Cheap and Dirty Gamer: How Smart Are You? Tell Me, Video Games


How smart am I?  That is a question I often ponder as I go about my day. In the eyes of my wife and my parents, I am the smartest man in the universe, though others may not agree. Due to some less than stellar choices I made in college, I can not prove my intelligence through a job in the STEM fields nor do I have the financial know-how to be considered a genius in the monetary sense. Fortunately for me, Entertainment Forge has created a game that will both test my intelligence and allow me to brag about it through Facebook, the world’s biggest soapbox for drawing attention to one’s accomplishments.

How Smart Are You puts you in the shoes of an astronaut of some kind, exploring an alien planet in hopes of discovering what happened to the native species. This is accomplished through solving puzzles and revealing ancient texts which you hope will allow you to discover what exactly happened. While I applaud the developers for including a simple plot with the group of interesting and challenging puzzles, my true motivation for playing was to discover my actual IQ level and then taking a screenshot to be used as an appendix on my resume.

A bridge over not so troubled water.

A bridge over not so troubled water.

I’m not entirely how accurately HSAY measures IQs, but I definitely felt mine was tested quite a bit. None of the puzzles follow a pattern, which means that all areas of your brain’s problem solving sectors will be tested. Trying to cheat the system results in lost IQ points, which is a great way to prove that cheaters are also big dummies.

I won’t say what my score is but I can tell you this: I’m either a.) really smart or b.) my loved ones are dirty dirty liars.

Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.


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