Smart as... PlayStation Vita

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2012

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Jan 21, 2013
    Smart As is a fun way to train your brain, but also to stay connected with your friends – with some more guidance, more offline-features and some background information this game would be a must have.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    Smart As is great at what it does. It's a fun brain teaser for you to pop in whenever you get a second or whenever you feel like a quick challenge.
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    On the whole, however, Smart As is a fun experience. John Cleese is, as you'd expect, an absolutely fantastic narrator.
  4. 80
    Works brilliantly for those moments where you just need to make a few minutes pass.
  5. Oct 31, 2012
    Lots of mini-games and activities in Smart As..., although some of them might appear a bit obscure for the sake of it. It looks pretty and the social features are neat, but useless.
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    This is a very professional and well done title, and the end of the day, it is still a brain training game. It is not pushing any boundaries. Everything that it sets out to do, is done well and as Nintendo has shown this sort of game works with the hand held.
  7. Nov 13, 2012
    A cool brain trainer. Maybe a little behind schedule.
  8. Nov 26, 2012
    With over twenty mini games Smart As offers quite some diversity. Daily training in combination with the Smart As world is a good reason to squeeze the most out of your brain for fifteen minutes a day. Unfortunately the game doesn't always registers your input correctly, the augmented reality games don't work and the voice over is terrible. It makes Smart As a passable game, though not cum laude.
  9. Nov 6, 2012
    As fun as brain trainers can get. The lack of offline multiplayer options and some control issues, however, keep Smart As... firmly grounded in mediocrity.
  10. 75
    Smart As will shake out the cobwebs in your brain with a series of challenges designed to get you thinking.
  11. Oct 30, 2012
    If you're looking for a mental gym, Smart As is a good option. It's fun, well put together, and you'll look forward to your daily workout. Frustrations aside, it's well worth a look.
  12. Oct 30, 2012
    A fun diversion for those quick commutes and / or times when you just want to kill a few minutes with a game. I keep going back after unlocking everything just to double-check my positions on the scoreboards, even if just for 5-10 minutes a day. That is a good sign!
  13. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Dec 4, 2012
    We would be surprised if you told us you've never heard of Brain Training on the Nintendo DS. Just like Brain Training, Smart As challenges the mind with clever puzzles and – judging by the title – puns. You could say it makes you more PUNctual. Muhahahahahahaha. [December 2012, p.92]
  14. Nov 21, 2012
    Smart As… is a good brain-training game from Sony, but unfortunately its price doesn't help to reach a better score.
  15. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 20, 2012
    While the brainteasers and competition are addicting, there's not enough substance to make Smart As worth the price; it'd be better off as a $15 download. [Holiday 2012, p.76]
  16. Nov 13, 2012
    There's lots of great brain training here, but we could have done without the bugs.
  17. It won't keep you amused for great stretches at once – it feels a bit more like a really great app than a fully fledged game – but for enjoyable chunks of puzzle-centric play to dip in and out of, this hits the mark.
  18. 70
    It's a good option to have on the Vita if you are looking for short game sessions, will be up to you whether or not is worth the price.
  19. Oct 31, 2012
    Smart As… is a good brain trainer for the Vita, but the quality of the mini games varies quite a lot. Some are addictive gold nuggets while others are easily forgotten.
  20. Oct 31, 2012
    Not the best brain trainer in the market, but it can be proud about its online options, related to compare results with other players in the world.
  21. Oct 31, 2012
    Although the price is way too high for a game such as this, Smart As is a fun and diverse workout for your brain.
  22. Oct 31, 2012
    There really isn't much to be said about Smart As. It works as advertised and accomplishes what it set out to do – no more, no less.
  23. Oct 30, 2012
    Smart As offers an enjoyable mental workout, which is complemented by some outstanding connectivity features. It's a shame that so much of its content has to be unlocked, but what's included is fun and thoughtfully designed.
  24. Nov 7, 2012
    When we thought the time of brain trainers was past, Smart As appears to utilize all the possibilities PS Vita is capable of. With 20 mini-games, the problem is that not all are equal funny and really helpful to train our minds. A correct starting point in the genre with elements that should be revised and improved for future sequels, but with others really well implemented, like the social element and Near challenges.
  25. Nov 25, 2012
    All that's missing is brain games that you'd actually want to play every day.
  26. Oct 31, 2012
    A correct 'brain trainer', but lacks a good presentation or more game modes. This, together with some other aspects that could've been improved makes Smart As… a good option for those who are looking for this kind of experience on PSVita, taking into account that it's the only one.
  27. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 28, 2013
    It contains everything you'd expect of a middle-of-the-road puzzle game, and it's executed competently. But the creators of this game suffered from a paucity of ambition. There is a tsunami of innovation crashing through the worlds of online and interactive learning, Rocksmith being but one example. [January 2013, p74]
  28. Oct 30, 2012
    As useful as this is, the game offers only an ephemeral experience, and will struggle to hold players' attention after their daily workout has concluded and a few high scores have been logged online.
  29. Oct 30, 2012
    Initial impressions of Smart As are good, but the game rapidly shows itself to be a brain training title lacking any in-depth planning.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    Smart As is a nice looking and fun brain training game... I keep up on my daily training every day and enjoy comparing my score to my PSNSmart As is a nice looking and fun brain training game... I keep up on my daily training every day and enjoy comparing my score to my PSN friends. It's also fun to send and receive 'near' challenges and check who what and where is smarter in the world. I've been playing it since it came out and i intend to go on playing it! Full Review »
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    This is a well polished brain training game that has some great fun games but also a few that aren't as good because you use Vita featuresThis is a well polished brain training game that has some great fun games but also a few that aren't as good because you use Vita features unnessesarily. Too many of the games are you racing with touch controls instead of thinking of the answer. The times you need to 3 star games are tough and you will likely fail because you were wrestingly with a Vita gimmick instead of using your brain faster. It keeps you going by limiting the games you have access to by only unlocking one per day. Still playing it and having fun but I wish I could not have to play 4 or 5 games. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    its a great game for real gamers not COD gamers nuff said ............................................................................................