Smarty Pants – Reviewed – Wii

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By Philip Dunkley

Smarty Pants

Trivia Games generally appeal to people who enjoy having this kind of entertainment at parties and family gatherings. I am a member of one such family, whose father-in-law held the South African record for the longest game of Trivial Pursuit ever played. We love our trivia games, and will pretty much buy anything to do with trivia no matter what the content or format.

Smarty Pant’s is a Trivia based game for the whole family. It has a whole host of questions, 20000 to be more accurate, and these range across all the spectrums and categories, catering for every age group out there.

When starting the game, the first thing I noticed was the presentation of the game, which is not particularly good, and is rather bland to say the least.

It has three different modes. Solo Play, Family Play and Competitive play. Seeing as there is not much fun to be had in the solo mode, albeit to get an idea of the questions, or to learn every question in the game, most people will tend to go straight into competitive mode. You will need the amount of Wii Remotes representing the amount of players to be able to compete against each other, but that’s fine, tell your friends to bring them to parties.

The questions are specific to each age, and you are required to enter the age of each player before play, and this gives everyone a decent chance of getting questions right.

Smarty Pants

The modes are decent, but it seems like very little effort was put into the overall experience on this title. I mean, if I had to rate this game on graphics, which includes presentation, I would not be able to score it very high at all, but then again, do you really want all the flair and over the top presenters that generally go with this type of games.

The Gameplay is simple. A wheel is spun to determine the category, and a few mini games are included to get bonuses throughout the rounds, and the players need to raise their hand (Lift up on the controller) quickest to get a chance to answer the question.

The level of difficulty in the questions range from really basic, to really difficult, so a decent spectrum of General Knowledge is required to be successful in this game.

One issue I did have with the game is that a lot of the questions are based on the UK, with some thrown in for South Africa. So if you have never been to the UK, you are not going to able answer these.

Overall the experience was fun, getting straight down to the business of questions, but I think the overall experience could have been a lot better, and a little more Pizzazz could have been thrown at the game.

If you enjoy Trivia Games, go for it, it’ll take you a while to get through all those questions, and you’ll learn a thing or two.

Scoring:

Overall – 70% (Good)

Last Updated: March 20, 2008

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