THQ Nordic and MGM Bring ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ to Gaming Platforms

MGM quiz game franchise is ready to challenge a new generation of video game players.
License Global

April 27, 2022

THQ Nordic North America

THQ Nordic and MGM have announced plans to bring the “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” franchise to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC later this year. The game is in development with THQ Nordic-owned studio, Handy Games. Developed by Massive Miniteam, the game will be published by THQ Nordic subsidiary, HandyGames.  

The original “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” game show ran for five sseasons on FOX Primetime and averaged 20 million viewers a week in its first season. That success was accompanied by 300 original episodes for syndication. The format has been produced in more than 70 countries, and viewed across multiple platforms including a YouTube channel and podcast.  

“The ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ franchise is truly timeless and ideal for players of all ages to come together and show what they know,” says Robert Marick, executive vice president, global consumer products, MGM. “Working with THQ Nordic and HandyGames on the upcoming video game,

we are looking forward to providing fans of the franchise with a new way to enjoy the quiz show and test their knowledge.” 

Multiple-choice questions, true-or-false challenges, and minigames test players’ proficiency in more than 24 different subjects. More than 6,800 questions on topics like animal sciences, vocabulary, math and more are delivered by a diverse, fully voiced and animated cast of characters. Players can meet each challenge alone or together with others in couch co-op multiplayer gameplay to prove that they are, in fact, smarter than a 5th Grader! 

“With so many kids learning from home and so many of these gaming systems in homes worldwide, the time could not be better to revitalize ‘Are You Smarter Than A 5thGrader?’ in the videogame space,” says Adrienne Lauer, business development, Americas, THQ Nordic. “The development team at Massive Miniteam has done a beautiful job of creating a game show studio environment and building out an experience featuring 8-player couch co-op multiplayer.” 

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