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Brain Training: Dr Kawashima's How Old Is Your Brain

Released on 09 June 2006

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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If you're bored of playing games that don't stretch your brain cells and you'd like to give your grey matter an extensive workout, pick up this program. The tests have been devised in cooperation with Dr. Kawashima himself, a renowned neuroscientist. With Brain Training you can train both your mental awareness and your memory. Hold the DS vertically, like a book, and write your answers with the stylus on the touch screen. The exercises are quick challenges that help stimulate your brain. There's a combination of arithmetic, reading and memory tests, and the program calculates your score in the form of a 'brain age' by assessing the speed and accuracy by which you perform these simple tasks.
  • The program sets up a specialised regime especially for the user
  • Use the built-in calendar to track and record your progress
  • Results are displayed in easy to understand graphs
  • Obtain a certain number of marks to unlock additional tests and challenges
  • Also includes the popular sudoku numbers game
  • Voice recognition system
  • answer certain questions with your voice
  • Play with your friends using the DS wireless communication - only one game card is required, and up to 16 players can join in
  • Send a free demo version to a friend through wireless download

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 Average rating (85 reviews)

 Top drawer, keeps you sharp

| | See all FozzySPF's reviews (58)

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Brilliant game, certainly keeps your brain in touch. I started at brain age 67 (im 29 years old). Im now down to brain age 20 and able to hold it at that.
It has loads of different challenges to give you a varied work out. My fave is the simple 20 calculations, top record so far is 15 secs.
I certainly recommend this game, Big Brain Academy is good too and maybe a little more suitable for the younger player. Oh and lots of Suduko puzzles in this game too, i never tried it until i got this game and now hooked.

 cool game, will keep you occupied for hours!

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This is a great game that is very addictive! Although once you have unlocked the new levels in can get quite boring and samey, as you become limited to what challenges you can test yourself with. i did find that once i had played for continuous days i was alot quicker than when i played every ferw days so im guessing it does actually work! its a good family game especially if another family member can go wireless and play with you! its definately worth buying!

 Disappointing.

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The idea behind this game is a good one, so much so that it has been copied time and time again on most platforms. However, How Old Is Your Brain has some major flaws, that ultimately prevent it from ever being totally accurate.
First things first, a review of the game itself. In a nutshell, the game provides tasks that are supposed to improve your memory, general brain functions etc, such as quick maths problems, colour recognition tasks and other such challenges. All of these in principle are fantastic ideas, if not a tad boring. Infact these tasks do get you working up a mental sweat after just minutes of play. The better you get at these tasks, the more you unlock, meaning that you have something to work for, at least for a few weeks, other than reducing your brain age. The tasks in this game, although dull in comparison to the brilliant Big Brain Academy, are good.
The problem with the game, is the way the tasks are undertaken. All rely totally on either voice recognition, or the user manually writing answers of the touch screen. A nice idea in principle, however the DS has problems with the recognition. For example, the colour tasks requires you to say the colours you see on screen. On nearly every attempt I have had at this puzzle, i've had at least one occasion where what i say is completely misinterpreted, causing a wrong answer, causing time lost, causing higher brain age etc, you get the picture. Then onto the touch screen. The idea of a lot of the tasks are that you have to complete them as quickly as possible. This means quick writing. This also equals unrecognised digits. The DS will often pick up 5's as 8's (for me anyway) and loves to randomly pick a number for you on the odd occasion...Once again, this all leads to inaccuracies.
In fairness, it's a nice idea, but it's also been done far better by others since. The only real plus for this title is the 100 sudoku puzzles included with the game. That's all i use it for now. For actual brain training, I suggest Big Brain Academy.

 Keeps my mum busy

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This game is the best yet. Unfortunately I can't get my DS back from my Mum as she is addicted to the game. Look forward to more titles.

 adictive

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The first time i played this game i had a brain age of 75, given the fact that im only 20 i was quite offended, but after a few days of training i was down to 34, now 3 weeks on i have the brain of a 21 year old, it only takes a few minutes a day, but i believe that it really does help to keep your brain active. ive noticed that i can now do simple maths problems a lot quicker than i could. this game is adictive and fun at the same time.

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Rating3+ (PEGI)