Review by friedbats
"Another quirky DS addition"
"Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day" is yet another off-the-wall title for the Nintendo DS, though not necessarily a bad thing. It's blend of simple logic puzzles fused with game play elements and use of the touch screen makes for an extremely interesting new style of game.
"Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day"'s graphics, to be blunt, are nothing to write home about (like the Polar Express movie, but thats another review...) It has clean and easy to use menu's, puzzles, and option screens which are all in 2D. The only 3D rendering is of a disembodied head that guides you through all your objectives, menus, and tutorials. The head is extremely polygonal, but hey - it's the DS and it doesn't really affect the game play all that much.
The music here is nothing too special either. It gets the job done as some perky techno type noise to listen to, but I highly doubt it'll be remixed anytime soon in 10 different ways with artists such as Jay-Z in order to try to sell the music as many times as possible without having to make a new song. (I'm looking at you Linkin Park...)
Okay, so the game doesn't really have much of a "story" per se. What it does have though is a kind of goal, which is through the training of your brain everyday to reach the ultimate goal of having your brain conditioned to the "brain age" of 20, the highest possible score. From daily completion of activities and such you unlock new training exercises and new sudoku puzzles.
Now this is where Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day really shines, along with pretty much of the rest of its DS brethren - Through its offbeat and original styles of game play. In Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day you hold your DS sideways like a book and go through rapid fire math and literature exercises using the touch screen and stylus to write in answers and the built in mic to answer aloud. What really makes this game worth playing though is that its not like any other games out there. Although it is enjoyable to play, I wouldn't exactly say that this is a true "Gamers game" Though it is massively fun to play in the short bursts they give you each day.
In the end, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is an excellent game. Although its graphical quality and music accomplishments aren't all that phenomenal (kinda like Keith Urban) its still great to play for what its worth. Its even better to know that this game has been proved to make the brain more active and faster thinking, which to me is more than enough to buy it if I can have fun while doing it. Lastly, the 20$ price tag really drives up the rating of this game because for those that don't think that this is for them, they can easily drop 20$ to try it out and just resell to someone and not take that big of a loss.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/01/06
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