I'm too busy with Twitter and (yes, finally) Facebook to play video games, but when the folks at Game Factory sent me Zenses Ocean and Zenses Rainforest for free, I figured the games were worth a try. With thoughts of Punta Cana on my mind, I opened the Ocean game and negotiated the use of Pikachu's Nintendo DS.
These games are advertised as addictive puzzles for women over the age of 25, which in some ways puzzles me, but DH had little interest in them, so I guess they know their target market. As for eight-year-old Pikachu, he pretended not to like the Zenses games, but was sucked in before the first puzzle was solved.
Zenses Ocean features six games with puzzles accompanied by spa-type new agey music. It's like Brain Age lite. There's no annoying professor or depressing brain age labels, but users might find themselves thinking a bit to meet the challenges. Gals (and guys) can set the level of challenge for each game and play to her heart's content.
I'm not one to pick up my boys' DSs and wile away my time- that's what Twitter is for!- but I did find these games rather addictive once I started playing. And, because my visual-spatial abilities are, well, lacking, and my memory is fading, I found some of these puzzles pretty challenging. I felt portions of my tired old gray matter springing back to life!
I'm giving away a copy of Zenses Rainforest for Nintendo DS, which also features six multi-level games and a soothing soundtrack. See a trailer for it here.
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