Want to simulate life in an artificial way? I don't mean like in the Sims or Second Life, but in terms of the reproduction and distribution of neurons.
Well, that's what Brian's Brain does, or at least what it purports to do, because after using the program for 30 times or so I still don't really have a clue what I'm doing.
The basic premise is that it's supposed to generate random distributions of artificial neurons on a grid. Depending on how these neurons are distributed, they can either multiply generation after generation or die out completely.
It sounds kinda cool, and if you have a scientific mind I'm sure it is, but personally I couldn't really work out what was happening. Perhaps if the developer had chosen to include some kind of help or instructions I would've got more out of it.
Ultimately though, the process of marking little colored blocks on a grid without any visible changes isn't something that's going to keep me gripped for any length of time.
There's also a bug where if you click on the menu arrow, a countdown starts and you can't do anything else in the program.
If you have the patience and brain-power to persist with it, I'm sure Brian's Brain is interesting, but for me, I found it confusing and boring.