Super Smash Bros. Brawl

LQ: 8.7


Brain grade: 8.0
Fun score: 9.4

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Super Smash Bros. Brawl lets players choose from a wide variety of classic Nintendo characters, and then do battle against computer opponents or friends. Players can battle friends locally, or go online to challenge players from around the world. The game features over a dozen unique battlegrounds, a wide variety of game modes, and customizable controls. Players can even create their own battlegrounds with the game’s level editor and share them with their friends. As the game features some cartoon violence but no blood, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

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Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Since there are so many different combinations of characters, environments, and items to use in this game, it is important that players are able to adjust to a variety of situations. Battle locations range from large empty platforms to busy town streets and even take place atop a moving spaceship. Players comfortable fighting on only one stage will have difficulty facing foes on different, more unfamiliar levels. The addition of items requires even greater flexibility, as the amount and variety of items changes from match to match. For instance, players using a character that has no projectile attacks may want to seek out the laser gun to get an advantage. However, a gun may not be available, requiring players to make due with a shell or some other item that can be thrown at opposing characters. Furthermore, being able to adapt to differing opponents and their individual fighting styles is important to survive against computer and human opponents alike.


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a game featuring constant action. Players will often find themselves facing multiple enemies, and will commonly be surrounded or "ganged up" on by opponents. Successfully timing attacks against enemies takes precision and concentration, as does dodging and blocking incoming attacks. Whether players are facing waves of opponents in the Multi-Man Brawl mode or just battling an especially challenging foe, they must keep their attention focused on multiple factors at once. In order to win, they need to pay close attention to the layout of the level, enemy positions and the timing of attacks and dodges.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

Each fighter uses a unique sets of defensive moves, maneuvers and attacks. Triggering each of these moves requires that players input specific button commands, which must be recalled in an instant in order to capitalize on attack opportunities and avoid taking damage. On top of internalizing their own fighters move sets, players must also memorize the moves of their opponents, so that they know the range of attacks coming their way, and are able to devise strategies for avoiding and managing manage incoming attacks. With a huge roster of fighters available, it will take a long time for players to fully grasp all of the information available, exercising their Working memory as they commit new move sets and character qualities to memory.

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