What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while ThinkSmart: Family! is intended for the whole family, kids younger than nine or so are probably not up to the challenge. Whether you're a kid or an adult, you'll be getting the same exact questions and exercises, and many of these are brainteaser-type puzzles that can easily stump grown-ups. Also, be aware that the Wii remotes have an incredibly difficult time registering your correct movments in the physical workout portion of the game.
What's it about?
THINKSMART: FAMILY! sends you (or technically, your avatar) to a spa-like retreat, where the comely Dr. Ashoka tests you with brainteaser puzzles and logic quizzes. The exercises are of a similar type to those found in edutainment games like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy. Dr. Ashoka will also work as your personal trainer, leading you through a physical workout as well. Multiple players can join in to compete against one another in team-based brain games.
Is it any good?
Some of the mental workout games of ThinkSmart: Family! are fun and interesting. Others are not (simply adding digits together or spelling a word you've just seen don't hold much of a thrill). It's a very mixed bag, especially when playing solo. When playing in teams, the head-to-head competitive aspect makes the whole experience a lot more fun. The game didn't need a physical workout component, and the developers really shouldn't have included one -- because it doesn't work. You're supposed to hold the Wii-mote in your hands while you do sit-ups, arm bends, etc. But the game will always tell you you're doing it wrong, no matter what.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the different types of questions and puzzles in the game. What are the lessons you can get from each? What skills do you think they help you develop? How can you use those skills in real life?
You can create your own avatar for this game. Why did you create one that looks the way it does? Do you want your avatar to resemble you?