Twenty questions at its finest or, well, 21.
XenoHorizon brings Test Your Mind, a quick brain game all about testing your wits, intelligence, and memory, to the Wii U eShop. Three quizzes provide an array of questions and a multiplayer mode tests who has the best memory. The game has some great innovations that may benefit future endeavors, but mostly lacks originality. Test Your Mind is OK as a one-time game with friends.
The game’s menu mocks a classroom desk with several school accessories scattered atop; a sticky note provides quiz levels, a spiral-bound notebook describes each mode in quirky writing, and a pink highlighter and paper football are present for aesthetic purposes. A cute song also plays in the background, but quickly becomes repetitive and annoying. Three single-player quiz options — Mind Breeze, Mind Tease, and Mind Burst — sit on the menu, with each one offering you a chance to train your brain through mental work ranging from memorization to precision.
With the GamePad being the main controller, XenoHorizon did a decent job at creating some innovative solutions that I haven’t seen done on Wii U. Sadly, there were only two of these innovations. For example, players can use the touch screen to dictate a path for an endless runner mini-game and uncommon buttons are used together to solve a riddle — which appears more than once. Only two of the 21 questions are exciting while the rest are basic, boring, and unoriginal.
After completing a quiz, players receive a letter grade determined by their performance. But players can retake the quiz and answer the exact same questions, which is where the flaws arise. After the first or second attempt, a poor grade will likely follow, but by the third time, players will probably remember everything and pass with flying colors; only a few questions actually change when playing through a second time, but not by much. So when a test is memorized and aced, there’s no reason to revisit it. Each test provides a temporary victorious feeling, but the game fails to reward you in any other way.
Quizzes aren’t the only features in Test Your Mind. Memory Wars pits two players against each other to see who has the better memory by memorizing each other’s button patterns. It’s a simple little game that extends the overall experience, which only lasts about 30-40 minutes. The best part of multiplayer is the dialogue. For example, each player’s avatar has clever sayings such as “Call me Lieutenant Remember,” and “I can’t bench press, but I sure can button press.” After playing just a few rounds, multiplayer becomes monotonous and predictable. Ultimately, it was the dialogue that made the multiplayer enjoyable rather than the actual game itself.
Overall, I view the game as a potential icebreaker with friends. It provides a nice half hour of entertainment, but not much more than that. If the questions actually changed significantly for each playthrough, there would have been a replay factor. The multiplayer offers some fun, but becomes repetitive in a similar fashion to single player. Test Your Mind would benefit if its price was lowered to one or two dollars; $3 is a bit too high for such a short game. While its length is unimpressive, there’s still a bit of fun to be had with it. With free updates, the game would be worth it, but as of now, it’s a lackluster brain game.
Test your Mind is developed and published by XenoHorizon. It launched in the North American Wii U eShop on November 12, 2015 for $2.99.
Review copy provided by XenoHorizon