More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Popular Nintendo DS brain training genre comes to iDevices.

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Educational Value

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.

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."

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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.

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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?

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 ...

  • 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

For kids who love puzzles and learning with apps

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