Party games where anyone can join in, gamer or not, are all the rage at the moment. Quite often at a mate's drinks, the Buzz game will make an appearance. But now there's a downloadable Xbox Live gameshow to mix things up a bit.
Despite NZGamer's preference to play these games with tasty adult beverages, Encleverment Experiment was designed more with milk and cookies in mind. Although presented in gameshow format, EE is a lot more like Brain Training than the likes of Buzz. Each category is designed to make you smarter and test your grey matter to the extreme. Your memory, puzzle solving and path finding abilities will be tested against your competition. One nice thing about this is that it does use a different skill set than Buzz, perhaps flipping the usual games night pecking order.
Just like the initially jolly dialogue, the main problem with the game is that it gets old. Fast. There are only a few different round styles, and the challenges in these soon repeat. Sure, racing three mates to find which entrance leads to the centre of the maze might be fun at first, but the twentieth time sure is a chore. There is a good base to the game, so hopefully this gets built on with downloadable content, but as is, there really isn't enough meat (to go with the beer) on offer.
Maybe I am missing the point slightly, and this is purely edutainment for the little ones to expand their mind? Even then you would be better off with a DS and Brain Training. Honestly, I do like the game, and I will load it up from time to time for a quick laugh. But the crux of the matter is that this will soon sink off your dashboard's quick launch menu and remain forgotten on your hard drive until you need to free up space.
If you are looking for a game that the whole family can sit down and enjoy, there's certainly better on Xbox Live.