Review by dougmoto
"I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix."
quote- Sherlock Holmes, Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Before, it seemed as if education and video games were like oil and water. Even when big companies like Nintendo tried to make learning fun, disasters like Marios Time Machine and Mario is Missing were produced (I own both). However, after more than a decade after those blasphemous unmentionable SNES games, Nintendo has finally got it right. Brain Age is the game that was never meant to be.
What is there to say? Most of the controls are easily executed with the touch screen. Most consist simply of tapping or writing a number. Its easy to pick up, and it even has a feature to help the left handed players. However, its not exactly perfect. Im quite the sloppy writing, and many times its mistaken my 8s for 6s and my bs for os. Its just a minor nuisance, and surprisingly, after about a week of playing, I subconsciously adjusted my numbers to make them more readable. The challenges are mostly easy, but fairly long. Calculations x100 does a real number on your concentration. Then of course, games like Word Memory have you straining your memory banks, trying to remember what that last word was. However, its not so difficult that little kids cant play it, or too easy for adults. My younger sister plays it with no problems, as does my mother.
Included in the American version is the craze known as Sudoku. Attracting everyone from children to grandparents, Sudoku is actually quite easy to play on the DS. With over 100 puzzles, it should keep you busy for a while.
Theres nothing really graphically appealing about this game at all, unless you like Talking Heads. Even that looks jagged and rough. But if its not broken, dont fix it. I doubt this game would have been any better had it had any animations
Another useless category for this type of game. There isnt much to talk about here either, and thats probably a good thing. Having sounds in the background would distract you and make your brain age go up!
Multiplayer/Replay ability: 10
The only multiplayer is a 30 question calculation battle. Its alright if your friends are up for it, but from experience, not many people want to play a math game. The real value of this game comes from the replay ability. Its addicting, really, trying to working your brain age down to 20, or in my case, maintaining it. Even more interesting is that the game keeps track of your progress and makes you a nifty little graph, which you can compare against the other users on your cart. This adds for a bit of competition. Suffice to say, youll be playing this game out of habit, for a long time.
Overall (not an average):9
I cant believe this game actually worked. The laws of gaming said it should not, but here I am, giving it a 9. Im honestly addicted to this game. Maybe its because Im an egomaniac and I love gloating to my siblings and parents about my constant 20 year old brain age. Maybe its because secretly Im scared my sisters will overtake me as the brains of the family. Or maybe its just because Nintendo has somehow succeeded to boring, and turn it into something genuinely fun.
-Dougmoto (My brain hurts)
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
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