A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Overall, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Back to School promotes learning in a fun manner, challenging players with questions based off material learned in the 1st through 5th grades of elementary school.
Positive Role Models
The host of the show, Jeff Foxworthy, is polite, keeps an upbeat and humorous air, and is sometimes encouraging. The game, though, does have some head-to-head competition where the shenanigans permitted allows others to gain an advantage. The comic mischief refers to the ability to attack the answer boards of other players during head-to-head competitions, using spit-wads to shoot at the screen and obscure the answers that other players can draw from. Other attacks include erasing questions, turning off the lights over their questions and answers, and freezing them for up to 10 seconds, preventing the opponent from doing anything.
Ease of Play
There are some problems in the Pop Quiz mode of the game when timed exercises require using the Wii remote to move answers from one side of the board to another, or to move objects - such as the hands of the clock. Though the correct answer is known, the movement functions do not always register properly, which can lead to frustration - especially when working against the clock. The instruction manual fails to adequately detail how this works, and though trial-and-error found a method, the movements seem to have to be enacted slowly to get adequate responsiveness from the system. Fortunately, the main game (the Home Room mode) does not use this movement feature.
Products & Purchases
The game is tied to the television game show, and the idea is to win dollar amounts by answering questions correctly. While there is no overt advertising, the overall marketing is implied.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are references in the questions and answers to alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a video game version of the popular TV show. It features more than 6,000 questions and allows players to compete head-to-head (each player must use his or her own Wii remote) in a question-and-answer format. The questions are assigned a dollar value based on questions from 1st to 5th grade, and players try to accumulate money by the end of the round. They can then walk away, bet a portion of the winnings, or bet all of it in a final question to win up to $250,000 cyber dollars. The money cannot be spent on anything. Answering questions will earn players grades on a report card that tracks progress.
Is It Any Good?
The main problem with 5th Grader: Back to School rears its head when players are in the Pop Quiz mode. These questions are timed and run the gauntlet of the question types; however, the connectivity between the Wii remote and the game screen can hinder answering the questions in a timely manner and create frustrations. Generally, the questions cover a nice range of topics from 1st grade to 5th, and the game presentation is solid. Graphically, the game does not challenge the Wii's abilities, but the audio can feature redundant phrases.
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