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Smarty Party

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Smarty Party is a game that keeps everybody guessing! Each category has several correct answers. Can you name them all' Each round, one player selects a random category card. The other players try to come up with all the answers on the card. If your answer is wrong, you have to take a penalty, but if you're correct, you get to wear the smarty-pants. It's all about coming in last. The last correct player gets the pants, the last player still wearing the pants gets the bonus points and last place wins. This is the hip party game where it's cool to be the last to know.

From the Manufacturer

Name a popular TV series of the 70's, name a handyman's tool, name a stinky cheese. Each category has several correct answers. Can you guess them all? Well, you don't need to a couple good answers is all you'll need. Each round, one players selects a random category card. The other players try to come up with all the answers on the card. If your answer is wrong, you have to take a Penalty but if you're correct, you get to wear the Smartypants. (That's right, the game comes with a snazzy little pair of Smartypants. A new height in fashion.) It's all about coming in last. The last correct player gets the Pants, the last player wearing the Pants gets the bonus and last place wins. Game Contents: 1 game board; 1 smartypants; 1 smarty card reader; 100 double-sided Smarty Pants cards; 7 penalty chips; 1 sand timer; 16 pawns; 1 wager marker; and rules.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.5 x 8.4 x 11 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00008URTI
Item model number 955
Manufacturer recommended age 13 - 17 years
Best Sellers Rank #227,440 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,911 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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By Teresa Noseworthy on January 9, 2004
A fabulous twist on your average trivia game. One player is the reader, and announces the category of the card to the rest of the players. Most cards have 2 categories - for example "Characters in Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers and Countries that belong to NATO". The reader chooses a start player, and players take turns naming things that they think are on the list. The reader uses the nifty little device to mark correct answers. The first player to give an incorrect answer gets a 3 point chip; the next 2 wrong answers get a 2 point chip, and the last few wrong answers get a 1 point chip. Once all the items have been guessed or all the chips are gone, the round is over. Each player moves forward the number of spaces equal to their chip value, except for the Smarty Pants, the person who gave the last correct answer - they get to throw away one chip. The next reader is the person in last place. The game ends when one or more players goes over the end line on the board; the winner is the player closest to the start. Forget Trivial Pursuit - this is much more fun. Plus, who wouldn't love a game that comes with a pair of rubber pants?
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Smarty Party is a fun game. The vast majority of cards are easy enough for at least a pure guess. Probably the best facet of the game is the "Apples to Apples" concept of the "judge rules all". Meaning the judge has discretion to allow an answer to be correct or not.

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.
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I bought this game about six months ago when we were looking for a fun new "group" game to play. We have people over about once a month for dinner, and we always end up playing a game afterwards - - some others that we have enjoyed are Taboo, Cranium, Apples to Apples, Outburst, Beyond Balderdash and Scene It. Since we have acquired Smarty Party, it is the one everyone always wants to play when they come over. I am afraid we are going to start having to repeat cards soon! I hope an "expansion pack" becomes available, like the ones Apples to Apples now offers.

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!
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The concepts of the game is great, I was really excited to play it at first. The reader/judge gives the category that has multiple answers (like name all the US states that start with "M") and then you go around the room each person giving an answer. Give a right answer and it moves on to the next person. Give a wrong answer and you get points. Points are bad in this game. The round ends when all the points are given out (I want to say at 5 or 6 wrong answers) or when all the correct answers are guessed (the list of correct answers will usually be 8 to 12 answers long). Great concept, fun and simple party game that anyone can pick up on.

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.
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