Brain Waves: The Wise Whale Review

Brain Waves: The Wise Whale - KOSMOS - $14.95
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Game title: Brain Waves: The Wise Whale

Game description: In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players lay nine cards showing different colorful sea creatures face down after trying to memorize which creatures are on which cards. During a player’s turn, they reveal a new card from the deck. Then, they must reveal a card that matches either the creature or the color on this new card. If they do, they claim this card, and then lay out a new card face down in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins.

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Thames & Kosmos has a new line of games out in what they call their “Brain Waves” series. Each of these games is meant to help build mental fortitude and has mechanics grounded in scientific study. One of these games is The Wise Whale, a memory game that takes a classic memory matching game and build just enough onto it to make it more effective and fun.

Pros

  • A refreshing take on classic Memory games
  • Backed by Science!
  • Incredibly easy to learn

Cons

  • Some of the art is kinda creepy
  • If you hate Memory games, you’ll really hate this

Full Brain Waves: The Wise Whale Review

Thames & Kosmos has a new line of games out in what they call their “Brain Waves” series. Each of these games is meant to help build mental fortitude and has mechanics grounded in scientific study. One of these games is The Wise Whale, a memory game that takes a classic memory matching game and build just enough onto it to make it more effective and fun.

Brain Waves: The Wise Whale Review - Cards
Kinda freaky cards

The basics of the game are easy. You lay down a 3×3 grid of cards face up, look at them for a while, then flip them over. The first player then flips a card from the deck and tries to match its color or animal to a card in the grid. If the card matches they take the card from the grid as a point and put the card from the deck face down in the space it left. If it doesn’t match then the card from the grid goes to the bottom of the deck and the new card still takes its place.

That’s it. Once the deck has been depleted players add up their scores to see who wins. The Wise Whale’s difficulty can be adjusted by leaving out certain animals all together and/or removing some colors from each set. There’s also a variant rule set that uses a die to determine whether or not you match the flipped card by animal or color, making the game that much more difficult.

It’s a great take on classic Memory that adds a lot more enjoyment to the game and actually helps build fluid intelligence, working memory, and episodic memory. There’s actually a brief write up of the scientific study behind the Brain Waves games at the back of the instruction manual. It’s pretty cool stuff.

Now if you’re not a fan of memory games, The Wise Whale isn’t for you. Also, the artwork is a bit freaky, though this was more a personal thing for me as my kids didn’t seem to think so. Brain Waves: The Wise Whale is certainly a much better game than Memory and you’re getting a much better value in this box than you would of a massive box of tiles to match. I’d especially recommend this game for families with young children.

Brain Waves: The Wise Whale was provided free for review by Kosmos

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