Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Combining a Victorian Steampunk theme with brain training puzzles is a move that's rarely been seen before. It's a smart move for Clockwork Brain, too, as it offers something a little different than the clinical appearance of many other brain training games.
Players are taken through a series of mini games, each with the view to boosting their brain's ability. Benefits should include being able to analyse situations quickly as well as dealing with logic puzzles and memory games more effectively.
Four games are bundled with the free version of Clockwork Brain, each with a strict time limit and points assigned depending on the speed of answering correctly. One game tests the player's ability to solve anagrams while another requires counting how many tiles are missing. More interesting is one that involves keeping track of the correct order of numbers, and a silhouette based game that makes the game of pairs slightly harder. In each case, none are particularly taxing but it is quite fun vying for better scores. It's the kind of game that lends itself to short sessions while waiting for public transport to arrive.
With points comes the ability to purchase extras such as a single game mode and artwork. It's a nice touch to encourage replaying. The real benefits come from spending $0.99 at a time to unlock new mini games. 3 game packs are available in all, bolstering the game's selection by six and providing a much more varied experience.
Hours of gameplay might not be immediately pumped into Clockwork Brain but players will find themselves tempted to return on a regular basis. To avoid repetitiveness, purchasing a game pack is highly recommended. That might negate the 'free' element to the game but it could prove handy for those looking to boost their analytical skills, young or old.