A little over fifteen years ago Nintendo saw massive success with the Puzzle/Edutainment title, Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? On the Nintendo DS handheld, which would recently have a new rendition released on the Nintendo Switch. Following suit, the Big Brain Academy series now presents its latest offering on the Nintendo Switch, Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain.
If you are familiar with the format of past titles in the series, you’ll get exactly what you expect; there are five ‘categories’ (Identify, Memorise, Analyse, Compute and Visualise) each which test your mental agility. Within the categories there are four different activities ranging from basic mathematical minigames to shape and object memory games.
Regardless of what you decide to choose, the game encourages you to try out and become familiar with the minigames on your own before entering the two to four player party mode. In the solo mode you start off your practice sessions in the Sprout league and progress up the highly competitive Super Elite league, all in short minute gameplay bursts. Once time has run out the game’s mascot, the infamous Dr. Lobe analysis your performance and ranks your efforts accordingly. For every correctly completed effort you’ll score a number of points based on how quickly you finish the task. Get these wrong however and you’ll have an aggressive number of points deducted.
...the game encourages you to try out and become familiar with the minigames on your own before entering the two to four player party mode.
...the true Big Brain Academy experience comes from the couch co-op Party Mode with friends.
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3 December 2021
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