Brain Age 2: More Training is a sequel to the previous title on the DS. It adds in some new, more challenging games into the mix, as well as correct some issues with the previous titles. The issues with voice and handwriting recognition are still present, unfortunately. Most of the other issues from the previous title have been fixed. It's a great game for the causal gamer and the non-gamer alike.

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Age 2, Brain 0
4 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Dec 6, 2007   

Strengths: More varied activities than its predecessor

Weakness: Limited number of activities

Brain Age 2 is a substantial improvement over the original Brain Age game. The training exercises are generally more challenging and provide more variety, and the handwriting and voice recognition is better, as well. Definitely the best of the many brain training games on the DS.

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Brain Age 2
4 Star Review   By member khartzfeld - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: New games are clever, best sudoku, non-gamers enjoy

Weakness: not for kids

I played a friend's copy of the first game, and it seemed like a fun game. I enjoyed getting the "brain age" and we had contests. The new game is more of the same, but it adds a few new games for variety. The sudoku program is very good, and the games are still challenging weeks after I first played them. This "game" though is intended for adults and not kids, so do not get it for the kiddies unless they specifically ask for it (you will not win them over with this game).

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Great Brain Age Sequel
4 Star Review   By member SpazX - Nov 24, 2007   

Strengths: Better games, more Sudoku, still cheap

Weakness: Still brain age...

If you liked the original Brain Age, you'll like this one. There really isn't much more to it than the original though, so if you didn't like the original you most likely won't like this sequel either. There are all new games to play and I think that most of them are more fun than the games in the original Brain Age and there is still Sudoku just like in the original, which is actually one of the best reasons for buying the game in the first place. It would've been nice if there was some Wi-Fi capability, but sadly there is not, not even for a scoreboard or anything like that. So I don't think this will really improve your brain, but it's still a fun game with some nice mini-games and Sudoku.

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Brain Age 2 DS
3 Star Review   By member Charlemagne7 - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: More mini-game goodness.

Weakness: Doesn't present anything that the first Brain Age offered.

Brain Age 2 brings more mini-games to train your brain on the DS. Some of the games are seem like variations on the first one, such as the one where the user counts the number of people leaving and entering the house. Here you count the place a runner gets after s/he finishes a race. Although I didn't enjoy the voice recognition from there first game, this one made it more enjoyable. In a game of rock, paper, and scissors, the user is presented with a hand signaling one of the three items and has to shout out what will win or lose the game. Brain Age 2 also presents more Sudoku and the same stamp date feature in the first one. Nothing much changed at all except for the mini-games. Overall you'll like this game if you enjoyed the first one and vice versa.

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Good sequel that maybe overreacted
4 Star Review   By member justin42 - Sep 27, 2007   

Strengths: Still a fun 'game', interesting concept

Weakness: Much more challenging, not helped by iffy input

Brain Age 2 is Nintendo's latest Brain Training game, designed to help exercise your mind. In that sense, it's not really a 'video game' in the traditional sense-- more like puzzles to work out quickly in order to both exercise your mind and test how you're doing. The first Brain Age had mostly very simple puzzles that to me felt like they were more testing speed than any particular brain usage (some were challenging but many were not). Brain Age 2, while superficially looking very similar, seems to be much harder-- which is both a good and bad thing. The 'rules' aren't complex, it can just be hard to do what they require. Or maybe my brain is just in bad shape and I shouldn't be admitting this! Nintendo does really need to work on the writing recognition, in a game where it's critical that the game understand what you're trying to do, they need to make it work a bit better. Especially when you're under pressure, you can lose time trying to move on to the next thing to do while the game doesn't recognize your (correct) answer and you lose track of what you're doing. But in a way that can be considered all part of the experience. Overall, Brain Age 2 is more of the same, but it's good since it gives variety to a game (Brain Age) that's probably been played out by now. If you were hooked on the original Brain Age 2 will give you many more months of playtime...

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Better Than Original
4 Star Review   By member Schwowsers - Sep 17, 2007   

Strengths: Fun

Weakness: Takes a while to unlock all of the tests

Brain Age 2 is pretty much Brain Age with more, better tests. It doesn't stray at all from the original's formula, but it's still a fun piece of software. I find this game really comes into it's own when several people are have files on the same cartridge. Comparing each others results can be highly amusing. I would have liked if all the tests were unlocked from the start instead of them being unlocked over time, but this is a minor complaint. If you enjoyed the first Brain Age but have grown tired of the original's tests, you can't go wrong with Brain Age 2.

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Getting 40 Year Olds to Play Nintendo
5 Star Review   By member mcgruders401 - Sep 7, 2007   

Strengths: Wonderful concept, enjoyable activities, simple, but extremely effective

Weakness: Some games are too short, I wish there was more variety in the stat tracking of different players

First let me say that before 2006, I had not played a videogame since the early 1980s. I am a woman in my forties, and was introduced to the first Brain Age by my son. I've always enjoyed intellectual games, but found modern videogames to be too complex to get into. I instantly fell in love with "Brain Age", bought a DS of my own, and have since purchased a Nintendo Wii as well. It was a "no brainer" (excuse the pun) to purchase "Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day". I was extremely excited to get my hands on the new exercises. And they surely do not disappoint! Right from the second you turn the game on, Brain Age 2 just has a very inviting atmosphere. One of the first activities you'll do is testing to see what your brain's "age" is. This is always an enjoyable experience, as each time you attempt it, you find yourself aggressively trying to beat your old score. The daily training exercises are a blast as well! Simple activities such as choosing a mathematical sign, or playing a short song on a piano are made into enjoyable and challenging games. There is also a new set of Sudoku puzzles which are very fun to complete. Overall, I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys keeping their mind fresh. ESPECIALLY anyone getting up there in age! These games aren't just for kids anymore!

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A step forward for the series
4 Star Review   By member elwood731 - Sep 6, 2007   

Strengths: Clever new mini-games are a step above original

Weakness: Still limits your ability to play multiple games a day

Brain Age 2 is a definite step up from the original DS title. Instantly noticeable is how similar it plays to the original, which, of course, is not really a bad thing. The original Brain Age is a class act. More important is that while it plays similar, the new mini-games are much improved over the originals. That also means they're harder, but harder to grow tired of. The main drawback remains that once you play the game for the day, it's basically over for the remainder of that day. That sorely limits its value, but considering it also limits how quickly you will bore of the title, that's not such a bad thing.

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How old is your brain?
4 Star Review   By member Spangank - Sep 5, 2007   

Strengths: Sudoku, single-card multiplayer, new games.

Weakness: Multiplayer (hard to find many people to play with), voice and handwriting recognition faulty at times, low replay value if you are familiar with the previous game.

If you are no stranger to the first Brain Age game... then you will feel right at home with Brain Age 2. This time around you will see some familiar challenges from the previous game but with new twists. Many of these challenges vary from number-crunching math problems, seperating coins to coincide with the total amount, trying to write down a word being spoken by 3 voices, using reflex to solve quick visual puzzles, and even playing piano by following a music sheet! The game's bigger highlights are probaly the Sudoku (who doesn't love Sudoku?) and Germ Buster games. Aside from that... you can test the age of your brain by taking a series of tests. Although it might be discouraging to have the game tell you that your brain age is lower than your real age (and makes you feel stupid)... I think it adds to the competitive value and motivation to try harder at the games to improve your brain "age". All in all I am satisfied with this release of Brain Age and here is hoping for the next installment.

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Hot on the heels of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, the brain training phenomena grows with Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! Seventeen all new, engaging activities designed to help work your brain and increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. Whether you;re playing simple songs on a piano keyboard or monitoring the photo finish of a footrace, you love your new mental workout!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Puzzle
Release Date 2007-8-20
Maximum Number of Players 16
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Product Title Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  GameZone - Sep 7, 2007

When the first Brain Age came out it showed developers that there really is a market out there for people that are looking for games that are simple and don’t take much time/effort to play; aka “Casual Gaming”. The name of the sequel is called Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day, which basically tells you that this is exactly the same game you have played in the past, just new tweaks and mini games to play. The bottom line is that if you liked the first one you will enjoy this one as well. The purpose of this game is to make you think by doing three simple challenges over a period of time.

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Best Nintendo DS Puzzle Game
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Sep 7, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Brain Age 2 More Training (DS) as a best pick for the Best Nintendo DS Puzzle Game . Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 11 expert reviews for Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day and the average expert rating is 79 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
Brain Age 2 (DS)
4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: Improvements on the original game, more challenging mini-games

Weakness: Voice and handwriting recognition issues, not that different from the previous title

Brain Age 2: More Training is a sequel to the previous title on the DS. It adds in some new, more challenging games into the mix, as well as correct some issues with the previous titles. The issues with voice and handwriting recognition are still present, unfortunately. Most of the other issues from the previous title have been fixed. It's a great game for the causal gamer and the non-gamer alike.

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Age 2, Brain 0
4 Star Review   By member yakkotank - Dec 6, 2007   

Strengths: More varied activities than its predecessor

Weakness: Limited number of activities

Brain Age 2 is a substantial improvement over the original Brain Age game. The training exercises are generally more challenging and provide more variety, and the handwriting and voice recognition is better, as well. Definitely the best of the many brain training games on the DS.

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Brain Age 2
4 Star Review   By member khartzfeld - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: New games are clever, best sudoku, non-gamers enjoy

Weakness: not for kids

I played a friend's copy of the first game, and it seemed like a fun game. I enjoyed getting the "brain age" and we had contests. The new game is more of the same, but it adds a few new games for variety. The sudoku program is very good, and the games are still challenging weeks after I first played them. This "game" though is intended for adults and not kids, so do not get it for the kiddies unless they specifically ask for it (you will not win them over with this game).

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Great Brain Age Sequel
4 Star Review   By member SpazX - Nov 24, 2007   

Strengths: Better games, more Sudoku, still cheap

Weakness: Still brain age...

If you liked the original Brain Age, you'll like this one. There really isn't much more to it than the original though, so if you didn't like the original you most likely won't like this sequel either. There are all new games to play and I think that most of them are more fun than the games in the original Brain Age and there is still Sudoku just like in the original, which is actually one of the best reasons for buying the game in the first place. It would've been nice if there was some Wi-Fi capability, but sadly there is not, not even for a scoreboard or anything like that. So I don't think this will really improve your brain, but it's still a fun game with some nice mini-games and Sudoku.

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Brain Age 2 DS
3 Star Review   By member Charlemagne7 - Sep 28, 2007   

Strengths: More mini-game goodness.

Weakness: Doesn't present anything that the first Brain Age offered.

Brain Age 2 brings more mini-games to train your brain on the DS. Some of the games are seem like variations on the first one, such as the one where the user counts the number of people leaving and entering the house. Here you count the place a runner gets after s/he finishes a race. Although I didn't enjoy the voice recognition from there first game, this one made it more enjoyable. In a game of rock, paper, and scissors, the user is presented with a hand signaling one of the three items and has to shout out what will win or lose the game. Brain Age 2 also presents more Sudoku and the same stamp date feature in the first one. Nothing much changed at all except for the mini-games. Overall you'll like this game if you enjoyed the first one and vice versa.

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Good sequel that maybe overreacted
4 Star Review   By member justin42 - Sep 27, 2007   

Strengths: Still a fun 'game', interesting concept

Weakness: Much more challenging, not helped by iffy input

Brain Age 2 is Nintendo's latest Brain Training game, designed to help exercise your mind. In that sense, it's not really a 'video game' in the traditional sense-- more like puzzles to work out quickly in order to both exercise your mind and test how you're doing. The first Brain Age had mostly very simple puzzles that to me felt like they were more testing speed than any particular brain usage (some were challenging but many were not). Brain Age 2, while superficially looking very similar, seems to be much harder-- which is both a good and bad thing. The 'rules' aren't complex, it can just be hard to do what they require. Or maybe my brain is just in bad shape and I shouldn't be admitting this! Nintendo does really need to work on the writing recognition, in a game where it's critical that the game understand what you're trying to do, they need to make it work a bit better. Especially when you're under pressure, you can lose time trying to move on to the next thing to do while the game doesn't recognize your (correct) answer and you lose track of what you're doing. But in a way that can be considered all part of the experience. Overall, Brain Age 2 is more of the same, but it's good since it gives variety to a game (Brain Age) that's probably been played out by now. If you were hooked on the original Brain Age 2 will give you many more months of playtime...

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Better Than Original
4 Star Review   By member Schwowsers - Sep 17, 2007   

Strengths: Fun

Weakness: Takes a while to unlock all of the tests

Brain Age 2 is pretty much Brain Age with more, better tests. It doesn't stray at all from the original's formula, but it's still a fun piece of software. I find this game really comes into it's own when several people are have files on the same cartridge. Comparing each others results can be highly amusing. I would have liked if all the tests were unlocked from the start instead of them being unlocked over time, but this is a minor complaint. If you enjoyed the first Brain Age but have grown tired of the original's tests, you can't go wrong with Brain Age 2.

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Getting 40 Year Olds to Play Nintendo
5 Star Review   By member mcgruders401 - Sep 7, 2007   

Strengths: Wonderful concept, enjoyable activities, simple, but extremely effective

Weakness: Some games are too short, I wish there was more variety in the stat tracking of different players

First let me say that before 2006, I had not played a videogame since the early 1980s. I am a woman in my forties, and was introduced to the first Brain Age by my son. I've always enjoyed intellectual games, but found modern videogames to be too complex to get into. I instantly fell in love with "Brain Age", bought a DS of my own, and have since purchased a Nintendo Wii as well. It was a "no brainer" (excuse the pun) to purchase "Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day". I was extremely excited to get my hands on the new exercises. And they surely do not disappoint! Right from the second you turn the game on, Brain Age 2 just has a very inviting atmosphere. One of the first activities you'll do is testing to see what your brain's "age" is. This is always an enjoyable experience, as each time you attempt it, you find yourself aggressively trying to beat your old score. The daily training exercises are a blast as well! Simple activities such as choosing a mathematical sign, or playing a short song on a piano are made into enjoyable and challenging games. There is also a new set of Sudoku puzzles which are very fun to complete. Overall, I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys keeping their mind fresh. ESPECIALLY anyone getting up there in age! These games aren't just for kids anymore!

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A step forward for the series
4 Star Review   By member elwood731 - Sep 6, 2007   

Strengths: Clever new mini-games are a step above original

Weakness: Still limits your ability to play multiple games a day

Brain Age 2 is a definite step up from the original DS title. Instantly noticeable is how similar it plays to the original, which, of course, is not really a bad thing. The original Brain Age is a class act. More important is that while it plays similar, the new mini-games are much improved over the originals. That also means they're harder, but harder to grow tired of. The main drawback remains that once you play the game for the day, it's basically over for the remainder of that day. That sorely limits its value, but considering it also limits how quickly you will bore of the title, that's not such a bad thing.

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How old is your brain?
4 Star Review   By member Spangank - Sep 5, 2007   

Strengths: Sudoku, single-card multiplayer, new games.

Weakness: Multiplayer (hard to find many people to play with), voice and handwriting recognition faulty at times, low replay value if you are familiar with the previous game.

If you are no stranger to the first Brain Age game... then you will feel right at home with Brain Age 2. This time around you will see some familiar challenges from the previous game but with new twists. Many of these challenges vary from number-crunching math problems, seperating coins to coincide with the total amount, trying to write down a word being spoken by 3 voices, using reflex to solve quick visual puzzles, and even playing piano by following a music sheet! The game's bigger highlights are probaly the Sudoku (who doesn't love Sudoku?) and Germ Buster games. Aside from that... you can test the age of your brain by taking a series of tests. Although it might be discouraging to have the game tell you that your brain age is lower than your real age (and makes you feel stupid)... I think it adds to the competitive value and motivation to try harder at the games to improve your brain "age". All in all I am satisfied with this release of Brain Age and here is hoping for the next installment.

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The fun and challenges continue!
5 Star Review   By member tpino84 - Sep 4, 2007   

Strengths: A perfect continuation from the previous game. Oh, there's a Dr Mario clone :)

Weakness: C'mon..theres 16 player local play..but no WiFi battles?! No biggie, but.. c'mon!

If you loved the first one, you will love this one. I love this game and it's even more in depth then the last. The challenges seem to be harder!!That's a good thing, though! I highly recommend this game to people who have played the first one, AND to people who really like fun challenges! Great, great game! It's $20 TOO..c'mon! Go buy it!

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More of the same, but still fun
4 Star Review   By member redfusion - Sep 4, 2007   

Strengths: Great sudoku, more fun brain training games

Weakness: Same interface as last game, handwriting recognition still needs work.

When you first start the game, you'll notice that it has the exact same interface as the first one. It's a minor complaint, but its still disappointing, and pretty lazy. They could have changed the colors or fonts or anything to make it different. The games this time around are a lot more fun than in the previous game. They vary from counting change, to word scrambles, to playing piano. There still isn't much to do though after you get sick of the mini-games, other than the plethora of sudoku puzzles. The handwriting recognition still has issues, but it's still pretty fun and only costs twenty bucks.

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More of the same from Brain Age
3 Star Review   By member mike_n_ike - Sep 4, 2007   

Strengths: New brain training exercises are creative. Nice quick play on the morning commute. Helps your brain.

Weakness: Voice and handwriting recognition still have issues. Not much different than the first Brain Age game.

Brain Age 2 offers some of the same brain training exercises that made the first Brain Age game quite popular among the Nintendo DS crowd. Nintendo chose not to mess with the formula, and this is both a good and bad thing. It's good in that the game offers the same brain training fun that the first game offered. It's bad in that the game seems repetitive and tired if you've played the original Brain Age. It doesn't offer anything really revolutionary or expand upon its predecessor. The handwriting and voice recognition could also definitely see some improvement.

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Both a Sequel & an Extension
4 Star Review   By member mbartholow - Sep 3, 2007   

Strengths: If you've played the original, you know what to expect. Brain Age 2 introduces all new teasers for daily training and comes with 100 new Sudoku puzzles.

Weakness: -Essentially a rehash, but in the best sense of the word. -Should be able do download new Sudoku puzzles!

A natural from Nintendo. Continues the simple usefulness of the first title while extending the brand's reach. At the $20 price point, this is one of the best values in gaming and should be just the beginning for a potentially long-running series.

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Improve your brain in a fun way!
5 Star Review   By member Darth007 - Sep 3, 2007   

Strengths: Good for your brain. Fun minigames. Sudoku mode that can last a long time.

Weakness: Iffy handwriting recognition. Minigames are not diverse enough.

Brain Age 2 improves upon the brain exercise that was the first Brain Age. The games are varied from a piano player to math to memorization. The games are a challenge the first time you play but as you play everyday you get better and better, thus your brain's abilities improve. After two days of playing my memory seemed to have improved in years! I could remember things from a long time ago again. The games are not without faults. The games that require writing are hard to do not just because of the thinking process, but the writing recognition isn't perfect. Sometimes writing a "?" can register as a "!" and such. You have to be precise for the game to recognize your handwriting. To top off the mental exercises is a sudoku mode. I am personally addicted to it. This game overall is very helpful for those that need an improvement on their brain.

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Improve your intelligence with video games?
4 Star Review   By member jarbuckle - Sep 1, 2007   

Strengths: New more complex games since the first Brain Age. Not as focused on simple numbers anymore.

Weakness: Poor voice and handwriting recognition.

Here it is, the newest addition to the Brain Age series of games on the Nintendo DS. For those of you who have not played the first Brain Age, I would highly recommend doing so before playing Brain Age II. The setup and practices are more straightforward. Brain Age II is simply an enhancement of what made the original Brain Age such a unique game. There are many new puzzles to try out in this edition. Unfortunately, the voice and handwriting recognition could still use some work. I don't know how many times I've had to rewrite the sign for division during Sign Find.

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As good as the first one
4 Star Review   By member ClareBearStare - Aug 30, 2007   

Strengths: new activities, still fun and challenging

Weakness: none so far

I has so much fun with the original brain age and played almost everyday for awhile. so i was excited for part 2. this second installment doesn't disappoint. new games that are still fun and I think some of them are more challenging that the the original. still waiting to unlock all of them . . .

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Food for your brain!
4 Star Review   By member chowminglee - Aug 30, 2007   

Strengths: Train you to react to different situations, words, Sudoku puzzles, perfect game for kids!

Weakness: Too easy for adults! I wish there's a version for adults.

I love puzzle games and Brain Age 2 seems to be the right stuff for me. It is a fun, challenging game for a kid but for me, it was a bit too elementary. I wish they will make one that is more challenging for adults. I like the Sudoku puzzle because they are more challenging than the rest. This game is highly recommended for you 5 to 12 year old kid!

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More Training!
4 Star Review   By member THams - Aug 30, 2007   

Strengths: The puzzles are enjoyable. Sudoku never gets old for me. More of the same stuff that made the first Brain Age good.

Weakness: None really, other than if you already have Brain Age you probably aren't going to see a need to pick this one up.

Much like the first Brain Age, this is one of those casual titles that you can pick up and "play" for a few minutes each day, making it great when you don't have a lot of free time. You'll never feel pressured to play it, like "man I really need to finish this game"; it's just kind of there when you feel the need for it.

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Another Great Game From Nintendo
5 Star Review   By member n8rockerasu - Aug 30, 2007   

Strengths: Brilliant training exercises, simple in nature, but still challenging, very well put together, FUN!

Weakness: Not enough training exercises (or maybe I just wish there were more), no Wifi play

I really love what Nintendo has done over the past few years, offering games that are not only fun, but also beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing. Much like the first Brain Age, Brain Age 2 features basic exercises for your brain to keep your mind sharp. It even has an all new set of Sudoku puzzles to solve. I was a little worried how much they would vary from the activities of the first game, and although some are similar in nature, they make you think in a different way. I love the overall feel of the game. It's very well put together and both the touchpad and microphone detection seem to work better this time around. My favorite game is the piano player. Being a musician, myself, it was a blast to make music on my DS. Overall, this is another fantastic game from Nintendo, and anybody who enjoyed the first Brain Age, Big Brain Academy, Sudoku, etc. should have a great time with this one. For $19.99 you can't go wrong!

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More training for your brain and more and more
5 Star Review   By member lobitoh - Aug 28, 2007   

Strengths: Trains your brain and certain reactions, Which improves your perception on things

Weakness: Sometimes the handwriting recognition stucks

Brain Age 2 , after the success of the first one it comes with more mini games and new sudoku puzzles, which are the favorites of people nowadays. The new minigames are good better than the ones before. The only problem its the hand write recognition, sometimes it misses. Overall this 2nd volume of this game its improved and helps you train more. Great for all ages. Your brain recommends it.

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More of the same...or is it?
5 Star Review   By member sloanranger - Aug 26, 2007   

Strengths: New activities are fun to play, take traditional activities in new directions; more Sudoku; multiplayer expanded

Weakness: None, for a budget-priced "game"

I loved the original Brain Age. Yes, after a while I stopped testing myself every day (or week) to see what my brain age was. But the game had a nice long life on my DS. And I have never tired of sudoku. The interface for that crossword-with-numbers craze was just about perfect in its simplicity, and was a tremendous longevity-ensuring bonus to the main game. Some of the good news: sudoku's back. More good news: the new activities are a blast. My favorite right now is "Piano Player" - a musical score is on the left screen, and you have to touch the correct piano keys (with sharps and flats) on the right. "Word Scramble" is another fun one - letters are scattered on the left screen and you have to spell out the correct word on the right using all the letters. In general, though, there is a bit more of a math bent to the activities this time, which I personally like. "Calendar Count," "Change Maker," and "Math Recall" are just a few examples, and all are fun to play. Even more good news: multiplayer is expanded. You can now play picture drawing (expanded from BA1), word scramble, change maker, and number memory with up to 16 (!!!) players and a single copy of BA2. I can't say I've ever been in a room with 16 Nintendo DS's in action, but it's a very cool idea. What I have experienced is two-player multiplayer, which is easy to set up, smoothly implemented, and most of all fun. Honestly, I can't really find serious faults with this game. Would I have liked more multiplayer challenges? Sure. Would wifi multiplayer be cool? Maybe, maybe not to be honest. For $20 (or less if you can find a timely sale) I highly recommend Brain Age 2. If you haven't played the first brain age, I would buy this one first, play through it, then track down the original when you get bored of the activities or you've burned through all the sudoku puzzles.

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Another winner!
5 Star Review   By member maxspiderx - Aug 25, 2007   

Strengths: Addictive. Better mini games than first one

Weakness: Less charming than the first one

I played through the first installment (any doubts that there will be a third ?), and found it a fun, stimulating challenge with decent replay value. The ability to set personal bests, combined with the enticement of a normalized ranking (the much ballyhooed "brain age") suits the quantitative, competitive sorts like myself. Some of the concerns voiced above re: BA2 are easily sidestepped: Don't play the voice recognition game. Easy enough, and there's plenty of other places to find fun. One feature I'd like to see are the dedicated Brain Age tests broken out as individual games to play (some in BA2 are a very cool, but you can't play them outside of the BA testing environment) as well as ALL games as possible selections for a Brain Age test. Interestingly, BA2 is more math focused than BA1, which I like. But there are a number of other enjoyable games that will make you think. Anagramming, music composition, information aggregation, memorization, and a host of general executive function tasks come into play. In particular, the piano game is a blast, although if you can read music, play the piano, and best of all, play by ear, you'll have a powerful advantage. It is worthwhile to spend a little time learning shortcuts for handwriting recognition (like a slash for division, rather than a line with dots above and below); this will improve the times and prevent a break in the mental flow as the problems stream by. There are still too many click-through screens of various beheaded ramblings, but the quick fix presented by this quirky edutainment title is compelling. It does seem to me that the brain age rankings are a bit tougher this time around, but maybe it is my lack of familiarity with the games. All in all, the game isn't perfect, but it's perfectly suited to serve up daily dollops of 1-10 minutes of fun. Just don't expect a significant boost in IQ.

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More Training in Minutes a Day
5 Star Review   By member GameCubeGirl - Aug 24, 2007   

Strengths: The challenges included are great and the multiplayer games are a must play if you have friends with a Nintendo DS.

Weakness: Handwriting recognition can cause problems.

As was the case in last year's game, the idea behind Brain Age 2 is that you train your brain via a short session each day. Aside from the single-player brain training fun, Brain Age 2 also features a good multiplayer element. With one game card you're able to play with a maximum of 16 players over four fun games. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day is solid fun and available at a bargain price.

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Great Follow-up to the original
4 Star Review   By member mkernan - Aug 24, 2007   

Strengths: More challenges, more variety this time around, value-priced

Weakness: Doesn't deviate from the original formula much, but if you enjoyed the original, that's not an issue

I was a big fan of the first Brain Age game, at least for a little while. I found that it grew tiresome after a while due to the limited nature of the paltry number of challenges. That has definitely been improved upon with this sequel as there are many more challenges to keep it interesting for longer.

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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day
5 Star Review   By member Tricky02 - Aug 24, 2007   

Strengths: Daily challenges are enhanced with some fun and frantic single cartridge multiplayer for four players.

Weakness: I have not found any weaknesses.

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day is almost exactly what I wanted from a follow-up to Brain Training. The challenges included are great. Even if you played the first game to death there's a lot more mind-building challenges here, many of which are a lot more fun and addictive than the ones in last year's series premiere.

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Brain Age 2 keeps the tradition of training intact
4 Star Review   By member graddy - Aug 24, 2007   

Strengths: Keeps the same format while upgrading the complexity of the tasks given. Has 100 more Sudoku puzzles using the best and easiest engine available on Nintendo DS. The voice recognition is less glitchy.

Weakness: Graphics are still merely functional. Being a non-traditional game, there's not much depth.

Brain Age 2 doesn't break the mold, but it doesn't need to. What we have here are training games that are tightened up and more interesting than before. Also, a good selling point for those who have long wrung out all the play value out of the first iteration, 100 more Sudoku puzzles will delight. True, there have been dedicated Sudoku software releases, but the interfaces have all come short compared to BA's simple zoom and draw.

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Brain Age 2
4 Star Review   By member ASPLM - Aug 23, 2007   

Strengths: More of the same, but in the best possible way. Puzzles are more challenging and offer more replay value. Multiplayer adds a level of competitiveness missing from the original.

Weakness: More of the same. If you likes the first, you'll like the second, but it's not straying too far from it's DS selling, phenomenal roots, which may rub some buyers the wrong way. Your mom might hog it.

Here we go again. Nintendo throws down the sequel to their mind-altering, DS selling, casual games market cracking wunderkind, Brain Age. In the sequel you'll find more quickfire brain challenges, which I found more challenging and ultimately more entertaining to return to than the original. There's added single-cart multiplayer, which should extend the life and help make this game even easier to sell your grandparents on than its predecessor. And Sudoku is back. Yep, it's sudoku. I've found having the portable sudoku to be worth the absurdly low price of admission on its own, even after the thrill of the main game has faded. If you have a Sudoku fan in your family, this game and a DS are the perfect present. At first blush, the game seemed very close to the original, but playing further on the game, I see that it's vastly improved and skews more towards real challenge and an adult vein than the original. There are fewer games that rely on graphical gimmicks, and it seems more thought has been put into replay value and sustainable challenge. It follows the same art (or lack there-of) of the original, but the interface is still intuitive and highly functional. I'm always looking for something fresh in my sequels, and despite this game seeming to follow the Madden model, there is much new here (including an awesome little "relaxation" bonus) and overall it's a better game with more longevity than the original.

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The game is very fun
3 Star Review   By member sasaugelinks - Aug 23, 2007   

Strengths: Fun and entertaining mini-games.

Weakness: Similar to the last game.

I really enjoyed this sequel even though it felt more like an expansion. Still, at a budget price it is a good deal. The math is fun and so are the puzzles that are included. A very entertaining game.

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