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Children's game show

Directed by

Steve Grant

Presented by

Tamsin Heatley as Mum

Narrated by

Erin Fitzgerald


David Michael Frank

Country of Orgin

United States



No. of Episodes

19 (1 unaired) (List of Episodes)

Original Channel



September 3, 2012 - October 29, 2012

BrainSurge is a children's game show aired on Nickelodeon from September 3, 2012 to October 29, 2012. Hosted by Tamsin Heatley as Mum and Narrated by Erin Fitzgerald. The show's format was adapted from the Tokyo Broadcasting System game show Brain Survivor.

BrainSurge was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

The series premiered on Discovery Kids in Latin America and Brazil on November 7, 2011 and hosted by Mariano Chiesa, the Spanish show title is Veloz Mente. No channel in Canada has aired the series.

The series premiered on Nick Jr. in United States of America on November 15, 2010 and Hosted by Claudia Winkleman. No channel in the UK aired the series.

Format & GameplayEdit

BrainSurge's challenges are designed to test the memory and comprehension skills of its contestants.

Level OneEdit

The contestants begin by playing a series of visual puzzles. There were six(sometimes 5) puzzles, worth 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 100 points each (for a maximum of 250 points); the 40-point puzzle was dropped(except in an episode that was delayed). Each solution is a number that the players need to enter using their keypads. The contestants have 10 seconds to lock in their answers. The four highest-scoring contestants advance to the next round (ties are broken by how quickly the contestants entered their answers; if the contestants tied for last place had a score of 0 points, a tiebreaker puzzle is played instead and the contestant who correctly answers it the fastest will advance); all eliminated contestants in this and future levels are sent down the "Brain Drain", a slide formed as a human ear containing "ear wax" foam.

Video BonusEdit

The contestants are also played the game called Video Bonus, The puzzles are worth 25, 30 and 45 points in the round. Heatley got to live on a bed, sitting on a Couch or Anything. The Players got to touch the Micro-Mirror. To track hard with a pile of points. The Players got to track hard by one of them. The Last video is worth 45 points, The players got to ease off the Micro-Mirror. Heatley told the Players to See the Correct answer is. A tiebreaker video puzzle to check things hard.

Level TwoEdit

During the second round, the four remaining contestants are told a story from a book read by the host and are asked questions in turn about the story. Contestants lock in their answers by sitting down on a chair. If a contestant gets a question wrong, the chair makes a farting noise, and the contestant is pulled backwards through a paper "tooth" of a large face (made to resemble host Heatley) and eliminated from further play. This continues until two contestants remain. One type involved who, what, where when and why type questions about events in the story(in this type, if a question is missed the next player will be asked the same question) and the other type involved players naming things that Heatley told the words in the story and in this type repeating an already said answer, including another form of that answer, counted as a wrong answer.

Knockout RoundEdit

In the Knockout round, the two remaining contestants have ten seconds to memorize a grid of 16 numbers containing 8 pairs of images from the story. The contestants then take turns matching pairs of images from the story. Once either contestant makes a mistake, the player who makes the next match wins the game in a sudden-death match. At this point, the contestant that lost in this round and the 2 eliminated contestants from Level 2 all go down the Brain Drain.

Level Three: The Final StageEdit

For the bonus round, the contestant must successfully trace out three paths on grids within 90 seconds. The first path is six squares(5 squares on an episode) on a 4x4 grid, the second is eight squares(10 squares on two episodes and 9 squares on an episode) on a 5x5 grid, and the third is ten squares on a 6x6 grid; squares are always connected (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally). Each square has an actuator in the middle that must be stepped on to activate the square. Contestants see each path twice; the clock starts running when the contestant first activates a square. After completing a path successfully, the contestant must step on an actuator outside the board to stop the clock. Contestants are told immediately when they make a mistake; they must return to the start and view the pattern again before being allowed to continue; when viewing the pattern after a mistake, the clock continues to run. Contestants can win three prizes, one for completing each of the three paths with the grand prize being a trip(on an episode of BrainSurge, it was a trip to Nickelodeon Suites Resort); any prizes they win on one stage are safe no matter what happens later. Contestants who fail to complete all three boards must go down the Brain Drain, while contestants who succeed are slimed in network tradition.


BrainSurge won a CableACE Award in 2013 for Best Exellence. In CITV's Horrid Henry, Tamsin Heatley is a voice actress. She got to portray Mum in other "Horrid Henry" episodes. Sometimes The Show was premiered in 2012.


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