A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, memorization, part-whole relationships, problem solving, strategy
Self-Direction: goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, self-assessment
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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