Smart As… Review

Smart As… (Available exclusively on PlayStation Vita)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: XDev Studios
Release Date: October 30th, 2012

Parent Talk: This is a perfectly rated game. Like Nintendo’s Brain Age series, the sole purpose of this game is to test your brain’s power through observation, language, logic and arithmetic puzzles. You won’t find a single offensive sprite anywhere.

Plays Like: If you’ve played the Brain Age series from the Big N you know what to expect here. There are daily challenges, individual puzzles and more ways to test your brain than you could possibly imagine.

Review Basis: Played for several days trying to do as much as I possibly could.

Haven’t had an excuse to play with your Vita lately? Waiting for the Assassin’s Creed: Liberation as your next big Vita purchase? If you’re in this category, Smart As… might just be the perfect compliment to whatever you’re waiting for or currently playing. It offers players a reason to keep coming back to your Vita.

The Great:

Testing yourself has always been fun, and the same can be said here. Each day you can try to best your scores from the previous day’s puzzles. This one addictive gameplay element is hands-down the best reason to pick this game up.

The Good:

+ Each puzzle category features a series of interesting and unique challenges. They never become bothersome or frustrating, and each mini-game is genuinely fun. As players progress new free-play and practice mini-games unlock, allowing you ample time and opportunity to better your scores.

+ Interesting Near and GPS leaderboard functionality. Challenge boards show how you stack up to the people in your city. Street Smart Challenges are updated all the time so you’ll always have something to do.

+ Presentation values are sharp and consistent. They aren’t breakthrough, but make you feel as though you’re playing a mature puzzle game. John Cleese does the narration and it’s superb, as expected.

The Bad:

+/- $30 might not seem like a lot of money, but this is a game you’re likely to spend no more than 15 minutes a day playing. I think it would have been better suited as a digital download app for $10, but hey that’s just me.

The Ugly:

Seeing my brain score after a game of Roller Blocks. Ouch!

The Lowdown:

Smart As… is an interesting and quirky little game. While I think it might have been better as a downloaded app, the fact remains that this is the perfect game to pick up and play for a few minutes each day before your next gaming marathon begin. All those complaining the Vita doesn’t get unique games should certainly check this out.

Final Score: 8/10

One thought on “Smart As… Review”

  1. Cool! When I saw this title, it caught my attention. I really enjoyed Brain Age back in the day and have never found a suitable replacement since leaving my DS behind.

    Good review, might wait to see if the price drops though. Kinda short on cash right now anyway.

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