Friday, September 7, 2007

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! impressions

Okay then, article number two it is! My mom was kind enough to grab Brain Age 2 for me on her way home from work today, so here are some impressions!

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day was all about making your mind sharper and faster with simple puzzles and games. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day carries the same idea, but in a slightly different package.

It's blue.

Well, okay, there's more of a difference than that, but the purpose remains the same. The infamous "BLUE!!!" Stroop Test is gone, and in it's place is a seemingly more similar Rock, Paper, Scissors activity. The twist? In some cases, it will want you to lose, and sometimes it'll want you to win. Whatever the bizarre requirement is, you let your choice be known by speaking into the DS' microphone.

This is but one of the 12+ brain training activities tucked into this blue little package. And who better to guide you through all the steps than the main man himself, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima (This guy)! His friendly little disembodied accompanies you throughout most of the experience, giving you tips and cheering you on. Neat!

Okay, the most important part here, though, is how well does the "game" play? Well, so far, the handwriting recognition seems a little less polished than it was in the original, but maybe that's just because I've been typing far to much lately. The voice recognition seems improved, and the game selection looks to be larger than that of the previous version. I can see myself using this for "Minutes a Day" for quite some time to come!

Full review will be up either Monday or Tuesday. Until then, keep on gamin', amigos!

The Duck Has Spoken.

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