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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader only gets half the show right. The questions are challenging in their own way, but 3000 of them can only take you so far. The showmanship just isn't the same in this virtual version…and if you thought Jeff Foxworthy was unbearable in real life, wait until you see how the game developers butchered him in this DS game. 30 bucks retail is asking a bit too much for a truncated, shortlived, single player quiz show experience.
Unless you’re a huge fan of the game show, or unless you’re looking to buy this game for a younger player as an educational experience, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? for the Nintendo DS just doesn’t make a good enough jump from the TV screen to your dual screens. After about an hour—if that long—the game will have given most players all it’s got. For a full price of $30, that’s not a recommended experience at all. The smart decision is to skip this one.
But I can proudly affirm that I have seen every inch of this game. Every nook and cranny. And because there is so little here, it makes it hard to criticize, because I don't necessarily hate the game. I imagine this is how an English teacher feels when he or she gets a paper that consists of one well-written sentence and nothing else. In conclusion, just watch the TV show.