CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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- Has two expansion sets available, one specifically with categories for children
- Each round all players are involved in the game, no down time
- Great party game
- More expansion sets coming in summer 2010
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In a nutshell, this is an "every man for himself" game. Up to 8 players can play at one time. The idea is to be able to come up with list items that match what is on the card. It sounds easy, and sometimes it is, but not always. The list items are often funny or obscure. For instance, the reader might ask for 10 items all together: four of them are the most popular flavors of ice cream sold in the US, and the other six are characters from the Golden Girls TV series. Or, another may ask for 9 items all together - players have to name the nine most visited states in the US. Another may ask for 11 altogether - players may have to name the 4 people in succession to the US presidency, and the other 7 might be the characters from Gilligan's Island. The reader of the card has to decide before hand if he/she thinks the rest of the group will be able to name the number listed on the card, such as 7 of the 10, or 6 of the 9. Movement around the board is done by receiving numbered chips for incorrect answers, or positively by being in possession of the "Smarty Pants" at the end of the game.
The rules are fairly simple, and it only takes a few minutes to read and understand. It usually only takes about an hour to play an entire game - we have enjoyed it immensely!
So here's the problem my family has encountered, on more than one occasion: Did the writers of Smarty Party categories bother to check their answers? There are definitely some mistakes on the cards - at least there are answers we have yet to find reasons behind.
Coming from a family that values highly the most accurate answers, I have to say we are disappointed. For instance (this is the most egregious mistake yet), the category is FIRST 12 US PRESIDENTS IN ALPHABETIC ORDER. Not surprisingly, there are 12 total answers. Very surprisingly, Gerald Ford managed to make it on the list and NOT Millard Fillmore. Laaaaaast time I checked my alphabet, "i" came before "o". My family is still looking for an explanation on this one.
Another problem is the lack of specific categories. For example, TOP MOVIE MUSICALS. What makes the musical a top musical? We found it hard to believe that Oklahoma would not have made it on the list - but who KNOWS what standards Smarty Party was going for as a "TOP" movie musical.
As a game, it's great in theory. Personally, I think R&R games should have held back on its release for a while and double-checked their answers.
However once we started playing a few games, we realized that factual errors run rampant throughout the cards. Some were really pretty bad. Seriously, imagine you are playing and the example question I gave above is asked "Name all the US states starting with the letter 'M' ". Now pretend it gets around to you and your answer is "Missouri". The reader checks the card and frowns, "sorry not on here, here's 3 points". If you're like me, that would bother me. Enough to ruin the game. What's the point of having a trivia game if the answers are arbitrary and wrong?
It was super annoying at first, when you'd give an answer that you're sure would be on there, and it wasn't. You just figure that you must be wrong. Then you hit some like the Missouri question and realize something's wrong. I remember one was asking for a list of countries, and Africa was one of the answers. Another question we got was for the highest grossing music artists of all time and I guessed Michael Jackson, wrong apparently. You can see how that would get frustrating really fast.
So like I said, great concept, but they need to fact check the cards because it ruins the game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is such a fun trivia game for a group of people. Categories hit a large area of topics, which is what a trivia game should do! Highly recommended!Published 10 months ago by BRice56
This game reminds me a lot of Outburst. Even down to the red screen contraption that reveals the hidden answers on the card. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony
We love this game for when we have large groups of friends. It is clearly made to be a party game, as there are two tokens for each team- so you can hold on to one and not forget... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Silja James
We played this as a family and it was more like work than fun. I would not recommend this game at all.Published on January 5, 2014 by rg1231
A fun group game. Bought it for a family gathering and we generally enjoyed it. I thought the questions could have been a little more focused. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Buddyboy
This is a wonderful game that my family and I love to play together. If you're a trivia fan, try this game.Published on November 8, 2012 by Keri
Smarty Party is an awesome game. However, R&R Games (or Best Service Stores) does not have this in stock. They keep listing this as "In Stock", but it isn't. They don't have it. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by AJ Runner