Body and Brain Connection Game Review
Review by IGN 5/10 (Mediocre)
Despite being only 25 years old, my “brain age” hovers around the high fifties mark. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s the truth according to Body and Brain Connection. If you’ve ever played Brain Age on the DS, this is the same concept (and the same creator, Dr. Kawashima) only it’s built for Kinect. Designed around the idea that you’ll work your brain more if you use your body, this is supposed to help your noggin become better, faster, and stronger. After playing for a while, my score went up and down, but generally stayed in the same range. That’s fine, as I wasn’t expecting to get “smarter” overnight, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the experience.
Review By Game Spot 6/10 (Fair)
While all video games engage our brains, some make cerebral stimulation their raison d’etre. Body and Brain Connection attempts to sharpen your wits with an assortment of minigames that test your mental faculties with light physical challenges. Using the Kinect’s motion-tracking capabilities, you solve fill-in-the-blank math problems by kicking numbered soccer balls or represent a digital time on an analog clock by positioning your arms appropriately. Body and Brain Connection is a successor to the Brain Age series in all but name, down to the daily tests of your brain’s age and the familiar host, Dr. Kawashima. It captures the self-improving appeal of the genre nicely, though it is also burdened by a few shortcomings. Some minigames are hampered by tracking issues, resulting in inadvertent answers, and swapping profiles midsession can also be problematic. It is ultimately a fairly shallow game, but Body and Brain Connection’s exercises offer a fun way for puzzle fans to get a few kicks out of their Kinects.
Review by Game Reactor
Pile of Kinect games in your living room plus one. Subtract the wild excesses of Dance Central, but multiply educational merit, and add in family-skewed entertainment. What’s the answer? (Clue is in the title.)
First off, that game title is misinformation. You’re getting no more exercise from Dr.Kawashima’s regime than you do from motioning your way through the Xbox 360 Dashboard.
No way in hell does this game gush the same fountain of sweat that Dance Central does, or make you throw quite so many random shapes with wilful abandon as Kinect Sports. So if you’re looking for a two for one bundle you’ll be sadly bereft. Better to listen to a Stephen Hawking conference while working out to Ubisoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved