E3 2012: Smart As… Hands-On

A few years ago, Brain Age for the Nintendo DS was a big deal. I had friends playing Brain Age that didn’t seem like the type to be playing such a game. While I am not judging at all, that should be a testemant to the success of such a game. After my quick stroll over to the PSOne Classics kiosks on the showfloor at E3 this year, I was asked if I wanted to find out how smart I was compared to other showgoers. “Of course,” I replied.

Smart As…, a Vita title coming to retail later this year, goes beyond training your brain. A series of questions split into four catergories known as the “Daily Challenge” will put you through the paces of the game. Based on both accuracy and response time, you will be scored in those four catagories (Logic and Math are two of the four) and then ranked amongst the world, the country, your state, your city, your friends list and anyone playing with the Vita’s “Near” function. Games also use both the rear and front touch areas and unlike some games, it doesn’t feel like a tacked on feature. One game has you tapping corners in both the front and rear as a “reaction” game, which turned out to be both fun and challenging. Don’t think there are only four games though, there’s over a dozen to wrap your brain around.

On top of the Daily Challenge, you’ll also find brain strengthening games in all four catargories. How much replay value one will get out of this, I am not sure of, but I was happy to find out it wasn’t just a daily, five-minute use of your Vita. After playing some of the games (my favorite being a line-drawing game on a peg board but you can’t have the lines cross), I am actually looking forward to seeing the final product this October.

Oh, in case you were wondering, I wasn’t the smartest person there.

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Author: Don Parsons View all posts by
Starting out as a founding member of Gamingcore Podcast, Don ventured on to start Gameciety; which began as a podcast, and ended as a blog. Don now handles Vagary.tv's PR work, is part of the reviews staff and has various other little projects he does for the site.