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Genre: Quiz/Puzzle/Strategy :: Players: 1 :: Released: 25/9/06

Brain Challenge Review

Developer: Gameloft


Game Features


Challenging gameplay


Sound causes too much slow down

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Review Details
Handset Nokia N70

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 25/9/06

Definitely one to work and improve your brain skills.

Brain games have appeared from nowhere in the last few months and it's not just on consoles. If it's not Anne Robinson presenting some Test The Nation rubbish its Carol Voderman on Countdown - the world has gone brain crazy. Nintendo even brought their wacky Japanese games to Europe and the US and their Brain Training game was number one for several weeks. If it works on the DS surely it can work on the mobile. There are a few IQ games in the pipeline and we got stuck into Gameloft's latest offering, Brain Challenge. We dug out our uniforms and went back to school to find out.

Brain Challenge has quite a bit to offer with a total of 12 individual games to play. The games are split into four main categories: Logic, Maths, Memory and Visual. You can either choose to take part in the Brain Challenge or visit the Training Room. In the Challenge you must take part in one game from each category. At the end of the four rounds your scores are tallied and your brain capacity is calculated. Don't be disappointed if your first score is only 15-20%. The game starts from 0% and you have to gradually work your way up to 100%. Your progress is saved after each play and you are guaranteed a harder challenge next time you play.

To begin with you should find yourself racing up the percentages and after each session a graph shows your progress. The time will soon come when your progress will plateau. When this happens, it's time to visit the Training Room for some practice. As the name suggest you can practice the various games on any of three difficulty levels. As well as giving you free practice, you can also unlock more games (including some tough ones that you wished you hadn't unlocked).

As it's developed by Gameloft you can expect a solid game. The graphics are clear and legible and that's really all you can ask for in a game of this type. Even with such a large number of mini games on offer, the controls are all of the one thumb style and most require you to answer multiple choice questions.

The only down side is the sound. While the effects and tunes are great, there is some serious slow down when the sound kicks in. That was a bit of surprise on our fairly high end Nokia but at least this one does have vibration when you get a question wrong. Hopefully whatever issues developers had with Nokias has been resolved and we can get more vibration in future Nokia games.

The game's longevity is probably as good as your patience. To progress to 100% in all the categories will take hours, months even years and lots of practice. The question is whether you can get past the inevitable brick wall and actually improve yourself.

It is definitely a game for all ages. The young can improve their skills and hopefully it makes the oldies less likely to forget theirs. At the beginning of the game you do need to add you age and gender and I assume it's used as a guide to determine your overall scores.