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Big Brain Academy (Nintendo DS)

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3.5
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Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
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Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 3.5


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90
N-Zone
Seit einem halben Jahr vergnüge ich mich schon mit der Nippon-Version von Big Brain Academy und habe mich gefragt, wie Nintendo wohl die Spiele zum Thema Sprache umsetzen wird. Anstatt diese einfach aus dem Japanischen zu übersetzen, hat man für Europa und die USA drei neue Disziplinen eingeführt, die den übrigen Aufgaben in nichts nachstehen. Für 30 Euro ein Pflichtkauf insbesondere für Multiplayer!
90
Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is a straightforward yet challenging brain flexing game that is a lot of fun. The price is right too, with an MSRP of $20 new. Unfortunately, comparisons with Brain Age are somewhat inevitable. Which one is better for you depends on what features are more important. If your mind really needs some work to stay active, I can recommend both wholeheartedly, but for their different strengths. Even still, Big Brain Academy is a lot of fun for what it is, and I'm sure you will enjoy it while keeping your mind sharp, and making your brain bigger.
90
1UP
Let's start with the bad news: Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, the sassy brain doctor who emcees Brain Age, the first game in Nintendo's "brain training" series, apparently does not teach night school at Big Brain Academy. So if you loved him in the first game, prepare for a slight disappointment when you receive your initial introductions and tutorials from the somewhat creepy and potentially nefarious Dr. Lobe. You also won't hold your DS sideways, nor will you be drawing artful sketches or performing frantic arithmetic on a daily basis. But don't think that Big Brain Academy pales in comparison to its predecessor. This game is very much its own entity -- quirky, satisfying, and highly original.
85
Gamesmania
Ganz ehrlich, bei der Entscheidung zwischen Dr. Kawashimas Gehrinjogging und der Big Brain Academy müsste ich tatsächlich eine Münze werfen. Beide Titel haben ihre Vor- und Nachteile. Während sich das Gehirnjogging nach außen hin sehr viel seriöser und wissenschaftlicher gibt, präsentiert sich die Big Brain Academy verspielter aber nicht minder fordernd. Die 15 verschiedenen Trainingseinheiten sind allesamt super intuitv, abwechslungsreich und verdammt clever aufgebaut. So ist Big Brain Academy ein etwas bunterer und vielfältigerer Ansatz des Gehirnjoggings, der aber mindestens genauso viel Spaß macht wie das Original.
85
Deeko
In the end, Big Brain Academy does a fine job in terms of stimulating your neural net processors, assuming you have them - if not a brain will function just fine. It offers a bit more in terms of puzzles than Brian Age, which certainly gives it a bit of an edge in the fun department, but it doesn't track your progress or make logical sense when grading you, which is where it fails against Brain Age. If you enjoy mental gymnastics, this is a fine follow up to Brain Age, though if you like blowing things up or beating hookers, I can honestly say you should look elsewhere.
85
GamePro (US)
As if your brain hadn't gotten over the bashing it endured in Brain Age Academy, get ready to take it for another cerebral ride in Nintendo's Big Brain Academy. Offering up five new brain-related areas to test your intelligence on, it's a healthy mix of fun and thinking. While it may not be deep enough to really keep you coming back for more, month after month, it does dole out bite-sized chunks of brain-exercising activities ideal for commuters or those with a lot of time on their hands.
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Game Freaks 365
Big Brain Academy is a much better game than Brain Age. There are more mini-games, each testing a specific area of mental activity. The addictive quality remains. The presentation isn't as serious and looks and sounds better. Really, the only thing that Big Brain Academy doesn't have when stacked against Brain Age is the abundance of sudoku puzzles. Still, Big Brain Academy is worth your $20 and testing your brain has never been as much fun.
81
IGN
The April release of Brain Age set the stage for Nintendo's Touch Generations series in the US and, with that established as a successful branding, Big Brain Academy can move onto the Nintendo DS scene. The two games are night and day with the same intention: strengthen the gray matter in that skull of yours. If Brain Age is an aerobics instructor, Big Brain Academy is a Boot Camp sergeant - Brain Age is a casual mind workout, but Big Brain Academy tells your mind to "Drop and give me fifty!" Each game has its place in the DS library and owning both isn't double-dipping into a duplicate production, but if there's has to be a choice between the two, Big Brain Academy is the one with much more immediate satisfaction.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
There's a good amount of content in Academy. Though it features more than Brain Age, some people feel that it won't last as long, since you can play it as much as you want (unlike Brain Age, which has an artificially lengthened lifespan due to unlockables and playing it just for a little bit each day). But, for the fun it offers, and at the low price of $20, I feel Big Brain Academy certainly contains enough to warrant a purchase. This is especially true for people like me who love trying to improve their high scores, since you'll have 45 activities with which to do so.
80
Cubed3
While it might not be better than Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training overall, it certainly equals it. While Brain Training is a more serious affair, this wraps up the lighter side of learning nicely and helps to keep your brain fit with more of a sense of fun. As Dr. Lobe himself will tell you in-game, fun helps keep the mind in tip top condition…
80
NintendoWorldReport
Big Brain Academy is much more of a "game" than its predecessor. Playing it feels more like fun and less like an exercise. There’s a genuine drive to achieve higher scores, if only to find out that you might be as smart as Albert Einstein. The variety of mini-games and random nature in which they are presented helps keep the game fresh, and even if you get tired of taking the test, the multiplayer versus mode is a bunch of fun, provided you have people to play it with. Overall, it’s a great game for anybody who’s a fan of puzzle games or logic problems.
80
G4 TV: X-Play
Thanks to Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day we all know how old our brains are. Now, Big Brain Academy gives us a peek inside our skulls to tell us how much our gray matter weighs. Those wary that this quick DS follow-up is more of the same need not worry. Big Brain Academy is a different (and in some ways superior) take on edutainment with a whole new set of activities and a completely different approach to flexing that muscle inside your noggin.
80
Maxim Magazine
While the measure of a man is usually in inches, we're talking grams here.
75
Nintendo Spin
I'm hesitant to say Big Brain Academy is necessarily better than Brain Age. In Brain Age, there was actually a lot of incentive to keep playing every day-- in the form of graphs, new games, a working Sudoku mode, etc. Big Brain doesn't do any of that, which really hurts the experience. Even though Big Brain is more lively, wacky, and faster-paced, playing this by yourself wears thin rather quickly. But the included multiplayer mode is fantastic. It's seriously worth buying just for that.
74
Lawrence
If this title was the first in the Brain series to be released, I probably would have liked it much more. Brain Age spoiled me with progress tracking and sudoku, which leaves me more than a little disappointed with Big Brain Academy. Even with its drawbacks, I'd still recommend a purchase considering the $19.99 price tag. It offers enough fun games and pick-up-and-play aspects to make it a solid addition to the DS library.
72
FOK!games
Big Brain Academy is een fraai begin van een tijdperk waarin de �non-game� een gigantisch genre zal zijn. Het spel is educatief, maar wordt desalniettemin op een vlotte manier gebracht, deels door de uitstekende Nederlandse vertaling. Dit betekent helaas niet dat het niet saai wordt, dat wordt het namelijk wel. Als je de vijftien spelletjes eenmaal kent en onder de knie hebt, zal de verveling op je inhakken. Wanneer dat moment precies aanbreekt is persoonlijk, maar een stuk sneller dan met �echte� games (zelfs voor niet-gamers). Toch doe je met BBA zeker geen miskoop. Door de leuke multiplayer en het goede gevoel dat je krijgt als je vaardigheden verbeteren mag je je best wel eens aan zo�n �nepspelletje� wagen.
70
Daily Game
When Nintendo announced Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, we were skeptical. After all, how fun could reading and math minigames be? Turns out, they were fun, and the simple presentation but ever-increasing challenges kept us coming back for more. So when Big Brain Academy, a sequel of sorts to Brain Age was announced, we were pretty excited. Now that we've gotten our hands on Big Brain Academy, well, we're a bit underwhelmed. While there's a much larger variety of games in Academy than in Brain Age, the game seems to have lost some of its charm in the development process. It's still good fun, just not as fun as Brain Age, but for $20, it's definitely a good way to keep the old gray matter sharp.
70
Yahoo! Games
Just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking so much during your next gaming session, Nintendo's released a new game in its line of cerebral puzzlers. Big Brain Academy is a pseudo-successor to Brain Age, a title which featured a Japanese doctor's floating head telling you that you're doing a good job at stimulating your pre-frontal cortex. It was an entertaining, albeit repetitive set of minigames, and although the same can pretty much be said for Nintendo's latest entry, they've spruced it up with more color, better activities, and a decent multiplayer option.
70
GameSpot
Big Brain Academy is a "brain training" game collection that picks up where Brain Age left off, but the basic idea is the same. There are a bunch of brief, easy-to-understand minigames to play and practice with, and then you can take a big test that gives you five of the games at random and results in a score and a grade that is meant to correspond to how you think. It's definitely light on the science--you won't find any doctors endorsing Big Brain Academy right on the box, like they did with Brain Age--but Big Brain Academy's 15 exercises and three difficulty levels are more than enough to justify the game's $20 price tag.
68
Netjak
I would recommend Big Brain Academy. It doesn't have as much as its esteemed cousin, Brain Age, but what it does offer is fun. You will quickly find a favorite game, and spend some exasperating moments trying to best your top score. And at $20, this game is not as hard on the wallet as most other new titles.
65
Jeuxvideo.com
Profitant de la déferlante : Penser à jouer / Jouer pour penser qui sévit actuellement sur Nintendo DS, Cérébrale Académie surfe sur la vague tout en restant dans son creux. Moins ingénieux et original que le test du docteur Kawashima, cette façon de nous dire qu'on a quelques synapses de déconnectées manque légèrement de "ludicité". Par contre, le titre reste plus accessible que le premier coup d'essai de Nintendo en la matière et s'offre du coup le droit de s'adresser à un large public de joueurs âgés de 7 à 77 ans. De plus, son mode Multijoueur reste un excellent moyen pour augmenter la durée de vie et prouver à qui de droit que vous n'êtes pas si bête que vous en avez l'air.
60
UOL Jogos
"Big Brain Academy" é para aqueles que gostaram de "Brain Age" e procuram uma alternativa nova no estilo. Porém, falta brilho e até um pouco de criatividade e esforço para oferecer ao jogador algo que vá além de um amontoado de minigames que, muitas vezes, já jogamos similares em sites da internet.
60
GameSpy
Prepare to enter the halls of Big Brain Academy, a not-quite-a-game game that operates on the same basic premise as Nintendo's Brain Age -- a fun way to test your smarts and potentially improve your mind. After taking numerous classes and listening to some rambling mini-lectures from Professor Lobe (who founded Big Brain Academy after staring at the sun and yelling at it for being brighter than him), I'm ready to report on my educational experience. What have I learned? Big Brain Academy is a fun collection of activities with a strong multiplayer component, but unfortunately none of it really stuck with me after I'd left the classroom.
58
Game Revolution
Despite its collegiate overtone, Big Brain Academy sticks to its grade-school roots by keeping the activities light and colorful, the multiplayer engaging and the price tag low ($20.) But no matter how you dissect it, this is still little more than a series of fairly innocuous tests released just in time for summer vacation. It doesn’t take a heavy brain to know how stupid that is.