The first time I tried More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima my brain age ended up being 60. Sure I was tired, and slightly annoyed at the interface of the game. The second time I tried it my brain age went down to 45, but the circumstances were the same. The third time the brain age landed close to my real age at 33. Still the same tired, and slightly annoyed state. Between these brain age evaluations I tried the odd mini game. The question I have to ask myself is whether my improvement in brain age is due to me working out my brain or if it is because I get used to the interface.
In MBE you get to do a daily brain age test, and play unlocked brain training games. You get to see how you progress in your training in the rather comprehensive statistics tracking your different lobes.
I can’t hide the fact that I find MBE to be a boring game. I have tried different dedicated brain training tools previously, and those never pose to be games. MBE feels like a random set of mini games that surely activates some part of the brain, but it is done in such a boring manner. The interface is poorly designed with annoying buttons to press instead of just letting you tap anywhere to get to the next exercise. Furthermore the menus look dated. Some of the brain training games look colourful, and can feel quite nice to play.
When booting up the game it cancels any music you are playing, and then it asks you if you want game sound on or off. This is really strange, and since there isn’t any brain training games focusing on sound I would like to be able to train my brain to some headbanging tunes.
If you are looking for a mixture of game, and brain training this might be a good choice. It is more sincere than Brain Challenge series from Gameloft. Furthermore I like the fact that it is done in portrait mode. If you are in dire need of some actual brain training to enhance your logical or numerical intelligence go for either some dedicated brain training apps or some sudoku/Kenken. Actually there is an unlockable sudoku inside the game, and this might make the game worth getting after all. Multiplayer lets you finally get to know who is the smartest family member. For those reasons MBE manages to get a limited recommendation.
More Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima $4.99
Seller: Namco Networks America