A brain burner would be the opposite of a Beer and Pretzels game, a filler game, or any kind of light game. Although it does not have to be hard to learn, nor very long to play, a brain burner will present the players with numerous and difficult decisions or calculations relying on many factors that require intense reflection.
References and Further Browsing
- A list of brain burners on Boardgamegeek
- Another list of brain burners on Boardgamegeek
- Brain burners that play in under 1 hour, on Reddit