Review by tectactoe
"Get Smarter At The Cost Of $20 And A Few Minutes Each Day!"
Everyday, people knock video games, saying that they corrupt the intelligence of the youth today. They argue that video games actually make you less aware and wear your brain out to the point where you are actually less smart than when you started playing. If you know anyone who is pointing fingers at the video game industry for such reasons, hand them a copy of this game and see what kind of reaction they have, then laugh and watch as they eat their words.
Brain Age is a game that's actually meant to sharpen your brain and keep it on task. It gives you various exercises that give your brain a work out and keep you aware. After playing the various mini-games, it calculates how old your brain is, from 20 to 80 years old, with 20 being the best. It does a good job with what they've set their cannons for, but many may argue that the game is too short and gets old after a while, and it's not too hard to see where they are coming from. Then again, for $20, you can't complain too much.
The full title of the game is Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A Day! Simply put, the game follows the title exactly. It was only meant to be played for a few minutes each day. You can complain all you want about this game being short, but you can't buy it expecting to stay occupied for hours at a time, mostly because that's not what it's for.
You start off your day by playing three randomly picked mini-games out of about six or so. After you complete them, the game calculates your brain's age, basically telling you how smart or stupid you are. Your brain age can only be recorded once a day, so make sure you're aware and sharp when you're taking it.
After that, you can select from a list of mini-games to play. These games are for training and just generally getting you smarter. You may actually want to play these before recording your brain's age for the day. Some of the mini-games include doing twenty rapid math problems, telling how much time has passed between two analog clocks, reading aloud, and numerous more. Once again, you can only record scores once each day, so make sure you do it well. You can still play the games as much as you want, but your better scores won't reach the scoreboard if you've already played the game once that day.
Each day when you complete at least one training program mini-game, you receive a stamp for the day. When you accumulate a certain number of stamps, you unlock new training mini-games and such.
When you're done training, you can check the graphs to see how you're coming along. The graphs are in line-graph form and show your general progress for each mini-game. If the bar is headed north, you're getting smarter! If other people are playing on the same game cartridge and have their own profile, you can compare their graph lines right along side of yours, just to see how much smarter you are (or dumber)!
If you get really bored with this game, you can always fall back on the Sudoku. Sudoku's are puzzles are huge squares made of boxes. The whole square measures 9x9, consisting generally of 9 smaller squares inside of it composed of 3x3. The point is to fill the box with numbers so that in every column, row, and 3x3 box, you have only the numbers 1 through 9. Some numbers are already filled in for you, and you must work off of those. This game does an excellent Sudoku rendition and pulls it off very well.
Overall, the game is somewhat short, but that's its purpose. Minutes a day is literally all you will spend playing it, unless of course you enjoy the Sudoku. Either way, for $20, it won't hurt to add it to your collection and get smarter at the same time. Who knows, it might actually do you some good.
Overall score: 7/10
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 07/27/06
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