How much training does your brain really need?That’s the question seemingly begged by the subtitle to Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! Like its predecessor, Brain Age 2 asks players to complete basic, grade-school-level mental tasks as quickly as possible to ‘activate the prefrontal cortex’ and keep the brain sharp and alert. And as with its predecessor, these training games eschew complexity in favor of accessibility, and depth in favor of quick play.There’s nothing inherently wrong with this design — as the title implies, this is a game meant to be played for minutes a day, not to engage for hours through a long plane flight. But the fact that this sequel needs to exist at all speaks to the greatest flaw of the Brain Age concept — even playing for mere minutes a day, these simple puzzles just don’t hold up very well over the long haul.

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