12/15/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

Scene It? - The DVD Movie Game



It was coming, and we're glad to see it arrive. Scene It? is a board-based movie trivia game that incorporates a DVD in delivering some of its content including interactive puzzles and movie clips. An interesting concept, one that seemed natural for us, because around here we are big trivia fans—and big DVD fans. While this is a fun and information-packed game, in practice, well, there's still a way to go.


The premise is simple. Two or more players choose Monopoly-style pieces that they then move around the board in turn. All the context for what happens in a space on the board depends on the roll of the dice. Scene It? provides special dice for the game: one is a large version of a normal die with six numbers for determining the number of squares to move; the other die is 8-sided and determines the category of activity the player must participate in on a turn. The categories include All Play (all players compete in the activity) and My Play (the player who rolled answers with no competition), both of which rely on the DVD for content. Then there are Trivial Pursuit-type cards with the categories Take Three, Slogans and Soundtracks and Popular Culture. The last element that affects game play are the Buzz Cards, similar to Community Chest and Chance cards in Monopoly.

A player rolls both of dice, moves on the board and then takes action. Once a player or team reaches the end of the board, there is an "All Play to Win" question. Getting this one right wins the game and missing it sends the player into "Final Cut," which provides continuing opportunities to win the game.

What We Liked

The questions seem to cover a wide range and the categories are different from other trivia games. Instructions on-screen and on paper are clear and handy to have both ways and the game pieces are unique.




The quality of the DVD production is excellent and it adds much to the experience of the game. The menu navigation and integration with the board is nicely and efficiently handled. There are clips followed by questions, as well as pictograms and hangman-style word puzzles and questions where an actor's roles are shown in order for the players to identify him, among others. This last one is interesting in showing how many movies one can watch by an actor and never know the names of the characters he or she plays!

There is the capability to fold in the board for shorter games, which is novel, although our experience is that the normal games go pretty quickly. The ebb and flow of the game is interesting with a mixture of the questions where a player is on his or her own and the times where all the players are competing head-to-head. There is plenty of rooms for making fun of opponents and also excellent chances to give opponents fits with Buzz Cards.

What We Think Can Be Improved

In setting up the game, the first difficulty was arranging a playing space that provided a comfortable position, access to the board and a clear view of the television for all players.

The board is rather uninspiring; dull spaces that could have offered more move instructions or at least movie images instead a blank gray. More spaces would make each game last longer.

Although creative, we did not like the Buzz Cards. It seems to us that if the instructions on these cards could be provided in the spaces themselves. They proved to be "time wasters" for serious trivia buffs, who want more trivia, faster!

Unless you're in a large drunken group, the tie-breakers were lame. We were hoping for more trivia! Tougher questions seem more appropriate.

The DVD

According to their website, Scene It? is the first game to employ Optreve™, a new technology that enhances the functions of a DVD player by allowing DVD players to randomly access hundreds of video clips and puzzlers and keep track of what has already been played. Optreve manages the digital game elements including video clip, audio clips, and trivia questions, shuffles the questions and deals them out during the game. Optreve also tracks the questions, puzzles and clips that have been used in order to make a fresh game each attempt.

The DVD played well in most players in which we tried it. the DVD Can also be used in laptops that support DVD playback, Xbox with a converter and the Sony Playstation. One player could not handle it, but it may have been because it was an older model from Apex. Between two sessions of the game, we noted that the feature that mixes up the questions did not work and the same clips and questions came up. However, in other sessions different clips and questions did come up. I have to imagine a few more sessions will reveal the actual life of the game. No one will play when it becomes obvious that someone knows all the answers in advance. Pressing the return button on the remote advances to a new question if one appears that has been seen.

Scene It? looks like it could be great fun for parties with the idea that even casual movie fans can participate. The unique aspect of using the DVD player to provide the clips, puzzles and questions can't be underestimated in its novelty. It supports the creation of 4 teams and the fast-moving nature of the game would support some decent play, complete with commentary and jibes. Some special physical arrangements might need to be made depending on the number of players.

More information about Scene It?, including online samples with movie clips, can be obtained online at the website.

End

Posted by: debi lee mandel and jesse shanks - Legacy Article


Agree? Disagree? Have your own thoughts? discuss on facebook



Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store