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This review is from: Mindscape's Brain Trainer (PC) (CD-ROM)I bought this in the hope that it would test me a bit, help me develop my mental arithmetic and give me some idea of how to train my mind.
Over all, the application looks and sounds a bit like you're running it on a handheld device you might pick up at a £1 shop. There is very little instruction, although it is all so basic that you don't really need it. There's nothing that gives you any idea of what level you should be aiming for, or how well you're doing - other than against yourself. Even then the scoring system doesn't seem to mean much.
What really shocked me about this product were the bugs/quirks, these are the ones I've found so far (having used this for two days):
1) The mathematical equations take no account of operator precedence and are always evaluated left to right, so 3 + 8 * 5 apparently equals 55 ((3 + 8) * 5), not 43 (3 + (8 * 5)). Not a good habit to get into.
2) On one 'daily test' I was given a spelling question, the question asked which version of the word was spelt correctly, but I was given no options to select. Oddly enough I didn't manage to score at all with that one.
3) There really is a reading test that just asks you to click 'done' when you've finished reading. How well am I supposed to understand the text? Would a few questions about what I'd read be asking too much?
In conclusion, this really looks as if it could have been developed by a class of primary school children. Don't waste your money, read a book and do some sums in your head instead... or just go online and put the term 'IQ test' in a search engine, you'll get it all for free.