Product Type: Mindscape Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... 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 th... more
You'll be bored of it within 5 minutes
Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old (DS)
Member Name: Deb_C
Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old (DS)
Advantages: You'll feel quite clever getting all the questions right
Disadvantages: Questions are too easy, boring & limited gameplay
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.
Summary: Don't waste your money on this game
More reviews in the field of Nintendo DS Game
- Spellbinding Smashing
- Loveable duo and challenging puzzles
- Mario & Sonic make the olympic games great.
- Reading of Literature and Games together?!?!?!? Impossible until now
- Playground for the imagination
- Pokemon Diamond, can the game get any better?
- Layton returns with a second hit mystery with the Diabolical Box
- Basic but effective
- Adorable Kittens and Puppies in 3D
- Not for everyone