Junior Brain Trainer
With the popularity of
brain games, Junior Brain Trainer targets the younger market that
assists children with a variety of skills that include reading, writing,
spelling, maths, geometry, logic and problem solving.
Nicely fitting the
edutainment genre of games, Junior Brain Trainer is definitely a title
to assist children with their education and will give them an edge when
it comes to schooling.
Best of all, the game is not dumbed down or
condescending towards the child and through interactive mini-games that
are actually quite fun, children will be encouraged to play the title again
and again with some oblivious that it will assist them in their
Players can also unlock a quiz to test
their knowledge of mathematics and vocabulary, as well as a selection of
entertaining games that include:
Snakes - a game of skill and timing
that requires a snake to be guided around the screen to collect
coloured sweets – but if the snake hits its own tail, it’s game
Football – the stylus is used to move a
football boot across the screen kicking a ball against the wall to
remove bricks. Don’t miss the ball or a life is lost!
Beggar My Neighbour – tap on a pile of
playing cards with the stylus to play a move against the console.
Who ever has the highest card wins the hand - the overall winner is
the player who collects all the cards.
Balloon Pop - the D-pad is used to move
a sling shot to the left and right. The A button fires at the
balloons and pops them when on target. Balloons may fire back
Twins - a memory game requiring pairs
of people to be matched up against a time limit.
Ghosts - use the stylus to touch a
ghost and capture it. The ghosts are quick though and as many as
possible must be caught within the time limit.
Another good aspect of the game is that it
follows the UK curriculum and not the US curriculum, ensuring that the
games and learning aspects are suited to the Australian market.
The game does encourage children to spend a
small amount of time each time on the game which will stimulate their
brains and assist them with a variety of different educational aspects
from logic to mathematics.
The games themselves are split into a
variety of mini-games that awards players with bonus content once they
have successfully completed a game and is also a great encouragement
Our favourite game was snake that is based
on the old arcade classic and is more a game of skill, rather than
educational. Whereas Twins is a memory game and assists in problematic
problem solving. Other games include math games and word games where you
must use the letters to piece together various words.
The title does contain some good graphics
with a Saturday morning cartoon feel to it that has some great sound
effects and background ambience to assist children become part of this
interesting set of games.
In conclusion, Junior Brain Trainer is a
good game for children to assist with their education and it is
affordable priced. Definitely one for parents to investigate and is
ideal for those struggling at school.