Smart As… review

Now, kick that brain into gear and make it run and lose some of that chunk behind – your brain might just be a little to the lazy side. Change it.

Smart As… is a great brain training game, and it explains pretty well how the brain functions and which lobe is your strongest one. One thing peaked my interest in this game; an old favourite of mine is voicing the narrator. We know him from Fawlty Towers, Monty Python and as a headless ghost in Harry Potter. Not to mention the Ministry of Silly Walks, and various, almost randomly starrings like in Will & Grace and as Q in Die Another Day. Ladies and gentlemens, John Cleese is here to bid you welcome to a brain twirling game – and brace yourself as the insults will pop up, even in the most unexpectedly moments.

The Good
– Most of the games, for example Number Pinch, works extremely well with the touch screen, it’s very intuitive and yet challenging at the same time.
– On screen writing works rather well, as it’s rarely misunderstands you.

The Bad
– Sometimes the games, especially the Chain Reaction game, gives me trouble because of the response from the touch screen. I can’t get the challenge done in time for getting three stars because of this.
– The developers also tries way too much to incorporate ALL the Vita’s functions. The Where is it game for example, makes use of the AR cards with no real reason. The game would have been easier to play if they didn’t had incorporated the use of AR. Not to mention I wouldn’t have to dig up my AR cards every time the daily challenge randomly chooses this game.

The game encourages you to turn in every day, as you’ll see there’s a daily challenge for you to go through. After a week or so, you start to see the graph in the stats section – and I can almost assure you that you will make progress. Already after about 20 days of play, some days skipped, my brain power has increased by 21% according to the game. That might be a side effect of me getting used to the different minigames and know what to do, but I do feel different when I’m purposely using my brain (like writing or solving a problem).

There’s also a new question every day you log in, which is a funny quirk, but come to think of it, something that the developers can make huge money on by using the answers to surveys and a like. These questions and answers are all shown in the stats area of your game.

As you play the games and beating them, you’ll unlock the games in the free play area where you can play them unlimited as you want, bettering yourself and your skills in the game. When you get three stars in the difficulty, you unlock the next difficulty of the game. Rinse and repeat.

There is definitely a process going on if you’re playing once a day. Just like if you walked or went for a run once a day for a period of time, you’ll feel the muscles increase and perhaps some of your fat wear off. Your brain can be trained just as your body, and many people tend to forget that. Games as Smart As… reminds us that the brain needs to exercise as well. Brain games such as this reminds us of this and the challenges are quite fun too, especially since you can compete and share your progress with the rest of the world.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.

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