Game Review: Test Yourself
Release: March 8, 2011
Developer: Creat Studios / Yord
Available Platforms: PSN
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Website: Test Yourself
What are you saying? You’re awfully tired of playing Killzone 3, Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age 2 to death? Worry not my fellow friend, behold the next step in human evolution: Test Yourself; a psychological application to tell you basically what you are made of, you know, psychologically speaking. This one is not a game per se, but a handful of activities to do and evaluate your overall intelligence and nervous system performance. It’s targeted at a more adult audience, and it’s not designed to be fun, at least not in the traditional way.
Right from the start you’ll notice the options are deliberately limited, as 80% of the test are currently disabled, but what’s there can theoretically let you have a glimpse on the state of your brain.
The first menu that is displayed shows four options: Social, Self-Test, Training and Library. The first one, as the name implies, will ask you questions about how you feel about yourself, and then, your PSN friends, giving you a series of scores in various areas, like Memory and Attention. After each test, you’re offered the possibility of sending the results to the friend you just evaluated.
The Self-Test portion of the game is the main mode, where all the tests are contained. Here, you’ll be able to take a series of tests to measure your performance regarding your Nervous System, Intelligence and Memory, among others. The tests themselves are admittedly interesting to take, but they let you wonder how effective they are.
The intelligence test is specially troubling because it is, for the most part, a compilation of abstract reasoning exercises under a limited amount of time that you can take anywhere else on the internet, which is not an ideal thing considering you had to actually pay for this. Besides, the veracity and accuracy of these types of tests in widely debatable; you can be a genius without having an acute formal and abstract perception of the world around you. The Nervous System test, on the other hand, is a little more interesting; it mainly consists on properly connecting a certain shape, color, and eventually sound, to a certain button of the PS3 controller under a very limited amount of time. In addition there’s a button-mashing section that’s supposed to test your endurance. It’s also worth mentioning that you can do each test once a day, and that the rest of the tests; Memory, Attention, Emotions, Will and Creativity are currently locked.
If you go back to the initial menu, you’ll find a Training section, which is quite useful if you want to master your abilities, and also brag your scores with the rest of the world. This sections host a couple more mini games, more notably: Brownian, a very simple distraction that is arguably the most fun you’ll have within the whole package.
In terms of presentation, the game is nothing special, nor particularly charming, but it certainly works. It features properly conceived icons in different colors to differentiate the various sections and sub-sections within the game. The navigation is extremely simple, which you could assume is a good thing, considering the target market for the product. In addition, the sound consists of only one song, which plays when you’re not doing any test. It has a very adult vibe to it, so it works, and honestly, this kind of software doesn’t need John Williams.
Julian’s Final Say
It’s a shame there’s not really that much to speak about this game. The idea of a psychological application offered at a very cheap price is a novelty that wears off almost immediately. The overall system doesn’t inspire much confidence, the verdicts of your performance at the end of the tests are kind of casual, which contradicts the way the game is constructed in the first place, and above all, the content is currently incomplete. It’s difficult to recommend this game to anyone expecting an engaging experience a la Brain Age, but it’s also true Test Yourself is admittedly pretty cheap and might offer some mindful and interesting insight of you.
- Notable lack of content
- Appropriate presentation
- Some verdicts when you finish certain tests affirm you are “retarded”. For real.
Final Score: 2 out of 10