I am genuinely surprised by Sight Training.
What initially appears to be a cynical ploy by Namco and Nintendo to stand on the coat-tails of Brain Training ends up being a little bit of genius. And I for one and genuinely very impressed by it.
When you start the game, you realise just how much Namco has been influenced by the design and ingeunity of Brain Training. Not only is the layout, design-wise, very similar to BT, but the basic concept of completing a set of mini-game challenges using the touch screen is also implemented. Initially, people may be put off by the simple opening games such as Box Track (Circle is placed in one of three boxes and mixed around, you must find it), but dig deeper into the challenges (most of which are unlocked over days, as per BT, and you will find yourself popping boxes flying across the screen, tapping boxing gloves and spiking volleyballs every day.
The game tests five areas of visual abilities, Dynamic Visual Acuity, seeing moving objects clearly, Momentary Vision, taking in information at once, Eye Movement, self-explanatory, Peripheral Vision, seeing a wider area, and Hand-Eye Co-ordination (which is surely tested by all gaming in general...) via a series of the aforementioned challenges. Every day, you are given a set of skills to complete and can then try out all of the other games afterwards.
Then you can find out your eye age. Yes, you can improve your eye age.
Mine was 29. Gutted. I'm 24.
Honestly though, it is a thoroughly charming little piece of software. It is not a game as such but there is something moreish about it in the same way that Brain Training is horribly moreish. The sports games are hugely addictive (the table-tennis game is very intriguing, it makes me wonder if there could be a table-tennis game for the DS at some stage! Get onto it someone!!!) and it tests your brain as well so you're getting two things trained all in one go.
For under twenty quid, you can't go wrong really, can you?