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So, you think you know it all, you're a real smartypants, eh? Then prove it... play Smarty Party -- the game that keeps everybody guessing! 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 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 smartypants. Woohoo!
It's all about coming in last. The last player gets the pants. The last player still wearing the pants gets the bonus points. And last place wins!
Smarty Party -- the hip party game where it's cool to be the last to know.
The questions range from all-knowing to totally random and specific (sometimes on one card) which makes the old and young feel equally as intelligent. Smarty Party! also features a great scoring mechanism that always give the person in last place a chance to catch up, making the race for the winners more heated and exciting.
My favorite part of the game was having to be poker-faced when the question was read as to not give away whether the group could answer all the questions or not. The question reader of each round has to make a wager as to how many questions the group can answer. At one point, the reader had no idea how educated I was in knowing all of the 'Neighborhood of Make-believe' characters on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This was followed up by my not knowing a thing about pro basketball.
Fair for everyone and fun for everyone.
This fantastic trivia game uses lists of things within one or more categories. One person each round is a reader who reveals the category and checks off items as guessers answer them correctly. You might get a card that asks for the eight baseball players with the most home runs. Some cards have two or more categories like the seven deadly sins and the five US companies with largest advertising budgets. In that case, a guesser can answer either category.
In this game, you win by moving the slowest toward the finish line. If you are the first person to incorrectly guess an item, you take the number three token. The next person to get a wrong answer gets a number two token, and the penalties for further wrong answers are less severe. The round ends when either all of the penalty tokens have been taken, or all of the items on the card have been correctly answered. The guessers move forward a number equal to the total of their chips. But theres a way to save yourself. In the guessing phase, the last person to correctly name an item on the card gets the little blue pants. If you have the pants at the end of the round, youre allowed to get rid of your highest token! If you didnt take any tokens that round, you can move back one space. So if you know more than one answer on the list, theres a good amount of strategy in choosing which one to save until the end.
Even when its your turn to be the reader, you can improve or weaken your position. On each card there is a pants number which is an indicator of difficulty. In a list of twelve items, the pants number might be nine. The reader must bet on whether the guessers will collectively answer than many items. If the reader had little confidence in the guessers he/she would bet no. If the guessers collectively answered nine or more correct items, then the reader would have lost the bet and would be forced to move forward one space. If the reader bet correctly, he/she would move back one space.
Theres one more way to change your position. On some of the lists there is one item that is particularly difficult to guess, and it is marked as such. If a reader guesses that item, that player immediately moves back one space! That adds another layer of strategy since you might want to name a more obscure item earlier.
This is the best trivia game that I have ever played, and Ive played a few. The lists are creative and diverse, and there are many opportunities for strategic play. Its loads of fun, and I believe it will quickly become a classic.
I first played this game in August and really enjoyed it. When I saw it on the vendor table at Great Lakes Games this past weekend I immediately picked up a copy. Every time I got it out (I believe I played it four times over the weekend) we had people approach our table to see if they could get into the game. We really had a blast with it. The game can be taught just a few minutes. I've played the game with 20 different people and they have all enjoyed it.
Seven Penalty Chips, valued from 1 to 3, await dunces at each round's start. The Reader picks a random card and announces the Topic ("Top five U.S. newspapers by circulation, and seven popular types of martial arts"). Will contestants guess at least as many answers as the card's Wager Number? The Reader now secretly bets for or against this.
Players answer in turn. Incorrect answers get you the highest available Chip. Crab the Smarty Pants (small plastic trousers) for answering correctly. Rounds end after all answers have been guessed, or all Chips acquired. Whoever ends with the Smarty Pants discards his highest Chip. Move forward on the track your Chips' total value. The Reader moves one space back for a correct wager, or forward for an incorrect one. Whoever is farthest along the track reads next. Win by being farthest from the Finish when someone else reaches it. Buying this game is a smart idea!