What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?