If mowing down prostitutes on Grand Theft Auto isn’t quite cerebral enough for you, the DS has a more taxing alternative: Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, which has just been launched in the UK.
The game, from the makers of Nintendog, was lapped up by 2.4 million puzzle-heads in Japan, and could prey on Britain’s increasingly large weak spot for Sudoku.
Aside from the devilishly addictive number grids, it offers an array of voice and handwriting activated games to determine the age of your brain.
These include simple sums, sketching outlines of countries and word puzzles. Although the games are varied and promise to give your prefrontal cortex a heavy workout, our varied accents troubled the voice recognition and prompted frustrated cries of ‘it can’t hear me say blue’.
Our slightly lukewarm response, though, may have something to do with it telling us that our brain is ‘in its 80s’. Whatever, Dr Kawashima – you won’t look so smug with an axe in your forehead. Sorry, that’s a PSP game we’re thinking of.
How old is your brain? is out now for £20 from most game retailers. Go to the official site here.