Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain is a lighthearted way to learn how dumb and slow you really are but I could not stop playing it no matter how low my brain score was during my daily test. While Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain is more of an app than a game, it’s a colourful and charming way to boost your memory, reaction time and all those other things your brain is used for. Not to mention how the latest game puts a large emphasis on party play which means you’ll forever be competing with your friends to see how dumb they are too.
The game is simple and follows the same rhythm as the past entries. There are five disciplines that span across a range of tests. These five disciplines are all creativity expressed in a series of tasks that have you thinking really hard as quickly as possible to solve them. You start off in the lowest league called Sprout and slowly need to get to the Super Elite league as you complete your daily exams.
Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain can be played once a day. Even if it is for only the 60 seconds the daily exam runs for. However, you’ll want to try everything and the more I played, the more I wanted to beat my score in certain games. I saw an improvement, that’s for sure. My score gradually increased across all five tests so I felt better about my past scores. I also have to report that the Super Elite league isn’t your average walk in the park either. In fact, it is damn tough and proved to be a challenge for not only myself but everyone else that tried the game.
It isn’t too tough to reach this rank in each of the games provided. However, getting there and staying there until the end of the timer proves to be the real challenge. If you mess up, you lose points and can even go down a rank. I knew that every day, I had to try my best to get the highest score even if I was thrown games I wasn’t too good at. It also helps that the game is fun to play. Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain features some great music and sound effects that make you want to tap on the cow’s face or the objects to make a rocket.
As for the content in Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain, there is the incentive to go back to the game every day and take the daily exam. However, outside of that, there are also 20 exercises on offer that you can reply over and over again. These activities are all slotted into the daily exam so you can brush up on your skills while you’re at it. This is not a game you will sit on for hours on end. But when you do come back to it, you’ll have a good time as you compete in all the exams and activities.
These activities are fun too. Some of them include counting icons across cards to tally up a number provided, matching an image with a word, building a giant shape using little shapes and so much more. Sure, after about a week with the game, you will have experienced all of the exams and challenges but it is still fun regardless.
Then we have the multiplayer portion of Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain. There are a few ways you can play this game with friends. The best way is to give your family members or roommates the Switch every day so they can also compete in the exams. Every player can create a profile on the game that tracks all the scores. So when you do something, you’ll see how well your brother has done at the same thing. There was this hidden competitor vibe going on in my house during the review of this game. We all mocked each other for the bad scores especially once we beat one.
You can also play Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain locally with up to four players. This will then take you four through the same activities at the same time. You can also choose different starting ranks so the older smarter adults aren’t at an advantage if playing against kids.
Lastly, the online mode is mostly about ghost data. You can compete against other players’ data includes scores across activities and exams. It would have been nice to have an actual online mode where I could compete against a live player but sadly, that’s not the case.
Everything you do in Big Brain Academy: Brain Vs. Brain also rewards you with medals that can be used to unlock new items for your avatar. These items include hats, glasses, shirts and other cool looking gear. These items don’t do anything functionally but look cool regardless.