Left Brain, Right Brain - Nintendo DS

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  • Book style play has you flipping the DS over and around to develop hand-eye coordination
  • Master 4 single player game modes
  • Challenge a friend to 2-player mini-game tests via DS download play
  • Monitor personal progress with development percentages show after each game
  • Extensive use of touch screen for speed, accuracy, recognition, memory and strategy based games

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Product Description

Left Brain Right Brain, allows you to work on your mental skills to become ambidextrous. While training your hands with speed based DS mini-games, you'll also be training the left and right hemispheres of your brain.

Features:

  • Use the Touch Screen in 15 different mini-games based on speed, accuracy, association, recognition, memory and strategy
  • Games include: Connect the Dots, Pop the Balloons, Feel the Music, Hit the Monsters, Touch the Green Square, Save the World, Open the Safe, Trace the Shape and Navigate the Maze
  • Book-style play: flip the DS over and around to develop your hand-eye coordination with both left and right hand
  • Single player game modes: Hand Exercises, Balance Check, Left Hand vs. Right Hand and Ambidexterity Check
  • Challenge a friend to 2-player mini-game tests via DS download play
  • Practice any activity, over 5 difficulty levels, to prepare for ambidexterity tests
  • Monitor personal progress and assess improvement with development percentages for each hand that appear after play

Product Information

ASIN B000V6I7TE
Release date December 5, 2007
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,658 in videogames
#374 in Video Games > Nintendo DS > Games
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Product Dimensions 5.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
Media: Video Game
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By M. Glass on March 22, 2008
I got this game to, like everyone else, help balance out the usefulness of each of my hands. I was disappointed that after the initial evaluation exam, the game considered me almost 100% ambidextrous (I think I got 98%). It was disappointing because there is a noticeable difference in my writing between my right (dominate) and my left hand.

After the first exam I kept at it. I went through a couple of the different activities. I now know why I was considered almost 100% from the start. After working to get better scores on each of the activities, there was no noticeable increase in the usefulness of my left hand.

Some of the activities were enjoyable while others lacked any thrill what so ever.

I recommend borrowing this game and seeing if this is for you. If you get almost a perfect score from the first exam, pass over this game because it will not help.
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This was actually more enjoyable than I thought it would be; we do not realize how much we rely on a dominant hands (we being those of us not gifted enough to be ambidextrous). I can think of lots of reasons that one might wish to become ambidextrous, least of all just for the heck of it.

As a statistic, this reviewer broke her hand while playing a Nitendo Wii (go ahead and laugh... I did it while bowling). Being that I broke my dominant hand, I was actually forced to use my non dominant hand for many tasks. After that, I decided that I actually DO want to become a little more adept with my non dominant hand and this game may actually help.

I suppose after my being forced to use my non dominant hand, I'm not that surprised that I actually did quite well with the non dominant hand but there is room for improvement and I will actually try in order to be a little more comfortable in doing so.

Why climb Mt. Everest? "Because it's there". Why become ambidextrous? "Because I can".
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Are you a man or a monkey? Monkey's only use one hand. People use two hands. If you want to improve your "weak" hand and have fun doing it, this game is awesome. It's also great if you just want to have fun doing something different.

This game has a wide variety of small / fast games. Each one works on fine motor control of your hand: speed, accuracy, and fine movements. The expectation is that you will do the games with your weak hand (e.g., left for most people) more often than your strong hand (e.g., right for most people). If you tend toward "monkey", a few of the games can be frustrating when performed with your weaker hand.

Here are some of the games:
- quickly draw a line to connect three or more dots
- quickly and accurately press a "note" that lights up, to play a song. Some musical training helps make this one fun.
- accurately press the green square that lights up
- an arcade style game of hit-the-mole
- scratch the grey surface off of a hidden word (like a "what have I won" ticket)
- guide a ball through a maze without hitting the walls.
The games are about 15 seconds to 50 seconds long, with most games being around 30 seconds.

Fun, fast, and entertaining. So, what are the advantages of strengthening your weak hand? Well, if you have any sort of repetative injury, you can take a lot of stress off of your dominant hand by performing more tasks with your weak hand. For example, my right hand would hurt when I used the mouse too much; by moving the mouse to my left hand, I avoided wrist pains and serious complications. That was tricky for the first week, and this game would certainly have made my life easer.

Are you a man or a monkey? Play this game and find out!
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I was intrigued by the concept of this game. Apparently by "exercising" the weak areas of your brain, you can make them stronger, and possibly in the future become ambidextrous. I sat down to test this "game" and I actually had high hopes. You begin by choosing whether you are right or left handed, then do an initial test by using your dominant hand. I'm right handed, and the initial test was pretty easy. Catch come dots, whack some moles, connect some dots, and capture some colored blobs. Pretty easy stuff, and not too graphically intensive for the DS. Next, you will rotate the DS, and begin using your other hand. Using my other hand was easy at first, but about 2 minutes into the 5 minute test, my brain started to hurt. Not so much a headache, but a dull sensation in the back of my head/top of my neck. In fact, talking about it now I get the sensation again. Is this what "working out" your brain feels like? I never feel this way when I'm learning Japanese, or studying for exams, so I know its not because I've never learned anything before (haha!). As to whether or not this actually does what it claims, I'll have to wait and see.
Anyhow, as expected I did much better while using my right hand, and the scores weren't quite double, but almost. I hesitate to call this a game, as it really isn't much fun, but more a series of tests, with the hopeful promise at becoming apt in a skill-set you lack. Speaking of, why would I want to become ambidextrous in the first place? What's the point? I can see how this cartridge may be of use to an amputee, but for most of the population, what's the advantage of being able to write with either hand, or perhaps ....? bat switch stance? play reverse guitar? I honestly don't see the point. Maybe this would be useful for you (if it works), but I don't see myself using this program that often.
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