Review: Cortex Challenge 2

Our next game to review as part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club is Cortex Challenge 2.


Cortex Challenge Box


Challenge your brain in a fun game that tests your thinking, memory and speed skills! Compete with other players in 8 different challenges which will make you use all your brain power: touch tests, observation, analysis, mazes, coordination and more.


90 Cards:

  • 74 Test Cards
  • 6 Touch Challenge Cards
  • 10 Raised Touch Cards
  • 6 Brain Jigsaw (24 pieces)

How to Play

The game is recommended for ages 8+ and you can have up to 6 players. The aim of the game is to be the first player to win all four pieces of a brain. And to win them you have to win the challenges.

There are 8 possible challenges:

  • Multitasking
  • Observation
  • Squares
  • Analysis
  • Unique
  • Combination
  • Tracking
  • Touch Challenge

Within the touch challenge there are 10 raised textures: peacock feathers, parrot, cheese grater, asphalt, rust, ice crystals, beetle, golf ball, nuts and lychees.

To win a piece of the brain you have to be the first one to get the correct answer for a challenge. You then keep that card. Once you have two cards of the same type of challenge then you can exchange them for a brain piece. However you are only allowed to keep 4 cards at one time so you may have to return some cards to the main pack if you want to keep the card you have just won if you already have 4.

Cortex Challenge 2 cards

What did we think?

Bee is too young for this game so myself and the eldest had a play. Once you have familiarised yourself with the rules the game is pretty straightforward to play. At the start of the game you are given 30 seconds to feel the touch cards and familiarise yourself with how they feel and then try to remember what they are. And then you can start with the challenges. The different challenges including things like spotting the odd one out, finding the way out of a maze and of course touch. The game is all about using your brain and speed! You have to be quick to get the answers to enable you to win a piece of the brain.

Brain pieces from Cortex Challenge 2

The game lasts around 15 minutes and can end up quite competitive when you realise another player is close to getting all their brain pieces. My eldest seemed to enjoy it but I think after a few games you probably won’t want to play again. It’s good to spend about half an hour to an hour playing it…again depending on how many players you have. I think it would be more fun the more players you have.

The size of the game is small too so is handy if you wanted to take it on your travels.

Priced at around £14 we think it is a fun game to have as part of your board game collection.



Disclaimer: We received Cortex Challenge 2 to review as part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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