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This review is from: Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! (Video Game)
I played through the first installment (any doubts that there will be a third ?), and found it a fun, stimulating challenge with decent replay value. The ability to set personal bests, combined with the enticement of a normalized ranking (the much ballyhooed "brain age") suits the quantitative, competitive sorts like myself. Some of the concerns voiced above re: BA2 are easily sidestepped: Don't play the voice recognition game. Easy enough, and there's plenty of other places to find fun. One feature I'd like to see are the dedicated Brain Age tests broken out as individual games to play (some in BA2 are a very cool, but you can't play them outside of the BA testing environment) as well as ALL games as possible selections for a Brain Age test. Interestingly, BA2 is more math focused than BA1, which I like. But there are a number of other enjoyable games that will make you think. Anagramming, music composition, information aggregation, memorization, and a host of general executive function tasks come into play. In particular, the piano game is a blast, although if you can read music, play the piano, and best of all, play by ear, you'll have a powerful advantage. It is worthwhile to spend a little time learning shortcuts for handwriting recognition (like a slash for division, rather than a line with dots above and below); this will improve the times and prevent a break in the mental flow as the problems stream by. There are still too many click-through screens of various beheaded ramblings, but the quick fix presented by this quirky edutainment title is compelling. It does seem to me that the brain age rankings are a bit tougher this time around, but maybe it is my lack of familiarity with the games. All in all, the game isn't perfect, but it's perfectly suited to serve up daily dollops of 1-10 minutes of fun. Just don't expect a significant boost in IQ.
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Initial post: Aug 24, 2007 8:05:37 AM PDT
Yeah, understood that you can skip the voice-recognition game. But you shouldn't have to. That's what's so disappointing.
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