More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima

Common Sense Media says

Popular Nintendo DS brain training genre comes to iDevices.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are straightforward, but the challenges themselves can be tricky. The Find the Same Kind game assumes the player has basic knowledge about the world, such as when you're asked "Which is a country" and have to select things like "Japan," "France" and "Chile."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The menu contains a link to the publisher's website which offers more games to purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns if players opt to upload scores to online leaderboards. To do so, they must create a profile by submitting email address, screen name, and real name. Facebook Connect is also supported.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that More Brain Exercise brings Dr. Ryuta Kawashima's popular brain-training games - previously available on Nintendo's handheld systems - to iDevices and Android. Players complete short, fun exercises specially designed to stimulate different parts of the brain. There are 15 challenges to unlock as well as a Quick Play mode, bonus games, and calendars and charts to keep track of progress. Players can upload scores to Facebook or an online leaderboard. While the iPhone version will play on the iPad, there is also a separate iPad version called More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima HD featuring high definition graphics.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • self-assessment

Kids can learn to flex their mental muscles with 15 brain exercises that target specific thinking skills. Kids can build working memory, categorizing skills, visual recognition, and more. In addition, some of the games incorporate content knowledge such as arithmetic and animal classifications. More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima presents varied activities for sharpening mental skills and an engaging exercise routine to keep players motivated.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Players exercise different parts of the brain with 15 brain-training activities. A few games are unlocked to start, and more unlock with gameplay. For each, a cartoon version of Dr. Kawashima explains which part of the brain is activated. The Brain Training and Brain Age sections are available once a day, with daily scores and progress recorded in the profile section. Quick Play allows players to play any of the activities, but no scores are recorded. Players can also challenge friends on the same device or with two devices on the same network.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MORE BRAIN EXERCISE WITH DR. KAWASHIMA is exactly as advertised - a new batch of brain training exercises wrapped in the same familiar package as other games in Dr. Kawashima's Brain Age series. Being that the games were originally designed for the touch-screen of the Nintendo DS, the transition to iPad, iPhone, and Android devices is a smooth and natural one. The exercises are all fun and enjoyable, and offered at two difficulty levels so that the whole family can get involved.

Families can talk about...

  • Play against your kids in the app's "Hot Seat" challenge.

  • Help your kids come up with strategies to improve their performance on the different games.

  • If your kids enjoy these challenges, encourage them to seek out more brain-training games and activities.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$1.99
Release date:October 21, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Size:28.10 MB
Publisher:Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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