Excerpt: A new feature at EdutainingKids.com, our Buyer's Guides help make buying choices easy for consumers. We test hundreds of children's products and strive to keep up to date on the latest releases. Of course, every family is unique. We can't please everyone. However, we are able to select some special titles that are at the top of our "edutainment" list--those that have that extra edge in the categories of design, entertainment, education, and play value.
Excerpt: With the festive period upon us what better time to release a trivia game such as Smarty Pants. It’s the sort of game that anyone can enjoy, yes even those who have been brainwashed by the media into thinking that every game is like Grand Theft Auto or Manhunt. Following the delights of Christmas dinner (and remembering about Jesus of course) what could be better than whipping the Wii out and a copy of Smarty Pants?
Excerpt: With the holiday rush in full force, the Nintendo Wii system will begin to see a flood of new games from some of the larger gaming companies in the industry. With Wii's unique controller system, many third-party companies have also been producing some great new games that are now being released into the market.
Excerpt: The PlayStation 2 has the Buzz! series of quiz games, the Xbox 360 has got the recently released Scene It? but what does the family, party console of choice the Wii have to offer? Well, EA's Smarty Pants is looking to fill the void left by other publishers, with a simple to play quiz game - no more, no less. How the quiz plays depends on the game mode you choose.
Summary: Parents need to know that while this is a good family trivia game, the questions are not appropriate for kids younger than 8. Also, it doesn't present much multimedia: Most questions simply involve reading them as they appear on the screen. It has both competitive and cooperative modes; questions adjust the difficulty to the age of the participants.
Excerpt: Smarty Pants is a trivia game designed for the Wii, but it doesn't work that well as a trivia game or a Wii-specific title. It's straight-forward and unexciting presentation and game options make it look pretty plain compared to browser-based trivia games that you can play for free on the internet.
Conclusion: 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.
Summary: EA's first Wii trivia game Smarty Pants will combine age-targeted trivia with action-based gestures, making it a truly trans-generational game for the Wii. How smart are you? Do you know more than your Grandma about world history? Does your little sister know more than your Dad about sports?