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Hands on – Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action

This past weekend, my family and I spent some quality gaming time with the new Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Microsoft Game Studios) and I have to say that, although it’s certainly not perfect, it is a very good game.

To start with, the game features an impressive amount of media – in the form of video, audio and stills – from a wide variety of movies spanning more than 5 decades. Movies like The Wild One, Saving Private Ryan, Footloose, The Devil Wears Prada and more offer a true test of your film trivia skills. Not all of the questions posed in Scene It? are based on clips however, as the game is broken down into several different puzzle types including Credit Role (guess the film from the movie credits), Anagrams (unscramble the movie title) Pictograms (figure out the answer from clues within the picture) and more. Each puzzle type contains only 5 questions and each round of gameplay features 3 to 5 puzzles each, which really keeps the game feeling fresh throughout the match.

Scene It? offers 3 game modes to choose from: Short Play (3 puzzles per round), Long Play (5 puzzles per round) and Party Play (never ending). Both the Short and Long Play modes are great for small groups who want to determine a winner at the end of each match – and unlock some Achievements along the way – while Party Play is really designed for players to jump in and out of the game with no true winner. Regardless of which mode you choose, players need to answer trivia questions in order to score. A countdown points-timer begins as soon as a question is presented so, the sooner a player enters their answer, the more points they earn if they’re correct. Being quick can result in some impressive scores early but can work against you in later rounds since incorrect answers will cost you those same high points.

Packaged with Scene It? are 4 of the new Xbox 360 Big Button Pads, the tool with which players submit their answers and, without a doubt, the most conversation-generating aspect of the game…

The new Big Button Pad controllers utilize infrared wireless communication similar to most television remote controls. Included in the package is a USB infrared receiver which plugs into the Xbox 360 and delivers the signal. Once placed in a good line-of-site area, such as on top of your television or monitor, the receiver delivers the signal without a problem. Each controller has its own unique Big Button color to keep them from getting mixed up during play, as well as A, B, X, Y ,Start, Back and Guide buttons. While the layout certainly isn’t ideal for a frag-fest evening, it feels very comfortable for Scene It?

On the downside, I did notice some questions repeated after only a few matches. I’ve no doubt that this is due to the true random nature of the way the game generates questions, but I still was surprised to see it happen so soon. One other thing to take note of is the age group of potential players. The game carries a “T” rating due to the nature of some of the material contained within the movie clips. The disclaimer should also include the “I won’t be too interested” descriptor as well. As an example, my kids are 8 and 12 years old. The good majority of questions that we faced were from movies that they had never even seen. It didn’t take too long before me and my wife were looking at two abandoned controllers as our kids left the room discouraged and grumpy. Of course, my wife also left the room discouraged and grumpy but this was due to my having totally dominated in the game. She just can’t accept the fact that I’m a genius! Anyway….back to point… Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action is a great game for adults and older teens, but will probably bore the younger ones in the family.

With its wide variety of trivia and the cool new Big Button Pad, Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action is an ideal activity addition for your next house party.

GAME RATING: 8 out of 10


November 13, 2007 - Posted by | Games, Review


  1. LOL … You genius you!

    I like that the controllers are also compatible with Uno. Definitely a neat little touch. Hopefully they will come out with a younger children’s version eventually.

    Comment by bs angel | November 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. If the game sells well, they may decide to build a Scene It? library.

    I’d really like to see some other companies design their own trivia/gameshow-style titles to make use of the new controller.

    Comment by rabid72 | November 20, 2007 | Reply

  3. That would be a neat feature. What was that game that I used to play on the computer that was just a blast, … I can’t remember but there was a big face in the middle and it was two player. Kinda sassy and funny. Ugh, I am having a total brain fart. I will come back and tell you if I can remember the name of the game I am talking about, but they should make it for the 360. 🙂

    Comment by bs angel | November 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. You’re not thinking of “You don’t know Jack” are you? That game was a blast, but I don’t remember it having a big face in the middle of the screen.

    Comment by rabid72 | November 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. Yes, that is exactly what I was thinking of! I seem to remember a face though. Maybe that is what shows when you lose every time, who knows? 🙂

    Comment by bs angel | November 24, 2007 | Reply

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