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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Get your brain in shape with fun daily exercises - these challenging and entertaining puzzles act like a vitamin boost for your brain. Brain Challenge is your personal coach for mental fitness. Twenty different games in five categories (Memory, Visual, Logic, Math, and Focus) train all areas of your brain. Keep track of your progress every day, and easily evaluate your level of brain activity. Brain Challenge is the easy and enjoyable way to keep your brain alert. Challenge friends with four-player offline and online multiplayer modes. Thirty games are broken down into different categories—Memory, Visual, Logic, Math, and Focus. Training room: Play all the mini-games within each category freely. Creative mode: Relax by exploring your brain's creative abilities through five games. Stress mode: Test your abilities under stressful conditions. Personal coach: Choose your favorite coach to accompany you through all your brain development steps and develop a unique relationship with him or her. Brain charts: View your overall performance and progression with detailed stats and graphs. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. 80
    Only Stephen Hawking and a few select Nobel Prize winners will ever unlock the 100% Brain Usage Achievement. Load mechanical pencils in your pocket protector and tape those glasses because Brain Challenge lives up to its name.
  2. Brain Challenge is the kind of game that you can play every day or once a month, and you'd still get the same enjoyment from it.
  3. 63
    While being the first brain training title for the 360, it does little to enhance the genre, or make itself stand out from the portable brain training crowd. However, it does provide a solid test of your mettle, and for the paltry price you could do much, much worse.
  4. A decent (albeit uninspired) title which, while hardly pushing the Xbox 360 - or your IQ - to its limits, offers pretty good value for money.
  5. You could pursue worse habits than giving your noodle a mild workout, but Brain Challenge provides little incentive to keep the appointment. [May 2008, p.76]
  6. It's a complete knock-off, filled with bland mini-games. [Issue#32, p.118]

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  1. David
    Mar 15, 2009
    10
    A great great game! I have played both Brain age games on the DS and this easily beats it because of all the different fun games. Some are simple and some are not but the 3 different difficulty levels for each will put anyone to the test. The online is a blast!! It's great to be able to get on and see how smart you are compared to all the others :) There is that control issue on only a couple of puzzles but that is not enough to give it a bad score. You WILL have fun with this!! Give it a try. Expand
  2. JustinDozier
    Jun 12, 2009
    3
    With the recent boom of IQ testing and brain teasing games, XBLA rolls out it's own. What you get is a failed Nintendo DS game, something more suited for a bargain bin.

    Off the bat you're greeted by your soon-to-be-very-annoying teacher/scientist/doctor/whatever you prefer, and off you go into a plethora of challenging, fun minigames. Well, not challenging. Or really fun at all, either.

    A few of the categories you're tested upon are visual, logic, memory, and other assorted areas. And the minigames for these areas are either common sense, or simply feel worthless. A few of these games include seeing what ball bounces the highest in a 2D field of balls, simple math activities that seem to be more suited to a 2nd grade classroom, and basic pattern matching games.

    There are minimal variations of these minigames, which make coming back to this game every day more and more of a drag.

    If you're looking for solid Edutainment, you won't find it here.
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  3. Scott
    Mar 18, 2008
    0
    Not worth the money by a long shot.