It took me a good 15 minutes of playing Smart As... until the pun in the game’s title hit me. Clearly, I shouldn’t be playing a brain training puzzle game but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it.
Like Brain Age, developer Climax Group’s Vita experiment is centered around a variety of mini-games that challenge you in different ways. The 20 games are divided into arithmetic, logic, language and observation categories.
Turbo Tap tasks players with quickly hitting signs, either on the front or back of the Vita. Reading the signs, processing the words, and tapping the screen will make you feel frustrated at your brain’s inability to perform. If you do well on that one, you may find trouble with Word Wheel, a twist on anagrams using the touch screen, or Less Equals More which presents a series of numerical pairs and the player must decide if a number is greater or equal. A lot of this stuff doesn’t sound fun on paper, but you’ll be surprised by how addictive the game can be when it’s in your hands.
You can look forward to playing this vibrant, original brain-training game this Fall.