The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain
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|The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain|
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|Platform(s)||Macintosh, Windows 3.x|
|Release||July 14, 1994|
The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain is the third installment of the educational Dr. Brain series, created and published by Sierra On-Line. Several new characters have been introduced: Dr. Brain's niece, Elaina (voiced by Kayce Glasse) is on hand to replace Dr. Brain (voiced by Rodney Sherwood) as host, and also serves as a guide to Dr. Brain's mental pathways. Also, Rathbone, Dr. Brain's laboratory rat, provides what limited verbal humor can be found in the game.
As in the first two games, Lost Mind features science related puzzles. While the previous installments featured a large, semi-free-roaming environment, however, Lost Mind confines the player to a single area (Dr. Brain's laboratory), with puzzles accessed from a central 'map' screen. Similarly, while the previous games' puzzles ranged across a variety of disciplines (both Castle and Island contained memory and word puzzles, as well as puzzles related to art and the sciences), Lost Mind focuses solely on the human brain, with puzzles related to spatial orientation, memorization, and symbolic association.
Due to the limited game environment, much of the humor that was found in the first two games is missing in Lost Mind; since the player no longer has free rein over an entire island or castle, there is very little to explore, and very little to interact with.
Next Generation reviewed the Macintosh version of the game, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "If you have (or are) a little kid, definitely try this out; if not, have six or eight drinks and try it out anyway. At worst, you'll be drunk and watching cartoons."