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Body and Brain Connection
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Body and Brain Connection is a title that has been on our list to purchase and review for some time now. This Family Friendly Gaming #42 front cover video game is part mental exercise, and part physical activity. For me it is a bit too much of the mental exercises in this Xbox 360 Kinect title. Dr. Kawashima is the brain behind Body and Brain Connection. That name should ring a few bells. Some Brain Age bells.
Excerpt: Body and Brain Connection is a fantastic example of a great idea crippled by faulty technology and confusing design decisions. For all intents and purposes, Body and Brain Connection is a Kinect-enabled version of Nintendo's Brain Age franchise. Though the two games aren't directly connected, they share enough DNA you could consider them distant cousins. The two share a number of exercises (or, at least the concepts behind them) and are hosted by a now Avatar-ised Dr.
Conclusion: Graphics: 6/10 (just right for this type of game, some seem rushed though) Sound: 6/10 (nothing fancy, but sounds go well with the mini-games) Difficulty: 8/10 (3 categories suitable for everyone) Kinect controls: 8/10 (reaction works very well, no flaws except multiplayer seems little off) Gameplay: 7/10 (fun and original brain-puzzle games, some are a little simple and boring though) Multiplayer 5/10: (didnt work too well, fun wears off quickly) Achievements: 8/10...
Mini-games make you think, get you active, and are fun, too.
Common Sense Media
31 March 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Body and Brain Connection is a collection of active-gaming mini-games, all of which have a mental challenge at their foundation (usually involving math, logic, or memory). The game's aim is to exercise the brain and body together. The games can be a lot of fun, but they're also really challenging. Younger kids may be in over their heads if they try to join in the game.
Excerpt: It’s hard to imagine how a game that forces you to do (gasp!) math and simple, timed logic puzzles would ever become a killer app for any system, but that’s exactly what happened when Nintendo released Brain Age for its touch-screen DS handheld in 2006. In those pre-iPhone days, mothers, children, grandparents, and folks who’d never touched a gaming system before were captivated by the game’s promise to “condition” your reflexes and thinking prowess to be younger and...
Pros: + Very easy to play and learn most of the activities. Key word: most.
Cons: - Incredibly spartan presentation and number of gameplay options…, - …and you’ll feel little “connection” to what’s here., ? Why are we so entranced by lightbulb mascot Wattson’s grooving silhouette during the loading screens?
Excerpt: Given the insidious “edutainment” focus for Kinect’s launch library, it was only a matter of time before a game like Body and Brain Connection came along. Built upon the principle that one’s body and brain can be optimally developed in tandem, this game is predictably centered on a series of mini-games, each designed to hone your cognitive powers while keeping you physically active.
Excerpt: The Brain Age franchise has done really well on the Nintendo DS since its arrival in 2005. Yet for one reason or another, those addictive puzzle games designed to sharpen your wits have not made their way onto the next generation consoles. Now with the arrival of the Kinect for the Xbox 360, Namco Bandai introduces us to ‘Body and Brain Connection’ exclusively for the Kinect.
Excerpt: Brain and Body Connection should be called "Brain Age: Xbox 360 Edition." The game is a Brain Age game, and I don’t even mean that as a sarcastic joke. The game is hosted and conceptualized by Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, the same Dr. Ryuta Kawashima who was behind Brain Age and Brain Age 2 . And guess how you start the game? That’s right, by figuring out your brain age. Like I said, this is Brain Age in everything but the name.