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Big Brain Academy for the ds is the 1st Brain Academy ds game released in 2006, it is a puzzle game that also grades you on how quickly and correctly you answer the questions.
When you are playing this game, you can work on your user profile, this is where you answer a range of questions on different modes, Easy, Medium, and Hard and later on Expert. You work through different mini games in different categories, and when you are finished you receive a score and a different medal, the aim of the game is to get the best medal on the hardest mode. You receive your scores the basis of how fast you answer a question as well as if your question was answered correctly. This is a great game for people who enjoy puzzles. There is a mixture of both serious and more fun silly questions which is great as it makes the game less boring.
The mini games that are included throughout this game are really entertaining. There us a range of 15 different games that are divided into 5 categories, these are described below:
* Identify (identification-themed questions)
* Memorize (memory-themed questions)
* Analyze (reason-based questions)
* Compute (math-themed questions)
* Visualize (visual-themed questions)
You can practice any of the mini games over and over again, when you have practiced a bit and feel confident enough, you can then take a test where a number of different mini games are chosen at random, then when you have done your best in each game, a brain grade is calculated, my brain grade is currently B+ at the moment, but I plan on practising until I have my A+ as I can be a bit competitive when it comes to puzzles and my fiancé has his A+ and I won't let him beat me.
You can play against other people who you know that own the game most of the different mini games on this game, I have played this game on only 2 player mode though you are able to add up to 8 different players per session.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen
The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo Wii, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at.
The music on this game is motivating though it does not distract you from working out questions. It is upbeat and is not out of place compared to what you would normally find in a Nintendo game.
Price and Availability
I bought this game in Amazon for £14.99 recently, this is a really great price for a ds game as they are normally much more expensive. You can also buy this game in Game, HMV, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price.
This is a great game that will help you boost your brainpower, it has a great range of game that are designed to help you improve your memory, numeracy skills and also your literacy skills in an easy going laid back and enjoyable way. I recommend this game to people who enjoy puzzle style activities. The puzzles on this game might be a bit hard for younger children, though I think it might be suitable for kids aged around 8 or 9 or so plus.
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==Big Brain Academy==
In Big Brain Academy you will meet Dr. Lobe the headmaster! He will take you through the registration which is as simple as adding your name to one of four profiles on the home screen, this will then become your profile. Big Brain Academy is a more child friendly version of Brain Training.
Going into your profile you can Practise, Test or Verus.
Practise allows you to practise various activities ready for the test. Here you can choose which catergory you would like to practise ~
You can choose a difficulty setting according to how you feel about each item.
*A Heavyweight - Touch the heaviest item
*B Pathfinder - Draw lines in order to move the animals
*C Bone Yard - Drop the bones to move the blocks.
*A Sound Bites - Listen to the sound then tap the correct animal
*B Flash Memory - Memorise numbers and symbols to enter into a keypad
*C Memo-random - Memorise images and touch the answers
*A Missing Link - Draw lines to connect the dots
*B CubeGame - Count the blocks not forgetting the ones you can't see!
*C Animal Lines - Connect the animals shown above.
*A Coin-parison - Touch the coins that are worth the most
*B Add Agency - Touch the cards that equal the amount of the top card
*C Written Math - Read and solve the equation
*A Shadow Shift - Touch the image that match the shadow
*B Get In Shape - Tap the pieces that make the shape
*C Matchmaker - Find the pairs among the cards
After practising the many items above it will then be time to test yourself and this will involve a series of different things from the practise section, they will be a random choice of each thing so be prepared!
The bright colours of this game make it more suitable for children than the other brain training games and my eight and ten year old sons don't have too much trouble with this, they do hoever get a bit frustrated when they miss something they then think was obvious to them!
I play it now and again and it does get your brain working and thinking about things.
You play the game in a time limit which makes you think faster therefore increasing you learning capacity! After completeing a challenge you will get your brain weight and a medal!
Whilst on holiday with my little sister and the rest of my family I played with her on this game. We played wireless with her so we were against one enough trying to finish the particular puzzle first. I became addicted to it and once I got home I had to go out and buy it from a small independent games store in town. I find it to be a lot more laid back then the brain training game so much more my thing.
With this game you can play on your own and build up a game score trying to beat yourself. I found this very addictive. As easy as the puzzles start they just get that little bit more difficult when it comes a point when you just can't beat it. Or you can play this game on wireless Ds single card download play like me and my sister did on holiday up to 8 players. It is a fun but simple collection of mini game puzzles.
The five different areas of puzzles are thinking, memorization, computation, analysis and identification. For a few examples is compute you have simple adding, minus and multiplication against a clock. Identify you have to work out the moving shadows to the picture below. Memorize, you have to memorize the answer on the screen above which one or more then disappears and you have to choose from a selection below which ones are missing. Think is about moving the dog around to miss the blocks to get the bone I always get confused on this one! Analyze you have to look above at the pattern and copy it below.
All the games are against the clock and they last around a minute. I like this as you can pick it up for a short amount of time and you don't feel tied into it. These are just a selection of some of the games you may come across.
For this game you can choose practise or test. I like the practise setting the most as you can improve your go each time. On each of the five sections there are three different mini games and you are rewarded medals on how good you do. You get bronze, silver and gold. Then there is a further level the extremely hard platinum level. I am getting there slowly!
At the end of each mini puzzle you are given an overall percentage for that game and how many you got out of it. I found myself doing the same puzzle over and over again trying to beat my score. I have found it quite addictive!
The game is for age range three years and above. My son is nearly three and I'm not too sure he would understand a lot of the puzzles without a lot of help but it is very educational for them. I have found it really gets my brain going. Even though they are very simple games if you're not switched on properly that day you won't do that good.
The set up of the game is fairly simple and young children who have used a Ds would find it easy enough to use. I think it would attract children with the brightly coloured screen and simplicity of the games.
This is currently priced at around £13. You will probably be able to pick it up in somewhere like game station for less but either way it is a bargain. I have spent many hours playing on it and can go weeks without but as soon as I pick it up I enjoy it so much.
Some time ago, I wrote a review for one of my favourite games for Wii, Big Brain Academy. Since I bought the DS (with my Dooyoo miles!), I was keen to try out the game on the DS format to see how it compared. I'm a big fan of these sort of games, and although the evidence is quite sketchy as to whether they actually work, I find them really fun to play and very absorbing.
The first thing I noticed about the game was that, apart from the overall look of the game and the main character, Prof Lobe, the minigames in this version are completely different to those in the Wii version, although the game has the same main categories: Think, Compute, Analyze, Identify and Memorise. The games are played using the touchscreen with the stylus that comes with the DS.
The opening menu is more basic than the Wii version, with just 3 options, where you can practise the games, take a test or play a multiplayer game. The best thing for beginners is to go into practise mode, which introduces you to the minigames:
Heavyweight. You see pictures of scales balancing animals and objects. Click on the heaviest object by touvhing the touchscreen.
Pathfinder. Draw a path to reunite lovesick animals!
Bone Yard. Follow the arrows to discover where the bone is buried on the map.
Sound Bites. Listen to the sounds and then play them back in the correct order.
Flash memory. A number will flash up very briefly. You have to tap in the number you saw.
Memo Random. Memorise the cards and fill in the gaps.
Missing Link. Connect the dots to replicate the picture on the top screen.
Cubegame. Count the number of blocks on the screen.
Animal Lines. A bit like a wordsearch, but with pictures instead of words.
Coin Parison. Touch the screen with the highest coin total.
Add agency. Add up the objects on the top screen and then touch the panels that equal the total.
Written Math. Quick fire mental arithmetic.
Shadow Shift. Match the shape to the shadow.
Get in Shape. Find the pieces that make up the bigger shape like a jigsaw.
Matchmaker. Find the matching pairs.
The games are lots of fun and very addictive. You get so wound up playing the game, that it is easy to make mistakes. It is really fun playing against a friend, which you can do if they have another DS. They do not need their own copy of the game. You can challenge them to the minigames and see who is the fastest.
The game enables you to take a test once you have mastered the games in all the categories and then gives you a "Brain Weight" and tells you what areas you are good at and what you need to work on. It also tells you what job would suit you (Investor, LOL!), and gives you a grade, which you can try and improve upon next time you play.
The game is suitable for all ages, although it is aimed at adults, kids from about 8 yrs old and up would be OK playing the minigames. It would also suit older people who enjoy puzzles and keeping their brains active.
I haven't had the game long, and I am still really enjoying it, although I wonder how much fun it will be in a few weeks when I have played all the games a million times. As far as I can tell, there is no additional content to unlock in the game, so presumably once you have mastered all the minigames, there isn't much left to do. However, I really love the game, and it is less than £12 from Amazon at the moment, which is very cheap for a DS game. So I am happy.
There are many Brain games out there for the DS but I would say this is one of the best! Once you start playing it you cannot stop and you have to challenge everybody to play it. The activities are not just like the lessons you have at school, they are great fun.
The game works like this... You have different brain categories... Memory, Calculation, ECT. And in each category, there are fun activities, which you can practice for the test. You can have test's the tests have one game from each activity you get a level for your test (A,B,C) and you get something to improve on. Then you can challenge your friends or family.
If you have a friend or family member you can use DS download to play against them, it is great!
It is not hard to play Big Brain academy so you could buy it for anybody in the family, it is a great game and I would defiantly recommend it!
Big Brain Academy is the first game i purchase when i got my ds as i had seen the advertisements of Television for it and thought it looked great. It is an excellent game to play at first but can get a bit repetitive after you have had a while. When i first had the game i did play it an awful which is probably why i found it boring now
The object of the game is do test yourselves in 5 different categories these are, Think, Memorise, Analyse Compute and Identity the object is to getting better at these categories but be warned you have only a limited amount of time to answer each category and if you don't score high enough you don't get any medals at all and earn medals in them you get bronze silver and gold depending on you do. Some of the games include adding up the amount of square you see, you get sums to answer and you have also have to complete the patterns and repeat the pattern. When you feel ready you can do the test to see how smart you have gotten this weighs your brain and DR Lobe gives you the results of your test. The game is a good came to start with but could soon lose it appeal after a while especially as you start to progress towards your gold medals as after you have these there no incentives to carry on with the game.
you can purchase this game at the moment for £11.98 at amazon
Brain Training is a clever little game series that shows the power of games, not just to entertain, but also to improve our mental stature, and with Big Brain Academy, the follow up to Brain Training, this is firmly cemented.
The game is totally bonkers; there are tonnes of different mental tasks that you can play, and they help to develop your brain and keep your mental process going. There are memory tasks, analytical tasks, and tonnes of others, and you have only a minute or so to see how far you can get. Also, the game tracks your progress, plotting which tasks you fare better at and showing how to improve. You are graded like a student, and believe me when I say that it's a real challenge to get an A!
This is quite a different game visually to the original game; it is a lot less stodgy and "robust" looking, and instead is more playful and colourful, making it more appealing to kids I guess. It is a lot better to look at this time around, although I can see why some might miss the original format as well.
If you're well-rounded enough, though, there's nothing really to do after getting the A, for nothing is drip-fed to you like it is in the original game. Also, there aren't as many games as previously, and they appear to have focused more on a smaller quotient of tasks which is a bit of a letdown. However, the multiplayer, which supports up to 8 people, really adds a lot to this, making it a very fun party title despite being handheld.
This is neither better nor worse than the previous game; it excels in some areas and isn't as good in some others. It's crazy, fun and challenging, if unfortunately a bit lean too. However, a stellar multiplayer offering really goes a long way here.
As far as I know, there are probably about three nintendo DS games that work as far as 'training your brain' is concerned. This is the one which you could say, is the most fun.
These are five main sections, these are memorise, think, analyse, compute and identify. In each of these sections there are three different games. at three different difficulty levels, getting more difficult as it goes on.
Before you get to the training part of the game, there is a menu that allows you to either do the training, do the 'exam' or connect with another DS to play the game with them to try and beat their scores. In the exam part, you will be given one game out of the five main sections, and you will have to try and get as high a score as possible. The highest 'grade' you can get for a whole exam is A+ and the lowest is E, so it covers pretty much every ability.
In each game, you have to aim to get either a bronxe, silver or gold medal. If you score even more points, than what a gold medal, weould earn you, you can also get a premium medal, which is alot more difficult to achieve. To get these premium medals you need to do alot of practise every day.
The design of the box is slightly different to the one show,. as it is now an orangey, peachey kind of colour, but it still contains some of the characters that are shown on the cover.
Unlike other brain training games, this one incorperates having fun, within the training, like in one of the games you have to match up some lines to complete a whole picture, a bit like a dot to dot puzzle. It has a variety of different music that makes the training not so serious, but it does not at all hinder what ever chakllenge you are doing, although if you are playing the game in a crowded room, I would wear earphones, as it might get ever so slightly annoying after a little while.
I bought theis game for £19.99, at WHSmiths, but I am sure that if you got this item form amazon it would be around £11-£12.
Overall, I think this game is excelent value for money, as it keeps you entertained for hours, and it also improves you brain capacity, which is an added bonus. You can play with family members or friends, together and you can relax and unwind after a hard days work!
Big Brain Academy is a great game for all ages that is ideal for training the brain or just for fun and competition between friends and family. You will probably find that once you have picked up your DS and started playing this game, you will be unable to put it down as it is so addictive... it is frustrating aswell as fun!
After you have turned the game on, you will make your own account... everytime you beat your current score, it will be updated on your account. You can make a few accounts before you have to delete any.
There are five different categories that are intended to train you brain. These include:
Think- this section includes tasks such as the pathfinder...where you have to make a path with your DS pen from one animal to another.
Compute- this section includes task such as working out which side of the screen has the highest amount of money once you have added up each coin.
Memory- this section includes tasks such as recalling items in the correct order after their associated sound has been played.
Identify- this section includes tasks such as matching shadows to their identical shape.
Analyse- this section includes tasks such as an incomplete picture being drawn and you have to draw the missing link on the screen with your DS pen to complete the picture.
You are tested in each of these categories and then given a grade. Their are also optins to vs eachother and simply just to train (practise).
I would definitely recommend this game...it is a great game for the family as it can become really competitive. It is also ideal just to fill in time... I always take my DS and this game with me on the train to work. I t has good graphics and sound. Decent price for a great game.
There are a lot of brain training games around for the DS but hand on heart this is by far the best one! The graphics and music make the game more fun that the original brain games and fun for the whole family. Although there isn't very many games to play the games are much better than on other brain games.
The first thing you'll see is the homeroom which is where the game begins. Register your name and you're good to go. You can plays the games in practice mode (i.e. one at a time which is a good idea until you've mastered a few of them) or play them in test mode which is a test of a few games and will give you a grade at the end. There's also a Versus mode for play multiplayer where you can connect 2 DS consoles wirelessly in the same room and play against each other.
There are 5 cateogories with 3 games in each - Think, Memorise, Analyse, Compute and Identify. Each game in practice mode you should aim to get a gold medal in - it may take some doing in some games but it can be done! Each game is done on a timer and you should try to complete as many problems as you can in the time given. Theres a graph so you can track your progress on each game and see if you're getting better (or worse!) and it will give you a 'weight' score to see how 'heavy' your brain (the heavier the better apparently!). Some of the games include simple maths questions, counting blocks, the order certain characters make noises in, what shadow silhouettes fit certain characters, how heavy certain objects are on the scales, etc.
The test mode takes one game from each category at varius difficulty levels (depending on how well you are doing) and at the end you will get a combined brain weight and a grade (aim for the A+).
All in all, the games friendly and colourful fun look make it a great game to add to your collections. It's fairly addictive and the best brain game out there - and although you'll run out of things to do relatively quickly, its got a fairly budget price, it all adds up in the end!
Big brain academy for nintendo ds is a thoroughly enjoyable and addictive game. The game has two modes test and practice.
In practice mode there are five areas, identify, compute, memorise, analyse and think. In each of these areas there are three tasks you can play with the goal of achieving a large brain weight and hopefully attaining one of the often elusive platinum medals.
In test mode you have to complete five tasks, one randomly chosen from each category. At the end you receive your total brain weight and a grade from A+ to F along with a suggestion about what job you should do, warning these are often crazy and should not be taken seriously, till this day I struggle to see how I could become Pythagoras.
The game is great fun and a desire to achieve good scores in all areas leads to hours of enjoyable game play.
Regularly playing the practice mode does improve your test scores but as to your actual brain power I am uncertain, I have always thought the game to be more fun than brain enhancing.
Having bought the big brain academy for the wii, once I moved to mainly using the DS I decided to try out the DS version and see how the two compared. They are basically the same game, however the advantage of this game on the DS is that it really suits the touch pad set up of the DS console.
The game involves a test the first time you play, whereby you answer questions designed to test all areas of your brain. The answers are analysed and you get a brain age and a grade (just like when you are at school the maximum being an A+). You then take on exercises and training to help you improve that brain age. The exercises are puzzles and games such as having four different coloured birds in separate cages and memorising their locations on the screen. The cages are then covered up and moved around, you have to follow them with your eyes and remember where the bird you are following ends up. The exercises are disguised as fun games, so you are learning without even realising it.
The exercises are not like school work and tests, they are more modern and fun and to be honest when you are doing them you would not think that they would improve your intelligence anyway, they are too fun. This is for me by far the most fun educational nintendo game I have tried, and there are many out there.
Big Brain Acadamy is a game for the Nintendo DS, a small handheld device with a touch screen. Big Brain Acadamy (BBA) is much like a childrens Brain Training, you work on each level and get "medals" ranging from Bronze, Silver, Gold right up to Platinum. You get the medals depending on what score you get, and you need to work your way upwards throughout the game, and then you can do "tests", where a number of the games are given to you to do in a test form, and you gain points for each one, and then you get a score at the end (from E-A graded!)
The game is very fun and it gets your brain working, the games which BBA has on it are very addictive, and once you start playing you won't want to stop!!!! Especially when you get your first grade whcih is always a low one!!!!!!! If your anything like me you'll want to keep on working until you get that A!!!!!! I am currently on a B, and I am determined to work my way up to an A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The game has 5 sections: Think, Compute, Analyse, Memorise and Identify. Each section has 3 different games in them...
Here are a few examples of the games!!!
Think: Heavyweight- this is a game which makes you look at a picture of certain items on scales, for example an orange and a dog, and one looks heavier than the other, you have to choose which one is heavier...sounds easy?? It is at first, but then it gets more difficult when the timer starts ticking and you're trying to look at 5 different things oin scales and determine which is heavier on the scales!!!
Memorise: One of the games in this catagory is sounds in a specific order and you have to remember which order the sounds were made in...again sounds easy...! But when the pressure gets more and more it actually gets quite hard!!!
Identify: In this game there are silohettes (sp?) of shapes and you have to match the correct one to the picture...alot of the shapes begin to look the same and as the speed gets faster and faster your brain starts to play tricks on you!!!
Compute: In this catagory there is one game where you need to do fast sums, these are a range of minus, plus, divide and times, and you again have a certain amount of time to get through it!
The game is available from all good game shops and varies in price, starting at about £12 up to around £20 depending on where you shop!
I definitely recommend the game to anyone who likes playing little mind teasers, and playing mini games!! But trust me you really can get very addicted to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big Brain Academy is a great game that challenges and trains your brain for the Nintendo DS.
It has 5 sections; Think, Analyze, Memorize, Compute and Identify.
In each section there are 3 activities which are as follows.
1) Heavyweight - A number of items are given to you on scales and you have to decide which weighs more.
2) Pathfinder - You have to find a path from one animal to the other.
3) Bone Yard - You have to take directions to move the animal though a grid of squares.
1) Shadow Shift - You have the match the shadow to the shape.
2) Get In Shape - Fit a number of smaller shapes into one big silhouette.
3) Matchmaker - Match up the same numbers among many cards.
1) Coin-parison - You have to determine which side has the larger amount of coins.
2) Add Agency - You have to touch the two cards that contain items that equal the amount of items shown above.
3) Written Math - A written sum is given and you must input the answer in digits.
1) Sound Bites - Tap the items in the order that their sounds were played.
2) Flash Memory - Type in the numbers and symbols that flash on the top screen in the same order.
3) Memo-random - Touch the image that disappears from the pre-shown sequence.
1) Missing Link - Draw in the missing link.
2) CubeGame - Count the blocks in the above shown image.
3) Animal Lines - Draw lines to join the animals in the order that they are show above.
You will be graded medals in these activities bronze, silver and gold depending on your score.
After practising all the above activities to the best of your ability, you can then take a test after which Dr.Lobe (the professor at the Academy) will tell your Brain Weight in grams (score).
This is a great entertaining game that retails at £19.99.
Having played the wii version of this game and enjoyed it I thought I would get this game for myself a few weeks ago when I saw in for a cheap price in a games exchange shop.
It is similar to the wii game with the same sort of graphics and same 5 brain training areas: Think - Heavyweight where you choose the heaviest item, Pathfinder, across the two screens you have to draw a line to connect the animals and bone yard where you follow the arrows and click to where the dog must go and eat the bone. Identify has shadow shift, where you have to match the shadows of characters with the shadow on the top screen. Get in shape, click on the small pieces to fit into the larger picture on the top screen and matchmaker where you match items. Compute has coin-parson, where it shows you two sides with different coins on and you must click the side with the higher value. Add agency shows you a picture with a number of figures in then you have to count them and click on two cards with figures on to match the number. Written match has equations in word form and you then have to click on the answer. Analyze has Missing Link - draw the line to match the top picture. Cubegame - count the cubes and click on the number and animal lines where it shows you pictures of animals in a row and you have to find them on the bottom screen and draw the line. Finally Memorise, with sound bites - listen and watch the pictures and click in the order it played. Flash memory - numbers flash for a short time then you click on the numbers you saw and memo-random where it shows images, you then click memorised and it then asks which images were in different places.
You can also do a test and a versus game with someone else with a ds.
This is a fun game but once you have achieved gold in the easy, normal and hard categories in each of the three games for the 5 brain sections there is not really much else to do.
I prefer the wii game as there are more games but this is a great family game and I am glad I purchased it.
Big Brain Academy, the second title in Nintendo's brain game series of games, challenges you with a course load of mind-bending activities and an addictive Multiplayer Mode Test your mental acuity in a five-category quiz: thinking, memorization, computation, analysis, and identification. Work your computing abilities by comparing stacks of coins to find the higher value! Bulk up your analysis skills by quickly counting a huge stack of books! Each exercise takes less than a minute to complete. After you take the quiz, you'll get the weight of your brain, areas of strength and weakness -- and, most importantly, which career is best suited for you. Don't worry, it's all in fun. Once you think you're the star student at the Academy, compete with up to seven friends or family members through lightning-fast activities to see who really has the biggest brain of the bunch. Big Brain Academy brings a fresh entertainment anyone young and young at heart can enjoy. It's the perfect way to challenge and stimulate your mind.