Brain Boost: Beta Wave DS

Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 10 out of 12
Buy On
  1. 60
    Unfortunately, the decision to split things across two titles makes each game feel like an overpriced demo, proving the old adage that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. Game Informer
    60
    If you’re going to get one of these, go for the faster-paced Beta Wave, but watch out for that nasty addition game. [Feb. 2007, p.111]

Awards & Rankings

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#47 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score
2.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. JasonH.
    Aug 12, 2007
    0
    I bought this game tragically mistaking it for brain age or brain acadamy. It's really really really horrible. This game has a mere five I bought this game tragically mistaking it for brain age or brain acadamy. It's really really really horrible. This game has a mere five challenges, with no incentive to complete them at all. The makers of this game decided to infuse a crappy storyline as well as split it into two titles, which seems to be all the rage now days (the second title being gamma wave) The game also seems to contradict itself with it's child like story, simpleness and presentation while containing a game that is virtually impossible to beat. I had it for two days, desperately trying to like it, but it unfortunately it gets old the moment you beat the other four games (which are extremely easy) and get stuck on the adding game. Full Review »
  2. LaurenR.
    Apr 14, 2007
    0
    So not worth it. Please do not buy it. It is a waste of money. There are only 5 games and there are 4 levels. My mom has a masters degree in So not worth it. Please do not buy it. It is a waste of money. There are only 5 games and there are 4 levels. My mom has a masters degree in math and she can't even do level 4. Level four addition is literally impossible. You have five seconds to add like 15 numbers (correct me if I'm wrong). I really want a refund. Full Review »
  3. MatthewR.
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    I purchased Brain Boost beta wave not too long ago and I have a good opinion of it. Graphics and Storyline are lame, but that's not the I purchased Brain Boost beta wave not too long ago and I have a good opinion of it. Graphics and Storyline are lame, but that's not the focus of the game. Reading the instruction manual, it says that you will see a noticeable increase in brain development after consistently doing the exercises for three months, and no one really has the motivation or discipline to do just that. When you actually get down to it, this game has something the other Nintendo Brain Games do not - Difficulty Factor. I have a well above average I.Q. and I have trouble doing the addition on level 1 at 100% consistently. Add in a race against the clock with bonus points for every second left, that clock giving only 5 seconds, and you have an incredibly difficult time achieving high scores. Given my disposition for self improvement I find this game highly frustrating in it's difficulty, and that alone is a cause for addiction to eliminate that frustration with work. All in all I think the negative reviews are just by lazy people who don't wish to appreciate the beauty or satisfaction of doing and completing something as difficult as this game is in the higher levels. Do you have what it takes? Full Review »