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Brain Age Express: Math Review



Train your brain, now with DSi camera support.

What parents need to know

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This is a game which encourages you to think.

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This is a repackaging of parts of Brain Age and Brain Age 2. Some new material exclusive for the DSi has been added however.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brain Age Express is a downloadable only release which is exclusive to the newly released Nintendo DSi. The game features a mix of the puzzles and math teasers from both Brain Age 1 and 2, so if you've already own those titles, you may want to think about whether the additional material is worth buying. If you've seen or played the first two titles, there should be no surprises when firing up this game.

What's it about?

Once again, Dr Ryuta Kawashima is back to encourage you to continue exercising your brain in BRAIN AGE EXPRESS: MATH REVIEW. Being released exclusively for the Nintendo DSi as a downloadable game only, Brain Age Express has the advantage of always being stored on your DSi, making quick training sessions less of a hassle as you have no cartridge to replace.

Classic puzzles like identifying the largest number and calculating results are here as always, but some new DSi specific features have also made it into the mix. This time, rather than just having you draw a panda and show you what it could look like, the DSi stores the pictures you created and allows you to share them with friends if you export them to a SD card, and then email them. Other games make good use of the onboard camera, having you make silly faces or act like you just failed a final exam – again these snapshots are saved on the system and can be viewed at anytime or compared with your friends and families results.

Is it any good?


The Brain Age series isn't really evolving much from its well planted roots in making learning fun, and Brain Age: Express only adds a few facets to encourage players to buy the game yet again. The puzzles, math teasers, and fun games are quite enjoyable, even if you'd played the series in the past and the ability to compare faces and drawings with friends and family really adds a new level of interactivity, which Dr. Kawashima likes to point out that communicating also exercises your prefrontal cortex.

The game costs 800 Nintendo DSi points, which translates to roughly $8. But don't let the bite sized price make you think that the game is only a small portion of the series. There are a lot of options and puzzles to be unlocked and this title is sure to keep you and your family entertained.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to play a game to practice math questions. Does this make learning fun as compared to working through homework? Which of the games are the most fun and why?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:April 5, 2009
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Adult Written byginny4theredsox April 23, 2009
Kid, 12 years old April 21, 2009

the best game eva

this is a fun game to play and it help you learn addition subtraction multipcation and division thank you have a nice day
Kid, 8 years old April 12, 2009