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Body and Brain Connection

Body and Brain Connection

February 8, 2011
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Date of Review: January 29, 2013
Format Reviewed: Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin: English / United States
Online Capability: There is downloadable content (DLC) available for this title.
Equipment Needed: Xbox 360 and Kinect (along with plenty of room to play).
Maintenance Required: None required.

Review:
Body and Brain Connection is a fitting name for a game that combines puzzling with motion based action. It consists of a collection of fun and funky mini-games that work your noodle on several different counts. The better you do, the better your score or “grade”, and you will also unlock higher difficulties as you go along. It comes with a daily Brain Age test (made popular in previous video game franchises) as well.

Some examples of the games you will play in B & B Connection include a math game where you kick soccer balls to answer, a time telling game where you position your arms accordingly, a memory game where you have to catch pizzas, and a reflex game where you whack evil rats that pop out of pipes. One game that is especially fun and makes good use of “body and brain” is the one where you have to move your arms to form ramps for different colored cars to drive over.

The games are divided into five categories (math, logic, reflex, memory and physical) and are all pretty fun and challenging. NAMCO BANDAI’s Pac-man even makes an appearance in one of the games!

Plot:
There is no plot to speak of with this game, as it consists solely of mini-games.

Gameplay:
Use your arms and legs to point, select, hit, kick and position yourself accordingly.

Cultural / Historical Value:
This is another title in the always popular brain-training genre.  The game was released to mediocre reviews, with critics finding it relatively uninspired and shallow.  However, some critics thought that the use of Kinect was novel and allowed players to exercise and work their brain.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
Pretty much every game in this collection works your noggin in one way or another.

Replay Value:
Moderate replay value. Perfecting and leveling up in the games will take some time. Extensive downloadable content (DLC) is available.

Likely Audiences:
Kids and adults alike.  Anyone who wants to challenge both their brain (with brain training games) and their body (with exercise.

Overall Score:
80/100.

Other Reviews:
1up.com: N/A
Gamerankings 
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames: N/A

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