“ Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Online: No Online Gaming Support / ESRB Descriptor: Alcohol Reference / ESRB Descriptor: Tobacco Reference / Max. Number of Players: 4 / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Genre: Puzzle / Genre: Board and Card / Genre: Educational / Genre: Trivia / Publisher: EA - Electronic Arts „
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This is essentially a very simple trivia game involving a wheel to spin. There are different game modes requiring you to make sure you're confident about answering the question before you buzz-in etc. but it all boils down to how good are you at answering trivia questions.
There are a few extra features in the game to help make things interesting such as the ability to play cards to alter the way questions are answered and there is also a dancing minigame available on the board which simply requires the wheel spinner to dance for a little while to gain a points multiplier, all a little tacked-on but provides a brief moment of comic relief all the same.
My friends, family and I have had a lot of fun with this game and I would recommend it to anyone that is likely to be hosting a party where people will be happy to pass the time asking questions.
So I found this as a bargain on Play.com a few months back for a tenner and thought it sounded like a fun quiz game for me and my friends to play one night on the Wii. And it actually is a rather fun game! I love quiz games especially when they have a fun element to them as they are always good for when you have a bunch of friends over.
You can play the quiz game in competitive mode where you are all against each other to win, or family mode where you can help each other out (where's the fun in that?!). You can enter your ages so that you get questions which are suited to you - although to be honest we all put our ages in and we still got questions from years ago that I had no clue about! When you know the answer to a question, to answer it you have to push the A button and put your hand up in the air (as if you were at school)! Then you answer the question, if you get it right you win the points if you get it wrong you sit that question out and the rest of the players get a chance to answer (so it's a good idea to play this in a minimum of three players or more to be honest).
Between rounds you get to spin a wheel to determine which question category you get (film, music, sport etc). Other players are able to 'jog' the wheel by moving their remotes up and down or from side to side. You can jog it along to fall to a different category!
You also get mini challenges and cards when you spin the wheel which you can then use to try to steal the game! This means that once someone buzzes in knowing the answer, you slide your card into play to change what happens. One card is where you can change the category! One is called 'too easy' where you can change the question to something harder once someone's buzzed in! The narrow is down card is a bit like the 50:50 card in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire which takes an answer away. And there's the hilarious double points dance, where you have to dance with your Wii remote to try and get double points for yourself!
There are over 20,000 questions and so far I haven't had any repeated questions. Some are very easy, some are hard and overall I think there is a good mix. If you like Buzz for the Playstation then I think you will like this. It isn't quite as fun but it's a good alternative. You can use your Miis in this game which is fun too. You can play it in Solo mode as well as with friends or family but really, this game is intended to be multiplayer!!
All in all I think this is a great game - its good for all ages and is a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends! I would recommend this definitely!
Now you really can see who the smarty pants is in the family. I love this game as it really does get the family together and is a lot of fun. Its a quiz game with several categories like music, sport, film, food, etc. its for four players so you really need four controls but you can partner up into teams which is particularly amusing. You take your turn, spin the wheel to chose the subject and gain cards like the double points card. A question is asked and the first to raise the control gets to answer but it becomes fun whenyou gain cards which allow you change the subject and difficulty of the question. I particularly like the double points dancing and the shooting gallery to determine how many points a question is worth. The game is suitable for all ages and really is good fun. I would recommend this to anyone who isn't a huge fan of quiz games as it is just som much more than a quizz.
I bought Smarty Pants for £24.99 when it was first released as it was on sale. Being a fan of quiz games, I was really looking forward to playing it.
The family mode allows you to play against other people, and during setup you enter details of your age so that the questions are suited to each player. Playing the family mode is fun, especially as you have to put your hand up, similar to a 'classroom' situation, in order to answer a question. The only drawbacks to this mode are that you have to have one wii remote each, so if you don't have enough then someone has to sit out. Also, if there are 4 players then it can become a little crowded as players jostle for space in front of the wii remote sensor.
However, the game is great fun, with lots of different elements which make it different to a standard quiz; there are mini-challenges such as the 'double points dance' where you have to dance in order to gain bonus points for your next few questions...it's hilarious!
At the start of each round, each player has to spin a wheel to decide which subject the questions will be based on for the next three questions. It is normally random where the wheel ends up, however other players do have the ability to use their wii remotes to 'jog' the wheel and influence which subject it lands on. If you have a player who is very good at doing this, you could end up answering lots of questions from the same topic! I feel that sometimes the cleverest person may not necessarily be the winner if the other players are successful in forcing the cleverest person's weaker topics to be played.
If you are wanting to challenge yourself, you can play the solo mode where you answer questions against the clock. This is very addictive and the results are stored so you can measure your progress.
The Mii characters are used in the family mode, but you only see them from the top of the chest upwards, apart from the player who is in the lead at the end of each round, who gets to do a funny little celebration dance. Throughout the game the Mii characters move their heads constantly, looking up, down, at other players etc, and also show happiness or sadness when questions are answered correctly or incorrectly.
Overall, this game is great for people who love quizzes and those who enjoy playing party games. Children can easily join in and it is also very interesting as you end up learning lots of fascinating facts along the way!
Smarty Pants is a quiz game for the Wii and is much alike to it's predecessor BUZZ on the Playstation. I absolutely love the Buzz games for the PLaystation and thought i would give this game a try on my new Wii console.
Smarty Pants is a mutliplayer game for a maximum of 4 players and is described as a Puzzle game or more accurately a quiz game. This game is aimed at families and friends of all ages as this game has a 3+ rating.
In the game itself, you spin a wheel to get questions on a category. You then answer questions on this category and earn points for the questions you have entered correctly.
This game is great for family partys. I often play this game in family mode. This gives each person questions suitable for them based on there ages. Making it a leveler 'playing field.' You use the Wii remote to play this game, however you do need a Wii remote for each person that plays the game. This is a maximum of 4 remotes.
Although i think this game is good, it does match up to other games in its field (Buzz) and is quite tedious and boring. It doesn't really keep kids as entertained as some of the other Wii games o. If you have Buzz for playstation i wouldn't recommend this game as you will only be disappointed. If you don't however, this game is not bad.
Smarty Pants is simply put, a trivia game. It's just that. If you have a lot of friends who like trivia then this is a game for you, but if you don't have family/friends to play with don't buy this game. It's basically just a bunch of trivia questions. You spin a wheel, and answer the question. Sometimes you'll get the dance game where you can dance to multiply your points the next round. This game can be played up to 4 players and is not online. If your having friends over who like trivia I recommend RENTING the game, not buying it. I personally think the questions are very difficult. The 10-16 year old questions are extremely difficult, and if you know nothing about sports then that's NOT GOOD, because sports is one of the categories. Overall this game is just a regular answer the question type game, nothing special.
(P.S: I wrote this review on www.ciao.co.uk, made some minor editing, and pasted it here!)
I have never had buzz for the PS2, I always wanted it but thought it was too expensive so when I came across Smarty Pants on special offer at £12.99 for the Wii, I thought I'd give it a go.
I can't comment on whether it is as good as Buzz or not but its certainly as good as Trivial Pursuit. You can set the game to recognize whether each team member is a child or an adult (pick the correct sized icon) and the question will vary between childish and adult questions so all the family can play.
You get to really spin the wheel using the wii mote to select your category and answer questions on that to earn points. While you are playing you can pick up various different cards.
When you are playing agaist each other you buzz in and point at the screen to answer the question. You can also play to beat the wii. Its a good colourful display which makes you want to play.
This game is for up to 4 people to enjoy together with over 20,000 different questions varying over different subjects and ages. Although we did find the same questions repeated within the first couple of games. I also found a kinda cheat mode which I enabled so it gave you the correct answer when you were wrong. This will help a lot when I challenge my big brother to a game for £1 a go the next time he calls round.
There are a few special cards you can land on (my kids have found a way to actually purposefully land on these such as "narrow it down card" will remove two wrong answers for you, helping you answer the question correctly.
'That's to easy' card which you can use to make the question harder for another player if they buzz before you. Another card is 'double points dance' which you have to perform a dance so that when you answer the questions you receive double points for it. The double points dance which is much easier if you have a glass of red wine in your hand consists of you running around the room moving the wii mote up and down and helps your score.
To answer a question you press A, hold it and put your hand up. The Wii remote feels like a buzzer.
You can choose competitive and co-operative modes. Competitive means you can whip your kids and feel superior co-operative means you join together to get the highest score possible. While in co-operative mode you can increase the time available while one team member is answering by shaking the remote up and down vigorously, I won't repeat the comment hubby made when he came into the family room while I was doing this.
All said this is a good fun family game. Cheaper than buzz because you don't need to purchase the buzzers.
I would recommend this game as long as you are paying less than £20.00.
Smarty Pants is a quiz game for the Wii, competition for Buzz on the Playstation and Scene It on the Xbox. As a big fan of Buzz I thought I'd give this a go. Although it isn't quite as good as Buzz it is a good game. You get to spin the wheel to select a category and answer questions on that to earn points. While you are playing you can pick up various different cards like the 'That's to easy' card which you can use to make the question harder for another player if they buzz in before you. Another one is the 'double points dance' which you have to perform a dance so that when you answer the questions you receive double points for it.
This game is good to play with the whole family as family mode allows you to enter the age of each player and you are given questions to suit the age group. The benefit of this game compared to Buzz is that you don't get the annoying game show presenter but it does get a bit boring as all the rounds are the same. You buzz in and point at the screen to answer the question. If you don't have a Playstation I would recommend this game but if you do have a Playstation I'd say get Buzz over this game.
The Wii has allowed a rich diversity of different games to be published, due to its focus on family and multiplayer fun in the 17 months it has been out. The Playstation has Buzz! while the Xbox has Scene it?, and now a rival to them, which is Smartypants, has arrived for Wii. A seemingly simple quiz game on first view, but actually Smartypants tries to be a little different, in order to keep the player coming back for more.
As Smartypants is a quiz game, amazing graphics aren't top of its list of priorities. However, it does have an inviting, colourful and fun display, to help grab the player's attention, and more importantly, maintain it. On the sound front, there is nothing complex, but you can't help but be annoyed by the voice acting. Still, this is no major fault, it is clear EA have put the effort into this seemingly very simple game.
Firstly, you can use your Mii in Smartypants which gives your character the attractive personal touch, just what Miis are meant to do. Cleverly, the game will ask you your age, and this is more important than you think, as it will base your questions on your age, so no one is at a disadvantage. This enables the whole family to play along, and no children should get frustrated by impossibly hard questions. As you can assume for this type of game, Smartypants will get boring quickly if you play it on your own. However, this isn't a massive issue, as it is designed for up to 4 people to enjoy simultaneously. Amazingly, the game packs in over 20,000 different questions varying over different subjects and ages. This is what makes Smartypants more long lasting than a typical game of its genre.
The amount of questions aside, Smartypants also throws in a few minor handicaps at times, in the form of special cards. Of course, it is necessary to earn these. Once acquired, these can benefit you, or disadvantage another player. For example, the "narrow it down card" will remove two wrong answers for you, increasing your chances of answering the question correctly. Another special card is the "that's too easy" card. This increases the difficulty of another player's question, therefore decreasing their chance of getting it correct. Also, choosing your question is a Wheel of Fortune style affair, as you spin a wheel full of different categories to determine which subject you get. Once again with Smartypants, things are made a little different as you get a set amount of nudges to use on the wheel, changing the category if you aren't too confident on it.
The controls are nice and simple, as you answer by pointing at your choice and pressing A. However, to add a bit of variety, EA even included a little feature so once you press A, you hold it and put your hand up to answer. The Wii remote feels like your own personal buzzer, the equivalent of one bundled with Buzz! or Scene it? for example. The Nunchuk is not used at all.
This is where the game naturally excels, as it is designed to do. There are competitive and co-operative modes for the players to enjoy. 1-4 players can grab a remote and join in. As I said earlier, younger and older players can play together as the questions vary depending on your age.
Smartypants does not have Wi-Fi support, but the multiplayer makes up for this as it is what you will be playing most of the time anyway.
Originally released at £40, this was a major mistake by EA. This is because as good as the game is, it is only a party quiz game, and shouldn't have been priced over £25 maximum. Still, as it is about 5 months since it was released, paying about £20 for it now is possible, but I wouldn't recommend paying anymore than £25.
Clearly EA has put some effort in here to make this quiz game more entertaining than the competition. It has succeeded and proved that not all games for Wii at the moment are cash in attempts by third party developers. For Wii certainly, this is the best game of its type, and at the right price, this is perfect fun for all the family.
Overall Score: 8.5/10