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I was given this Big Brain Academy card game for Christmas just gone and believe you can purchase it for about £5.99 on Amazon if you want to get it. I wasn't too sure what it was all about but after playing it a few times found it quite fun.
The card game itself comes in a blue rectangular tin with the logo for Big Brain Academy written on the front of the metal tin. There are instructions inside, along with 125 question cards, 24 medal cards in gold, silver and bronze colour and and a marker pen.
So what is the aim of this game? Well the main idea is to be the player who manages to collect the most gold medal cards by the time you reach the end of round four in the game. There are questions and problems to solve along the way to help you acheive this. All of these are shown on the question cards that are contained. Of the questions they are split into five different categories. The categories you can choose from when answering are compute which revolve around solving mathematics problems, memorize, surrounding memorizing things, analyse, which is about counting blocks in picture for example, think, meaning you need to use your brain to work out for example the heaviest object of two, and Identity which is finding a pair that match in a grid of different pictures.
In each round when you are asked questions you have to write down your answer on the card with the pen. Thankfully it wipes off so you can reuse them. Some of the cards that contain problems have a red strip at the bottom of them. The revealer will come into play here and you can place it over the top of it to show the answer underneath.
Each player is given a time limit of 30 seconds which is not long at all to complete as many cards as possible correctly and then whichever ones you've completed will be calculated and dependent on how many points you have will determine which medal card you get.
This is a very simple game to play but it is great fun, and above all really gets your brain working and thinking hard. You have to act quickly too with the time limit available, although you can extend that time limit accordingly as you wish.
I have played this several times now with friends and family and everyone really enjoys it and getting to grips with the problems they are confronted with.
As someone who doesn't own a proper games console to use Big Brain Academy I was a little surprised at christmas to receive this as a present. A bit unsure as to how it could possibly work and be fun to use at the same time. I don't usually get given games as presents either so likewise still unable to work out why I was presented with it.
It is packaged in a rectangular blue tin with the usual Big Brain Academy logo on the front. Inside it includes instructions, 125 question cards, 24 medal cards in gold, silver and bronze, a marker pen and a red revealer.
The basic objective is to be the player with the most gold medal cards at the end of the 4 rounds. Just like the DS game there are questions or problems to solve, these are all shown on the question cards. These are then split into 5 different categories:
*Compute - involving maths problems
*Memorize - obviously involving memorizing
*Analyse - counting blocks or connecting dots in a picture
*Think - might have to perform an action or work out which is the heaviest object out of an image shown
*Identity - finding a matching pair in a grid of different pictures or rearranging letters to form a word.
For those of you who already own the Big Brain Academy consolve versions you might recognise some of the quesions or problems.
The pen which is included is so you can quickly write your answer on the card. It does wipe away at the end so you can still use it next time. On some of the problem cards you will see a red strip at the bottom. This is where the revealer comes in. Once you've placed the red piece of plastic over the top it will show the answer. Just in case you don't know it already.
You have 30 seconds to complete as many cards as you and at the end the number of cards you've correctly managed to answer earns you a point. Depending on how many points you have decides which medal card you should receive. So...
4 points = bronze card
6 points = silver card
10 points = gold card
As there is 4 rounds per game you might find that you sadly haven't earned any gold medals hence the need of trading. For example 3 bronze cards will give you a gold, as well as 2 silver.
This is a quick and easy game which is really very simple to play. You can always extend the 30 seconds as sometimes you are rushing to get as many cards completed that you aren't always thinking properly. Also if you struggle with some of the quesions it's best to just guess and move on. It can also get a bit hectic as you're moving the cards out of the way. If you're playing with a competitve bunch of people it's best to make sure your handwriting is as elegible as possible as it is fine for them to mark an answer wrong if they can't read it.
The game is classed for 8+ and for 2 or more players although the cards are quite easy so it wouldn't be difficult for somebody under than age to join in as well. It's quick to play and you aren't going to be strapped to it for more than 20 minutes, naturally depending on how many are playing.
As I received this as a present I'm unaware as to the cost, however I think it is available in WHSmiths and I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon has it on their site as well. A game that will kill a short amount of time which doesn't leave you puzzled as to how to use it.