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Big Brain Academy

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

June 11, 2007
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Date of Review: August 1, 2012
Format Reviewed: Wii
Language / Country of Origin: English / USA
Online Capability: You can share your scores for the mini-games with online friends and test based on their scores.
Prequels: Big Brain Academy.
Featured characters: Your Miis and a yellow sock puppet professor named Dr. Lobe
Equipment needed: Wii and Wiimote.
Maintenance required:None required.

Review:
The brain game fad may have come and gone, but this educational number still deserves a place on your shelf. This is the first ever game that I played on the Wii and still ranks as one of the top titles that I recommend for the console to this day.

What’s great about Big Brain: Wii Degree is that the games that are designed to make you smarter feel fun, not tedious. You might feel silly holding the Wii remote up to your ear during a restaurant themed memorization game, for example, but it sure beats the traditional route of flipping cards over on a screen! Even the simpler games like popping numbered bubbles in quick succession are amusing and addictive.

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is a blast to play alone or with friends. If you and your pals are anything like me and my friends, you’ll be amazed at how passionate and enthusiastic you’ll get competing in a battle of the brains despite leaving real school behind long ago. Even when playing alone, it’s an enjoyable challenge to attempt to improve your “brain weight” across multiple modes of difficulty.

Plot:
N/A.

Gameplay:
Simple point and click controls using the Wiimote. Big Brain’s bread and butter is a solo test mode that determines your individual brain score after playing through 60 questions across several genres. You can also aim to medal in each mini-game by practicing them on their own.

Three multiplayer modes exist for friendly fun: Mind Sprint, which is a player versus player split screen competition; Mental Marathon, which is a time-based point blowout; and Brain Quiz, which is a mini-game faceoff involving surprise difficulties.

Cultural / Historical Value:
In order for an educational game to be truly successful, it needs to contain elements that a player can stick with. Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree accomplishes this by being fun and clever and having goals a gamer can work toward.  This is one of the many popular brain training games.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
This is a very appropriate choice for schools. The content is suitable for any age group because it contains nothing crude and can be adjusted to easier or harder difficulties with a simple click.

Replay Value:
Can be replayed as long as you maintain an interest in bettering your brain. There are 15 core mini-games that can be played individually or via multiplayer games. Setting goals for improving your scores will help to maximize the replay value.

Likely Audiences:
Kids, families, young at heart adults.

Overall Score:
80/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2007Casual Nominee

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