• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Jun 18, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Hot Brain manages to stand out in an overcrowded genre due to its charm.
  2. Hot Brain is a nice departure from the usual reflex games that you'd most likely be playing on your PSP. Although the puzzle tests are timed, the game's presentation is light-hearted and not intimidating to play.
  3. It was a nice alternative to a lot of the other “mindless” games I play on the PSP and other game system, and I really believe it did sharpen my brain, at least from a mental awareness level, each day I played it. I don’t think it really improved my language or math skills, but that’s also not the purpose.
  4. Binge on it and you'll be done before your thinking walnut's sizzling, as there simply aren't enough different mini-games to satisfy in the long-term. [Sept 2007, p.107]
  5. Judged solely as a collection of such textbook tasks Hot Brain is passable enough, but it pales alongside the original Brain Training.
  6. You'll get at least some satisfaction from seeing your gradual progress over time... until you remember that it just means you're getting better at playing so-so minigames.
  7. Hot Brain is a fun little game but can start to feel repetitive after a while. The inclusion of unlockables and infrastructure wireless multiplayer would have been nice.
  8. If taking an I.Q. test shoots a thrill down your spine, you'll get a huge kick out of Hot Brain. [Sept 2007, p.82]
  9. 70
    What I'm really saying is, Fred Willard is in this game. He's the best thing about this game. That isn't a huge knock, actually -- Fred Willard is pretty much the greatest ever. But this game really relies, knowingly, on Fred Willard. The experience is Fred Willard. Without Fred Willard, this is a slightly subpar game.
  10. 70
    While not quite as deep or addictive as Nintendo’s title Hot Brain does a nice job of bringing a quirky niche genre to the PSP and I highly recommend everyone looking for something new a whirl.
  11. It's more user-friendly than the other PSP brain trainer "Mind Quiz." [Sept 2007, p.80]
  12. 68
    If you're in the mood for memorizing an image and picking it out of a lineup, finding misspelled words or untangling balls of string, there's nothing to hold you back from playing this title. That said, Hot Brain never reaches the bar set by similar games in this genre.
  13. Hot Brain's minigames are pretty good, but because there aren't very many of them, you might not get a lot of replay value.
  14. There is an addicting quality to Hot Brain to try to do better, in a similar way to Brain Age. However, Hot Brain also suffered in the same way that Brain Age did, in that I lost interest in it.
  15. Hot Brain will not give you endless hours of entertainment. It's meant to be savored a little bit at a time. The lack of any extra puzzles or mini-game severely reduces the replay value. Best to rent this game if you've already played any of the other Brain-related games.
  16. 60
    While there are worse things to do on your morning commute, there are other, potentially more viable ways, of getting what Hot Brain has to offer.
  17. Everybody that wants this to be a Brain Age for the PSP will be ultimately disappointed, but those desperate enough can just take the cheaper route and rent the game.
  18. It's sensible like Mensa but lacks character in the face of ultra-stylish Eastern equivalents. [Sept 2007, p.73]
  19. 60
    Hot Brain's biggest disappointment is the way it squanders an opportunity to treat with IQ-themed mini-game genre with Wario Ware-style irreverence.
  20. 60
    In the end, Hot Brain doesn't do enough to change your life, but it's a quirky little addition to the brain-training scene that deserves a look out of sheer boredom.
  21. 50
    If you're really into the whole brain training thing, Hot Brain is a perfectly serviceable game. Just be aware that you're not getting a lot of bang for your buck. You'll have fun, but once you finish a couple of rounds, you'll start to wish that you could have more.
  22. Even with its hundreds of puzzles and multiplayer modes, Hot Brain quickly becomes your typical Brain enhancer that will grow tiresome once you've seen every style of puzzle enough times.

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