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  • Summary: How smart are you? Do you know more than your Grandma about world history? Does your little sister know more than your Dad about sports? Smarty Pants levels the playing field for friends and family, combining age-targeted trivia with action-based gestures, making it a truly trans-generational game for the Wii. The game tailors questions to the contestant's age, allowing friends and family members ages eight to eighty to play simultaneously. The game tracks every player’s answers, and adjusts the difficulty level to provide continuous stimulation and challenge. Exciting Wii gestures make everything a game, from spinning the category wheel and tug-of-wars over correct answers, to "dance-offs" for additional points. The game also features a family mode, where everyone tries to beat the clock and a rapid-fire competitive mode for groups of friends. The game features both competitive and collaborative game modes and 20,000 questions in multiple categories. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. All in all, Smarty Pants is a very fun trivia game for the Wii. It has great topics, many questions and good (if light) use of the Wii Remote.
  2. Smarty Pants is fun. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more, nor does it need to. I will say that it’s not quite at the addictive level as the much-missed You Don’t Know Jack series (it’s missing the catty humor), but it’s certainly successful in accomplishing its modest goals.
  3. The game is a real doozy when you have friends over who are willing to play, otherwise the single player is a real letdown.
  4. Family fun for quiz nuts but it isn't the madness we hoped for. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  5. The age-appropriate trivia is good, but the game itself gets old fast, and the motion-sensitive functions get in the way of the core gameplay: answering questions.
  6. Smarty Pants has all the groundwork for a fun title that's good for gathering up your friends and enjoying a nice, simple Wii experience. Unfortunately, the developers refused to settle for a basic trivia game and instead opted to throw in every little idea they had for ways to make it more "interactive."
  7. 40
    It's exactly what diehard gamers feared that the casual gaming revolution was going to inflict on the industry: shallow, gimmicky software whose main selling point is that no one is too young, old or uncoordinated to be able to play it. Buy a real videogame or buy a board game, but don't be a dummy and let Smarty Pants walk away with your 50 bucks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8