A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about and practice a wide variety of mind exercises in this diverse compilation of brain-focused activities. Players use logic to solve simple navigation problems, examine geometric puzzles that require spatial reasoning skills, work on a variety of simple math and measurement tasks, and test their short term memories in timed recollection activities. Many of the puzzles in Big Brain Academy are inspired by IQ tests but are simpler and place a greater emphasis on speed.
Provides fun way for cross-generational players to compete on two or more DS's
Positive Role Models
There aren't really any personalities in this game, but players may take cues from the behaviors of other players in the same room.
Ease of Play
Individual games aren't too hard to figure out, but working quickly to score better can prove challenging.
Products & Purchases
A sequel to Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game requires that players be able to read, understand money, and do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; this is not a good fit for kids younger than 8. With younger children, you may need to explain how to play the games under the "Think" category. Because this is played using a stylus on the DS touch-sensitive screen, it's an easy game for parents or other video game newbies to learn how to play. Overall, it's a terrific game for families to play together.
Is It Any Good?
To compete against family members or friends, you only need one software cartridge, but as many Nintendo DS units as you have players. Parents and kids can go head-to-head answering the same questions to see whose brain is bigger. Since this game is easy to learn and tests skills adults are comfortable with, this is a good way for parents who have not played video games with their kids to jump in.
The brain scoring seems a little wacky but most of our testers were able to add weight to their brains the more they played. These games require players to know how to read, understand money, and do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; so this is not a good fit for those under 8 years of age. It is good for friends and family looking for a video game to play together.
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