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Nothing Fancy, But Quite Entertaining,
This review is from: Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Video Game)
I have a morbid fascination (personal and professional) with ersatz tests of mental agility. I was not disappointed with Big Brain Academy. It's engaging and competitive. My wife has enjoyed the DS version, so we purchased the Wii version as soon as it was available. Overall, we like it and can recommend it. There is nothing fancy about this game. If you have an axe to grind about the visual quality of the Wii platform vice the PS3, stay away; this could have been graphically presented on a Commodore 64. But, as I have written in other reviews, one of the oft missed keys to game development isn't graphics quality, but entertainment. This game largely hits the mark. I think the mini-game is the biggest strength of the Wii platform and this will make a nice edition to our collection of games. Plus, the tasks are simple enough for our children to use, but the game is designed to be challenging to everyone. What are the downsides? Limited numbers of mini-games. There is enough here to keep your interest, and the game will addict SOME (but not all) users. However, for a $49 game, I expect a little more. Also, I find the written text dialogue that gives you feedback about your performance more than a little annoying. In summary, the limited number of mini-games, graphics quality, and player feedback may be factors other users may find "game-breakers", but I like the game and can recommend it to others.
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2008, 9:44:26 AM PST
L. Wolfe says:
Concise and well-written. But I would have liked a comment on the types and difficulty levels of questions. If the questions are interesting, I don't give a hoot about the graphics.
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