Brain Rush

LQ: 8.2


Brain grade: 7.8
Fun score: 8.6

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,


Brain Rush a fast-paced, easy-to-pickup game that helps players develop their focus and flexibility thinking skills. Gameplay is simple: users must match their geometrical shape at the bottom of the screen to the series of falling shapes that continue to descend. The game is over when players fail to correctly match the shape. Only circles and squares fall from the screen, making the game appear quite easy. But it’s not. The rate at which the shapes fall increases as players proceed, making it extremely difficult to match even 50 consecutive shapes. Players must tap and hold their screen to turn their square into a circle, and release the screen to keep their shape in form of a square. Brain Rush forces players to think on the fly and quickly adapt to the randomized circles and squares in order to reach a total of 500 total matches. Once players reach 500, which could take up to 15 to 20 different games, they receive an additional life. The additional life is automatically applied during the same round that it was won. There is no inappropriate content in Brain Rush, making it best suited for children ages 4 and older.




iOS Simulator Screen Shot Nov 7, 2014, 10.55.57 PMBecause the circles and squares that fall from the top of the screen are completely randomized, players must be able to adjust their shape at the the bottom of the screen in time for a perfect match. If players let go of the screen too quickly (which would turn their circle into a square) or fail to reaction fast enough, then they will be forced to start over. Once players match about 30 consecutive matches, the shapes begin to fall noticeably faster. Players have to determine whether the falling shape is a circle or square, decide to touch or release the screen in order to make a match, and take note of the next falling shape. All of these though processes must happen in under about a second. That's what players must use a more advanced facet of the flexibility thinking skill -- a type of intuitive communication between the brain and hand. Still, Brain Rush is a great way for players to get a crash course in flexibility.


It's obvious that a fast-paced game like Brain Rush requires keen focus and attention to detail. More importantly, however, Brain Rush conditions its players to be goal oriented. And goal directed persistence is part of the focus thinking skill. Because players are awarded an extra life after they have matched 500 shapes, their is outside incentive for competition. When players set their short-term goal as "winning a free life," they must avoid distraction, keep from procrastination, and refuse to give up until they have achieve their desired result: one free life. That free life is applied in the very round that it is won, so players cannot save their lives for one long round. Instead they must use their goal directed persistence once again in order to make 500 matches and get a second, third, and fourth extra life.

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