TV quiz show game for XBLA this week

Plus a free Marble Blast Ultra level.

Unhappy about having to pay 1200 Microsoft Points - over a tenner - to play Portal: Still Alive on Xbox Live Arcade? Well, probably not. In which case, perhaps you'll be happy to pay that again for this Wednesday's offering, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader: Make the Grade.

Or not. But either way, AYSTA5G is developed by Blitz Arcade and published by THQ, and goes for the aforementioned 1200 MSP (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40). It's a quiz game based on the grade school (primary) curriculum, with 6,000 questions across 21 subjects.

It's based on the US TV show of the same name, where host Jeff Foxworthy asks a series of questions based on the junior curriculum, with contestants gradually moving towards a USD 1 million prize the more they get right. We've never seen it, but Wikipedia reckons a UK version (Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?) was or is hosted by Noel Edmonds and/or Dick & Dom.

There's more info on the Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader: Make the Grade page on, and you can buy it from 9am GMT on Wednesday. As with all XBLA releases, there's also a demo and 12 unlockable Achievements in the paid-for version.

Also out on Wednesday is a Marble Blast Ultra multiplayer level. It's free and even adds one new unlockable Achievement. If you haven't played the pretty decent Marble Blast Ultra for a while, you could do worse.

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