Brain App XL - reviewed by Gussifer
Brain App XL - iPad
Reviewed by Gussifer
Brain App XL on iTunes
"It's time to super-size your brain""
Increase your brain size (or at least memory ability) using math exercises.
There are four (three in reality) exercises that will challenge your intellect:
* Speed Math (30-sec) - add, subtract, multiply or divide the two numbers.
* Balloon Burst - Pop the balloons going lowest to highest.
* Card Count - Add the value of the three playing cards.
* Speed Math (60 sec) - Same as above but with double the time.
Improve on each exercise trying to get a higher score.
The total will give your "BrainApp IQ".
The concept isn't new but a very welcome addition.
As more and more games go for cute cartoon look or stunning 3D it has become the norm.
Brain App XL has an old school feel to it. It does the job however.
There is no menu music and the in-game sounds are very basic.
I turned the sound off since it doesn't add or subtract (!) from the overall experience.
Good with one annoyance.
While the goal is to complete each exercise as fast as possible the iPad doesn't seem to register the input, especially in Balloon Burst. The result is that some inputs aren't registered properly. I cannot say if this is caused by limitations on the iPad or the coding itself.
I'm a big fan of the genre and a couple of games a day would improve your memory.
However after having popped the balloons, counted the cards and done the math exercise you would like to see some more.
There are so many more things that one could use to improve memory, it isn't all about math.
At the same time, this is one of those apps where you go through each exercise once a day when you have five minutes to spare. Balloon Burst and Card Count has two modes, easy and advanced while Speed Math adds a third mode, genius.
The Card Count advanced mode makes it a lot more challenging when Q, J, K and Ace are added to the deck.
Thanks to the "World Ranking" feature you want to keep improving your "BranApp IQ".
I wish that there was an option to show where you rank, the current rank will only show the top 10.
I'd like to see some more mini-games. Four exercises when two are very similar is not enough.
With additional exercises and if possible enhancement to input registration I would easily have scored this 5 stars.
However, in the current release the game isn't quite there yet.
+ World ranking
- Lack of exercises
Thanks to Chris Mayer for the promo code.