American Mensa Academy
I was very excited to play and review
American Mensa Academy on the Nintendo 3DS. This little game asks if you
are "Curious about your IQ? Train your brain with hundreds of fun mini
games, puzzles, and American Mensa endorsed question." I took an IQ test
many years ago. I know what it officially is.
I started American Mensa Academy on the 3DS and immediately went into the test. I was testing the game more than anything else. How close would it come to my real world actual previously tested IQ? Sadly American Mensa Academy was nowhere near it. I went into the explanation to exhibit what I already suspected. I did not understand the formatting of their questions or what many of the questions were actually asking me to do.
So I went into the play mode in American Mensa Academy. From here I found I could train my brain into the exact questions they were answering. After many hours of preparation I was able to drastically improve my test score. Which does not really denote a good IQ test. Just that gamers can be trained to answer questions the way this hand held game wants them to.
I was a little let down. I decided to approach American Mensa Academy another way. As a brain game. After all Nintendo has not published anything worth while in this arena in some time. American Mensa Academy is a fun little brain game that is teaching the player all kinds of different things.
The 3D effects in American Mensa Academy look great. The level of detail in the graphics is okay at best. There are things that look like cut outs on sticks. I am guessing this was an artistically style choice. Since there are a variety of different kinds of music that play. I recognized a few tunes here and there.
My biggest issue with American Mensa Academy are the controls. They are loose and frustrating. We move the stylus on the bottom screen that moves a cursor on the top screen. Then when we are over the right spot we have to press down. I found myself lifting off and pressing down. Sometimes that cursor would move and I would select something else. This control scheme does not impress me.
All in all American Mensa Academy is a neat little brain game. Throw out the whole IQ score aspect, and there are some great brain game exercises. There are enough brain game exercises in American Mensa Academy to keep families busy for a few weeks at the very least.
Family Friendly Factor: 83%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Maximum Games
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone
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