I’m very skeptical of games that even hint at helping you improve anything more than your thumb dexterity, yet I found that Brain Age: Concentration Training not only entertains but makes you feel like your are improving.
I tried this game for a week just to see what I could get from the exercises and I was surprised at how fulfilling leveling up is. World-famous neurologist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, lectures us on how all of our gadgets contribute to a decrease in concentration. Ironically, I will be using another gadget to reduce the distraction to my concentration created by other gadgets.
My focus improvement began by watching Dr. Kawashima introduce Devilish Training in a very literal way. He transformed himself into a devil! As the name suggests, the exercises will give you a devil of time in mastering them. This is where the charm of the game comes in. It felt like when you finally understood that complicated algebraic equation back in high school. As you master each set of exercises the difficulty increases automatically, the game simply “knows” at what level to keep you by measuring the percentage of questions you answered correctly. Unlike other self-help games and activities out there, I found this one to make me try and focus more by incentivizing my effort. With each session not only would I see my improvement, depending on my scores, I could also unlock more exercises and side activities to help my brain relax.
Like previous Brain Training games, Concentration Training will tease you, or praise you, depending on what side of the spectrum you come in, with an estimated age of your brain. When I first started the regimen I came in at 70 years old. Ranked a borderline senile will scare anyone into playing this game everyday. Nintendo, who’s been in a major slump lately, has finally released a game worth carrying around with you.