Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 70
    It's got a few issues with forced gimmicky controls, particularly the dance sequences, but for the most part the topics are well chosen, the questions varied, the Wii pointer functionality dead on and the tactile feel of buzzing in by snapping backward with the peripheral very rewarding.
  2. Smarty Pants is a fun, no-frills trivia game for all ages.
  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. Smarty Pants is a decent activity to do with your loved ones once in a while, but it's not more than a simple pastime.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 75
    Smarty Pants definitely has a more youthful vibe than SceneIt! but it's designed in such a way that both adults and children can have fun with it. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  8. 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."
  9. If you've got the right family structure, it would make a decent addition to your Wii collection. Otherwise, you'll need a caring and patient older sibling who is willing to dumb themselves down during gameplay for the greater good. How likely is that?
  10. Family fun for quiz nuts but it isn't the madness we hoped for. [Feb 2008, p.82]
  11. Smarty Pants is exactly what you'd expect it to be, but nothing more. It's basically an interactive quiz, with none of the frills seen in rival titles from Sony and Microsoft.
  12. Smarty Pants is a perfect Wii title for a family fun night that will tease the brain and tickle the funny bones.
  13. The inane mini games and forced motion-sensing features turn a bland trivia game into an annoying one instead.
  14. As much as Smarty Pants wants to be the next big thing on the Wii, it sure could have been, but I just didn't feel the originality nor the fresh face that could have taken this game to the next level.
  15. It has its annoyances, but this is a consummate party game package that everyone can enjoy. [Jan 2008, p.90]
  16. Dull, dull, dull. [Jan 2008, p.64]
  17. Smarty Pants will not appeal to everyone and for most of us it will languish under the bed or in the cupboard until guests drop by, or the kids want to play.
  18. The graphics and sound are bland and lack party atmosphere; the shooting and dancing mini-games are lame; and even the spinner fails to function properly.
  19. 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.
  20. 65
    Overall, this is certainly a game that will get the family playing together this yuletide, but it is unlikely to see very much action on into the New Year.
  21. A solid fun title and you wont be disappointed, but just don’t expect to be wowed.
  22. 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.
  23. 80
    I like to think of the game this way: it's fun with no clean up required. You won't have to worry about losing tiny pie pieces or having the molding clay it comes with dry out. You just turn on your system, pick up that Wii remote and have serious fun.
  24. 70
    Smarty Pants does a decent job of continuing EA's agenda to make games that the whole family can play.
  25. Critics have been a bit snooty about the game but with 20,000 questions on offer and graded skill levels, it works well despite the basic presentation. It's a good, unfussy family night. [Issue#19, p.89]
  26. A game like this makes leaps and bounds over the conventional trivia game, but not as a single-player experience. The lack of an online mode, WiiConnect24 support, impressive graphics and outstanding audio ensures that Smarty Pants remain little more than a fun multiplayer title. What the game does, though, it does well.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DougL
    May 23, 2008
    7
    Good trivia game... I like the way you ring in and the socring system is good for the most part. I wish there were a larger variety of topics and it the questions getting tougher based on your sucess is unfair for when you play with new players. Example my fiancee and I are very good in science, so no all science questions are pretty tough. I dont like the double points dance and have never had to do the tug-of war. Some of the cards are pointless, but i do enjoy the nudging the wheel, it makes for some excitement. Maybe not worth full price but the best trivia gaem i have plaed on a video game system. Oh and compared to the bargin Wii ware TV show King it is a much better trivia game. (TV show king is fun but a lot of luck involved until final round and you can not know the answer to anything and just copy the answers of the stronger players). Full Review »
  2. EvanB.
    Jan 9, 2008
    10
    This is the ONLY game my dad has ever played with me in my 20 years of gaming! This should say something about my score! Highly recommended for families! Full Review »
  3. BobC.
    Dec 29, 2007
    7
    Questions are good, movements need to be more full-body, instead of hand motions (you don't want to know what we do instead of "tug-of-war"). Overall, a fun game, but better use of the wii-motes would be appreciated. Also, Player A has too much control...should be equal among all players. Full Review »