Games that are good for us…

Games that are good for us...

I recently found a few Nintendo DS games that are actually useful, namely Brain Age as well as Cooking Mama and Shaberu! DS Oryouri Navi (a cooking titles)

Brain Age

Ever since I got my Nintendo DS Lite, I’ve been playing with Brain Age a lot and it’s been quite out of this world. While I can’t tell whether I’m mentally sharper in real life, there are short time-based test in there that challenge your observation, memory, math, speech and hand-eye coordination. Since you’re suppose to play it daily, it not only charts your overall progress on a graph, but check in on you in surprising ways. Just the other day the game asked me almost at random what I had for dinner on June 14th. I thought I had spagetti, so I penned that down, only to be corrected by the game saying I had BBQ instead. Apart from the regular tests, I’d forgotten how the game has you do seemingly completely random stuff, only so that it could test your memory about it later on. I wish I’d taken a picture to show you what I mean… it was a pretty magical moment.

Cooking Mama

One reason why I’m not a passionate cook is because of the linear destructive nature of this culinary art. There are many factors that come into play and one screw up can lead to burnt food. I’m looking forward to this because it simulates cooking in a non-destructive environment. According to Majesco Entertainment, this cooking game lets you:

  • Create 76 different, real world dishes from fried eggs to cabbage meat rolls! By mastering the first 15 recipes you can unlock 61 increasingly complex bonus recipes to expand your skills in the kitchen.
  • The stylus is your master kitchen tool! Use it in more than 200 mini-games to chop, slice, pan fry, knead, grate, mash, tenderize, mix, peel, carve, roll and more. Once your dish is ready, you can even use the stylus to prepare the final layout of your meal.
  • Cool food down by blowing into the Nintendo DS microphone
  • Combine recipes to create more advanced dishes
  • Share recipes with up to 4 other people or transfer a saved game to a friend via the DS wireless link
  • Earn bronze, silver and gold medals based on the quality of your cooking
  • Practice mode lets you finetune your cooking skills without being judged

There is one other cooking related title coming out called Shaberu! DS Oryouri Navi. Even though it’s a Nintendo DS title, it isn’t exactly a game, but more of a fun interactive cookbook. Go Nintendo explains that it will feature over 200 recipes, voice recognition control (e.g. “Next page!”), touch pen control and full voice instructions on how to cook. I guess that’ll be like GPS for chef wannabes!

Have you seen any more interesting games that are good for us?