The motion controls in The Amazing Brain Train
are silky smooth and very forgiving, making all the drag-and-drop stuff easier than we've found it on many other Wii games. With every challenge that includes point-and-click functionality, it is also possible to use the up-down/left-right controls on the Wii-mote. Pure motion control, as in using motion to waggle something on-screen, doesn't play a role in The Amazing Brain Train
, and we're fine with that. Just because you can
doesn't mean you always should, right? In several instances, you will have to click and drag items, such as the shuffled-block puzzles and the block-placing puzzles. In these examples, the Wii-mote does a serviceable job, even if we keep imagining how much easier all that would be using a mouse and a PC... In this sense, the PC roots of The Amazing Brain Train
show through, but developer NinjaBee did a great job adapting The Amazing Brain Train
to this platform. A great example of where clicking and dragging plays well is in the challenge that features Fizzwizzle leading around dogs that have their leashes impossibly tangled. You have to grab the dogs and untangle them, which ends up being very simple and intuitive where it could easily have been botched.
If brain training appeals to you, but you haven't jumped into the pool, The Amazing Brain Train is a great place to start. It's also not a simple rehash of anything else out there, for more seasoned brain-training gamers. You'll find puzzles reminiscent of those you may have mastered in other games, but there are always unique twists on the action here. Kids will dig the focus on pets and the train motif, plus they will laugh at many of the situations in which Prof. Fizzwizzle finds himself. Older gamers may not love the kiddie touches, even if they can still benefit from a little brain training, but we doubt The Amazing Brain Train is really aimed at them anyway. Whether you're training a young brain or an old brain that wishes it were younger, there's plenty of good pass-the-time entertainment to be had with The Amazing Brain Train for Wii.