Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Popular TV show offers family fun on the computer.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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This is based on the Fox TV show of the same name.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an interactive rendition of the popular Fox TV show of the same name, and that, like the show, it's fun for kids and adults. Sometimes you can get the final million-dollar question wrong even though your answer was correct because there may be more than one answer -- a situation that can cause some frustration. Even so, this is a fun game for families to play together. It's a great way to let the youngest members shine.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLance Waterman December 1, 2008
Adult Written bylaupakling March 4, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuper movie reviewer January 3, 2010

cute game that helps kids learn

this game is really cute and fun!!! It's easy to play and teaches kids how to learn in a fun way!

What's it about?

As on the popular Fox TV show of the same name, in ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? you become the single contestant in a trivia game that tests your knowledge of academic subjects typically found in first through fifth grades. Playing with you are five virtual fifth-graders who answer the questions along with you; at any time, you can use them for two special cheats: peek at one student's answer and then decide what your answer will be, or copy what the designated student has written. The game looks like the set of the TV show; and you even hear Jeff Foxworthy, the host of the Fox show, narrate the game. As during the TV show, Foxworthy dishes and quips as you play. If you take a long time answering, he will assume that you looked it up on the Internet and then complain that it's not fair.

Is it any good?

This is a fun game for families to play together, especially if you have grade-school children. But even if your children are older, you will be surprised by how challenging the questions can be (and how much you don't remember from grade school). One of the reasons to play as a family is to provide an environment where the youngest child can show off his or her knowledge to the rest of the family.

The final million-dollar question can get a little tricky because it isn't multiple choice -- you have to type in the exact answer they want, and more than one might be correct. Even with the occasional quirk, this is a good family game. At $20, it costs less than taking the family to the movies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which questions they like best. Are the first-grade questions always easier than the fifth-grade questions? How do you feel about Foxworthy's quips? Would you like to be one of the fifth-graders on the show?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: August 28, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E

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