A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn thinking and reasoning skills through by playing games that exercise the brain in different ways. Some tasks involve memorization and recollection, others basic mathematical operations. Kids will need to identify and recognize patterns, quickly place numbers and shapes in order, and use reasoning to deduce similarities in complex three-dimensional shapes. The ultimate goal of Big Brain Academy is to give players the opportunity to exercise their brain in different ways, including computation, memorization, analysis, identification, and reasoning.
Fun game to play with a crowd.
Ease of Play
It's never too hard to figure out what to do or how to do it, but doing so with speed -- necessary for a better score -- can be challenging.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game makes kids think. And it's fun to boot! It's best experienced as a group (or with a larger group divided into teams), and is a good choice for multi-generational play and for those just getting into the Wii. On the hardest level, one of the math games expects players to know negative numbers, so don't start this game with kids who are too young.
Is It Any Good?
What sets this compilation of Mini games apart from other Wii Mini games like WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Wii Play is the intellectual challenge of the gameplay. These are games thinking -- and they are actually fun. Anyone intimidated by the hand-eye coordination needed to be good at video games will find this game's simple pointer controls easy to master.
But Wii Degree isn't perfect. There are three areas for group play, but only one area, Mind Sprint, allows you to go head-to-head answering questions with other players on a split screen. Otherwise, the multi-player action is about taking turns with one controller, which just isn't as much fun as all being in the action at once. If you are looking for Wii software to play in groups, especially cross-generational ones, add this game to your library. It's refreshingly different and levels the playing field between gamers and non-gamers.
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