Personal Trainer Math is a super speedy learning game that fans of this genre will like to play. Released for the Nintendo DS youngsters will find it a true learning curve while adults will just enjoy finding out how much they have remembered from their maths lessons at school. Professor Kageyama who had a hand in the games content conducts the commentary throughout via texts that are written commenting on your progression.
The game is divided into three main sections where you will work out various mathematical problems using the methods laid down by the professor as you play along. This method is the 100 cell maths which uses a grid of 10 x 10. All becomes evident as you play plus you can increase the difficulty level as and when you are ready.
Players begin by entering their personal details plus which hand you write with, right or left. You then select from the menu which section you want to play. The daily training section involves three training exercises that are simple to work out while their ability is assessed depending on how fast plus well you perform. You are even given an attendance mark as well as being reminded when you miss a days training. Its a bit like being at school again while I wasn’t keen on this element as I didn’t want reminding when I missed a day.
When players have “attended” five daily sessions they will advance to another level until reaching the final twentieth level. Here you will achieve “master level” status. Players who are not mathematically inclined will probably find Personal Trainer a challenge but as I am quite proficient it just wasn’t a challenge at all so does not compare to Brain Age in terms of difficulty or entertainment value. The game certainly polishes up your maths skills in terms of multiplication, division, subtraction or addition but not a great deal more.
Younger players will find the various puzzles and maths problems a challenge while older more advanced players may not. The 100 cell math system is interesting, more so than flash maths cards plus playing while learning on the DS system will appeal to players. Its a neat system that has writing recognition bringing a fun element as you put stylus to screen. Its great that the Nintendo DS is not just a games system but can also be used to educate. Parents will be pleased by this development. Personal Trainer is a good brain training game that will pass along a few hours to kill the boredom.