Review: Brain Challenge
My wife and I just bought a Wii a few months ago. Recently, we just purchased the game Big Brain Academy for it, and we love it. I bought the game Brain Challenge hoping it would be similar to the Big Brain Academy game. And I wasn't disappointed.
Brain Challenge presents itself as a "brain strengthening" game. The idea is that you engage in mental excercises to learn to use all of your brain (as indicated by a brain use percentage). As you perform better on the daily tests, your brain percentage increases. You can also practice the various tests, and as your performance improves, various other games are unlocked.
The tests are grouped into one of five categories: Logic, Memory, Math, Visual, and Focus. Each category has five tests that you can do (or practice). When you start, just one is unlocked. In addition, there are bonus categories - I have only unlocked one game in the "creative" category called cubes.
Leading you through the exams is your mentor/guide, one of two authority figures that you choose. You can also take a stress test, which is the same tests but conducted under "stressful" conditions. You can practice those tests as well, presumably to lower your stress level (or at least respond better while under stress).
In reality, I don't know how much tese games help your brain power. Much like the Wii game, you simply learn to respond quickly to the test, learning what to look for, and how to interpret the results. Having said that, you can see clear differences in ability between two people - some people do really well at the memory games, while others may excel in logic.
I just bought this game yesterday, so I have not unlocked all the secrets or hidden games. During the practice levels (where you can choose easy, medium, or hard), the game gives you a letter score to see how you did. My guess if you score well in everything, other games get unlocked.
You can set up multiple profiles, so many people can play the game. Unfortunately, there is no two player interaction. You can't take a test, and then have someone else take the same test. That is one strong plus feature of the Big Brain Academy games - you can have a cooperative mode where you are helping each other, or a race mode to see who finishes first, or even a puzzle mode where you compete to get points on a puzzle board. Features like that would give this game a 5 out of 5 rating. As it stands, I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a complex game, and can be played many times if you are the kind of person who will want to try to push yourself to get better and better.
The game costs $9.99, so it isn't one of the cheaper ones out there. When I bought it and was playing it while listening to music, it kept crashing. I have since played it without sound, and without music in the background, and it seems to run fine. Hopefully if there is a bug, it will get fixed in an update.
Pros: Involved gameplay, many different games and levels
Cons: No multiplayer options
Two of the pictures below are a math game (follow the path from the starting number, using the mathematical equation) and the memory game (trace the same path from the arrow as the phone does). I can post some additional pictures of the various games if people are interested.