Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 10 out of 12
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  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. If you’re going to get one of these, go for the faster-paced Beta Wave, but watch out for that nasty addition game.
  3. 45
    Not liking Brain Boost has nothing to do with Majesco "copying" Nintendo and has everything to do with Majesco not copying what made Nintendo's Brain games good.
  4. The game selection in each is pretty thin at five games, and to top it off none of them are particularly entertaining. Odds are that you’ll just play through them all a couple of times and be done with it. The lack of any kind of detailed feedback or progress tracking means there’s little motivation to keep playing beyond that.
  5. But, if you're buying this game because you honestly think it's going to make you smarter, it won't. And if you're buying this game because you actually think it's going to be fun, it isn't. That's really the bottom line.
  6. 40
    Also disappointing was the lack of any head-to-head or multi-player functionality; there's no unlockable content, either. The games themselves are monotonous and don't really instill you with a need to play them repeatedly.
  7. 30
    For the price you'll pay for both these games -- which is what you'll need to do if you want a half-decent selection of activities -- you could buy the far superior "Brain Age." Or, for that matter, you could buy just about any of the other genuinely good games on the DS, and pass over this cash-in altogether.
  8. 505 Game Street has been commercially smart to jump aboard the Brain Training bandwagon quickly, but it has made a huge mistake in throwing a faceless copycat effort out there. Hopefully people will not be remotely fooled - we're certainly not.
  9. 30
    In short, the Brain Boost games are curt, emotionless, audacious, and as a tool for self-improvement, a little bit pointless.
  10. If you buy either of these games, you DO need a brain boost.
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    At 20 quid for five distractions that might keep you busy for 30 seconds, it's overpriced. [Apr 2007, p.60]

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