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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Great for Kids and Adults
These games really work. After doing it for a week or so you'll really see a difference in your skills doing quick equations or just general brain power.
After about a week I was seeing my scores increase dramatically and my brain age went from in the high 70's down to my actual age. It's a good daily task to keep your mental acuity up. The game itself is very fun and makes learning fun, it's good for children, but its also great to have a friend to challenge you and battle back and forth for the lowest scores.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Good Educational Game
By Sachrist Sumphunvivat
It's a good game. The thing that keeps me coming back is Sudoku. Despite being an educational game it is still surprisingly fun to play. There's no complicated controls just follow the simple directions the "professor" gives you and you're good to go. The DS is meant to be held sideways and will rest comfortably in your hands as you play. The games you will playing are relatively simple and not frustrating at all. This game is meant to stimulate your brain so that you will be able to have quick responses to relatively simple problems. The only real problem I had with it is it's ability to read your handwriting. If you have atrocious handwriting either improve or don't by this game. I consider myself to have if not good handwriting then a relatively decent one. I find that the game cannot read my numbers and sometimes mistakes the number as another. Other than that this would be a superb purchase for anyone really.
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Have Fun and Help Your Thinking!
I'm a 50 year old woman - and probably in the age range of people that this product is supposed to help. Like my friends, I complain of forgetting names, and other memory lapses that undermine my confidence. Brain Age is a program that touts working your brain's pre-frontal cortex - to keep your brain in good shape.
The first time I did this program it said that my Brain Age was 80! After a few days I got my Brain Age down to 28. (20 is the "best" age you can get.) My 9 and 12 year old sons' first Brain Ages were also in the 80s, though it told them that players under age 20 should take the results "with a grain of salt."
There are two categories of activities in Brain Age. You can choose "Brain Age Check" or "Training." If you choose "Brain Age," you first answer if you are in an environment where you can speak. Then you are given three tests chosen at random, and your Brain Age is calculated based on how well you performed on the three tests. Examples of Brain Age Check tests are:
Stroop Test - This test shows you names of colors. Each name is in a different color, and you are to name the color that the word is written in. You may see the word "Blue" and it can be written in Yellow, Black, Blue or Red, and you are to say the color it is written in. (This is harder than you think!)
Counting - This test asks you to count, as quickly as possible, without slurring, from 1 to 120.
Connect the numbers-and-letters. In this test one screen has the letters A through M, and the numbers 1 through 13, each circled, randomly placed on the screen. Your task is to take the stylus and make one long line, connecting A with 1, then moving to B and 2, then C and 3, etc., until you end with M and 13.
Word Memory. In this test you are shown 30 words on the 2 screens and given 2 minutes to memorize them. You then are given 3 minutes to write down as many as you can remember.
Counting numbers. On one screen you are shown different numbers in different colors, some of the numbers may be pulsing, rotating and/or sliding. The program will ask you things like "How many blue #s?" or "How many sliding numbers?"
The other part of the program is Daily Training exercises. At first not all of the exercises are available to you, more become available as you use the program. Some examples of the Daily Training activities are:
Calculations X 20. You are given 20 easy calculations, like 5-2, 7X8, 6+3. You try to complete these as quickly and accurately as possible, with penalties for inaccurate answers.
Calculations X100. Same as above, with 100 calculations.
Low to High Number Memory. One screen flashes four to eight numbers. Then, on the other screen, you are shown spots in the same formation, and you are to tap, in order, where the lowest to highest numbers were. The screen may flash up to 8 numbers at a time.
Head Count. On one screen you are shown a number of people figures. Next, a house comes down and hides them. Figures then enter and exit the house, and, after a few, you are asked how many figures are left in the house. The training exercise has you do this 5 times, it starts out very easy and gets very hard.
Reading Aloud. You are timed as you read a short passage aloud. Passages are interesting, and include sections of Dracula, Jack London, the Constitution, etc.
Syllable Count. You are shown a number of short phrases, like "A penny saved is a penny earned." and asked to count the number of syllables in each.
There are other games, and more games become "unlocked" as you use the program.
Plusses and the minuses:
I like this program a lot - and I do think that it has helped my attention to detail. I'm getting better at all the activities - I can remember up to 18 words on Word Memory, when I started playing I remembered only 10.
The Voice Recognition and writing recognition are better than I expected, but they are far from perfect, and that is the most frustrating thing about the program. For example, in the Stroop Test the DS never understands when I say the word "Blue" (and I am a native English speaker.) So I use 2 player files: one where I say I can speak when I do the Brain Age Check, and one where I say I can't. The age difference in the Brain Age is about 20 years.
Also, many times I will write a number or a letter and the DS will think I've written a different number or letter. Many of these tasks are timed, so I am trying to write quickly, and it'll think, for example, that a "5" is a "4", or an "L" is a "C", and then I get penalized for wrong answers. (On the bright side: this is a good exercise in persevering in the face of frustration! A whole new product line idea!)
Bottom Line: This game is fun, addictive, and might actually have lasting benefits. Not bad for $19.95!