Edutainment that's actually fun!? No way!

User Rating: 9.1 | Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! DS
In the past, Edutainment genre titles usually had to do with learning how to count with Elmo from Sesame Street. Other titles were just crappy games with famous characters like Mario or Sonic. Get ready for this: there's actually a good edutainment title! Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day goes far beyond just learning your alphabet.

Brain Age is made to keep your brain in shape through exercises like studying a long list of words in two minutes or looking at a word and saying its font colour (like the word yellow with blue font, you have to say "blue"). At the end of your exercises, he gives you your "brain age", twenty being highest and eighty being lowest. At first, you may hit rock bottom around eighty, but as you play this game, your brain will become accustomed to the work, helping you get a better brain age.

From time to time, Dr. Kawashima may ask you to draw three things he says (like to draw Queen Elizabeth, King Henry, and King Tut all from memory) or he may ask you what you ate for dinner last night (he asks again about a week or more later). These are meant to warm you up for the exercises.

There are also individual exercises available. After you complete one, you will get a stamp for the day. When you get a certain number of stamps, you will unlock more. Also at the end, he may give you "brain tips" or funny Easter eggs (like saying "glasses glasses" at the title screen).

Multiplayer modes are also available. Challenge your friends at math or send them a demo of the game.

Also included are Sudoku puzzles, also seen in newspapers. If you don't know how to play, he will give you instructions and tutorials. These really get your brain active, and, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

When I played this game daily, I noticed a change in my Algebra and Physical Science class. I used to be terrible, but after playing this over and over, I was able to remember more and work faster. For anyone who is struggling with mathematics, try playing this.

Overall, the game was great. I kept playing this game, even after I unlocked everything. Who knew edutainment could be this fun?