Brain Age

LQ: 8.8

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Brain grade: 9.8
Fun score: 7.8

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Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 7+ Thinking Skills Used: , , Academic Skills Used: ,

Brain Age is a game that tests the player’s mental abilities, and exercises the brain in nine different training programs. The player will need to quickly calculate math problems, identify and count syllables, and perform a variety of other mental exercises in order to achieve the youngest “brain age.” Simple Reading skills are required for navigating the game menus, following tutorials, and completing various game modes. Basic Math skills are also used extensively throughout the game. The game contains no violence or offensive content, but due to the game’s simple requirements, we recommend Brain Age to players ages 7 and up.


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this game is good for kids who need help with:

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Brain Age tests the player's abilities and exercises her brain in nine different training programs and mini-games. Players need to exercise various academic and cognitive skills in order to succeed in the game such as, reading text out loud within a time limit, rapidly adding and subtracting numbers, and deducing visual puzzles like reading two clocks to quickly figure out the time difference. In order to achieve the youngest "brain age" possible, the player needs to understand what she struggles with, working hard to improve her performance through brief daily training sessions with the game. Self-Awareness skills will help her evaluate herself and “think about her thinking” in order to  identify her strengths and weaknesses and direct her attention towards improving areas where she lacks proficiency.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information while working.

Working Memory skills are used extensively in Brain Age, especially during math activities. For example, in the training activity "Head Count" the player sees a house in which stick figures are entering from the left and exiting from the right. The task is to count the people as they move in and out, ultimately figuring out how many people are in the house when they stop. As the activity progresses the speed at which the people enter and exit increases, making it even more challenging to keep track of the individuals. The player will need to quickly add and subtract numbers in her head as there is no time to write it down. While playing training activities such as this one, the player will receive exceptional practice in using Working Memory skills to her advantage.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Brain Age calls upon the player's Focus skills in a variety of contexts. Firstly, the intention of Brain Age is for the player to engage in the training activities once per day as often as possible. She receives a stamp on an in-game calendar for every day that she completes her activities. As she accumulates stamps, she unlocks new training activities. However, she must remain motivated and persistent to play regularly enough to unlock the activities and get the most out of the game. Focus skills are used during the activities as well, such as in the "Stroop Test." This task involves the presentation of a word that spells one color, but is written in a font of a different color. The word may be "Blue" but the colors of the letters are red, and the player has to speak the color of the word, not the word itself. This activity requires extensive cognitive effort by the player and demands complete focus to avoid accidentally saying the written word. The most minimal distraction or lack of effort will result in incorrect answers throughout the game, earning the player a lower brain age.

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