Smart Challenge is a brain twisting puzzle game for your Windows Phone that tests you deductive powers, reflexes, and powers of observation.
You are presented with a series of brain twister styled questions and tasks where the answer may not be as obvious as it appears. For example, on the main menu there is an arrow labeled “star” and you are directed to “press start to continue”. Your reflex is to tap the arrow but to continue you need tap the word “start”.
Smart Challenges has three levels of play that are progressively unlocked and you might be surprised how challenging the simplest of tasks can be.
Settings are accessible from the gaming levels page and covers language support (English or Italian), audio on/off and a game reset button. You also can access the help screen, about screen and credits screen from the gaming levels page.
Game play is not very difficult with Smart Challenge in that you are presented with a collection of puzzles or challenges that you must solve. Some are very straight forwards such as tap the button ten times but the counter only goes to nine. Some ask you to tap on a set of colored numbers in a specific sequence but as you tap on the numbers, they are re-arranged on the screen. Then the next question asks you to multiple the same numbers but only the blue numbers.
Smart Challenge will test your memory, powers of observation, deductive reasoning and reaction speed much as we see with similar games such as Stupid Test.
It is a fun game to pass the time with and has its fair share of challenges. What I am not too keen on is that if you miss one question, you fail the level and have to start back at the beginning of the level. It can be rather frustrating to advance through a level, miss a difficult challenge and find yourself starting back at square one. I would not mind seeing a “three-strike” set-up where you return to last correctly answered challenge but on the third failed challenge, you return to the beginning of the level.
Smart Challenge can be a puzzling with plenty of “uh-duh” moments. It reminds us that no matter how obvious the answer, your mind can easily overlook it.
Smart Challenge is a free, ad-supported game that is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. You can pick up your copy of Smart Challenge here in the Windows Phone Store.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.