Eidos bounds onto brain-bending bandwagon

Dr Reiner Knizia's Brainbenders set to take gamers on a "mental journey."

Far from simply being seen as purveyors of mindless action, games have of late become mental self-improvement tools. Nintendo's success with Dr Kawashima's Brain Training and More Brain Training (Brain Age and Brain Age 2 in the US) has led to a growing trend among publishers to seek out new markets with brain-busting puzzle games, particularly on the Nintendo DS. From 505 Games' Left or Right to Ubisoft's Word Coach series, the race to be the next Brain Training is fiercely contested.

Eidos has now entered into the fray with the announcement of Dr Reiner Knizia's Brainbenders for the Nintendo DS. Dr Knizia has a PhD in Mathematics, but moved on from teaching and consultancy to full-time game design, a career change that has resulted in hundreds of puzzle games and books. Lou Fawcett, Eidos' head of casual games, told GameSpot, "The casual games market is getting very interesting, we've seen the success Nintendo has had over Christmas and we believe this is just the beginning."

Brainbenders, according to Eidos, will take the player to "iconic global cities" where there are Knizia-designed puzzles to solve. These include organising dancers at the Carnival in Rio, and assembling Aztec stone tablets in order to reveal their secret. Fawcett said, "Brainbenders has been designed by one of the world's leading game designers so above all else the game is about addictive fun."

The game is being developed by Razorback Developments, the creators of Xiaolin Showdown for the DS. No indication of a release date for the game has yet been given.

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18 comments
necronaux
necronaux

More brain games, just what we need. Hopefully this will be a pick-up and play format, as opposed to the "daily training" the Brain Age titles require. Puzzles are cool as long as they're challenging and fun, but when it becomes a chore... zzzzzz (snooze).

kcweezkid
kcweezkid

there are a lot of games like this already, but they are all fun. Guilty pleasures for me.

majidok
majidok

Im assuming 10 years from now , Doctors , Scientists and ... will become game designers which is great for us gamers . We can expect a truly authentic trauma center in 10 years , Cool .

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Yeah, kavadias1981, the key word is "could be", brain games are a pretty unique concept--I definitely won't deny that. But it's only unique when companies tend to think "outside the box" and do something different (like another poster mentioned)--how is doing a game damn-near-similar to Brain Age adds anything new? Oh and btw, who are you to make a comment as which games are designed for who? Last time I checked developers make games for many people in mind--though it might be tag for a specific demo--so your statement dissing others by saying their opinions don't count, clearly shows a lack of thought for others point of views. Oh, back on a more brighter note (rant ended, LOL), I think Eidos is just trying to find a way to recoup their funds from that whole debacle that was the Kane & Lynch release.....or perhaps they wanna "brainwash" gamers into forgetting that then even made Kane & Lynch. Ha, I figured out their scheme......sneaky, Eidos, real sneaky. :P

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

Jesus, soon the players will end up with some brain cancer or something like that (who know what too much will result in). Think about it too much sugar = diabetes...

nrCooldude
nrCooldude

vass86, i completely agree with u. a game 2 improve brain power?? no thanks

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It could be good. Let's wait and see. Oh and don't knock it guys, these games weren't designed with you in mind so your opinions count for zip.

vass86
vass86

why do people play these games? just go take a maths quiz online or something. and if your a kid go and do your homework instead

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@ BlackIsle_rip, ....no it sounds exactly as it does--a Brain Age knock-off, just thrown into a "takes place in a city" type theme. Sorry, but really doesn't sound all that original to me...

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

it would be better if Eidos was bounded to finish the Legacy of Kain series...

Wonkyman
Wonkyman

Once again, companies learn the wrong lesson. The success of Brain Age should have taught developers that unorthodox ideas work on the DS. Not that they should flood the market with Brain Age clones.

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

wow they have run out of ideas for titles for the ds they have started to borrow others ideas.

mattcake
mattcake

Watch out for the subliminal "Buy Kane & Lynch" messages in the brain games :o

p0rkp1e74
p0rkp1e74

yeah this sounds like something that will continue to challenge the brain in more ways than brain age did

BlackIsle_rip
BlackIsle_rip

Actually this sounds a little better than Brain Age.

PS3Compass
PS3Compass

Obviously to cash in on the popularity of DS 'brain' games. Also, first post!