On a similar note, Mensa Academy, available for £2.99 from the App Store, has confirmed - again - that I’m somewhat of a genius. Huzzah!
Okay, getting down to the proverbial brass tacks, Mensa Academy offers three game modes, namely Play, Coach and Test.
The meat of the game, predictably, is Play, with 100 levels (each with an assortment of 10 quick tasks) covering either Language, Numeracy, Logic, Visual or Memory.
Tasks you can expect Mensa Academy to throw at you include putting words into alphabetical order, picking out words with opposite meanings, sums, fractions, number relations (December = 12, hexagon = 6, etc), and rebuilding little cartoon faces.
More? How about completing chemical strands, catching African masks in a particular order, and identifying missing numbers in a sequence?
There are 27 different tasks in total, and while each block of 10 in Play mixes it up, you can focus on particular tasks in Coach.
The main event, however, is Test, challenging you to answer 30 hard-as-heck questions in 15 minutes. You’ll want to eliminate all distractions and focus powers, as it ain’t easy.
And that’s Mensa Academy. Between the three game modes, and a bunch of achievements, there’s definitely plenty of gaming on offer.
However, you probably won’t want to spend a great deal of time with Mensa Academy, as it’s a bit like being back at school or uni, and taking test after test after test after…
Another small gripe is that Mensa Academy has clearly been developed with larger screens in mind (it's also available for the Wii and PC, incidentally). The calculator, used to input answers to certain numerical questions, is freakin’ tiny, and it makes an appearance in the full freakin’ test.
That aside, Mensa Academy is well put together, and ideal if you’re looking to give your brain a Dr Kawashima-style workout.
- Three game modes
- 100 levels in Play
- 27 different tasks
- The tiny calculator
- Looks crummy at points
- It’s all very… academic
Summary: While not always fun, Mensa Academy will certainly stretch the synapses.
Developer: Square Enix
Price: £2.99 @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.