Buzz! The Schools Quiz

PUBLISHED: 15:52 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009

Buzz! The Schools Quiz

Buzz! The Schools Quiz

Buzz! The Schools Quiz Price: £39.99 (with four controllers) Format: PS2 Age rating: 3+ THIS marvellously inventive game, aimed specifically at seven to 11-year-olds is like playing a junior version of University Challenge. Developed in association wit

Buzz! The Schools Quiz

Buzz! The Schools Quiz

Price: £39.99 (with four controllers)

Format: PS2

Age rating: 3+

THIS marvellously inventive game, aimed specifically at seven to 11-year-olds is like playing a junior version of University Challenge. Developed in association with the Department for Education and Skills, it comes with four big red button controllers that players press if they think they know the answer to one of 5,000 multiple choice questions based on the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Trailed extensively in schools last year, the idea is that teachers or parents can run through the entire list of questions at random or select those relevant to a particular age group, subject area or individual topic.

Anyone familiar with previous Buzz! games will know exactly what to expect, although the music, movie and general knowledge questions of previous games in the series have been replaced with ones based on geography, history, science, maths and religious education.

Initial primary school trials of the game proved overwhelmingly positive with the quiz show format helping children feel instantly at ease. While there's a single-player option, the game can also be played by up to eight players at any one time, although you'll need to stump up £15 for an extra set of four controllers. Appoint team captains and the whole class can join in, not only testing what pupils have already learnt during their coursework but also teaching them valuable collaborative skills too.

The game's colourful graphics, animations and absurd sound effects help bring subjects to life in a way that a blackboard or text book couldn't hope to achieve.

Once you've worked your way through the 5,000 questions on offer it's possible to create your own quiz, acting as an impromptu quizmaster. It's incredibly easy to enter your own questions and a great way for teachers or parents to squeeze even more longevity out of a title that's sure to be a big hit with both kids and adults alike.

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