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  • Summary: (Also known as "Brain Flex") Big Brain Academy features 15 activities that test their brain powers in areas like logic, memory, math and analysis. Up to eight people can play with a single game card, and each activity takes less than a minute to complete.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. 90
    Quirky, satisfying, and highly original.
  2. In all, I can say that I enjoyed Big Brain Academy and feel it is a wonderful addition to the Brain Age-style games. Nintendo has really hit on a different market than the traditional gamers.
  3. 81
    Overwhelmingly colorful and peppy environment aside, I think Big Brain Academy is a bit more fun and fulfilling than Brain Age with its quicker pace game style and fantastic multiplayer focus, and it's a great continuation of the newly-formed Touch Generations line for DS gamers.
  4. Predictable, it improves on its predecessor in some regards, while somehow sacrificing some of the addictive qualities that made "Brain Age" so compelling. [Aug 2006, p.92]
  5. We wonder if anyone’s working on software to increase the size of other parts of one’s body. Now there’s a product that’d make serious money…
  6. Academy’s exercises are more varied and faster paced, following the arcade tradition of becoming harder with each passing second, and this makes it easy to play over and over, trying desperately to prove you’re getting smarter.
  7. Wait for the sequel rather than invest in this slightly dumbed-down version. [Sept 2006, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    I love this game. It's hard not to enjoy it because there's so many things you can do on here. The availability of reaching a certain grade orI love this game. It's hard not to enjoy it because there's so many things you can do on here. The availability of reaching a certain grade or medal (I love creating records on here!) makes it really feel as if you have achieved something. Expand
  2. djim
    Aug 15, 2007
    10
    The point of games like this is COMPETITION in academic areas. This is great for that, especially because you need only one cartridge to play The point of games like this is COMPETITION in academic areas. This is great for that, especially because you need only one cartridge to play VS mode head to head. It's really fun to pit your nephews and nieces against each other like pitbulls in this game of "who's smarter?". Plus in single player, it's nice to try to see how high you can push your score. If you haven't achieved at least an "Ace" level (2000 or more), then you shouldn't be complaining about it not being challenging enough. Expand
  3. AlanL.
    Jul 18, 2006
    9
    Shallow but fun .......comparison of the players scores would of been a good option to feature. Not overly difficult - on day 2 of the game Shallow but fun .......comparison of the players scores would of been a good option to feature. Not overly difficult - on day 2 of the game and have got most Gold Award.... need to turn them to Platinum now! Expand
  4. BubbleM.
    Jul 3, 2006
    8
    It's an addicting game for a while. Don't get me wrong it's a great game but sometimes you just wanna play a different game. It's an addicting game for a while. Don't get me wrong it's a great game but sometimes you just wanna play a different game. But a really fun thing in the game is trying to beat your sibling or friend's score. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2011
    7
    The question is: does it REALLY help your brain? Because all I see are numbers and quotes. Enjoyable game, regardless. It's just...puzzlingThe question is: does it REALLY help your brain? Because all I see are numbers and quotes. Enjoyable game, regardless. It's just...puzzling how it would actually benefit an average person's life.... Expand
  6. DJT
    Dec 15, 2007
    7
    More casual and less demanding to your life schedule than Brain Age. This game will wake your brain up and maybe even push some of the More casual and less demanding to your life schedule than Brain Age. This game will wake your brain up and maybe even push some of the cobwebs away. Will you think better and perform better as a result? Who knows... but it's a nice diversion and the multiplayer games aren't bad. Expand
  7. RickyB.
    Aug 10, 2006
    0
    I do not like this game. It is so boring and has no point at all.

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