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Gamer 2.0 (Oct 22, 2007)
With the plethora of options waiting to be uncovered after every passing day, it's hard to not enjoy playing Flash Focus. The game offers the player a lot, and at the same time, limits what can be done day by day. With the various minigames to be played, along with the fact that you can only do so much to improve every day, it's safe to say that Flash Focus does indeed make your vision better. Not only that, but the minigames are extremely fun and aren't as nitpicky as the ones in Brain Age. If you want a game that's simple to play that can be played at any time, Flash Focus is the game for you. At the extremely low price of $19.95, don't think of it as an alternative to your Brain games. Flash Focus is the perfect supplement.
Cheat Code Central (Oct 22, 2007)
Even though Flash Focus is neither a masterpiece nor a highly anticipated title, it may draw some good sales. The game is cheap, innovative, interesting, and well designed. Also, there's already a huge fan base for brain training titles that might find Flash Focus appealing as well. The game offers a way to get away from your daily things and just focus on yourself for a few minutes while having fun. This title may not be attractive for those looking for an actual gaming experience, but we all know everything fits in today's video game world.
Lawrence (Nov 02, 2007)
It seems that Nintendo is going all-out with the “training” game phenomenon. It’s hard to blame them after the massive success of the Brain Age and Big Brain Academy games, but Flash Focus is a bit more confusing.
Fragland.net (Feb 07, 2008)
For those who love the genre, Sight Training is certainly interesting, but others will probably not be so inclined to play this game for a long time.
It's passable as a public transport time-waster but if you really want to put your peepers through their paces you'd be much better off with a copy of Elite Beat Agents.
GameSpy (Oct 19, 2007)
Extra goodies aside, Flash Focus doesn't fall far from the Brain Age tree, so anyone who gets a kick out of using their DS to put their bodies and minds to the test will enjoy this. The twenty dollar price tag doesn't hurt things, either. It's just a shame that there are no bonus games to keep the interest level up; you may find yourself growing bored of the training after a couple weeks. Just remember that although you may find your, say, peripheral vision slightly more attuned after a few plays, the game isn't actually going to fix your eyesight. You might want to fish your glasses out of the trash.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 26, 2007)
There's not much else to say about Flash Focus. It follows the now familiar non-game/mini-game formula of numerous other DS titles. Although it's not very original, the content found here is compelling and fun, and the sports twist proves to be inspiration for several addictive mini-games. Whether any of this will improve your vision is dubious, but Flash Focus is nevertheless a fine addition to the Touch Generations lineup.
1UP (Oct 30, 2007)
The presentation is straightforward and functional, but it doesn't pull any punches about what it is -- a training application with a very specific purpose. It accomplishes that perfectly well -- just make sure that you're expecting gratification through progress and not just mindless enjoyment.
Video Game Talk (Nov 06, 2007)
Flash Focus is perfect for lunch breaks, road trips, and other instances where you have a short amount of time to kill. It’s recommended because the game not only successfully emulates the already-popular Brain Age formula, but it also has enough additions and unique qualities to make it a great companion to Brain Age, rather than competition. Here’s hoping that Flash Focus 2 brings about more accessibility and fewer restrictions on daily play.
GameSpot (Oct 19, 2007)
The nicest part about Flash Focus is that like the other Touch Generations games that Nintendo has released, it's available at a budget price. For a simple little collection of fun minigames, $20 sounds just about right. If you've enjoyed other games of this ilk, you'll find Flash Focus to be a refreshing alternative.
Computer Bild Spiele (Feb 06, 2008)
Alles in allem sind das ein paar abwechslungsreiche, aber simple Übungen, die zumindest helfen, Reaktion und Konzentration zu schulen. Das reicht fĂŒr ein „befriedigendes“ Trainingsprogramm.
Nintendo Front (Jan 27, 2008)
Alles in allem ist der Titel zwar durchaus interessant, kommt aber bei weitem nicht an den Genreking der Kawashima-Serie heran. Zwar wird euch hier versprochen eure SehfĂ€higkeiten zu trainieren, aber die FĂ€higkeiten die in diesem Spiel ĂŒberwiegend gebraucht werden, sind Reaktion und PrĂ€zision und diese kann man auch fĂŒr weit weniger als 40 EUR trainieren. Wer jedoch keine Lust mehr hat seine ReaktionsfĂ€higkeiten mit stundenlangem Counterstrike spielen zu trainieren, sollte durchaus einen Blick auf dieses Spiel werfen. Abschließend bleibt nur noch zu sagen, dass dieses Spiel zwar ein gut gemeinter Klon eines noch besser verkauften Spieles ist, aber an fast jedem Punkt den dieses Spiel so einzigartig gemacht hat klĂ€glich versagt.
Power Unlimited (Jan 29, 2008)
Dat gedoe met die oogleeftijdstest enzo is weinig meer dan een grappige en motiverende toestand ‘er omheen’. Gewoon in meegaan, hoort bij het spelletje. Het houdt je alert en zorgt dat je wat meer waarde hecht aan - en voldoening haalt uit - je resultaten. Verwacht een toegankelijke verzameling minigames, dan zie je het goed.
GamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2007)
Despite the cute retro-styled characters, cheery music, and narrated post-work-out relaxation exercises (which I actually skipped after the first time because they felt like more strain than comfort), I can confidently say this is not the next must-have brain game.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 03, 2007)
Flash Focus is great for those wanting a quick fix of light visual exercises on-the-go. It’s also one of the easiest ways to toughen up the lateral rectus, the medial rectus, the inferior rectus, the superior rectus, the inferior oblique, and the superior oblique muscles; all the muscles which aesthetically show for naught. While far from perfect, this is still one of the best training non-games the DS has to offer.
Portable Video Gamer (Oct 17, 2007)
Flash Focus isn’t much of a vision training game; it’s more of a short mini-game collection that revolves around fast reflexes. It’s fun for a day or two, but the lack of challenge and the repetitiveness of the exercises end the game’s fun factor quite quickly. There’s no multiplayer or a visual equivalent of Sudoku to keep players coming back, either. Casual gamers might enjoy the game’s lack of replayability and challenge, but no one can deny that Flash Focus is a not-so-well-made rendition of Brain Age for your eyes.
V2.fi (Dec 10, 2007)
Jos on suuresti tykÀstynyt nÀihin pieniin (työ)pÀivÀn keskeyttÀviin vÀlipaloihin, voi Sight Trainingin hankkia vaihteluksi: peli on vÀhintÀÀn yhtÀ hauska kuin Miinaharava. Kliinisen ja ilottoman toteutuksen vuoksi lelua sopii esitellÀ ryppyotsaisella työpaikallakin, kunhan kÀÀntÀÀ teknohumpan pois taustalta. PelejÀ pelaamattomat ovat tÀrkeÀ kohderyhmÀ nÀille tuotteille, eikÀ siinÀ mitÀÀn. PelejÀ pelaavilla on silti mielestÀni lupa odottaa jotain vÀhÀn mielikuvituksellisempaa, nÀkemiseen kun kuuluu kaikki silmiin liittyvÀ, eikÀ pelkkÀ neliöiden ja ympyröiden tuijotus ja pahan silmÀyksen luominen pÀÀlle puskeviin urheilijakorstoihin. Vaikka nyt lukemisen ja monimutkaisten kokonaisuuksien ymmÀrtÀmisen luulisi kuuluvan asiaan, vaan ei.
IGN (Oct 15, 2007)
Nintendo's definitely found a market for the adult training games, but it needs to do a lot better than Flash Focus if it wants to keep the momentum going. Brain Age is far more believable as a brain trainer than Flash Focus is an eye strengthener, even if neither will really make you smart or see clearly. Flash Focus just seems like it's just more quick reflex and memory retention challenge
and there's just not that many of them to make a full Nintendo product.
GamesRadar (Nov 12, 2007)
Given all the other ways your DS can enhance you, as well as the plethora of portable gaming, reading and napping options on your train ride to work, we can’t unreservedly recommend Flash Focus. For those who are truly desperate to gain any advantage they can in their vision - all the moneyed falconers and old men crossing the street out there - well, play it for a few weeks, but don’t be surprised if you spot an unwanted space in your wallet where twenty bucks used to be.
GameDaily (Oct 17, 2007)
Nintendo wants you to believe that its latest DS game, Flash Focus: Vision training in minutes a day, improves your eyesight, much like its Brain Age strengthens your noodle. Our exhaustive tests, however, proved two things: A.) We still can't see, and B.) We're $19.99 poorer.
Kombo.com (Oct 25, 2007)
We don't have an issue at AMN with the continued release of so-called "non-games" and trainers on the DS. In fact, we believe that they are helping to expand the gaming market and open new doors for a new faction of gamers. Brain Age was a huge hit because it did well what it advertised to do. Vision Training, on the other hand, is really a stretch. The game isn't a complete throwaway or anything from a gameplay standpoint, but if you are serious about using the game as a training tool, it won't help enough to justify a purchase.
Modojo (Oct 25, 2007)
Flash Focus: Vision Training In Minutes a Day is cheap, checking in at $19.99, but even that doesn't seem to justify what you are actually getting here. Brain Age 2 actually knows it is limited in appeal to hardcore gamers, and attempts to bridge this gap in various ways. And while there's no way to verify that these eye tests are working on the long run, in the end I just wasn't having any fun and that's the ultimate test of this product's worth in my eyes. There are vastly better ways to spend your cash.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 30, 2007)
Seuls les mini-jeux sportifs et quelques conseils "scientifiques" valent un petit coup d'oeil sur cette Gym Des Yeux. Au delĂ  de l'intĂ©rĂȘt mĂ©dical trĂšs discutable de cet entraĂźnement visuel, le caractĂšre soporifique et rĂ©pĂ©titif des exercices incitera les plus rĂ©calcitrants Ă  aller pointer le bout de leur nez dehors pour respirer un grand coup. Et c'est bien lĂ  la plus grande vertu de ce soft.
Games TM (Dec 27, 2007)
Make no mistake, this is one piece of self-improvement software that you really don't need to try out. If you're truly worried about your vision we recommend spending the £20 on an eye test instead, as Sight Training will offer you nothing but prolonged boredom and headaches.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 26, 2007)
In short, Sight Training is no fun. There's not enough to do and what there is to do is tedious. It's hard to believe it improves your visual abilities any more than eating carrots makes you see in the dark. There may be a budget price tag of GBP 20 attached, but you're getting nothing more than a small collection of dull mini-games. That might be good enough for Julie Walters and Jean-Luc Picard but it's not good enough for us.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2007)
When you come down to it, nearly every video game can claim that it tests your eyes, because well, you use them. And chances are you’re already training them with much more intensity – dodging bullets, shooting monsters, switching blocks, and staring at round objects – than Flash Focus will ever have you do. Cocked to the side of intellectual myopia, Flash Focus is a blurry and beady exercise that wants you to keep it one foot away from you – but you’ll probably do that and more.
Eurogamer.fr (Dec 23, 2007)
MĂȘme si avec ses 30 euros, ce titre se situe dans la fourchette moyenne-basse des tarifs pratiquĂ©s pour cette console, son intĂ©rĂȘt est plus que nĂ©gligeable. Mieux vaut exercer sa vue sur un bon FPS des familles, voire un jeu de football.

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