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Category Description User Score
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.6


Critic Reviews

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Deeko (Aug 28, 2007)
All things said and done, Brain Age 2 is a very good sequel to an already entertaining title. While it isn't leaps and bounds ahead of the original in terms of visual and aural presentation, it still manages to pack a mean wallop when it comes down to taxing the brain and that fact alone make it worth the admission price. With the addition of Sudoku and multiplayer mayhem, you really can't go wrong. Sure, disembodied heads are scary, but this is one time that I'll have to say you shouldn't be scared of Dr. Kawashima and instead embrace him and his studies, as they have created the ultimate brain trainer for you!
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Nintendo Front (Feb 25, 2008)
Abschließend bleibt eigentlich nur noch zu sagen, dass sich sowohl Neueinsteiger wie auch unsere Gehirnjogging-Profis im neuen Teil der Serie sehr gut zurecht finden können und die Herausforderungen bestimmt bestehen werden. An der Menügestaltung und dem optischen Gesamteindruck wurde am Vorgänger festgehalten, jedoch sind diesmal wesentlich mehr Umfang und Langzeitmotivation garantiert. Auch die Möglichkeiten im Bezug auf die Steuerung setzt so ziemlich jedes Feature des Nintendo DS ein und ist zudem sehr gut kontrollierbar.
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Lawrence (Sep 03, 2007)
Everything is in the exact same visual style as the original Brain Age, and those familiar with that title will feel right at home here. It’s almost more of an expansion pack than a full fledged sequel, actually. Brain Age 2 doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but it offers DS owners more of the training and sudoku puzzles that made the original title such a hit.
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In the end, Brain Age 2 uses the same formula from the first game with some different variables thrown in. Your opinion of the original Brain Age will have to sort out whether that's a good or bad thing.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 19, 2007)
Perhaps it's just my massive intellect, but Dr Kawashima's original opus is the most played game in my DS collection. It rarely leaves my side. But to judge from the 10 million people who bought the original, I'm not alone. So I won't be the only person waiting to flex my thought muscle on more of his training drills. And in spite of the anticipation, this sequel performs pretty much perfectly. It's almost every bit as good as the original - which, incidentally, has yet to be bettered by all the lesser brain training games that appeared on various formats in the wake of Dr Kawashima's DS original. If you ask a bona fide boffin, they might argue that the science behind these games isn't entirely watertight. The gaming logic, however, is impeccable.
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GameSpy (Aug 21, 2008)
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day is available as a stand-alone product or as part of a very attractive bundle that comes with a red and black DS Lite system. While it doesn't so much qualify as a game as it does a nifty self-help application for the Nintendo DS, it's easy to see why so many people enjoy improving themselves with the help of Dr. Kawashima. In many ways, Brain Age has become the ideal videogame gateway drug. The games are accessible to anyone, don't require any special physical dexterity or experience, and feature a regular reward system in their daily measurement of your brain age. At the very least, consider this a great way to expose your friends and family to video games, in the hopes that you can parlay their experience here into a healthy relationship with interactive entertainment.
80
Brain Age 2 is back to claim the throne in the now already huge educational puzzle genre. In most cases the game isn’t completely different than the first game, but when you add in a four player multiplayer mode you really can’t complain about the price. As much as this game annoyed me at times I keep finding myself playing it again. Twenty dollars is a small price to pay for a game like this, make sure you pick it up if you own a Nintendo DS.
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Kombo.com (Aug 27, 2007)
I realize that many people out there looking for a traditional gaming experience will be turned off by Brain Age 2, but those that are open to new experiences or a different use for their DS than killing bad guys should be very pleased. With the added multiplayer support, the new set of exercises, and a bunch of new Sudoku puzzles, Brain Age 2 is a nice title that belongs in every DS owner's collection.
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UOL Jogos (Aug 25, 2007)
"Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day" pode ser considerado como um projeto de caça-níqueis por fãs que esperavam por uma continuação mais enxuta, mas a verdade é que a seqüência não deve em nada em relação ao episódio original. Os testes que estimulam a cachola do jogador estão de volta com força total e esbanjam criatividade, mas alguns problemas no sistema de reconhecimento de escrita continuam incomodando quem preza pela fluidez das atividades. Por contar com o mesmo visual do primeiro game, a continuação mostra que o principal objetivo da Nintendo é presentear aqueles que já são fãs do programa do professor Kawashima e que encontram-se desmotivados em manter o ritmo no primeiro jogo. Sendo assim, trata-se de um investimento plausível tanto para quem já conhece a fórmula do software como para os que, por assim dizer, ainda são novatos na experiência.
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Armchair Empire, The (Sep 18, 2007)
Back to the matter at hand though, does Brain Age 2 make you smarter? And does the perceived involvement by Dr. Ryuta Kawashima – that’s his video game likeness that pops up – make for a more active brain? Obviously, someone needs to produce some kind of research paper to lend some credence to the idea that Brain Age 2 can actually make you smarter. It’s anecdotal, I know, but since I received Brain Age 2 I have played it nearly every day in my attempts to work my Brain Age to the ideal “20” – it’s been an uphill climb though it’s nice not to see “80” show up on a regular basis.
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Video Game Talk (Sep 11, 2007)
DS owners have yet another "must buy" game to add to their collection. Brain Age 2 succeeds just like the original did. It provides a simple, yet addictively fun, round of mini-games and daily training exercises for gamers on the go. There's just something widespread and convenient about the pick up and play mentality surrounding this game. It literally is the title that anyone can/will play anywhere and at anytime. If you haven't picked it up already then you should consider it highly recommended.
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Atomic Gamer (Aug 31, 2007)
Sure, Brain Age 2 may be more of the same, but if the formula worked the first time, there isn't much reason to change it. I would, however, like to see better handwriting recognition and the ability to train on any of games that will be tossed at me in a Brain Age test.
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Computer Bild Spiele (Jul 04, 2007)
Alle Übungen sind schnell erlernt und bleiben doch über Wochen anspruchsvoll. Die Steuerung ist zwar nicht perfekt, geht aber leicht von der Hand. Trotz spärlicher Präsentation ein "gutes" Trainingsprogramm.
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Gamer 2.0 (Aug 29, 2007)
Brain Age 2 does what it does best, leave you at brain picking situations to make you do your best. Does it really make you smarter? Really, nobody knows. That's for the player to find out. While Brain Age 2's minigames weren't as fun as the games in the first one, it's still a title worthy of your $20, and the sudoku is well worth the price of admission. Either way, Brain Age 2 is a great way to continue your quest of making your brain work, and it's the only way to truly have two brain checks a day--that is, if you own the first one.
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411mania.com (Sep 19, 2007)
Well if you skipped all the other sections here’s the recap. The graphics are simple but they don’t bother the eyes. It works and it’s simple, it’s a scientific look. The game play is the interesting and by far the only reason to get this game. The mini games are fun and addictive. They’re easy to get into and quick to learn. The sound of the game very much reflects the graphics of the game. The simple sounds effects are complementary to the game mechanics and graphics. And as long as you’re devoted to keeping your brain in tip top shape without being distracted new games, Brain Age will last at least a couple of months. So go out and get this game if you want more of what the original Brain Age has to offer. And by the way my brain age still has not see the light of twenties since I’ve been playing it…what is it…psssh as if I’ll tell!
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Game Revolution (Sep 07, 2007)
This may help prolong your life. Second, it will help you appreciate your next job. This may help prolong your sanity. Third, it will teach you to count back change like a pro, because the better you are on the register, the less your shoulders and pits will smell like coleslaw when your shift ends. Believe me, I know. I'm still quite damaged from the coleslaw incident.
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Tweakers.net (Jul 31, 2007)
Hardcore-gamers zullen zich misschien afvragen wat ze met het spel aanmoeten. Toch zullen sommigen er zich best mee kunnen vermaken, bijvoorbeeld als tussendoortje bij het spelen van een bloederige shooter of een langdurige campagne in een strategiespel. Het spel is ideaal voor in een pauze, 's avonds voor het slapen gaan of tijdens een korte treinrit. Hardcore-gamers zullen echter redelijk snel uitgekeken zijn op het spel.
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Portable Video Gamer (Oct 14, 2007)
Brain Age 2 is highly recommended for casual players. Offering short, daily bursts of play time and a simple design, this game is perfect for the casual player looking for a bit of gaming fun, especially for those who can share it with multiple friends or family members and compare their results. Hardcore gamers, on the other hand, are advised to try before buying, as the lack of challenge, and replay value will turn off many of them. The game isn’t for everyone, but casual gamers and fans of the first title will dig it, or anyone looking for a great and bulky version of Sudoku for the DS.
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FOK!games (Jul 18, 2007)
Meer Brain Training is dan wel niet echt een game, maar meer een vorm van training, het zal naar mijn idee zeker weer de mensen aanspreken die het eerste deel ook leuk vonden. Persoonlijk vond ik de spelletjes ook wat pittiger dan het eerste deel en dat was voor mij toch wel een welkome verrassing. Ik was namelijk bang dat het meer van hetzelfde zou zijn. De gameplay (denk aan handschrift-, en spraakherkenning) is verbeterd ten opzichte van het eerste deel en zal dus ook minder frustraties opleveren bij diegenen die een slordig handschrift hebben of die zachtjes mompelen. Voor de hardcore gamers zal Meer Brain Training geen musthave zijn. Echter voor de mensen die, net als mij, het eerste deel van Brain Training erg leuk vonden is Meer Brain Training een mooie toevoeging voor een zacht prijsje.
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GamingExcellence (Nov 12, 2007)
Overall, the game is a pretty good buy. You’ll eventually get addicted to the puzzles, and you’ll probably enjoy the mini-games before the game, like the Connect the Dots puzzles. Also, there’s enough unlockable content to keep you playing for weeks. I’m looking forward to playing Brain Age 3 – hopefully my math skills will have improved by then.
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Binary Joy (Aug 20, 2007)
On top of all the mini games there are also two sub games. One is Sudoku (which was also included in the original UK Brain Training, but not the US one), and a smaller game that is meant to “relax” you. The relaxing game is basically a simple colour matcher which lets you move and rotate the pieces with the stylus, and to be honest it’s a bit rubbish. The Sudoku on the other hand is excellent, and almost worth the price of the game on it’s own.

If you liked the first game then it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll like this one too. Definitely worth a go - and make sure to show your non game playing friends.
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Games TM (Jul, 2007)
Granted, few people that didn't appreciate the original will be swayed, but More Brain Training is far more than just a puzzle game and you'll only understand that if you five it a go. Love it or hate it, someone you know will own a copy of this very, very soon.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 02, 2007)
Plutôt qu'un programme avancé, ce nouveau logiciel supervisé par le docteur Kawashima équivaut à un cours de rattrapage pour tous ceux qui ont dédaigné le premier PEC, en 2006. Si on met de côté la difficulté légèrement rehaussée et l'originalité des nouveaux exercices, la forme et le fond restent exactement identiques. Tous les défauts décriés à l'époque sont donc encore présents, de l'aspect visuel navrant à l'obligation d'utiliser le titre quotidiennement et à toutes petites doses, en passant par un contenu bien trop mesquin. L'achat de ce Programme D'Entrainement Cérébral Avancé n'est pas conseillé si vous possédez déjà son aîné.
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NintendoWorldReport (Sep 05, 2007)
It needs to be reiterated that the best audience for this game is the one that didn’t play the first game. That being said, if all you’re looking for are new mini-games wrapped in the same game, then it can also be recommended for purchase. Those hoping for an overhaul will have to wait for the inevitable Brain Age 3.
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Gamer.nl (Jul 13, 2007)
Meer Brain Training is een prima product voor de massa dat precies weet wat de massa wil. Maar het weet ook maar al te goed dat je niet teveel in één keer moet geven, voor een eventuele Nog Meer Brain Training. Dit heeft als resultaat dat het spelletje wel wat aan de karige kant is. Ook is het jammer dat wat onvolkomenheden van het eerste deel nog steeds aanwezig zijn, zoals de slechte grafieken. En we wilden wel eens wat anders dan wéér Sudokoeien.
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Stelbent och charmlöst försöker More Brain Training manipulera dina små grå med ett knippe trista siffer- och bokstavsövningar som lämnar mycket att önska i underhållningsvärde.