BrainBashers Games

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Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media
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Massive collection of fun, free, online games.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to strategize and solve problems to meet the challenges of online games. There's a wide variety of games; some strengthen language and math skills directly while others prove it's good to have quick reflexes. BrainBashers Games is mainly a portal for accessing third-party games with a few originals, so while the site isn't specifically designed just for learning, some of the games are. Games provide information about how you're doing and adapt with more challenging tasks as players get better. BrainBashers Games is an impressive collection of strategy, arcade, word, and physics-based online games. 

Positive Messages

Users are generally encouraged to keep going and are rewarded when they advance in a game.

Violence

There's some typical game violence ("kills this, blast that") but nothing too gory.

Sex
Language

No profanity, but game characters or instructions are unpredictable. For example, one game says it's not responsible if "this game drives you into a homicidal rampage," though that's more in reference to the game being frustrating than involving killing.

Consumerism

Most games are provided by third parties and some are demo versions that ask users to pay more to play more. The site itself has ads and gathers data about where you click to determine what ads to show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BrainBashers Games is a huge collection of free third-party and original games. Though the games are simple, they can be habit forming. A very detailed disclaimer and privacy policy explains that BrainBashers Games allows third-party advertising and uses cookies, analytics, and other monitoring software to collect data about its visitors. Hey, at least they’re honest. Nothing personally identifiable is recorded and the site even has instructions about how to opt out of some of its information gathering. Parents should read the disclaimer and make changes as they see fit.

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What's it about?

Kids can access all kinds of games on the site’s homepage. The sheer amount of games may be overwhelming, but categories like \"Featured Games,\" \"Mazes,\" \"Arcade Games,\" and \"Word Games\" and a \"Top 10\" list help kids choose. Once they pick a game to play, kids will either use the mouse or keyboard to move characters or game pieces. Some games display high scores and allow players to enter their names if they beat them.

Is it any good?

BRAINBASHERSGAMES.COM site owner Kevin Stone’s longtime love of gaming and puzzling is evident with this impressive collection of strategy, arcade, word, classic, and physics-based online games. Don’t be fooled by the low price point (free), unsophisticated graphics, and simple rules of play; games have just the right mix of challenge, frustration, and success to pass an hour or three. All games have instructions, some have reviews, and there’s no additional equipment required.  BrainBashers Games are all single-player, which is perfectly fine in an environment of popular high-def and high-dollar massively multiplayer online games -- there’s room for both at the gaming table. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the elements in game play: conflict, rules, and a measurable outcome. Look for these elements in games at BrainBashers Games. Talk about your family's favorite games and why you love them. Is it the object of the game? Great rewards?  Pressure from the clock?

  • Brush up on current gaming trends for kids. Read Common Sense Media’s Gaming Tips to learn about today’s gaming culture and how to promote healthy gaming habits.

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