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PGNx Media (Nov 26, 2007)
All in all, Smarty Pants is a very fun trivia game for the Wii. It has great topics, many questions and good (if light) use of the Wii Remote. It isn’t much as a singleplayer game, but it’s definitely the game your nongamer friends will be asking for after they’ve had a few rounds of Wii Bowling. Whether or not it is worth the $50 depends on how much use you’re going to get out of it, but if you have friends over an a relatively frequent basis, the game is definitely worth the price of admission.
82 (Dec 01, 2007)
This game does not have the pizzazz of other titles like Buzz and Scene It however it has one important thing, quality. The questions are varied and the raising of the wii-mote and a few mini games really make this game worth a look during those cold winter nights in with nan and the kids.
80 (Dec 13, 2007)
Okay: Es gibt im Gegensatz zu den diversen Buzz-Titeln oder Scene It? keine multimedial unterstützen Fragen. Überhaupt sind Präsentation und Optik eher im spröden und zweckmäßigen Bereich angesiedelt. Manche Remote-Aktionen wirken unnötig aufgesetzt und unkompliziert. Und mit einer ausufernden Modus-Flut kann Smarty Pants auch nicht gerade punkten. Dennoch nimmt das Besserwisser-Quiz aus dem Hause EA eine gewisse Sonderstellung ein. Über 20.000 Fragen, bei Wunsch auch z.B. auf Englisch oder Französisch spielbar, ausgeklügelte Konzepte vor allem bei harten Wettbewerben um Punkte und vor allem der dynamische Schwierigkeitsgrad für jedes angelegte Profil machen die klugen Hosen zu einer unterhaltsamen Fragerunde für fast jedes Alter. Und irgendwann ist es mir egal, wie das Spiel aussieht - wenn Freunde (oder in dem Fall Noch-Freunde) beisammen sind und man sich im besten Fall eine Frage und eine Konterkarte nach der anderen um die Ohren haut, vergeht die Zeit wie im Fluge.
Deeko (Dec 05, 2007)
It's not who you know, it's what you know and in EA's Smarty Pants on Nintendo Wii! Your job is to prove to everyone that you know it all. Who doesn't want to show their friends up in an intelligence battle royal? I'll let you in on a secret: I love trivia. I was in the Jeopardy Club in high school and even go so far as to try and have my lunch breaks at 4:30 so I can catch the show. It's that love for trivia that really had me wanting to play this game. Go on, I'll give you a few minutes to laugh.
Nintendo Front (Jan 31, 2008)
Eins steht fest. Smarty Pants – Das Besserwisserspiel muss sich nicht vor anderen Genrevertretern wie Buzz und Co. verstecken. Der potentielle Käufer sollte bedenken, dass Smarty Pants nur mit mehreren Spielern so richtig aus den Vollen schöpfen kann. Zwar könnte man theoretisch sein Allgemeinwissen im Solo-Modus auffrischen, aber wer ehrlich zu sich selbst ist, wird sagen, dass es bei weitem mehr Spaß macht, Freunde und Bekannte beim Quiz zu schlagen. Alles in allem bleibt Smarty Pants – Das Besserwisserspiel ein Pflichtkauf für Quiz-Fans, alle anderen spielen vorher Probe.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 28, 2008)
Although there is sometimes a disparity in the questions that can make it difficult for younger gamers to match trivia wits with their older parental units, Smarty Pants’ 20,000 questions means that there’s enough chances to level the trivia-answering field for everybody. What really elevates Smarty Pants to a high level of Wii multiplayer entertainment that just wouldn’t be possible without it is the developer’s intelligent use of Wiimote in the gameplay. Smarty Pants is a perfect Wii title for a family fun night that will tease the brain and tickle the funny bones.
Game Informer Magazine (Dec 01, 2007)
Smarty Pants is fun. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more, nor does it need to. I will say that it’s not quite at the addictive level as the much-missed You Don’t Know Jack series (it’s missing the catty humor), but it’s certainly successful in accomplishing its modest goals.
Game Freaks 365 (Dec 20, 2007)
The biggest gripe I have with this game is the price. It really did not take much effort to make a visually and aurally lax game like Smarty Pants. I realize it is not a development-side decision, but the $50 price tag that management put on this game is a bit ridiculous. We are talking about a party game here, not a full-fledged adventure or shooting game. $20 or even $30 would have been more reasonable, and as such, I think you should wait for it to come down in price. That said, if you want hours of fun and safe entertainment that the whole family can enjoy, Smarty Pants is a good buy.
GamePro (US) (Feb, 2008)
While it wont' hold the attention of adults for long, Smarty Pants is a fairly entertaining party game for younger gamers that offers a nice change of pace from games like Mario Party and WarioWare.
GameZone (Dec 11, 2007)
The game really doesn't benefit any from some great graphics or pleasant sounds, the game doesn't need them. Which to me is plain weird, the game presents itself and then allows you to enjoy lots of fun with the camaraderie that playing a board game with friends and family tends to do, but then also asks that you pay a premium price. This is a game that while big on fun, is not big on looks or sounds, kind of weird since the price tag on this title is $49.99. I would have priced this one at $29,99.
73 (Nov 29, 2007)
The presentation looks great, the navigation is smooth, the modes are challenging, and the questions are fairly tough at times and make for a competitive gaming experience. It isn’t overwhelmingly impressive due to the one-dimensional genre that the game exists in, but it is a successful attempt a trivia game that uses the Wiimote interactively. A good showing for Electronic Arts in a genre that has been untouched.
Nintendo Life (Dec 26, 2007)
If the price were a little more reasonable we’d have no trouble recommending Smarty Pants wholeheartedly. If you have regular gaming nights with friends and can therefore justify the outlay, the game undoubtedly represents a worthwhile purchase. However, should you only indulge in odd gaming get-together with family over the Yuletide period, you may discover that Smarty Pants will be relegated to the shelf rather too quickly.
70 (Jan 12, 2007)
Smarty Pants is exactly what you'd expect it to be, but nothing more. It's basically an interactive quiz, with none of the frills seen in rival titles from Sony and Microsoft. On the Wii, though, there's no competition in this area, making it an essential purchase if you're after a simple quiz game for the whole family to enjoy. If you're expecting something with the glamour of Sony's Buzz! titles you might be a little disappointed though.
Cubed3 (Dec 16, 2007)
So, what wont you enjoy about Smarty Pants? Well, it has a very annoying ‘host’ who shouts enthusiastically at you the whole time and makes you want to hurt people (our top tip: turn him off) and it looks a bit naff (our tip: don’t buy this game looking for amazing graphics, its a ruddy quiz game) and it buggers about with a normal quiz format in favour of stupid and ‘crazy Wii stuff’.
Console Obsession (Dec 19, 2007)
Now, I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, and I’m off to brush up on my food & drink, science and nature and music knowledge. I would rather not be embarrassed about my lack of brains over Christmas..
DarkZero (Jan 12, 2008)
As much as Smarty Pants wants to be the next big thing on the Wii, it sure could have been, but I just didn't feel the originality nor the fresh face that could have taken this game to the next level. Yet still with that being said, if you're looking for a game outside of Wii Sports to bring everyone together, Smarty Pants isn't a bad choice.
IGN (Nov 13, 2007)
I really think Smarty Pants is a well made trivia game for Wii. It's got a few issues with forced gimmicky controls, particularly the dance sequences, but for the most part the topics are well chosen, the questions varied, the Wii pointer functionality dead on and the tactile feel of buzzing in by snapping backward with the peripheral very rewarding. It also happens to be a really enjoyable multiplayer endeavor that your non-gamer friends can understand and get behind. However, there's no getting behind the fact that Smarty Pants is a one- trick pony whose very simple design doesn't warrant the price tag EA has given it. I can't ignore that, and our final score reflects it. If, on the other hand, money is no object for you and if you're not planning to play alone, feel free to add a full point to my score. At the very least, give the game a look when it inevitably does see a price reduction.
USA Today (Nov 29, 2007)
Bottom Line: If you own a Wii and are looking for fun ways to entertain the masses over the holidays, and price is not an issue, pick this one up.
Game Tap (Dec 04, 2007)
There's also a single-player mode, although unfortunately, you can only use a guest avatar in this section. Mostly, single-player is just for practice, or if you really just like answering trivia questions, which is too bad--it would have been nice to have an AI option so individual players could get a sense of competition. I was also bummed out that there wasn't an overall leaderboard that showed the highest-scoring wins. Nevertheless, Smarty Pants does a decent job of continuing EA's agenda to make games that the whole family can play.
Console Monster (Dec 04, 2007)
On the whole, if you’re looking for a fun quiz game for the Wii, you won’t have much choice other than Smarty Pants at present. Having said that, you would need to look no further as this game ticks all the boxes and provides something for friends and the whole family to enjoy. Smarty Pants is a solid fun title and you wont be disappointed, but just don’t expect to be wowed.
Cheat Code Central (Dec 10, 2007)
Smarty Pants is a decent activity to do with your loved ones once in a while, but it's not more than a simple pastime. I still love and enjoy board games, and if that's your case as well, you don't necessarily have to turn your trivia night into an interactive experience in front of the boob tube. The decision is yours: take it or leave it!
65 (Dec 18, 2007)
Overall, this is certainly a game that will get the family playing together this yuletide, but it is unlikely to see very much action on into the New Year. There just doesn't seem to be enough here to really justify the GBP 40 price tag, particularly when this is compared to the new bunch of traditional boards games. We suggest you either plump for something more interactive, along the lines of Big Brain Academy, or pop down to Smiths and grab yourself a real-life boxed board game. Apparently Monopoly has an excellent multiplayer mode...
Game Watcher (Dec 03, 2007)
I would say that some of the questions are very difficult (or I’m just stupid) and very UK-centric. So although the game is sold across Europe, I doubt many people living in Denmark, Holland and other English as a second language countries couldn’t have the faintest idea as to the answers to some of the questions, which is slightly disappointing - although foreign language versions are available. The biggest drawback with this game however, is the price. It really shouldn’t be a full price game and if you buy it a RRP you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little ripped off. Still, if you manage to get a cheap copy and you fit the requirements listed above you can’t go wrong. Don’t get put off by the final score here, sometimes looks can be deceiving!
Daily Game (Dec 21, 2007)
As a pure trivia game, Smarty Pants has more questions than any traditional board game you'll ever buy, and its age-appropriate questions do a great job providing a challenge for the entire family -- for 15 minutes. Even with this issue and the faux pax of including motion-sensitive mechanics during single-Wiimote sessions, we would still recommend Smarty Pants as a budget-priced party game. But EA wants $50, and that's just too high for this game.
DS-x2 (Apr 26, 2008)
Smarty Pants only really comes good when you can get 3 or 4 people together, though in Friends mode that will require a lot of WiiMotes! That aside, it's a pretty fair attempt, and as long as you can pick it up at a discounted price it's recommended for trivia game fans.
GameSpot (Nov 16, 2007)
Although it's possible to get into some intense games when trying to prove to your friends that you are indeed a smarty pants, it's going to be up to you to make your own excitement because the game's presentation is incredibly dull. There's no visual pizzazz, no real announcer--nothing happening onscreen but a wheel spinning and trivia questions being shown. Balancing issues and hefty price tag aside, Smarty Pants is fun and it's the only game of its kind on the Wii right now, so it's worth a look if you're into trivia.
This quiz game doesn't falsely advertise itself, but the one question you better hope you get right is: "Do I really need to spend $50 on a game of random trivia?" I personally don't think you do. It's not that you can't have fun waving the controller around with your friends. I just think that something like Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 is a better party option compared to this game, which is about little more than answering questions.
Gamestyle (Dec 12, 2007)
Smarty Pants will not appeal to everyone and for most of us it will languish under the bed or in the cupboard until guests drop by, or the kids want to play. In this respect it will experience a similar fate to those of the board games we already own. As an entertainment tool alongside Wii Sports it makes for an enjoyable social occasion and will go down extremely well throughout homes across the country. Just whether you need another expensive board game is something only you can decide, but the appeal and functionality for all ages is Smarty’s trump card.
Worth Playing (Jan 01, 2008)
Smarty Pants has all the groundwork for a fun title that's good for gathering up your friends and enjoying a nice, simple Wii experience. Unfortunately, the developers refused to settle for a basic trivia game and instead opted to throw in every little idea they had for ways to make it more "interactive." You may find Smarty Pants to be fun for a quick session every once in a great while when you want to learn something, but there's nothing here that makes the title stand out. I'd recommend you save about $30, pick up a copy of Trivial Pursuit and play that instead.
The Wiire (Nov 20, 2007)
A game like this makes leaps and bounds over the conventional trivia game, but not as a single-player experience. The lack of an online mode, WiiConnect24 support, impressive graphics and outstanding audio ensures that Smarty Pants remain little more than a fun multiplayer title. What the game does, though, it does well.
Gamers' Temple, The (Dec 10, 2007)
There is a single player mode in the game that dispenses with all of the mini game and motion-sensing lameness. You try to answer as many questions as possible before time runs out and that's about it. With the number of questions in the game and with many of those questions being fairly challenging, you could conceivably use the game as a trivia trainer for yourself. But then again, you can do that with plenty of games that are available for free play right in your browser.
Game Revolution (Mar 24, 2008)
Picture a perfect Norman Rockwell family with a dog by the fireside. Now picture that family standing around the TV set with Smarty Pants in their Wii. Hold that picture... hold it... imprint it in your long-term memory... (step three of my evil plan is almost complete). Don’t you see? Only a painting can be that ideal.
GameDaily (Nov 30, 2007)
If more work went into the game's presentation and variety of activities, Smarty Pants could have been an outstanding party game for Wii. Instead, it's a missed opportunity. If you're too tired to set up the Trivial Pursuit board game, it's worth a look. Otherwise, leave these Pants on the rack and get something better suited for your pleasure.
Gameplayer (Australia) (Dec 07, 2007)
When the Wii was announced (and after we stopped giggling at the name), you couldn’t get decent odds on when the first trivia game would hit – for it was expected within, ooh, about 7.397 milliseconds of the little white box bouncing off the shelves into those casual gamers’ arms.
GameSpy (Nov 27, 2007)
And at $50, Smarty Pants is at least $30 too expensive. At that price point, gamers who have any interest in Smarty Pants have to choose between it and every other Wii game ever made, including at least half-a-dozen other, better party games. It's exactly what diehard gamers feared that the casual gaming revolution was going to inflict on the industry: shallow, gimmicky software whose main selling point is that no one is too young, old or uncoordinated to be able to play it. Buy a real videogame or buy a board game, but don't be a dummy and let Smarty Pants walk away with your 50 bucks.