Body and Brain Connection

Common Sense Media says

Mini-games make you think, get you active, and are fun, too.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message is about keeping your brain as healthy as your body and exercising it by giving it frequent mental challenges.

Positive role models

You have two hosts -- a scientist and a talking light bulb. Both are very congratulatory when you do well, and push you to try harder when you fare poorly.

Ease of play

The challenge factor is high on many of these mini-games, but the whole experience is meant to be a tough mental and physical test. And as difficult as they may seem when you try them the first time, it's definitely possible to improve with practice -- which is the point the game aims to make.

Violence & scariness

In one game, you have to punch and kick at cartoony mice that pop out of tubes, a la Whack-a-Mole. In another, your avatar gets bopped in the face by a giant boxing glove if you get an answer wrong.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Body and Brain Connection is a collection of active-gaming mini-games, all of which have a mental challenge at their foundation (usually involving math, logic, or memory). The game's aim is to exercise the brain and body together. The games can be a lot of fun, but they're also really challenging. Younger kids may be in over their heads if they try to join in the game. There are also group mini-games, which will, when they're over, define some players as being "smarter" than others, since these are ostensibly "brain games." Be aware that this is a Kinect game, and can only be played on Xbox 360 consoles fitted with a Kinect system.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • decision-making
  • problem solving

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • sequences

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • decision-making
  • problem solving

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • movement

Kids can learn to think while moving fast by playing these brain games that have a physical twist. A lot of simple math comes into play (patterns, number order, greater than/less than, telling time). But the whole point of this game is to see how quickly you can come up with simple answers and then coordinate your body when "acting out" the solutions to the problems. It's a sort of "Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?" challenge. And the repeated practice lets kids improve. A blend of quick thinking and physical movement makes for unique brain-and-body exercise.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christopher Healy

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What's it about?

Body and Brain Connection is another video game, like Brain Age for the Nintendo DS and Big Brain Academy for the Wii, that uses games to test one's mental skills and abilities. The difference here is that, as a Kinect game, it incorporates the player's full body into the action. You have to strike poses you've just seen onscreen, move your arms like the hands of a clock to tell time, raise and lower your arms to form bridges for passing cars, reach out to pop balloons with math answers on them, shift back and forth to catch falling pizzas, and so on. There are solo and multi-player modes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With its unexciting title and stodgy look, Body and Brain Connection will probably be an easy Kinect game to overlook, but it would be a shame if that happens, because it's far more entertaining and engaging than it appears on the surface. Admittedly, there are going to be certain people who simply won't enjoy math games (and a number of these mini-games involve doing fast math), but there are a also a slew of quick-reflex action games in which the brain work is a little less obvious -- and those should appeal to almost everyone. The whole package is nicely designed to get you pumped up and eager to try each game again, intent on beating your previous score. Fans of games like Brain Age should really love Body and Brain Connection, but hopefully they won't be the only ones to try it out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendly competition among family members. How can brothers, sisters, moms, and dads play multi-player games against one another and have fun without creating any tension or frustrations? Use this opportunity to talk about sportsmanship and playing games for the joy of playing, not the joy of winning.

  • Parents can ask kids which kind of mini-games are their favorites and why. Do they prefer the more physical games? Or do they respond well to games that require more thought-processing?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:February 8, 2011
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil September 7, 2012
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It's ok... I guess

Well, let's start. This is not going to be one of the games a child is going to call "fun." It has lots of sums in it with some memory and quiz type games, which well are not very fun. When you dont get an A on a game dr Kawashima treats you as if you are a 3 year old saying that you are bad and need to practise more. That said it's great for getting the brain cells back on track and learning in an active way (yes it is pretty active). Im not going to say that this game is a favorite, but if you want an active brain training game for your kid (I mean it's not like thre are any others out are, are there?) then this game is the game for you or your child. I gotts say it did make me a bit quicker with reacting to things although i got annoyed when he did not exactly say I did that well. Hope this review helped and that it helped make the mind up of some.
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