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Smart As

 

 

SCORE: 75

 

Smart As 

 

Man I remember when brain video games were all the rage. We could not get enough of them here at Family Friendly Gaming. Fast forward a few years and the market was flooded with them. Which means sales dropped, and less companies tried to make new brain games. That did not stop the fickle company Sony though. They knew they had to reach out to more than just the myopic hardcore gamers with the Playstation Vita. Enter Smart As stage right.

Smart As does so many things right on the PS Vita that it is a shame there are downsides to this hand held video game cartridge. Smart As looks crisp, clean, and clear on this hand held. The graphics are alive with color. Areas can be a bit on the bland side in terms of population of items. The sounds and music are okay in Smart As. The few brain games are generally fun.

The downside to Smart As is it tries to turn people into braggarts. The game wants you to connect with others on Facebook, and Twitter. Then brag about your scores, and try to make them feel bad. Talk about making the world a worse place Sony. Most of the mini games in Smart As grade you on speed. Which is a bummer when the game does not recognize your ‘A’ or ‘R’ hand drawn letters. Other mini games require you stare at the game only for a few seconds. If something in the real world distracts you, well then you fail that mini game. There could more mini games, and better grading in Smart As.

I was able to purchase Smart As for a nice low price online. I am not out a lot of money. All in all Smart As is a decent brain game that shows all kinds of potential. Smart As could have been great if a few improvement had been implemented. Hopefully that will happen in a sequel. And Sony will go away from the social element.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PS Vita
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer:
XDev Studios Europe, Climax Studios
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone {Mild Cartoon Violence}


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