Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is developed by Massive Miniteam published by HandyGames and it’s the first installment of the franchise to be released on Steam, the game is pretty straightforward it features two different ways to play, there’s Exam mode which is basically playing by yourself or Study mode which is where you have a group of friends and you’re all playing against each other and progressing and working together.
Across the two modes, there are over 6800 questions and a variety of topics based on school subjects, ranging from measurements and mathematics to life sciences and vocabulary. Getting a question wrong in the solo mode, Exam, will end your run, highlighting that you are not smarter than a 5th grader. However, the co-op mode instead allows you to run through all questions, and not only will you see if you are smarter than a 5th grader but smarter than your friends and family, too. If you are ever stumped, you can always cheat. With the cheat option, you have three choices to make. They are ‘ask the class’, where you ask the group of students their thoughts on what they believe the answer to be. ‘Copy’ is where you copy your current student’s answer in Exam mode, or one of your opponents in co-op mode. The final choice is to pick a new question, where in Exam mode, there will be a new question altogether, and in co-op, only you will receive a new question.
As you play through Are You Smarter than a 5th Grade? you receive points based on your correct questions; these points are used to unlock new things for you to make your time with the game more interesting and diverse. These unlockables range from new students to help you in the main game and special outfits for each student based on their specialist subject. You can also unlock cosmetics for your own desk and, most importantly, new subjects to test you. These are nice touches and add a desire to dive back in again, especially when you receive a new subject to try out.
Overall, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is a charming quiz game based on a popular TV franchise. Its presentation is top-notch, though you may get bogged down in its unnecessary exposition if you’re the type of person who just wants to get straight on with the quizzing. Still, there’s a pleasant experience to be had here – and since it boasts almost 7,000 unique questions there’s dozens of hours of gameplay before you should even get a whiff of repetition.