A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 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.
Products & Purchases
This is a sequel to Brain Age
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.
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.
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