Left Brain Right Brain

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Arcade games with poor graphics and slow menus.

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Ease of Play

The game's interface is sluggish and not intuitive. It can only be played in portrait orientation, and the arcade music and sounds cannot be disabled. Some menu selections requiring double-tapping. Loading times between screens are extremely slow, and the game must be loaded from the start after exit. Completed exercises can be saved, but this information is stored by date of play, rather than by game, so it's hard to track progress. The player must select her/his "strong" hand several times, and one screen describes the same hand as simultaneously strong and weak. Exercises do progress in difficulty, but most are confusing.

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There is some cartoon violence, such as tapping crows to stop them before they pop balloons.  The crows squawk and fall, but there is no blood.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Left Brain Right Brain is a slow, repetitive, and confusing arcade-style game. It includes several exercises that test the speed and dexterity of your right and left hands, such as navigating through a maze. These exercises are supposed to tell you how left-brained or right-brained you are and help you improve your weaker hand, but there is no explanation of the results and progress is difficult to track. The exercises themselves take a long time to load, despite the low quality graphics. There is some cartoon violence, but no blood. Multiplayer with nearby devices is possible using Bluetooth.

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Is it any good?

Left Brain Right Brain is based on the idea that how right- or left-handed you are is based on how right- or left-brained you are. In practice, it is a series of simple but tedious arcade games with confusing attempts to draw conclusions by comparing the performance of your strong and weak hands. Meanwhile, the slow interface, repetitive and long exercises, and poor graphics will wear down the player's patience. There are various levels of play, but tracking overall progress is difficult. This game feels very dated, including the sounds and music.  Overall, not worth it!

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For kids who love educational games

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