Tracey John

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SMARTY PANTS

Making a trivia game that’s functional, fast-paced, and fun.

PLATFORM Nintendo Wii

DEVELOPER Planet Moon Studios

PUBLISHER Electronic Arts

Smarty Pants is an all-ages trivia game containing 20,000 questions, and was one of the first trivia games to be released for the Nintendo Wii console.  

 
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CHALLENGE: GOING DEEP, BUT KEEPING IT ACCESSIBLE

The game contains over 20,000 questions in Art, Books, Entertainment, Fashion, Games, Places & People, Science, and Sports. Because of the fast-paced nature of the party game, I had to choose questions that were interesting, had a variety of difficulty ranges (but that weren’t too hard), and were easy to phrase, so that players could quickly read and comprehend them.

 
 
 
The topics are well-chosen, the questions varied; the Wii pointer functionality is dead-on, and the tactile feel of buzzing in with the peripheral is very rewarding.
— IGN REVIEW