Trivia game shows usually make for fun video game adaptations so let's see how Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? holds up.
│ A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻
Trivia game 101
At its core, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is a basic trivia game where you answer simple multiple choice questions. Meanwhile, the gimmick of the show is implemented here as well where you can ask elementary school kids the answer if you don't know it. There are also some questions that are presented differently such as by having you move a slider or listen to an audio clue before providing an answer. All of this is standard and intuitive stuff and you can also change some welcome options such as toggling color-based and audio-based questions for accessibility reasons and you can even disable American questions which I appreciate because I'm Canadian. v1d30chumz 44-212-99-248
When it comes to presentation, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is lively and colourful which will appeal to young children. I think that's key; this isn't a trivia game that you'd invite a bunch of chums over to play at a party. Instead, it's something that you'd sit your kids in front of and hope that they learn a few things. In fact, after playing for hours, I only struggled with a few questions.
The primary modes of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? have you either play solo in Exam Mode or with up to 8 players in Study Mode. No matter which mode you play, the game that commences resembles the show as you answer 11 trivia questions that escalate in difficulty. As you play, you'll unlock a ton of collectible content such as additional classmates that can help you answer questions, outfits for them, and custom items that you can decorate your desk with. In the end, unlocking all of these things is oddly rewarding. 😊
2 hosts are better than 1?
Now that we know the basics of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, let's dive into some details. First, this game is one of the most slow-paced trivia games that I've ever played and the main contributing factor to this is how much padding there is. Just watch the gameplay video below this review so you can see what I mean; it took me 18 minutes to answer 11 simple questions! Sure, you can skip certain scenes but why are there 2 hosts that need to swap out constantly? Why do the kids have to introduce themselves and say random facts? It might be because I'm impatient but I also can't imagine kids having the patience to sit through all of this. 😳
As I mentioned, you can play Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? multiplayer via Study Mode with up to 8 players. Although this is excellent, it's also quite odd at times, especially the questions that aren't multiple choice. For example, if you need to use a slider to answer a question then everyone takes turns so you can just cheat and copy whatever the first player input. They should really disable questions like this for multiplayer. Even with that aside, I still don't recommend multiplayer due to its incredibly slow pace. 😴
Back of the class
Finally, allow me to discuss some odd issues that make Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? even more difficult to enjoy. First, I disabled the American questions but still got a spelling question where you listen to a word then choose the last 3 letters of that word. The word ended in "ise" as I spell it but the correct answer was "ize" which is the American way to spell it. On the other end of the spectrum, there are some questions that are nearly impossible to get wrong, especially some of the slider-based questions as only 1 option makes sense. In other words, I wish more effort was put into tweaking the questions to keep them fair yet somewhat challenging. 🧩
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is a middle-of-the-road trivia game that's so full of padding that it becomes boring fast. I can only recommend it to kids but even then, I doubt that many youngsters will have the patience to sit through a whole game.
- + Charming presentation that'll appeal to kids
- + Lots of unlockables to collect
- + Solid amount of options
- - Incredibly slow-paced with copious amounts of unnecessary padding
- - Most questions are far too easy
- - Has a few perplexing issues