The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain
After a horrid lab experiment goes wrong, the mind and intelligence of Dr. Brain is accidentally transferred to his lab rat, Rathbone, and vice-versa. With the help of Dr. Elaina Brain, who happens to be Dr. Brain's niece, it's your task to swap Dr. Brain and Rathbone's mind once again. To do this, you must solve a number of puzzles, each testing and stressing a particular part of your brain. Once you solve all the puzzles in each of the region's of Dr. Brain's brain, you are able to successfully transfer Dr. Brain's mind back from Rathbone, and Rathbone's mind back from Dr. Brain.
What is really nice about this game is that there are different difficulty levels. On the CD case it claims to be for ages 12 to adult, and for the most part this is correct. I do believe that a child under 12 could easily master some of the puzzles which have to be solved. While on the surface it might appear to be a child's game, The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain is much more. When set to the most difficult setting, the puzzles should present a challenge to most adults. While not being impossible to complete, they do challenge your mind, and hopefully get you thinking. There are three levels to each puzzle: easy, medium and hard. You are able to choose which one you want, and can switch between them at will while playing a certain puzzle. When in the easy difficulty setting, you only get 5% for completing each puzzle, but each puzzle is fairly easy. The medium difficulty setting increases the difficulty level of the puzzle, and thus rewards you with a completion amount of 10%. The hard difficulty setting increases the difficulty level of the puzzle yet again, and you get a 15% completion reward for successfully finishing the puzzle. In order to complete a region you are required to get 100%, which can be achieved with many variations of the difficult level. Even after getting a region 100% complete you are still able to return and play the puzzle over and over, albeit not getting any more points or completion percentages.
There are a number of different regions, each focusing in on a particular skill or aptitude. There is the music section, in which you have to rearrange the bars of famous classical music after they are scrambled. Another puzzle, Pentode, requires you to place similar symbols adjacent to one another. These symbols can be the Roman numerals, chemical symbols, sign language letters, and the Greek alphabet. To challenge your short-term memory skills there is a puzzle which requires you to file, and then find, certain objects in a filing cabinet. Sometimes the doors of the cabinets switch places, which can cause some confusion. There is a puzzle which tests your three dimensional visualization skills. You are required to place blocks on a 3D grid to match a previously constructed figure. There are numerous other puzzles, each which require you to do a set of tasks using a particular part of your brain.
I personally find this game to be quite entertaining. Even after years of playing it, it is still somewhat of a challenge. One aspect of this game that is interesting is that what might be difficult for one person might be easy for another, and so on. I found the music section to be quite difficult, especially since I have absolutely not musical abilities whatsoever. Others might find that section to be easy, while they find the motor programming region to be the most difficult.