Scene It? The DVD Game - Disney Editionby Michelle Fazekas
My kids' eyes popped when they saw me bring out Disney SCENE IT?, similar to the way mine did when I saw the game. Wow, an interactive trivia game that asks stuff I'll know about! (As thought by me, not said by my kids.)
What's included: colourful board game with popular Disney character's pictures as the spaces, pewter-look Disney character playing pieces, 150 adult question cards, 50 children's question cards (most of the adult ones can be answered by children as young as 7), buzz cards (reminiscent of Monopoly's "chance" cards), a category die and a regular six-sided die.
Object of the game: answer trivia questions, either read from a card or viewed from the DVD, depending on how the category die lands as you move around the board to finish first and win.
My 10-year-old daughter taught herself how to play while I was at work and was able to tell me all about it when I got home. I thought she was a genius until I discovered that the instructions on how to play are on the DVD and take 5 minutes. It runs you through the entire procedure from start to finish. My 14-year-old (almost 15, so I'm constantly reminded) thought he was too cool to play and wanted to sit on the sidelines...until we finished watching the instructions, then he decided that he should play too (just so it doesn't move too quickly, he says).
I was struck by the simplicity of the game - great for kids - and the different ways to play: "My Play" (one person answers); "All Play" (everyone has an opportunity to jump in and get the right answer); and then there's the different things they'll ask about...characters, scenes and songs (or tag lines). I was also struck by how many details that I didn't notice in movies that I've seen often that they'll ask you about.
We played with the adult cards and I ended up winning our first game, but I suspect that's only because I got lucky enough to get a couple of questions that were before their time and where some details had been changed in contemporary remakes (i.e. the original "Flubber" was called "The Absentminded Professor"). It was a close game since there are many of the animated films I haven't seen. I doubt I'll have as much luck in future games, they know their Disney trivia.
All in all, a good game for the whole family.
Quick and easy setup for the game and the instructions are uncomplicated. Plus, no tiny pieces! The dice are large and the game pieces are metal, so unless your dog swallows them, they're safe for anyone over the age of three. Everything fits and folds away nicely in the box.
A huge pro is that it gets the kids interested in the movies again...all of those little "I didn't notice that in the movie" thoughts get them reaching for the videos that they thought they were tired of.