The Family Brain Games

On air in June 2019, The Family Brain Games, hosted by Dara Ó Briain is the ultimate test of collective, cross-generational intelligence. Eight brilliant families from all walks of life to come together in a specially designed ‘games lab’.  In order to be crowned winners, they must work together using their problem solving, cognitive and communication skills in a series of games where teamwork is everything.

Each episode sees two families go head-to-head in a series of games, designed with the help of leading cognitive neuroscientist Dr Adam Hampshire from Imperial College London, to test mental ability.

As the families tackle each demanding challenge, documentary cameras follow their family dynamics behind-the-scenes, showing us what makes their relationships tick and analysing their response to the pressure of intense competition.

Filmed on location in Kent over three weeks, Kinetic Pixel worked closely with the Games Producer David Bodycombe and Potion Pictures to create 24 unique games utlitising studio graphics, touchscreens, buzzer systems, physical props and lighting effects to create exciting and memorable challenges for the teams.

The technical complexity of The Family Brain Games was a perfect fit for Kinetic Pixel’s team and experience.  All games used the same physical space which involved numerous resets of the studio space while the cameras were rolling backstage to cover the documentary aspect of the show.  Our engineers and technicians devised and built equipment into portable racks and switchable cabling infrastructure under the studio floor which meant each game could be set in and tested in minutes.

The implementation of 24 games with less than 6 weeks lead time created challenges for our software team.  Kinetic Pixel’s flexible game engine, reusable techniques and responsive real-time graphics systems meant we were able to modify and rework games once rehearsals had started and inevitably the games required further refinement.

The Family Brain Games is produced by Label 1 and airs on BBC TWO from Monday 17th June, or find it on the iPlayer.


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