Parents' Guide to

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Get sharp with this fun, smart game for families.

Game Nintendo DS 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Children not allowed

Must be at least 20 years or older to play. Difficult to play some games.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

Good if you like brain games.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Family members, or up to 16 friends, can wirelessly compete in a game of 30 math calculations to see who can solve them the fastest. This competition requires additional Nintendo DS units but only one software cartridge. Players write their answers on the DS's touch screen. Our testers found that the handwriting recognition software was good but not great.

Brain Age makes mental workouts easy because it takes just a few minutes a day. And having Sudoku puzzles to play during down times is extra motivation to stick your Nintendo DS into your backpack, purse, or briefcase every day. Overall, this software appeals to both kids and adults, making it a fun way for families to play together.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : following directions, letter or word recognition, vocabulary, Math : arithmetic, patterns, sequences
  • Skills: Self-Direction : goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, work to achieve goals, Thinking & Reasoning : decision-making, logic, memorization
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 23, 2006
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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