|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Interchannel-Holon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 22, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Cole Smith
Games that purport to increase your intelligence by having you perform a series of specially designed mini-games only serves to make me smart enough to realize just how stupid I really am.
They say that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I think that applies to mental health as well. It seems the more that you know about the world, the more depressed you may become. That's why "they" also came up with the saying "ignorance is bliss." Then again perhaps you don't have to be stupid to be happy, but it can't hurt. It was Einstein himself who said that if you want to remain happy, don't read the newspaper. In other words, don't fill your mind full of negative information that you have no control over. Mega Brain Boost promises to give you control and not fill your mind full of negative energy.
Intelligence is a very difficult thing to measure simply because we lack a definitive definition of it. Having a good memory is a great asset, but having one doesn't necessarily mean that you're smart. Tests in school are more often than not a testing of one's memory ability, not reasoning or other forms of abstract thinking. Intelligence is more than knowledge. Knowledge is just information. A book contains knowledge, but you wouldn't consider it intelligent. Intelligence determines how well you can put that knowledge to use.
Mega Brain Boost doesn't purport to give you knowledge, it just exercises your brain to help sharpen the tools of intellect to help you better process information. Through a series of mini-game exercises, Mega Brain Boost attempts to help you develop a better memory. Unlike other games such as Brain Age, Mega Brain Boost targets one specific area, memory, and really gives your right hemisphere a workout. Those that are used to the variety of exercises presented by games such as Brain Age may find this game redundant or even boring at times. But according to the Shichida Method of right brain training, which is the foundation for this game, these exercises work.
Games such as Nintendo's Brain Age have exposed the DS to a demographic that likely would never be interested in playing video games on the handheld system. It's because these brain training exercises are not games is precisely why they have become popular with adults. And I'm talking grandmas and grandpas here as well. Mega Brain Boost may not be as much fun or as comprehensive as Brain Age, but those that are interested in games such as these for the benefits and challenge will certainly get huge bang for their buck with this purchase.