ThinkSmart Kids

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining and well-designed brain trainer for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The positive message of this game is to use your brain daily, keep it sharp, and keep on learning. Get smarter!

Positive role models

The young hosts (you can choose a boy or girl) constantly push you to keep learning. They're supportive when you don't do well, but encourage you to try harder.

Ease of play

The game says it is designed for kids who are 8 and up. That feels about right, based on the challenge level of these questions.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ThinkSmart Kids is much better suited for younger players than its companion title, ThinkSmart. The exercises here are challenging, but challenging at the right level for elementary school kids. Be aware, though, that the game does encourage kids to play every day in order to stay sharp -- and although this is purportedly an educational game, some parents might not appreciate the requests for daily screen time.

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What's it about?

THINKSMART KIDS aims to sharpen the mental abilities of young players by drilling them on puzzles and questions that test their language, logic, memory, math, and awareness skills. An amiable host will lead you through the exercises and ask you to come back every day to train and re-test to improve your score. Multiple kids can join in quiz-show style multiplayer matches via WiFi or by simply passing the DS back and forth.

Is it any good?

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In the realm of brain-trainers, ThinkSmart Kids is more fun and child-friendly than the sometimes stodgy Brain Age and more directly lesson-based than the colorful and cartoony Big Brain Academy. It is definitely more kid-appropriate than its companion title, ThinkSmart. While you may wonder exactly how some of the challenges are supposed to be educational, most are at least entertaining. The whole package is friendly and welcoming, from the unintimidating hosts to the colorful wallpaper. It's a good brain game for kids who are age 8 and older.

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
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Conspiracy Entertainment
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Edutainment
ESRB rating:E for no descriptors (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byfamilyman53 December 20, 2010
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It's great watching my son play a video game which is making him really think through puzzles.
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