Saturday, January 30, 2010

Video game number twenty six: Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

Game review number twenty six in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?".

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?
Not if you like this game. :-)

First of all, I'm not a fan of this show. I've watched it once. Jeff Foxworthy going on TV making fun of people's intelligence would be like Paris Hilton hosting a charm school show on how to act like a prim and proper young lady. The guy might be smarter than a 5th grader, but that's not the image he's cultivated over the years....and it doesn't make for great TV. The show seems designed for fans of his, or people who want to answer questions aimed at grade school children after an episode of Jeopardy made their brain hurt.

I chose this game because the concept itself is interesting to me. Answer questions you think you're "better" than and see if you can win a million bucks. My very first game, I won the million dollars...but that's because I cheated twice. The 5th grade geometry question (Which of the following places are the Shetland Islands next to?) is something I had to look up on Bing to figure out. The 500,000 dollar question was about the Alice in Wonderland book "Through the looking glass". Heather happened to walk into the room right before they asked that one, and she gave me the answer to that one. The million dollar question was actually easy...and I got my 25 gamerscore for completing the game show.

The rest of the achievements in this game involve a whole lot of time spent playing, which is not something I'm going to do. Answer 6000 questions correctly. Play 25 matches on Xbox Live. Earn 50,000,000 bucks. NO way.

While Heather was watching me win the money, she remarked that the graphics are absolutely terrible. She's right. I realize this one is a port and it's available on the Nintendo DS, the Wii and PS2, but it looks like they developed for the lowest common denominator and called it a day. Actually, this looks like a PC game that you might get free in a cereal box or sitting in the checkout aisle of target. It's that bad.

Overall rating: 1 out of a possible 10. My new worst game so far.

I actually had more fun with Thrillville Off the Rails than this piece of garbage and that's saying a lot.

Here's the achievement I got for winning the million dollars. This was my first and last achievement for this game.


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