Reviews and Problems with Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?
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Infuriatng game a waste of good money!
Black McKnight, amazon.co.uk
15 July 2010
Summary: This game led me, after just about a couple of weeks of use, to throw my precious nintendo accros the room. It does not recognise your voice or handwritting. Sometimes it puts words or numbers in when you have only just touched the screen. It tediously repeats instructions for games it should know you have already played. Lastly, the games are tedious, boring and you get little choice of what to play. Buy Big Brain acadamy. It's everything this is not!
Summary: It's a great idea, and on the whole it is implemented extremely well, but the bottom line is that the inability to reliably, or even more often than not, recognise our verbal answers made the game unplayable
Excerpt: "Games like this really infuriate me - with no scientific basis they throw together a sloppy half translated game, throw in a official sounding name (usually with professor thrown in for good measure) and throw it at the masses as "The definitive gauge of your intelligence!" What kind of question is "How old is your brain?" Anyone WITH a brain will realise about the same age as the rest of your body. Duh. If you suck at maths, well playing a silly ...
Pros: Keeps you occupied when you are bored .
Cons: Taken too seriously - it is a GAME not a scientific tool to gauge your IQ
Summary: I couldn't wait to play this. And what a disappointment this was. The first big issue: the voice recognition. The whole family tried this and it never got what we said. Man, woman, child. Didn't matter. So all those parts cannot be played. Secondly: the hand writing recognition doesn't always work. So either it takes the wrong result or it takes you forever to complete the task because you always have to correct the entry.
Summary: The character recognition is dire - enter a 1 then a 2 with an obvious gap between for 12 and it sees a 4 ! Enter a 1 and a 3 and it interprets a 9. It frequently fails to recognise Yellow (the only 2 syllable colour in the game and it interprets as Red). Most software lets you adjust for your own voice - this does not. You cannot correct wrong scores. I am now aware that the Brain Training has been panned on BBCs Watchdog - I wish I had seen it.
Great idea, poorly executed = massive disappointment
Stealth Reviewer, amazon.co.uk
30 June 2007
Summary: This was exactly the sort of game I wanted to try when I bought my DS Lite - in fact this game was probably one of the main reasons I did buy it, so when I got my DS Lite this was the first game I bought to go with it. At first it seemed a great decision - I really enjoyed the exercises and it was great calculating my brain age and trying to get it to improve. However once you get onto the games which require handwriting recognition, the whole concept falls flat.