Review – Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

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When I was a kid, the name THQ was almost always tied to a specific type of game, licensed games. Whether based on a cartoon, a TV show, a movie, THQ would always have a game based on whatever was remotely popular at the time. THQ (Nordic) might actually be the biggest and most interesting publisher in gaming these days, and while I welcome our new overlords and their weird but interesting business decisions, I sometimes miss their release under Janky license, sometimes crappy, but somewhat charming. . Then again, can’t say I expected them to release a license Are you smarter than a 5th grader? game in 2022.

Boy, who are you trying to fool? You’re probably into Roblox and Yu-Gi-Oh and stuff.

A low-cost board game around the Are you smarter than a 5th grader? licensed, with local multiplayer in mind. It’s basically a Wii game released fifteen years later. It almost feels like the game was developed just for Game Grumps to make episodes of it, much like their countless videos featuring the Danger and Wheel of Fortune games released for the Switch a few years ago. I know it’s not the kind of game I should expect much from, but still, was it good (or bad)?

Video games based on quiz shows aren’t a new idea, but they’re a pretty cool option for local multiplayer…if done right. My benchmark example for what I consider a good quiz-based video game is actually South Park: Chief’s Luv Shackmainly because he knew quizzes alone weren’t enough to keep players entertained during long multiplayer sessions, as he featured mario party-mini-games to spice things up from time to time. Other games did not feature mini-games or other additional features besides the actual gameplay loop based on the game show they centered on. In order to feel less uninteresting than their already uninteresting premise, these games typically featured a fairly fast-paced, filler-less gameplay loop to speed things up and keep everyone’s attention intact.

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?  Teddy

I barely met him, and I already hate him.

That’s what made the Wheel of Fortune game released a few years ago, janky as it is, so appealing to local multiplayer parties. Quick to set up, fun with a few friends and a few drinks, plus it was a bit replayable. It also became a hit with comedy YouTubers, such as Game Grumps, as a result. Are you smarter than a 5th grader?…. does not have these redeeming factors. It’s an interactive version very much within the rules of the game show, retaining its rules to a very faithful degree, but without anything that makes it interesting as a video game on its own.

It all comes down to how slow and uninteresting a full game is. There are two modes to choose from: a single-player mode that acts as a carbon copy of the game itself, and the so-called belle of the ball, multiplayer mode. The former is a heavy, lethargic recreation of what Are you smarter than a 5th grader? is all about, with the ever-increasing difficulty level of each question, and a ton of padding. Every question is fully voiced and every kid has to give a fucking comment between rounds. Yes, you can skip it, but it still slows the pace considerably.

Haley

I’m pretty sure they were asking me what month Activision releases its Call of Duty games.

The reason is that the entire Are you smarter than a 5th grader? is fully expressed. Every question. Every answer. Every comment from the fifth graders themselves. Even your in-game nickname, which sounds like it’s spoken over an automatic phone line. I salute the amount of work done here, but it’s terrible. Children sound terrible. The (fictitious) presenters sound terrible. This makes the already sluggish gameplay loop even more boring to manage. Worse still, the game basically wants you to hang out in single player mode, as its heavy nature is the way to unlock more questions for you to enjoy in multiplayer mode.

Unfortunately, the multiplayer mode isn’t much more exciting. Sure, it’s better than playing it alone, but the slow pace and lack of interesting elements to spice things up make Are you smarter than a 5th grader? a tough sell compared to other game show board games available on the Switch.

To make things even more complicated, Are you smarter than a 5th grader? is not very visually appealing. It doesn’t look much better than your average Wii shovelware title of the era. It doesn’t run incredibly well (locked to just 30fps), but it gets the job done. There’s no visual stimulation, its soundtrack is bland as hell, its voice acting is a nuisance…all in all, it focuses way too much on its gameplay, and that’s not enough to captivate you or other players for longer periods of time. .

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Questions

I had to ask for help. Turns out I’m NOT smarter than a 5th grader.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? looks like your standard Wii shovelware title released fifteen years too late. As much as I appreciate that developers always make games with local multiplayer shenanigans in mind, there’s very little about this title that makes me want to think about it. Danger Where Wheel of Fortune, or other board games in general. Something inside of me makes me kinda happy that a small chunk of good old license-centric THQ is still alive, but this is easily one of the company’s weakest releases in recent times. years. Luckily, they probably have about 50 more games in the works that I can look forward to.

There’s some charm in the visual department, but this game as a whole doesn’t look much better than your average Wii shovelware title. It works fine, given the hardware.

This game follows game show rules all the way, and the button responsiveness is pretty decent (it would have been shocking if it wasn’t). The problem lies in the slow and cumbersome gameplay loop, which makes this board game a chore to manage.

The game is fully voiced, but what was supposed to be a selling point ended up being its weakest aspect, as the voice acting itself is terrible.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? it looks like it was created with YouTubers in mind, not people looking for a party title. It just doesn’t look as appealing as Wheel of Fortune Where Dangerand those games were already janky beyond comprehension.

Final Verdict: 5.0

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Tested on Nintendo Switch.

A copy of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? was provided by the publisher.

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