Every Body Has a Brain

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Innovative way to learn about gray matter.
  • Mac, Windows
  • $24.95 (CD-ROM), $19.95 (download)
  • 2011

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Educational value

Kids can learn all about the biology of the brain, including the names of its regions and how they work together so people can perform complex activities such as dancing. Kids also get a peek at the differences between human and animal brains. While tutorials could be more robust, mini-games reinforce core learning concepts by having kids exercise different parts of their brain. Every Body Has a Brain makes the science of the brain understandable and alluring.

Positive messages

Kids learn how all parts of the brain cooperate so that people can go about their lives. Learning about the brain is made fun through educational songs and games. 

Positive role models & representations

The game is full of friendly characters who each have something important to teach the player. All of the characters, as well as the player, are working together to help Phoebe Brainheart's brain work correctly.

Ease of play

Information is presented through animations, songs, and voice-overs, so it's easy for even non-readers to follow along. The songs include a sing-along mode where kids can follow along to text lyrics.

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Consumerism

A link on the main menu leads to developer's website with more products to purchase.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Every Body Has a Brain is a collection of educational songs, animations, and mini-games that teach kids ages 4-6 about the human brain. The characters are all positive role models and help kids to learn through playing games. The game is available as both on CD-ROM for $24.95, or as a digital download for $19.95.

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What's it about?

The star of Every Body Has Brain is a girl named Phoebe Brainheart, who is practicing for her school dance competition. Players visit the four parts of Phoebe's brain, where they meet characters such as Sara Bellum, Sir Rebral Cortex, and Ms. Hippo, and learn through songs and games how the different parts of Phoebe's brain work together so that she can do different activities.

Is it any good?

EVERY BODY HAS A BRAIN presents a wealth of information about the brain in a fun and lighthearted package. Kids not only learn about the four parts of the brain, but they actually get a chance to exercise each part by playing specially tailored mini-games. One of the mini-games in the cerebral cortex (the part of the brain that controls creativity), for example, lets players compose rudimentary songs by dragging and dropping instruments onto a grid. Kids should learn a lot without even realizing it since they will be too busy having fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the child's favorite activities, and which parts of the brain are used during those activities.

  • Families can also talk about what kinds of things humans can do that animals can't. What are some of the differences between a human's brain and the brains of various animals?

  • In what way is a person's brain like a computer? In what ways is a computer like a human brain?

  • Families that enjoy this game might also want to explore other learning games.

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