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Smart As (PlayStation Vita)
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- Platform: PlayStation Vita
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
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Smart As is a social revolution in brain training, exclusively for PlayStation Vita.
Always believed you were smarter than your friends, family or even your boss? Well you can discover the truth with Smart As, the game that puts your knowledge to the test against the world.
Smart As takes full advantage of PS Vita’s touch screens, cameras and augmented reality capabilities to put your brain to the test in 20 unique, engaging, tactile and highly-interactive puzzle games testing your skills of Arithmetic, Logic, Language and Observation. Your scores from each category are used to calculate your overall Brain Power and the more you play, the better your chances are of increasing your Brain Power score and unlocking new puzzle games.
The best part about Smart As is that it’s not just a brain training game; it’s a social experience too.
When you play Smart As on-the-go using PS Vita’s Wi-Fi and/or 3G connectivity, you can compete with friends on Facebook and share your scores to prove you are the brainiest of the bunch. Access online leaderboards to check how your performance rates against PlayStation Network friends, people that you’ve met through NEAR, players in your city, country, continent and even the entire world.
Using PS Vita’s NEAR feature, you can drop puzzles for nearby users to pickup and discover new challenges left by other players. If your challenge is beaten, you will be notified and given the opportunity to replay your original challenge in a bid to put yourself back on top.
Last but not least you’ll even have the opportunity to play challenges in different regions with the Street Smart mode and by completing in as many regional challenges as you can, you will get to prove that you are smarter, more traveled and more connected than your friends.
So what are you waiting for--find out whether you are smarter than your best friend, person next to you on the train, a complete stranger or even your boss!
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But what keeps me coming back to this game opposed to quickly becoming bored with Kawashima, is the 'competition' factor, you're literally competing with everyone in the world who has this game. There are a shed load of statistics, figures, graphs, so you can see which town in the UK is the smartest, then expand to see which country is the smartest, which continent etc., as well as individual statistics. You find yourself striving to push YOUR city further up the 'league' table. Of course, you also get regular reports on how you are doing personally, and how you stack up with the rest of the world, and while you wait for games to load, you are fed little tidbits of information like what percentage of various attributes you are above (or below) average at, it's all very interesting.
Some reviewers have complained that the daily training is too short. Well you can complete it in about 5 minutes, but just ask yourself, would you keep coming back to this every day if it was any longer? I think 5 minutes is just about right, and then if you want more you can go to the 'free play' area and practice games that you've unlocked until your heart's content.
I've only been playing this for 4 days, so everything is still relatively easy. But I'm looking forward to unlocking all of the puzzles, each of which has 4 difficulty levels, and utilizes all of the Vita's capabilities, including augmented reality. I think I'll be playing this for some time to come.
The puzzles involve puzzles such as memorising objects, connecting dots, spelling words and simple arithmetic. There are around twenty different puzzles spread over four different subjects. Each puzzle has four skill levels.
Every now and again you 'unlock' a new puzzle. This keeps the game fresh and retains your involvement. Once you have 'unlocked' daily puzzles you can practise completing these puzzles as many times as you require.
One brilliant feature is the statistics it keeps and displays. You can see how clever you are compared to other people in your town, country, continent and the world.
Now for the bad bits. John Cleese is the vocalist, which is a brilliant choice, but he speaks far too slowly, and he explains things in too much detail. I appreciate that the game designers are dictating procedures, but it really gets annoying very quickly. He needs to speak faster, and use less explanation.
Also when entering 'missing letters' you have to write freehand on the screen. 15 to 20% of the time the letter is wrongly recognised and hence you are marked down. My letters are immaculately written but wrongly interpreted which is infuriating. It has particular issues recognising 'a' and 't'.
The game does not have enough content to warrant the thirty quid it was initially on sale for, and even twenty pounds is too much. This is a game that when compared to resistance, little big planet and most others should be ten to fifteen pounds. I play most games for twenty to fifty hours and five minutes a day makes it less play for your pound.
The game also takes ages to load each section. Why is this? You make a selection and the game takes five to ten seconds to compute your selection. However it does display useful hints.
Finally because of the daily five minute play it gets very annoying having to constantly change cartridges, particularly if you are mid play on another game. This game should ideally be bought digitally, so you are not messing around with cartridges every day.
In summary a 'fair to good' game that if bought at the correct price will retain your interest for many weeks. Although you will get very frustrated at the game for recognising your letter 't' as a 'j', and hence getting 60% instead of 80% (there are four or five questions per day). If you have a list of games you want, then perhaps choose another until this comes down in price.
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