Some translation issues, odd choices, and perhaps a little too much Mario Party-esque spirit hold this trivia game show back a bit
I think the main impression my family and I walked away from Brain Show with was that they’d made some pretty odd choices in implementing their vision, and quite a few we simply weren’t fans of. First, while this could still be considered “family-friendly” at a high level it also trends towards being more challenging in terms of the trivia, not focused on things like pop culture and more on facts about different areas that require more than surface-level understanding. Perhaps a good comparison would be something like Trivial Pursuit. Second, you’ll need to beware that it’s obvious this wasn’t implemented in English first, and some of the translations aren’t terrific, so in more than one case the wording of a given question or answer would have everyone scratching their heads. Third, while you don’t want someone who is far better at trivia to simply stomp on everyone else completely, as you move through the rounds in Brain Show the ability to have people who’ve gotten nothing at all right pull right back into the game without necessarily knowing much feels a bit out of balance. Come-from-behind wins can be fun, but the feel here seemed to tip more in the direction of simple chaos winning the day more than skill. I don’t doubt the right crowd could enjoy the experience, but with some great competitors out in the space as well this falls more towards the bottom of the list.
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