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Most people should or have heard about a television show named Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old, which is usually on Sky one.
The show is about you picking subjects from ages ranging 6-10 and then you pick one of the five students who will answer the same question as well. If you get it wrong and they get it right you might be saved. You can also take a peek or copy there answer as well but those three live lines can be used just the once during the game.
Each child is aged 10 so they should know the questions in some ways but this game is the worse I have played on the Nintendo DS. You have on the box Noel Edmunds and he is the presenter usually and yet he is not apart of the game.
Instead there is a man in a shirt who sounds nothing like him and is just a made up character. You also have 5 children who remain the same all the way through the game. Your never going to see different students or a presenter.
Then come the subjects. On the show they have German, Spanish, World Geography and more. Yet on this game you have just 10 subjects and these are never altered and so it means you get the same sort of questions.
You pick a student and they pop up and you have a screen with all the subjects. You get to then pick a subject which has an age next to it. If the subject flashes it means the student you have picked is going to be pretty good at it. However, sometimes the student never has a flashing subject so it means your none the wiser.
If that sounds boring imagine when you keep seeing the same questions pop up. I have found throughout my time on the game the same questions pop in Science and English and to be honest that is not good enough.
All questions are multiple choice so again it goes against the show when they ask you to provide an answer. You could have a part where you need to write the answer into a box using the stylus and this would show your spelling accuracy but general knowledge as well.
So the game does not follow the pattern of the show in my view at all. The sounds displayed on the game from the presenter are at best terrible. The game play is quick but yet slow. When a child has to try and save you providing you got the answer wrong anyways you tend to notice the game going quite slow compared to other parts of the game.
I played 10 rounds on this game and the jackpot is £250,000 I managed to reach this every time without the assistance of a child. Now the reason for this is because the game gives you simple questions and to be honest most people would find it easy to reach the jackpot amount.
On the show on television you can sometimes get really involved and try and challenge people with you because the questions seem so difficult. One of the questions on the game itself was asking me for a 10 year old 'Which Planet Is Red?' and to be honest that to me was just so easy and yet on the show this would be for a 6 year old.
I think the game in terms of what it offers is poor and terrible and when it comes to false advertising they do it brilliantly. No Noel Edmunds on the game, no alteration of which children turn up like on the show and the same subjects repeated.
This game could have been much more better then it was and even though in my view it is aimed at the younger audience even they will grow tired of the product within a few attempts of playing. I got this on rental from Blockbuster last week and it was in my view the worst game ever for the Nintendo DS console.
'Are you smarter than a ten year old' well sometimes yes! I purchased this game after becoming a little obsessed with the tv show - for those of you who have not watched it its a show where an adult has to answer questions which you would know the answer to if you were at primary school. They have a token 10 year old to help them and they can either 'peek' at the 10 year olds answer or 'copy' there answer if they are struggling with the question or the 10 year old can 'save' them if they get the wrong answer.
The game goes along the same lines as the show. You have to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win the game and the 1 million pound prize (if only the money were real). For each round apart from the final one you pick a 10 year old who will be there to help you if you struggle with the question. There are over 3000 questions on the game and there are 28 categories including art, english, music, maths geography, history etc basically the topics children cover in school these days. Whilst playing you also have the option to 'Drop out' and walk away with the money not really much point in this as its not real so you may as well keep playing on.
I did find this game easy to play and it is basically the same as the tv programme. Some of the questions I actually found hard it's the kind of thing you learn at school but then never use again in real life! i did enjoy the game but it didn't really hold my attention for long because once you have answered the questions there isn't really anything else to do with it. Its good for brushing up your general knowledge though.
3 stars because it does have some positives its just that you quickly get bored. The game can be picked up for around £10 in games shops and online.
I received Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old for the Nintendo DS as a gift for my birthday this year. I hadn't seen the television programme on which the game is based, but my friends chose to buy me this game as they know I like quizzes.
The box features a picture of Noel Edmonds, who hosts the TV show, however this is misleading as he has nothing to do with the DS game & in it is replaced by a fictional animated presenter. This is mentioned in very tiny writing on the back of the box, but most people would not notice this before buying the game. Not that this necessarily has any impact whatsoever on the game, but Noel Edmonds fans could potentially be disappointed!
A very thin booklet explains how to play the game, however this is very straightforward & you could easily manage without reading it. All the controls involve is tapping the touchscreen with the stylus.
When you first start, the animated presenter Richard explains the game to you, but you can skip this bit if you want. You then have to choose one of 5 'classmates', children who are available to help you if you get stuck on a question. Each child has strengths & weaknesses in different subjects, & it doesn't really matter which one you choose as you have to use all 5 of them at some point in each game anyway.
During the game, you must answer 10 questions, which are each things that children aged 6-10 would be expected to know at school. There are 2 questions for each age group (age 6 to age 10), & the subjects for these are randomly generated & change with each game. The subjects are typical school lessons such as History, Geography, Maths, English & French, as well as the more unusual ones Citizenship & Astronomy.
You choose the order you want to answer the questions in from a screen listing all 10 subjects next to their age group. Obviously the questions get harder as you go from age 6 to age 10. The only sort of strategy involved is whether you choose to pick the subjects your chosen 'classmate' is good at (these are shown by the titles of these subjects flashing for a few seconds). Apart from the changing classmates, it doesn't really matter what order you answer the questions in.
If you get stuck on a question, you have 3 'cheats' available (a bit like lifelines in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire). 'Peek' shows you which answer your classmate would choose (although this is not always the right answer as it depends whether the classmate is good at this subject). You then choose whether or not to use their answer. 'Copy' means you automatically give the answer your classmate has chosen. 'Save' happens automatically the first time you pick a wrong answer: if your classmate has chosen the correct one, then they 'save' you & you are not out of the game.
You can also 'drop out' at any point in the game, meaning you can 'bank' the money you've earned from your correct answers so far. All this means is that it's the end of the game & the money you've banked is what goes on the high scores board.
Once you've answered all 10 questions correctly, you have to answer one final age 10 question, & if you get this right you win the game & get £250,000 to go on the scoreboard.
That's all there is to the game & it only takes about 5 minutes to complete. There are no variations, no mini-games & no multi-player opportunities. All you can do is go through the same thing again, with 10 different questions, which is not that appealing as 90% of the questions are boringly easy for adults. Occasionally you'll get a hard one & then you can just use a lifeline. On the rare occasion you do get a question wrong & there are no lifelines to save you, it's quite frustrating as that's immediately the end of the game. It reminds me of playing on one of those quiz machines you find in pubs where you put in 50p & have to answer questions, but the game can very easily end abruptly.
I usually play with the sounds off so I don't have to hear the presenter's repetitive commentary or the boring music. The animations of the classmates & the presenter are also quite annoying.
Although an adult may like to very occasionally play this game for 5 minutes if they are very bored, I certainly would not recommend it. The questions would probably be more challenging for children, & also perhaps educational as they are based on school syllabuses, but I think they would find the game quite frustrating as it can end so abruptly when they get a question wrong.
Sorry but please don't waste your money on this rubbish!! Luckily I got this for a very cheap price and hastily traded it in for something else a few days later! Yes the TV show is entertaining but this is not!
So, the aim of the game is to answer questions to reach the grand prize prize of £100,000. You then get a chance to gamble this to win a quarter of a million. If only! There's a few bratty kids along the way who apparently help you answer questions but I never really found them much help at all; only an annoyance. The questions are so ridiculously easy there is barely any chance you could ever lose this game. And from start to finish it's about ten minutes long. Seriously. I thought I had it set on easy mode the first time I played it but alas no. Whilst this may be good for very young children for anyone older than 13 I think this game is pretty pointless. The questions are all based on school subjects (so languages, science, maths etc) and you can pick someone from the class to help you (not that you'll ever need any help mind you).
The graphics are pretty average to be honest, and nothing to write home about. It's definitely not one of those games you could play again and again. Like I said I took mine back 2 days later I was that bored with it. All in all this seems like a cash in on the TV show. The TV show is much better, the arcade games in bars are much better too. This is just awful! Please don't waste your money - buy Who Wants To Be A Millionaire instead - much more play on that! Perhaps they should rename this 'Are You Smarter Than a 2 Year Old' cos thats about how old you'd need to be to appreciate this!!
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Are You Smarter Than a Ten Year Old? The game is based on the Sky One television quiz show, presented by Noel Edmonds.
The aim of the game is to answer questions in order to get yourself to a prize of 100,000 pounds, and then you can gamble this to win 250,000 pounds. You can gain the help of six different children to help you through the game to win the money. That's about the limit of the structure of the game, there's nothing else to do really do in this game.
There are three different ways that you can gain help (for those who have never seen the TV show, it's very similar in principle to Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, but the questions are from children's textbooks), which are the peek, copy and save options. In peek, you can look at one of the answers given by a child and then choose whether to play it, with copy, you don't see the answer and have to give that answer and with save, you are able to continue with an incorrect answer if the child gave a correct answer.
Although the front cover of this game features Noel Edmonds, he doesn't appear at all in the actual game. Although this is no doubt so that the game can be distributed to other countries outside of the game, it does rather decrease what little realism this game had. It's also not really acceptable to do what this game does, and state on the packaging that there are different difficulty levels in the game, and then not to provide that feature.
The game doesn't really use all of the features of the DS, although both screens are used, with the questions appearing on the top screen, and then the various multiple choice answers are given on the bottom screen. As the game is quite limited in terms of just answering questions, the controls are easy to pick up and learn, and would be suitable for children.
The graphics and sounds in the game appear to be the minimum possible to be considered as acceptable. Like the rest of the game, they appear to have been rushed so that the game could be released as quickly as possible. Consequently these add nothing to the atmosphere in the game.
The game doesn't really have much long-term playability, as once you've played a few games, it all becomes a bit boring. It's similar in essence to playing Deal or No Deal on a computer, as you're not winning real money, the whole excitement of those shows doesn't really translate across. It's a shame that some additional sub games or different styles of play couldn't have been added to the game to add some extra depth to the whole experience.
The game retails currently for nine pounds on Amazon, against an original recommended retail price of twenty pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these can at the time of writing be found a few pounds cheaper than a new copy on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The book is rated 3+, so is suitable for children of all ages.
In summary, the game is a disappointment on a number of different levels. There is something not quite right about games producers making games which rely on a licence to sell, and then make the game quite awful. For children who ask for the game as they've seen the television show, it is an inevitable disappointment, and I'm afraid that I see little excuse for such sloppiness. Poor, but since it's available for just a few pounds, if you like quiz games, it's possibly an acceptable option for a few hours of game play.
Another DS game I have borrowed from other dsers in the family. I played this a few times and for me it quickly became boring. I have never watched the TV show so I did not know what to expect from the game itself.
When you turn it on it welcomes you and you can register as a player then choose a child to help, you have the option of 6 smiling faces and you do not know what subjects they will be best at until you have chosen them.
10 areas for questions then appear on the screen from subjects for ages 6 to 10. Your helpers best subjects will flash so you know if you get stuck they will most likely have the right answer for you.
If you get it wrong your helper can save you if they got it right, you can peek at their answer and copy their answer.
Once you complete the 10 questions you go onto one final question to see if you are smarter than a 10 year old or not!
The questions were very topical and not all I would consider general knowledge but still it was a fun game for a while. I am glad I did not get it as a gift or buy it myself as I had it for a week and only played it a handful of times. Graphics are decent and I am guessing if you like the TV show then the game will be a hit with you also
Did you pay attention in class? Answer more than 2000 questions in 15 categories to prove that you are Smarter Than A 10 Year Old!