Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!

Common Sense Media says

Brainteasers for everyone from grandma to junior.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game focuses on helping players exercise their brain.

Positive role models

The doctor who leads players through the game is encouraging and supportive as players work their way through each activity.

Ease of play

Tasks are fairly simple, but carrying them out quickly to score better can prove challenging. Also, the game can prove frustrating when it doesn't properly recognize your writing.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is a sequel to Brain Age

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a sequel to the excellent Brain Age puzzles for the Nintendo DS. All the puzzles in this version are new and just as intriguing as those found in the first. This game can be played by a group and only one software cartridge if each person owns a Nintendo DS. Since the puzzles require mastery of money concepts, telling time, spelling, and computing math facts, it's better for ages 9 and up.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • arithmetic
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

These intriguing mini-games are fun to explore. Tasks are fairly simple in concept, but challenging in execution, and can be frustrating when the game doesn't recognize your writing.

Learning Approach

Kids will get to work on basic arithmetic skills, focusing, memory. They'll even learn the basics of reading music. The doctor who leads players through the game is encouraging and supportive.

Support

Activities are easy to learn, hard to master. There's no way to get better and improve, save to keep plugging away and practicing. That's the point of the game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Math

  • arithmetic
  • numbers
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • memorization
  • problem solving

Kids can learn about math and give their memory a workout in this collection of simple and entertaining brain exercises. Kids will work on basic arithmetic skills by summing, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. Other activities will test their ability to focus amidst distraction, remember what they have seen, and sort out jumbles of letters to spell words. They'll even get to learn the basics of reading music as they tap out notes on a piano keyboard following letter cues. Brain Age 2 is a heady collection of math, memory, and concentration games.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, the famous floating head from the original BRAIN AGE, is back with 15 new grey matter-flexing puzzles. During your first training session, Kawashima measures your current brain age by having you play a variation of the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, using the Nintendo DS microphone to respond. The idea behind Brain Age 2 is that you should play a few of the 15 brain games every day to keep your cortex sharp; if you play one game a day, you will earn a stamp on the doctor's calendar. The brain games are very different from the group introduced in the first game -- here you will make change, solve word scrambles, learn to read music to play the piano, and see how many numbers you can memorize in two minutes.

Is it any good?

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Brain Age 2's intriguing games are also fun to explore with others using the wireless download feature of the DS. Up to 16 people can compete using only one game card if they own separate DS units. There are three brain games available for this multi-person brain bash.

In addition to the brain games, Brain Age 2 comes with 100 Sudoku puzzles, making it a great game to have when you have time to kill. While inconsistent voice recognition can mess up the initial brain age testing, the rest of the games work well using writing recognition. Kids have to be old enough to know how to make change, spell well, tell time, and compute math facts to play these games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which brain games they like best and why. Do you like the ones you are best at? Or are certain kinds more fun to play regardless of your score?

  • Do you think brains need a workout like bodies do?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:August 22, 2007
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for (Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008
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more training in minutes a day will go to hours a day

this game is sooo much fun. My favorite is piano player. I try my best to keep up with the propper tempo. It is super educational.
Kid, 12 years old September 2, 2009
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10
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fun mini game game

tons of fun mini games that are fun. try it.
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 14 years old Written byBob129 April 9, 2008
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great for everyone if you understand it

but the brain age tests are truly acuret only if your 20+. But kids can enjoy a few ones like the piano one.

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