Puzzler Mind Gym 3D on the 3DS has several hundred games and puzzles split into four main categories: Numerical, Visual, Language and Numbers. The game can be used as if it were a book where you can choose to tackle whole sections or just the question categories you wish to attempt or become more proficient at solving.
- September 13, 2011
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Puzzler Mind Gym 3D on the 3DS is by the game maker Ubisoft. It is part of the 'sharpen the mind through mental exercise' genre of video games like Dr. Kawashima's Brain Age. Designed as a 90 day brain training program, it has seven hundred games broken into four types; visual, memory, word-based, and numbers. You can play daily to sharpen your brain at your own pace. There is a Profile Progress Tracker which lets you keep track on how well you're doing. You can play when you want and pick up from where you left off. So for example, if you were in the middle of a puzzle and hadn't finished it, the next time you log on you will get right back to the puzzle to (hopefully) complete it.
Professor's strategies and tips are built in to help you when you falter.
Puzzles look amazing on the 3DS 3D system-they really come alive in 3D.
As you complete the puzzles, you will learn about the different areas of the brain and its functions - all done with 3-d models-an added plus.
Brain facts are the only things you can unlock- not additional puzzles.
Sound and music can be monotonous.
You can jump from day 1 puzzles to day 89 without earning the progression.
The cons are minor. Although I think there is some validity the last one. If you're supposed to train your brain, then going in a linear progression makes more sense than just being able to jump about randomly from day to day. Something that is really kind of amazing about the game though, is that its professor (Professor Ian Robertson) is actually is actually an internationally recognized neuroscientist. (His job is to guide you through the puzzles while also giving you information on how the brain works).
As for being innovative, it should be said that Puzzler Mind Gym is less innovative than the other games on market, but more of a continuation of the brain training genre. On the 3DS, Puzzler Mind Gym works well. Using the stylus to interface with the touch screen in solving problems helps move the game along. (Although, how quickly you move along is really based upon your ability to problem solve.
Puzzler Mind Gym 3D on the 3DS is for everyone. Although some of the younger set might find the puzzles challenging, they are doable and it's a perfect way of keeping those 8 and up engaged during a long car ride. Adults who like puzzles and want to keep their brains sharp will also like this.
Puzzler Mind Gym 3D is an excellent fun and interactive game for the whole family. Although, it should be interesting to see who will make it through the entire 90 day program first-the parents or the children?