|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Kokolo Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 9, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
On the whole, the mini-games themselves are more enjoyable this time around. The objectives are still painfully simple, but the challenges are better put together.
Balloon Attack has you swiping away at crows before they pop the many balloons holding your basket afloat, Color Match has you tapping a series of color orbs rotating and undulating around a central piece that shifts in color, and Pachinko has you collecting falling pucks as they work their way down the pegboard. Other games like Block Buster, Cosmic Seesaw, Dark Dungeon, and UFO attack are equally enjoyable. Still, there are some crummy mini-games in the bunch, and most players will come to discover which they enjoy and which they hate pretty quickly.
The visual presentation is possibly the most improved aspect of LBRB 2. Rather than the sparse, mostly black and white backgrounds populated with basic shapes, the sequel sports colorful mini-games featuring a variety of graphical styles. The hand character that serves as your host and cheerleader is slightly improved, but the games are a far cry from the lame offerings in the previous version.
By most accounts, the original Left Brain Right Brain certainly didn't warrant a sequel, but a number of changes from the first failure have made LBRB 2 the definitive version to own - at least for anyone convinced it's worth the meager price of admission. There's still some question over whether prolonged use of the game really has any substantive impact on your abilities to use both hands with equal skill, though similar arguments can be made for most entries in the latest brain training gaming craze. Anyone hell-bent on training their weaker limb might find some amusement here. More seasoned gamers will find greater pleasures elsewhere.
CCC Staff Contributor