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There are few video games that come along that actually claim to improve your life in any way, shape or form. Brain Age not only makes the claim, but has a well known, and well respected scientist (Professor Ryuta Kawashima) who has put his reputation behind the improvements Brain Age gives. A series of simple mathematical operations and reading out loud is performed which stimulates certain regions of the brain. The Nintendo DS is held sideways, and the player performs daily trainings to improve their thought processes. This innovative video game has taken Japan by storm, and has also taken America by storm as well. The game tests the player to calculated their brain age, and the player can take the tests again on a daily basis.

Graphically Brain Age is okay. The use of color is used for certain tests, and only certain colors are used. The details are nice throughout the game, and the floating professor's head is blocky. Brain Age will not overpower anyone with graphically abilities, but then graphics are really not needed for this kind of a game. Wholesome images are used properly in this game. There is nothing offensive in any of the graphics.

The sounds in Brain Age are crisp, clear, and work perfectly. The music is upbeat, and uplifting. The sounds of properly completing a calculation are of real encouragement. The turning of a page while reading a book (out loud) was designed flawlessly.

If replay value could be copyrighted - well Nintendo would have serious claim on such a copyright. There are plenty of daily trainings, as well as working on ones brain age. The number crossword puzzle game Sudoku is also included on this cart. There are a generous amount of things that can be unlocked. This game is selling for MSRB $19.99 US Dollars, and this reviewer feels that it is more than worth the money. In fact getting this game at such a low price is actually a steal.

The game play is pretty good. It really depends on the penmanship of the person doing the writing. There were some games that the Working Man Gamer could not write a certain number right. There was also a problem when trying to write certain words. Thankfully this does not happen often enough to ruin the game. Since any test (or daily) training can be done the next day, it is forgivable. The WMG also found ways to improve handwriting to make many of those numbers more acceptable to the game.

This game claims to improve the minds of those playing it. The WMG has noticed some slight improvements after playing Brain Age daily for a couple of weeks. How lasting those improvements are after no longer playing this game is unknown. This is a game that is safe for the entire family, and is one that can be recommended to pastors. The only thing about this rated 'E' for everyone game is the player needs to be able to read and write. There really needs to be more video games like this. Kids in school can use this game to improve their grades at school, and adults can use this game to improve their minds (since after school very few of us go around doing flash cards - unless with our children). Brain Age is a perfect game in the Family Friendly Factor, and receives our seal of approval.
- Working Man Gamer

Graphics: 86%
Sound: 97%
Replay/Extras: 100%
Gameplay: 92%
Family Friendly Factor: 100%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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