Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?

Who would have thought learning could ever be this much fun?

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In fact, really the only area of Brain Training we can criticize in this respect is its rather lacklustre multiplayer options. Using the DS to DS single cart mode, you can challenge your friends for a thrilling game of Guess-who-can-answer-thirty-maths-questions-first and, er, that's it. It looks like the forthcoming companion title Big Brain Academy is the more-of-a-game you'll want to pick up for some properly raucous multiplayer fun.

Of course, at its heart, Brain Training is less of a game and more of a self-improvement... thing. However, assuming you're at least a couple of years passed your GCSEs (and in truth, the further you are from your formative period, the more you're probably going to get out of Brain Training), you shouldn't harbour too many prejudices against things that actually make you think.


If it all sounds too much like hard work to you, you're probably best going back to your favourite FPS and blowing something up with a gun. However, if you're looking for another fix of Nintendo's knack for genius game design - with the added benefit of potential brain flexing thrown in - you owe it to yourself to check this out.

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The verdict

Sure, it's edu-ka-shun-al, but it's a hell of a lot of fun too. Superbly tailored to make the most of the DS's special bits, the only thing really letting things down in the lacklustre presentation. Ignore that though and you've got another unique, absorbing game to whack in your DS. Probably not for you if maths makes you shriek like a girl though.

  • Makes brilliant use of the DS's unique features
  • Oddly compelling
  • It done make us smart!
  • Uninspiringly minimalist presentation
  • It's learning, innit?
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