More Reviews
REVIEWS Astro A38 Wireless Headset Review
With the launch of the A38s, Astro has clearly shown that they can rock our eardrums off even if we aren’t sitting in our living rooms.

Destiny Review
With Bungie's leap to next-generation platforms and interstellar space closer to home, I wonder if E.T. is out there somewhere.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Skylanders Trap Team Preview
While younger gamers have flocked to the brand, more mature consumers remain reluctant to jump on board. Skylanders move forward with trappable enemies, though I doubt it’ll turn stubborn heads.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Assassin's Creed Unity Interview: Ubisoft Talks Multplayer, Next-Gen Development, More
Ubisoft's first "truly" next-gen entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise takes the fight to France. Here's what you can expect.

PlayStation Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
Sony's platforms always get plenty of new digital software and we'll bring you the list each week with the rest.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
A Letter to the Big “N"
By shandog137
Posted on 09/12/14
I have and will continue to have a place in my heart for Nintendo. In fact, my first console was a Super Nintendo. The video game market has changed drastically since the early '90s and it seems like what once was platinum is more so along the lines of silver now. Nintendo has always been...

Body and Brain Connection Review

danielrbischoff By:
danielrbischoff
03/14/11
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Puzzle 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Namco Bandai Games 
DEVELOPER Namco Bandai Games 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E Contains Comic Mischief

What do these ratings mean?

They wanted to call it Body and Brain Age, but they couldn't.


They weren't allowed to call it that. [Or Body and Brain Kinection. ~Ed. Nick] As much as the developers behind the Kinect-enabled brain training game wanted to included the recognizable "Age" branding, Nintendo wasn't about to let their big blue ocean demographic off of the Nintendo DS platform. It's bad enough that Dr. Kawashima jumped ship at all.

click to enlargeDespite the integral part he played in the Brain Age series on Nintendo DS, the guy goes where the money goes. Kawashima has now expanded his brain-buffing techniques to include Microsoft's Kinect device. I played the Brain Age games to death, but I'm not at all in love with Body and Brain Connection.

Despite the focus on the mind, Body and Brain Connection does more to work out the body. As if we weren't already exhausted from all the dancing and jumping around, this Kinect game wants us to do math while we're at it. When was the last time you practiced your multiplication tables? In fourth grade, I finished my mundane math test flawlessly within the required time three months into the school year. I haven't had to multiply anything important since.

Of course, such an apathetic approach to math in life means a lot of daily tasks suffer. I have a hard time with taxes, mileage, and how much I should be charging GR for reviews like this one. [Depends on how much blood you, um, donate. ~Ed. Nick]

Body and Brain Connection also messes up your Whack-A-Mole rhythm. In the past, you'd go to Chuck E. Cheese's and hit every damn rodent that popped out of those holes. Body and Brain Connection ruins the formula by including rodents you should not hit. I can't stand it when the game calls me stupid for following the pattern of training Whack-a-Mole games everywhere have gotten me stuck in over the years.

click to enlargeThe mini-games in Body and Brain Connection don't deserve such a neatly organized review. The daily brain test results in a mess of minigames and trying to play more than one training game only furthers the impression that the game is a sloppy, cheap rip-off crafted hastily in an attempt to capitalize on the casuals the DS - and now the Kinect - brought into our gaming fold over its lifetime.

I hate calling that audience casuals too, because that label is contrived and lazy. But it's a fitting moniker for the gamer Namco is aiming at with this title. As crazy as it may sound, the newest players out there deserve more respect than this game has to offer. What they don't deserve is such a blatant rip-off of a game that I only used as a Sudoku platform.

Dr. Kawashima might escape your wrath by providing dry instructions and simple motivators before any given game. If only he were the only character you interacted with in Body and Brain Connection. Instead, Namco felt it was appropriate to have a small dancing light bulb laugh at you and make snide comments after a poor performance. If that little asshole wasn't a cartoon character, I'd shatter his brains like a fluorescent tube.

I almost feel like it was a crime to review this game myself. Such a terrible game needs to be served up to an up-and-coming writer so they can crank it out of the park. If the Kinect can't muster up a decent game and fast, it'll be hard for anyone to wash their mouths of the bad taste games like Body and Brain Connection leave behind.
D+ Revolution report card
  • Dr. Kawashima is still alive and kicking
  • But he's forcing you to kick too
  • Messy minigames
  • Sidekick lightbulbs are jerks
  • Where's Sudoku?
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Body and Brain Connection
Also known as: Brain Connection, Kinect


More On GameRevolution