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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.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. The truth is, Big Brain Academy offers little depth, and almost no immersion, because the gameplay is so start-and-stop. But Big Brain Academy succeeds because of its simplicity and accessibility.
  2. 85
    The various tests should give your brain quite a workout, while the neat visuals and multiplayer mode should keep you busy for quite some time.
  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. Unlike Brain Age, Big Brain Academy was probably actually developed to be a game. Big Brain Academy doesn’t have all the nuances and support from neuroscientists and other simply brainy things, but in the end—the goal is the same.
  5. With only 15 different tests to play, Big Brain Academy can quickly get to be an exercise in just answering faster rather than having you brain participate in new activities.
  6. Big Brain Academy's biggest problem is its limited quantity of activities. Yes, we get that it's part of Nintendo's new "Touch Generations" line, and that it's only $20, and it's meant to be a quick diversion...but even the casual audience that's being targeted is going to get bored after a few days.
  7. Let’s face it. Minigame extravaganzas like ‘Brain Academy’ are not made for the hardcore gamer. They are for the casual market whose hardcore gaming experience consists of playing solitaire on their computer.

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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
    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 or medal (I love creating records on here!) makes it really feel as if you have achieved something. Expand
  2. djim
    Aug 15, 2007
    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
    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
    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
    The 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
    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
    I do not like this game. It is so boring and has no point at all.

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