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POSTED 2/11/12


SMART AS...

Sony

Vita

Is this a five minute brain train, or the full half hour?

We never thought that the bloke who tells us where to go every time we consult the Blipmobile’s GPS would end up coaching us in braininess. However, Mr John Cleese is dispensing the cheese (a frisky little Red Leicester) with much relish (relish on cheese? What a strange person!) in this Vita-specific brain training daily exercise grey matter workout doobrie. Which isn’t any flavour, it’s bleeding Vita flavour.

20 minigames are enclosed, divided into four cerebellumistic departments – language, arithmetic, observation and logic. No it isn’t! Yes it is! Oh this is futile...

The idea is to expend a few minutes daily on these diversions, accomplishing anything from spelling words delivered by a very proper British woman to solving simple mathematical equations, and spotting differences to guiding robots about hexagon-infested griddy thingummies.

Some work better than others, but all use Vita’s gizmotic inclusions – mostly frontal touch, but there’s some back action, a spot of the old tilt ‘n’ thrust and occasional IR card camerawork. Many require inputting characters via your own particular style of scrawl, which leaves much to be desired. It’s problematic in that most games are timed. Like anybody would type in a word association football like ‘AZBUM’. Honestly!

If you’re socially flutterbuggical then you’ll be cock-a-hoop learning that you can cleverness brag via Twitter and Farcebook, or annoy your PSN friends – until they piquenificently unfriendinate you.

Peculiarly, daily scores, like Coke, are it. Excel and you’ll feel pride-swelly with your 88%, but nosedive and your 65% will taunt you. We’d have averaged them all out, especially as success depends upon which random minigames you’re dealt. That is our theory, which is ours. Still, you can practice separately – once you come over all peckish and sally forth to unlock them all.

That’s it. Good morning!

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