When I first read about Brain Training on the BBC website… I thought they were off their head…
Computer games have long been derided by critics as mindless, brain-rotting fun.
But a new wave of games is turning the clichÃ© on its head.
Nintendo has sold nearly five million copies of its three Nintendo DS brain training games since the series launched in Japan a year ago.
The first title in the series, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?, sees players follow a daily regime of brain-enhancing exercises and is due to be released in the UK in June.
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training comprises a variety of mini-games designed to give brains a workout.
Activities include solving simple maths problems, counting people going in and out of a house, drawing pictures on the Nintendo DS touchscreen, and reading classic literature aloud into the device’s microphone.
Players are given a brain age reflecting their performance. Over time, your brain age should get younger as you achieve better scores.
However we’ve bought it, and I’ve got to say I’ve found myself using parts of my brain I don’t use in an everyday techie job – quite odd…. It takes some real thinking… Apparently my brain is 67 at the minute – let’s hope that improves before the new Clash of Clans and coming COC Hack is officially out!!