Developer: Namco
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

More Brain Exercise, as you may have guessed, is the sequel to the original Namco game, Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawajima. In it, as in the original, you go through an assortment of brain exercises to increase your brain age and sharpen your thinking tool. If you’ve ever played a brain exercise game, (the best, in my opinion, is Big Brain Academy on the Nintendo DS) you’ll know exactly what to expect in More Brain Exercises.

The exercises in this game are all new, differentiating itself from the original title. There are some brain game classics, such as the standard “which equation is bigger” challenge, as well as some odd ones, such as the challenging “How Many Balls?” The exercises are all well made, but like the original, none are as fun or as interactive as they are on the stylus powered Nintendo DS. With the touch screen interface it would be nice to see some kind of brain exercise innovation, but it seems that I’ll have to wait for a true sequel.

Like the original, you are allowed to perform a Brain Age quiz and a Brain Training quiz once a day, but you are allowed to play the multiplayer challenge mode and the quick play mode as many times as you want. With the different modes, you can increase your brain age, as well as earn different achievements on different levels. For those of you that played the original, you can continue your profile from the original game through an easily accessible online upload process, a feature that is extremely handy for those that don’t want to start over with their training.

With the year gap between the original and the sequel, I was certainly expecting more of a sequel than just an expansion. Unfortunately, only the new exercises differentiate More Brain Exercises from the original Brain Exercises. They are exactly the same game.


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