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iPhoneairgamer (Sep 24, 2008)
Im Gegensatz zu manch realer Muckibude hat Gameloft bei Gehirntraining auch ein Wohlfühlprogramm für Auge und Finger anzubieten. Die Grafik des Spiels ist farbenfroh und vor allem die Trainer sind schön animiert. Die gelungene Sprachausgabe der Coaches erfordert dafür aber Ihre vollen Englischkenntnisse! Die Steuerung nutzt hingegen alle Vorteile des iPhones voll aus. So dürfen Sie die Lösung zeitsparend auf dem Touchscreen anklicken oder auch Würfel mittels Bewegungssensor über den Bildschirm rollen lassen.
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iPhoneModojo (Jul 28, 2008)
Like most of Gameloft's iPhone Apps, Brain Challenge looks and sounds great. Its bright colors and polygonal instructors go well with its loud music. Numbers, shapes and attractive backgrounds aren't the best iPhone can do, but considering the material, the developers did a fine job.
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iPhoneAppVee (Oct 05, 2008)
The game itself will keep track of your progress and occasionally ask you other questions to see how your knowledge is in general, making even the interface aspects of it interesting. You can play through any of the games that you've unlocked one at a time in the training mode too, just in case you want to practice getting better at them. Overall, this is a pretty solid game that is worth keeping on your iPhone for awhile.
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iPhonePocket Gamer UK (Aug 01, 2008)
But as iPhone's first brain trainer, Brain Challenge is an excellent start. It's smart, slick and a pleasure to play.
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Nintendo DSExtreme Gamer (Jan 21, 2008)
Brain Challenge is a fun adventurous take on the brain game genre. The amount of mini-games keep the stress and brain training fun and exciting even on daily plays. If you’re looking for a fun way to stimulate your cerebellum, Brain Challenge is the perfect challenge for your mind and a good sponge for building stress.
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iPadSlide to Play (Jul 16, 2010)
Brain Challenge HD isn’t a game you’ll want to sit down and play for hours, but its great to pick up for 10 minutes a day as part of your daily iPad routine. The sense of satisfaction you’ll earn from improving your performance is very fulfilling, even if you don’t actually get a mental boost from it.
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PlayStation 3IGN (Dec 01, 2008)
If you have a puny, atrophied brain, spending some time with Brain Challenge will make you feel better about it. The graphics aren't much to look at but the menus are sharp and easy to navigate, and the controls are intuitive. There are some issues with the tutorials and multiplayer, but the basics of a decent educational puzzler are here.
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Nintendo DSiIGN (Jul 28, 2009)
If there was an abundance of DSiWare games on the market, then sure, I'd be all for porting older titles onto the service. But the fact is that this is one of the only games to come out this month in a catalog that is pretty weak so far. Granted, that's more of a complaint about the service, and doesn't affect the quality of the product. Still, why couldn't this have been Brain Challenge 2? If you've never ever played the game, then it's actually a pretty decent brain game, though when compared to the recently released DSiWare Brain Age, it's hard to recommend this over that.
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Nintendo DSiNintendojo (Sep, 2009)
Overall, there’s definitely other titles -- better titles -- available for the system that this package obviously copies from, specifically Brain Age. But, Brain Challenge is a budget title, retails for 800 Nintendo Points and does a respectable job mimicking a standout product, along with a couple ventures of its own. Whether it’s a top-notch writing recognition system, appealing visual template or enjoyable modes and minigames, this title definitely deserves a passing grade, even if it’s not the valedictorian of the class.
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Nintendo DSGamesRadar (Jan 26, 2008)
These minor quibbles never prevent the game from being fun, though. The difficulty ramps up in a truly smart way, so that even as the challenges become more and more ridiculous, players should always feel like they're equipped with the noggin to handle it.
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iPhoneGameZebo (Jul 23, 2008)
Brain Challenge does a decent job of working your brain out. Those who’ve played brain games on the Nintendo DS and elsewhere won’t find anything new – just different. Anyone can play these games and practicing improves your test score, but I can’t guarantee you’ll get smarter.
60
iPadCommon Sense Media (Jun 07, 2010)
It’s nothing fans of the genre haven’t seen before -- save perhaps the optional and not particularly fun “stress test” mode which features a mean man who berates players for their poor performance -- but it’s both competent and compelling.
60
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 12, 2008)
For all my reservations about the format, there's definitely an audience for this sort of thing out there and while 800 Points puts this in the upper price bracket for Live Arcade, it still makes it the cheapest brain game option around. In that regard at least, it gets the job done.
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iPod ClassicMacLife (Jan 02, 2008)
Brain Challenge is dressed up in a faux-scientific motif, but don’t expect real-world results. Instead, the exercises woke me up if played in the morning or put me to sleep if I try to concentrate late at night. Simple logic, memory, math, and other questions flash on-screen, and players earn better marks for fast, accurate answers. While some of the two-dozen games fail—is arithmetic really a game?—the biggest problem comes with the control. Imprecise input frustrated me when I knew the answer but couldn’t enter it in fast enough, if at all. The daily graph of my progress (read: intelligence) adds to the pressure. If you can keep a light attitude, Brain Challenge is a fun diversion.
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Nintendo DSiNintendo Life (Jul 05, 2009)
Like Gameloft’s previous DSiWare releases, Brain Challenge certainly isn’t short on content, and in terms of presentation it rivals the quality of many DS games available on store shelves, but it’s just a shame that so much of what’s available here has been seen before – most notably, in fact, in the Brain Challenge games on WiiWare and DS. What Brain Challenge does, it does very well – it’s just a shame it’s pretty much all been done before.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Mar 14, 2008)
Despite a lack of brain-training games for the Xbox 360, Brain Challenge does little to make a case for expanding the category on this platform. Only the most motivated of self-improving players will find redeeming value in the $10 price tag, making it a difficult title to recommend.
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Nintendo DSEurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 05, 2008)
Conversely, it never feels more than throwaway fun. And while it never claimed to be anything to the contrary, its blatant copying of the Brain Training formula and the lack of innovation that results don't do it any favours.