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Brain Boost Beta / Gamma Wave review

Beta and Gamma Waves? More proof that radiation is not good for you

For

  • Cute presentation
  • Wide range of difficulty levels
  • Games are easy to pick up

Against

  • Doesn't track your progress
  • No variation within each game
  • Should have been one game

Both Brain Age and Big Brain Academy were hits that showed us all a more cerebral side of gaming, and helped the DS gain popularity among casual and hardcore gamers alike. Now, Brain Boost Beta Wave and Brain Boost Gamma Wave are two more games that promise to make you smarter than your non-gamer friends. If you anythink these games willwork miracles on your intellect, though, don't apply to MENSA just yet.

Both games begin with a superficial back story, told with cute characters and animations. You must help your robot friend find his missing thinking cap (Beta) or memory chip (Gamma). As you practice the so-calledbrain boosting minigames, you can go on to a challenge mode, which is identical to the practice mode, except that when you clear the levels you will travel from planet to planet searching for the robot's missing item.

The minigames in Gamma Wave are supposed to improve your memory, while Beta Wave's games work on your concentration. The instructions actually say that you must play the games for a minimum of three months before you'll notice any results. But here's the thing: If you can focus enough to play this game for three months without giving up and throwing your DS against a wall, your concentration does not need improving anyway.

More Info

GenreFamily
DescriptionTwo more DS games that promise to make you smarter. You might be better off reading a book, or staring into space, for that matter.
PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating
Release date:15 November 2006 (US), 15 November 2006 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Family

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