Who says you have to pick between art and science? The Tate, a British art institution, thinks that art and science enhance each other, and they've enlisted the gaming geniuses at Preloaded to create a game combining the Alice in Wonderland art exhibition currently showing in one of their museums with learning about the fascinating ways our brains work. The result is Wondermind, a set of four mini-games that are fun in themselves and also serve to illustrate the fascinating ways our brains work.
The mini-games are all of classic type: card matching, pipe connecting, path drawing, and light angling. While all feature gorgeous art, none of them break any new ground in gameplay, and there's not much to keep you playing beyond five minutes or so each. But they weren't meant to get you hooked like a typical game is. They're designed to be a short illustrative experience to help prepare you for the interactive video that follows, which explains some aspect of the brain, such as how babies learn language. You also get to see some of the quirky, delightful, or just plain weird art inspired by Alice in Wonderland, so if you can't get to Tate Liverpool, this is the next best thing. The game is aimed at kids, but while adults might find it a bit easy, it's certainly beautiful enough to reel anyone in, and the facts taught about the mind are, well, yes, wondrous.