Developer: TouchFrame
Price: Free
Version: 1.4
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iPad integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

From the back of a van, it’s Braindex. This iPad exclusive App Show puts players against celebrities and other hilarious contestants to see who has the most brain power. Each episode features 10 questions that range in difficulty from the Idiot Question to the Genius Question. Answering a question quickly and correctly earns the most points. With new episodes added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, there’s plenty of interactive content to keep most gamers satisfied.

Each episode is a pre-recorded video, but players can interact with each one. In order to get started, it’s essential to select an episode. Gamers can play against Mike Tyson, a real-life Barbie doll, LaLa and other celebrities to see who has the bigger brain. The beginning of an episode features an introduction, but it’s possible to go ahead and skip to the first question.

An episode lasts around 7 to 10 minutes and is packed with plenty of humorous dialogue along with challenging trivia questions. The key to winning while answering the same questions as the celebrity contestant is to be quick and accurate because points diminish as the clock counts down to zero. As gamers answer questions, they will an encounter an Idiot True or False question that if answered incorrectly results in the loss of all points as well as a Genius Question that only a genius could answer which earns twice as many points. The last question requires players to select five correct answers out of ten possible choices in just 10 seconds.

Supposedly Braindex is more fun if players log in to Facebook and compete against their friends, but I don’t like giving game’s access to my Facebook account if I can help it. Since it’s not required to do so, I stuck with just competing on the leaderboard. What’s disappointing is that the game requires an internet connection to play, and there is no way to download an episode to take it on the road. Also, it is still quite buggy despite a recent update. For instance, it crashed in the middle of a game. Fortunately, I was able to play it from where I left off which was surprising.

The concept of playing against real celebrities is actually quite entertaining. It’s a little weird at first, but I enjoyed the game’s style. The live, interactive element makes Braindex shine, but it needs a few improvements to keep gamers coming back for more. Since it is completely free to download and there aren’t any in-app purchases as of this review, trivia buffs, casual gamers and game show fanatics alike should give it a shot.

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