Cortex Challenge Game – Review

Cortex Challenge is a handy sized brain game from Esdevium, for  2-6 players, aged 8+, RRP £12.99. Available now from your local toy store or online from Amazon (my affiliate link is below)

There are three editions in the Cortex family each have slightly different style challenges. All are easy to understand, but mastering them is the challenge. The Cortex Challenge box includes 90 cards, 10 raised touch cards, 6 brain jigsaws, and instructions.


Game play is simple each player has 30 seconds to examine the 10 raised touch cards before they are shuffled and placed face down on the table. The remaining Cortex test cards are shuffled and placed on the table. Players starting with the youngest, take it in turns to turn a card, and test their brainpower. There are eight different style of challenges like memory, maze, duplicates and colours. We found one or two slow-paced game was enough to get used to the types of challenges before playing at full speed.

When the card has been turned it is the first player to cover the card with their hand, and without looking shout out the answer. Answer correctly and you keep that challenge card. Answer incorrectly and no card, plus not being able to answer in the following round. You can win up to 4 test cards, and once two challenges have been matched you can choose a brain piece. The Cortex Challenge winner is the first to complete their 4 piece brain puzzle.

This all may sound simple, and it is to start with. We soon found that as you get faster at answering mistakes were often made. It may seem simple to spot the word written in the correct colour, but your brain may take a while to pick out the answer. We loved the addition of the touch challenge. Remember at the beginning you felt the raised cards? When this card appears the last person who won a test card has the chance to win the touch card. The other players choose which card the player will feel, and you have 10 seconds to decide which one it is. I found this easy and difficult in equal measure. You may think you are good at remembering the feels, but with only 10 seconds this is a great test.


We took Cortex on our summer holiday as it was neat and easy to pack. Because it doesn’t take much room to play Cortex Challenge it is perfect to play while waiting for our evening entertainment, or even after lunch. The more you get used to the types of Cortex Challenge’s the easier it is to play. There was still enough cards for us not to become to over-familiar with the game. And even better we could play easily with 3 players with games lasting around 20 minutes.

If you would like the chance to try out Cortex Challenge, or the Geo or kids edition then click on my Amazon affiliate links below, or visit your local stockist. ( I also spotted Cortex for sale in my local WH Smiths)

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Disclaimer we were sent this game in return for an honest review.

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  1. getting my boys through to bed time is an achievement at the minute 🙂 generally keeping an organised home is my biggest struggle

  2. Annoyingly this was a question that I found easy to answer. Mobility, or lack thereof, combined with eternal pain and coping with a toddler on top of that is my biggest challenge. It was all worth it!

  3. Living with my disability which means that I have 4 injections a year, a tramadol and diazepam addiction, and cannot use my dominant arm or hand for 6 months of each year. It’s a challenge, to say the least!!

  4. My biggest challenge is to keep myself motivated and to keep carrying on so that I can achieve the career I want – no way near it yet, but I’ve got to keep trying!

  5. As a M.E. sufferer every day can be a challenge. I have five grandchildren and try to visit them when I can knowing I will be exhausted for days after.

  6. I think everyday is a challenge…from getting out of bed to all the big decisions that need to be taken every day?

  7. Living with epilepsy and hemiplegic migraines and still having to carry on being a mum to my boys.

  8. My anxiety but I like to try to push myself day by day, I run my own business from home and my confidence is building from that

  9. My biggest challenge in life is to try and be as independent as possible, despite having severe physical restrictions!

  10. Excellent prize, excellent competition. Unable to complete one of the requests because I get this message “Choose your favourite image from my instagram

    Sorry, we can’t seem to find any images in your account yet. Why not add one then try again? I am not sure what this means!

  11. Juggling everything, being a Mum, running my own business, home educating our kids….you learn fast how to spin all the plates at once 😉

  12. my biggest challenge in life currently is all to do with making sure my son (who has autism) recieves all of the support he needs in his schooling ! its tough !

  13. There are so many real life challenges – work – home – family
    On a totally me only brain challenge i would like to become a much better chess player – currently i’m the worst rated player at our club

  14. Dealing with my sons mood changes and ways… I wouldn’t have him any other way but having Aspergers we need to ensure that routine is stabilised, no surprises and calming him when his mood takes a turn for the worse x

  15. My biggest challenge is when i have to drive to somewhere ive never been to before – the fear of getting lost is scary (even though i have GPS) lol

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