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Brain trainer game poses too much challenge for young kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The positive message of this game is to train your brain, use your mind every day, and get smarter.

Positive role models

The Einstein-like emcee is a positive role model in his constant push to make you hone your mental and intellectual skills. He never seems satisfied with your score, though.

Ease of play

There's also a separate ThinkSmart Kids version -- and if you play this one, you'll understand why they needed it. This non-kids version is hard. In the realm of brain-training games, the questions here stand among the most difficult you'll find. Even people who did pretty well in school shouldn't expect to jump into this game with no problems.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ThinkSmart is far too mentally challenging for players under 12. It's likely to pose a major challenge to most adults. Younger players should definitely stick to this game's sister title, ThinkSmart Kids.

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What's it about?

THINKSMART, like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy, is a series of questions and puzzles that will supposedly build and strengthen your intellect if you use them every day in the way you would a physical exercise regimen. ThinkSmart drills you on memory, logic, math, spatial reasoning, and so on. The challenges are, on the whole, more difficult than those found in those other similarly-themed games.

Is it any good?


The brain training challenges of ThinkSmart can be a bit too difficult to be fun. On the other hand, they are so challenging that when you start to improve your score, you can feel a real sense of accomplishment. Fans of these brainpower games might want to give ThinkSmart a shot, for the sake of variety and an added level of challenge. Newcomers to this genre, however, may get turned off by the steep difficulty level here. And younger players should definitely opt for ThinkSmart Kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the types of skills that come into play for the different exercises in the game. How can each be applied to real life?

  • Is a game like this truly a measure of how smart you are? Do the scores you achieve in the game have any bearing on how you do at school?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Conspiracy Entertainment
Release date:June 29, 2010
ESRB rating:E for no descriptors (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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