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Brainbenders (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0016FM6VO
  • Release Date: 11 April 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,439 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Get ready for a mental journey that will make you laugh and cry - and leave you begging for one more go! Developed by specialist DS developer Razorback Developments, award-winning game designer Dr. Reiner Knizia is an expert in algorithmically generated logic problems and has over 300 board games and books to his name. Now he has created a collection of ingenious challenges for all the family.

  • Travel to iconic global cities and help solve the various conundrums that you will encounter, all designed by the fiendish genius Dr. Reiner Knizia himself
  • You will have the chance to organise dancers at the Rio Carnival
  • Memorise melodies at the Sydney Opera House
  • Speed count marine life off the coast of Cape Town
  • Assemble stone tablets to uncover the amazing secret of the Aztec ruins
  • Send games to your friends using the Wi-Fi connection to see if they can beat your top score


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Dr Reiner Knizia is one of the world's foremost boardgame designers, with more than 400 published titles: see Ingenious, Modern Art and Lord of the Rings also available from Amazon. Brainbenders is his first game design specifically for the Nintendo DS.

Brainbenders consists of a variety of sixteen games/puzzles devised by Dr Knizia, and linked by way of a world travel theme. You accompany the good doctor around the world, playing more games as you go. Each of them consists of a basic training level, going up to five levels of difficulty. Every game is located in a city on a world map; initially four cities, and hence four games, can be visited and played. It is through gaining high scores that opens up travel to other cities and their games. Four cities are, to begin with, hidden from play and can only be accessed once a sufficient number of high-score medals have been won.

The twelve starting cities/games are as follows. London: Operators - Balance the accounts at the Bank of England by quick responses to arithmetical puzzles. Paris: Alarm - Set the electronic alarms at the Louvre by turning all the switches to green. Berlin: Enigma - Deduce the correct code combination to activate the Enigma machine. Knossos: Labyrinth - use your dexterity to guide Dr Knizia through the labyrinth, collecting ancient artefacts as you go. Moscow: Match - devised by the Secret Service, your memory skills are put to the test as you try to match cards. Mumbai: Train Spotting. Using security cameras (many of them on the blink), try to keep track of goods train shipments. Greenland: Ice cap. Search for hidden equipment buried beneath the ice. Las Vegas: Royal Flush. Reiner has devised a new style of poker - all you have to do is lay out cards in winning combinations.
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I thought I would wait a couple of weeks after purchasing this to give it a fair review, and it must be said - this game rocks! It has a wide enough variety of games to keep you involved, with bonus levels and hidden games to keep your interest levels up. Plus it doesn't moan at you for not playing every day like Dr Kawashima! The games stand up well to be played over and over due to the the fact that they are different every time you play, plus there is a random game option for a bit of variety. Definitely a worthy successor (and maybe superior?) to the Brain Training series.
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This game is fantastic. It arrived and I just could not put it down. I have a lot of others like brain training, brain challenge etc but this is my favourite.
Would reccomend to anyone who likes puzzles and brain teasers.
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This is by far the best "Brain Game" I have used....WHY?

Each time you try to solve a puzzle, it is recognised and rewarded....either with a "could do better" or a bronze, silver, or gold medal and corresponding number of points. The points and medals can be accumulated to "buy" into the next level. I love deciding on the strategy of how to proceed......do I try to get a gold medal on this game.....or buy a new game to try. Towards the end (and presumably when your "skills" have been honed.....it becomes a little more difficult to acquire the necessary funds to buy the last games. You need to go back and improve on the games which you found difficult at the beginning, thus improving the skills in which you are weakest i.e. memory as opposed to strategy!

I'm 66 and memory is definitely in need of recovery!

Other brain training games are disciplined and repetative....I found them boring after a while. THIS game never ceases to interest me and I have spent many hours on planes, holidays and recently, snow bound afternoons, starting the process again under a different name. It is challenging and rewarding....I just hope my brain benefits from the fun!
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I have been playing this game for the last two weeks or so and have been completely hooked; my eleven year old nephew Thomas has also taken to it like a duck to water. Our favourite games are Carnival (Rio de Janeiro) and Ice Cap (Greenland). Some games are more difficult than others, but they are all entertaining. With many sections, even when you have earned all the medals available, you still want to better your score; although I completed all the levels of Carnival about a week ago, I am still playing it daily, trying to better my top score.

Apart from the odd medal here and there left to get (and most of the Inca section) I have almost finished, I will be quite sorry when I get to the end, if there is a sequel I hope it will be as good as this one. I enjoyed the first Dr Kawashima game, and Brain Academy even more, but this is the best one so far!
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I have a wide selection of these types of games, this was another good purchase. I have enjoyed playing it - the format is simple to understand and the games are varied and quite addictive. I'd recommend this game.
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