Behind the scenes with John Cleese on PS Vita puzzler Smart As…


Hey there PlayStation Nation, Ian Pickles from XDev Studio Europe here. I’m pleased to announce that after a serious amount of hard work creating fun and engaging puzzles to test your mental might, Smart As is hitting stores and PlayStation Network from tomorrow. We’ve had a great time making the game but the fun really starts now as you get to play and we get to see your scores climb up the leaderboards.

Covering the four key areas of logic, arithmetic, language and observation, our goal was to create games that tested those functions and were fun to play. We also wanted to create a truly social experience letting you compete and prove that you are smarter than your friends, family, your city, country and ultimately the entire world.

You can also share and compare all your stats with other Smart As fans and brag about how smart you are on favourite social networks like Facebook and Twitter, all without leaving the game.

Designed from the ground up, Smart As… utilises all of the PS Vita‘s unique features, which means you can take on the world with never-before-seen brain twisters. We’ve had a great time trying to get the very last smidgen of functionality from the PS Vita so you can use the camera, touch screen and motion controls to achieve the highest brain power scores in the most interactive way possible.

As we’ve previously announced, John Cleese provides the voice of Smart As, guiding you through the game and keeping you amused as you show the world how smart you are. Take a look at the video below and find out all about his role as Narrator in Smart As and who in the world he would like to be proved smarter than…

If you think that you’re ready to test your skills, you can now find Smart As at your local retailer or on the PlayStation Store. On the PlayStation Store, you’ll also have the option of downloading a free trial version of the game which will let you sample a basic Daily Training session. Then, when you’re ready to take on the full experience, including a selection of 20 different puzzles as well as all of the cool online capabilities, you’ll have the option to purchase the whole game.

Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more Smart As… news coming soon.

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“more Smart As… news coming soon.”

I take it that it’s not coming out tomorrow then?

    Fred Dutton 30 October, 2012 @ 4:25 pm    

    It does indeed release across Europe this week. It’ll be out in mainland Europe tomorrow and in the UK on Friday.


1 = not mi ting
2 = tomoro ac3 ps3 + ac3 vita
3 = update ps3 = monsterhunter hd , why bring update if game not out here ????? i realy hate sony + capcome not releasing mh3 hd vita/ps3
in europe

supersmith2500 30 October, 2012 @ 4:32 pm   3

Hmm, that’s three games the Vita is getting this Friday. Smart As, NFS: Most Wanted and AC III: Liberation. Or four if RCR makes it tommorow.

Well even though the DS had education games on their system such as Brain Training so having a education game for Vita would make sense. Go fig. *shrug*


“It does indeed release across Europe this week. It’ll be out in mainland Europe tomorrow and in the UK on Friday.”

Good news, thanks! Bit bizarre about the Friday UK release tho…

supersmith2500 30 October, 2012 @ 4:34 pm   5

Oh wait, one more Vita game. Silent Hill: Book of Memories too.

left4bread3 30 October, 2012 @ 4:37 pm   6

OMG why cant you think of your own ideas?

Brain Training Academy Rip Off Much?


Err.. any idea what the price is going to be?

Ravenblade86 30 October, 2012 @ 6:42 pm   8

I’ve been rather looking forward to picking this up, this sort of game makes for a very good pick up and play portable game and Smart As…well, it look’s pretty smart! John Cleese doing the voice over as well is cool. 🙂

I think this will be one I’ll be downloading from PSN, though that depends what the file size is?

Only slight concern I have about it is the release date, you would think it would be fairly easily to spread the Vita release out a bit more.


Here’s our review if anyone is interested in this game. Literally just went live 🙂

DalDrakar 30 October, 2012 @ 11:20 pm   10

Sounds good, Any news on the eu release of Ragnarok Odyssey for eu? I here the US is getting it this week!.

AvatarIII 31 October, 2012 @ 9:07 am   11

@left4bread3 Brain Training and Big Brain Academy are 2 different franchises, there’s no such thing as Brain Training Academy, so I can only assume you are being sarcastic, since neither franchise looks like it will head to Playstation.

Frobisher Says could be called a rip off of Wario Ware but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, Frobisher Says is actually very fun.

TINTINTB303 31 October, 2012 @ 11:24 am   12

Sounds great BUT it costs at least £20 going by the usual online retailers!

Seems a little pricey IMO

Most people I have spoken to about it are shocked as they thought it was part of Sony’s free app thing.

I’ll wait till it’s below the £10 mark Looks like I’ll be picking it up sometime in 2013 .


Any price and file size info??

Also when’s Doruko out here?


Quick query; you mention comparing scores etc to friends family? Obviously i gather thats using Near and online leaderboards etc, but can you also setup multiple player profiles on one Vita?


I tried this at GamesCom in 2011, and then again in 2012. It was quite interesting how far the game has come, and I liked what I saw a lot. The John Cleese announcement came right after GamesCom and wasn’t in the build I’ve seen, so it will be interesting to see how it turned out.

I’m definitely going to get this ‘game’, as I thought it was quite good. An embarrassment of riches this week in terms of games to get, as I’ll very likely also get Most Wanted and Liberation …


John Cleese is a legend indeed!
Too bad he didn’t check a mirror, as his blouse buttoning skills (is that a word?) are a bit off……:0
Or am I the only one who noticed this?


I can’t play the Global mode as you don’t have my country in your list – please update the Global area to INCLUDE the Isle of Man


Great fun game, but is really lacking not having local users so you can compete with your own household with it. If my wife wants to play she can only use it as me.

kieranmarsh 5 November, 2012 @ 10:08 am   19

~ Copy & Paste If You Agree ~

As a sign of my frustration with the store and blog staff, And anger at the way we are treated and scammed I will be boycotting the store and convincing others to do the same until you show us the respect we deserve as your paying customers.

Examples being,
– Blog staff ignoring important or useful questions.
– Replying to the same questions, sometimes on the same page.
– Inability to provide us with information (TWD, CS:GO)
– Promoting content, then on release saying its delayed.
– Promoting deals that don’t work and don’t fix (Dead Island).
– Releasing Content, then announce a discount a week later (WWE13).
– 95% of the PS2 games are garbage, release good games.
– Charging ridiculous amounts for digital games.
– Charging more than the US Store, Content should be equally priced.
– Forced to have a Singstar icon on the XMB.
– Feel free to add more

In the words of the late Owen Hart
“Enough is enough and its time for a change”

~ Copy & Paste If You Agree ~

Try it, you might like it!!


@18 I second this, I am genuinely suprised as some *ahem* similar games released a fair few years back for ds had it. Annoying as my partner loves it, but now we’ve lost track of whos scores whos, and that, is crucial.