Scene It?by Jordana Lieberman
Scene It is what the traditional board game is evolving into in the 21st century. This family-oriented game incorporates traditional board game principles with today's media. It helps, of course, to have some knowledge of movies, as the game is based entirely on movie trivia.
"Scene It" is designed for two to four players, though with more players teams can be easily formed. Players move around the board by correctly answering movie trivia. The questions come from both cards and actual movie clips that are shown from the DVD that is included in the game. There are individual questions and then there are "all-play" questions which all players get a chance to answer. Those with the correct answers in the fastest time take control of the board away from the current player or team.
Some of the finer points of Scene It, include the option of playing a shorter game versus a longer one, as the board can fold into a smaller version of the original. The game draws on various skills not solely on movie trivia. There are questions that are similar to hangman, whereby movie titles appear on the screen and players are required to name the movie as the letters appear in the blank spaces. There are also audio clues and clues that are based on paying attention to details in the clips that are shown.
Clips can (and will) be repeated, but the questions will vary from clip to clip, so the same clip does not necessarily mean the same question. I am also assured that subsequent DVDs will be available for the original game, so new clips are on the way!
Lastly, there is the possibility for more than one player to answer correctly (at the same time) during an "all-play" question. The game is prepared for that instance and has a "tie-breaker" option. Unfortunately (or fortunately I suppose, depending on perspective), the "tie-breaker" comes down to circumstances and not skills (ie. Stand back-to-back, and the shorter person wins this question!)
Overall, Scene It is innovative, original and a pioneer of sorts in the game world. It's an ideal game to play with friends or family and a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. The only requirements are a TV, a DVD player and a few other willing players.