Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Brainteasers for everyone from grandma to junior.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

This game focuses on helping players exercise their brain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

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This is a sequel to Brain Age

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What 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.

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Kid, 12 years old September 2, 2009

fun mini game game

tons of fun mini games that are fun. try it.
Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008

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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love puzzles and thinking games

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