Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader? DS Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 6.0
Graphics 6.0
Sound 5.0
Value 5.0
Distributor: Mindscape
Review Date:
February 2010
Classification:
G
Reviewer:
Simon O'Donnell

5.5


Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Based on the TV series of the same name which starred the delightful Rove McManus, the DS version successfully recreates this tried and true format. Of course, who this game targets is an entirely different story and unfortunately when it comes enjoyment, the title is lacking.

Like the TV show, gamers must step up onto the podium and battle against another competitor with 15 different subjects. Although a US version of this game already exists, this current title actually features Australian content that boasts a whopping 1,800 questions with three levels of difficulty.

Features

  • 1,800 questions and 15 subjects from the Australian TV show
  • Choose your classmate – there are 5 all with their own strengths
  • Questions too tough? ! There’s cheats – Peek, Copy or Save!
  • Answer your way to the ultimate jackpot – there’s $500,000 to be won!
  • Based on the Australian grade school curriculum

Even though I've played the US version before, the game is almost identical, bar the content which is based on the Australian school curriculum that is ideal for us "aussies". Funnily enough, some of the questions were actually a little tough but depending on difficulty level, there are a few cheats to assist you through the various subject until the final jackpot question to prove... <insert cliché>  that you are... smarter than a 5th grader!

At it's core, the game is basically a multiple choice game and by answering the questions correctly, these will hopefully lead you to victory. With a generic host, the compare will give you a brief explanation of how to play the game and with every question correct, your jackpot continues to grow. The "cheats" in the game allow you to peek, copy or save which is similar to your three chances in Who Wants to be a Millionaire or a variety of other quiz show games.

Graphically, the title seems a little budget on the DS with 3D characters and backgrounds that mimic the TV series. The questions are displayed on the top with the multiple choice answer below and all you need to do is select the correct answer and presto... hopefully it's correct.

The questions range from easy to medium and only a few had us stumped but thanks to the cheats, we managed to get to the end of the round and take that virtual jackpot home. After our initial testing, some questions did come up again but generally they were far and few. Of course if you play this continually, they will eventually become common place but that is the price of a cartridge based system. In terms of sound and music, the game is oozing with that MIDI style of music which is quite generic as are the sound effects.

At the end of the day, this game is generally targeted towards the younger gamer and there are quite a few better quiz and brain games available than this. Of course, it's in the budget price range that is ideal for those grandparents who want to purchase their grandchildren a DS game. Overall, this game feels like a shareware game from its presentation to gameplay and the majority of gamers around the world will probably pass on this.






 
 



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