Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is a cooperative video game that came out on consoles and PC on August 23 in digital format, the Massive Miniteam studio has developed this video game.
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? It is based on the television show of the same name broadcast in the United States. In this game, we will have to test if we are more intelligent than a 5th-grade child through different questions about 24 different subjects.
During the games, we will have to overcome rounds of questions from 1st grade to 6th grade to see if we are more intelligent than a 5th grader. In each round of questions, we can choose between different topics, such as vocabulary, math and foreign languages, to answer a question about the selected topic and thus score points. These points sound better when competing with someone, but they’re good for levelling up and unlocking new cosmetics, themes, and more.
Some of the questions are simpler than others, say they are from 1st grade, but I have found the reading questions more difficult as they are books in English that I have never heard of. In addition, you can activate specific questions about the United States in which, for example, you will have to place the answer to the question on a map of the United States; perfect if you want to learn about the different states.
At the beginning of each game, several characters are introduced who will be your companions, each specialized in two or three topics; this will help you later. During each round of questions, you will have a new partnership with his subject specialties, so you can go for the strategy and choose the subjects in which he is specialized to select the option to copy his answer and have a better chance of succeeding; However, this option will not be available in the 6th-grade question.
The game includes a lot of customization, from choosing your nickname from many different options to picking your desktop colour and doll. In addition, you will be able to change the clothing of the characters that will be your companions for outfits inspired by the themes in which they are specialized. All these customization options will be expanded as you increase your level by playing games and earning points. Also, a small detail about levelling up is that new question topics will also be unlocked; Not all themes will be available from the beginning, so all you have to do is play to level up.
The rounds are short, so you will have to watch all the presentations again and again, although luckily, you can press a button to skip all that; I don’t think that is enough since you will have to press the button several times before you can get to the questions. I think there should be some option to go directly to the questions and have each classmate’s subjects in small size so that they are at hand without having to look at their presentations each time.
In summary, we believe that it is a reasonably entertaining game to play in the company of up to 8 friends in person and that it fits perfectly with the portability of the Nintendo Switch, but the great inconveniences of being available only in two must be taken into account. Languages, as well as having very long cutscenes that could be set or skipped after a few games played, but there is no skip option.
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? It is available on the digital storefronts for $29.99.