The Bottom Line
- Carry it everywhere and train your brain in your spare time
- Variety of games/activities keeps things interesting
- Gives you a sense of how old, sharpness wise, your brain is
- The Nintendo DS System will set you back around $300
- Handheld, fun, easy-to-use brain training
- Really does work out your brain, and you can track the results
- Can compete with other DS owners in group competitions
Guide Review - Brain Age 2 Review: Brain Training Fun
How It WorksThe Brain Age 2 game is designed to give you brain a work out. You will be taken through a series of training exercises. At the end of each session, you'll be told how old your brain is. This is an estimate based on your performance of tests and games. As you improve, you'll watch your "brain age" get younger.
Some of the games involve tapping out songs on a tiny piano (testing memory and pattern recognition) or deciding who won a race (testing attention and memory). These games are extremely engaging and addictive (you have been warned!)
Brain Age 2 was developed by Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, a Japanese neuroscientist. It was a rage in Japan before coming over to the United States. The claim is that daily use will improve your mental function. Use it to protect an aging brain or boost a young, learning one.