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Brain Exercise



Fast-paced mental tasks are uninspiring.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Though Brain Exercise was created with some educational intent, we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The three activities test a player's visual processing skills and working memory. Though players can choose a level from 1 to 6, even the easiest level could be difficult for kids. The app offers no encouragement or suggestions to help players improve.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brain Exercise offers a set of very challenging activities to test a player's visual processing skills and working memory. With three activities to choose from and difficulty options for each, Brain Exercise will likely be less frustrating than the developer's stand-alone offering of the n-back activity, NBack. However, these are not easy tasks, and the app provides no encouragement or suggestions to help players improve. Kids who aren't up for the challenge may quickly put this one aside.

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What's it about?

Players choose from three activities and six difficulty levels. The Flash and Dynamic Visual Acuity tasks show a collection of shapes and ask players to remember how many of a certain type they see. In the first, shapes flash on and disappear, and in the second, the shapes fly across the screen. The higher levels speed up gameplay, requiring faster processing. The N'Back activity asks players to remember how many of a specific shape they see in a sequence. The higher levels require players to recall a longer sequence.

Is it any good?


BRAIN EXERCISE offers little to motivate players as they attempt these challenging mental tasks. Though players have a few options and can switch between the activities, the simplistic (and rather boring) design makes for an uninspiring experience. The app does save performance data to a list showing activity, score, date, and time, but without any interpretation or opportunity for data comparison, the numbers do little to encourage players.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPad
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
Release date:June 23, 2010
Size:1.30 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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