Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

# of Players: 1-16

Category: Classics/Puzzles

Release Dates

N Amer - 08/20/2007

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Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day Review

When the first Brain Age came out it showed developers that there really is a market out there for people that are looking for games that are simple and don’t take much time/effort to play; aka “Casual Gaming”. The name of the sequel is called Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day, which basically tells you that this is exactly the same game you have played in the past, just new tweaks and mini games to play. The bottom line is that if you liked the first one you will enjoy this one as well.

The purpose of this game is to make you think by doing three simple challenges over a period of time. You are then graded on your performance on the time it took as well as the number of correct and incorrect answers you had. Your results are then compared to the database of people that the developers used when making the game to come up with your appropriate brain age. The exercises that you play in this will provide some good challenges for your gaming-on-the-go habit.


Not too difficult

The games in Brain Age 2 are more advanced and require more thought then in the previous game. One game you must touch the corresponding keys on a piano and follow the sheet music on the other page to play a song. Another is a rock-paper-scissors game where you must either try to win or lose depending on what is on the screen. One of the more challenging ones is that there are letters rotating around in a circle and you must decipher what the word is. Yet another is the change maker, where you are given a bill total then you will have to make the correct change for it. There are many more games then what is described here, and the best thing about it is that each game is different from the other,  so you never get a feeling of redundancy while playing it.

The graphics have remained the exact same from the previous version of the game. That means you will get the same presentation as well. This is not a bad thing since this game is targeted for a more casual market, but it would be nice to improve it slightly. The audio for the game is clean and easy to understand. Since this game uses a microphone I put it to the test and it held up pretty nicely. There were only a few times when it didn’t understand what I was saying, but it was due to a lot of background noise.


Learning how to play the piano

One of the best things about Brain Age 2 is that it allows you to play with up to sixteen players at the same time using only one copy of the game. Competing with that many people will make playing really chaotic but fun at the same time. If you can dig deep enough, there is a touch-screen version of the popular game Dr. Mario hidden on it. This classic game lets you drag the capsules to their respective virus to knock them out. Also there is a version of Sudoku which is made even better since the handwriting recognition is top notch. Having a combination of both Dr. Mario and Sudoku make this game even more tempting for fans to pick up.

Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day is rated for everyone.

Review Scoring Details for Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day

Gameplay: 8.6
Brain Age 2 is simply just a blast to play. The daily training and quick play is simply addictive and keeps you coming back for more. The simple and easy to use interface makes this game even better.

Graphics: 5.8
The graphics are extremely simple. While this game doesn’t really rely on graphics as a main selling point, it would be nice to improve them slightly from the previous version.

Sound: 7.9
The audio is simple but everything is really clear, especially when issuing commands for players to do. The microphone also picks up your voice clearly; I didn’t run into many issues when playing verbal games.

Difficulty: Medium
It is hard to gauge the difficulty of this game because it is only as hard as your mind can handle. Everyone will find that certain tasks are easier for them then others.

Concept: 7.5
There really isn’t that much new to this game concept since the first game came out, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

Overall: 8.1
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day is a really fun game to play that will keep you entertained for hours. It is really addictive and fun to just pick up and play on any occasion. The Sudoku mini-game is worth the entire game itself and will provide many hours of fun.

GameZone Review Detail

8.1

GZ Rating

Gameplay8.6
Graphics5.8
Sound7.9
DifficultyMedium
Concept7.5
Overall8.1

And you are how old?

Reviewer: Michael Knutson

Review Date: 09/07/2007


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