Blitz Arcadeâ€™s â€˜Encleverment Experimentâ€™ on XBLA takes place in a laboratory where youâ€™re meet the infamous Professor Ivor who will show you the 16 mini games and their all designed to test your observation, maths skills and how well your memory is.
Many of the tasks involve one of four possible phrases in a word search and another may have you trying to find the correct cog in a sequence. There is a very good selection of mini games on offer and you can play each of them in marathon mode. The game seems more directed towards the younger audience which finds players trying to remember a womanâ€™s face to simple arithmetic.
The game offers multiplayer for the most part and you can take three friends online with the avatar support. The game functions allow players to buzz in with the correct answer and the fastest player gets the most points. These points are called â€˜noodlesâ€™ as the in game currency. With these â€˜Noodlesâ€™ you can purchase animal mascots and they were rather cute.
Even though itâ€™s not the biggest reward in the game, I find itâ€™s quite fun to aim towards this and therefore allowing players to collect a whole series of different species mascots. The graphics in the game are simple, but a little bland at times. The one thing I did find annoying was the fact that Professor Ivor was a little repetitive the moment you switch the game on.
Splitting the game up you have four categories to choose from which basically is memory, pattern recognition, mathematics. Overall the game seemed lacking little excitement to those who like challenging games. It was cute in places, but not enough to recover itself from the game play that it had to offer.
Some of the tests are fun and can be enjoyed by family and friends, but overall is basic and tests your IQ level. Does the game make you smarter or wiser? I donâ€™t think so. I think the majority of children wouldnâ€™t like sitting there doing maths questions, although the face recognition section was fun but simple. There are 16 mini games that can be combined in any order and playing head to head can also be fun and rewarding. At the end of the game, itâ€™s about response times and accuracy and rewards you with Noodles.
Game mode allows 1 to 4 players a 6 round quiz, or if they want they can design their own challenges which can be 30 rounds long. Players will also get the chance to play the â€˜Score Stealer Gameâ€™ and this is where the first person to answer a correct answer then goes onto steal points from a fellow contestant, which is kind of cool. There are 60 collectible mascots to show off your gaming skills. I liked some of the puzzles that involved â€˜Lab-O-Rinthâ€™ which is where you have to choose the right maze path to find some cheese and â€˜Cognitive Therapy â€˜ which enabled me to test my skills in visual sequences.
Each mini game caters for all gaming abilities for all ages, but I feel this game is more aimed at children. â€˜Semi -Vinylâ€™sâ€™ enables me to piece together broken records almost like a jigsaw puzzle and the â€˜Oddest One Outâ€™ had me identifying four patterns and choosing the odd one out. The games are self explanatory and engage players in a wide selection of games testing skills on response times and logical thinking. An average game which may appeal to the younger generation.