We have had the board game version of Sceneit? For quite a few years and enjoyed playing it a lot until mysteriously the DVD went missing! (I blame my daughters!) Because of this I was really pleased when I spotted a Sceneit? Wii game and so I bought it for my husband for Christmas. Since then we have played it quite a few times and thoroughly enjoyed it and I have to say that it is much easier just inserting a disc rather than having to set up a board!
The Wii game is for up to four players but you would need to have four remote controls for that. We only have two so it is ideal for me and my husband just to challenge each other. You could play in teams but as most of the time winning or losing depends on the speed of your response, this would be more difficult.
Before you start playing, you need to select your movie related character. Amongst others you might choose to be a starlet, leading man or a warrior. When you start you can either opt for a short play or a long play game. The short play consists of three rounds of three puzzles and ends with the Final Cut whereas the long play is five rounds finishing with the Final Cut. There is a huge variety of puzzles and sometimes you get the option to choose which ones you want whereas at other times you do not. You score points for right answers and the quicker your response, the more points you will get. Your characters also tend to react either well or badly (floods of tears when you are the starlet) depending on whether you win!
There are some other game types as well which include Party Play where players take turns playing a fast fire solo game and then seeing how they score against up to three other players. There is also Fast Fire which is an individual game that you can play on your own and you have five minutes to score as many right answers as possible. Unfortunately wrong answers have time penalties!
There are so many different puzzles to choose from so I will mention just a few of my favourite ones:
Anagrams. This is where on screen you will see the name of an actor or a film that has been jumbled up and you obviously have to work out what it is.
Movie clip. This is where you see a short clip from a film and then you have to answer questions either about the film generally or about specific details from the clip so it is a bit of a memory test.
Props. This is where you have to identify a film by recognising some key props used in it.
Credit Roll. This is definitely one of my favourites. The credits roll up the screen saying director, producer, and actors and you have to buzz in (using the A button) when you think you know. There are always four choices to select from and you use the arrow keys to select the appropriate answer.
Quotables is another firm favourite too. Here you are shown a memorable line from a film but there are some words missing. You have to guess the correct missing words from four possible options.
I could go on but I think that gives a flavour of the sorts of things on offer. There are always multiple choices for the answers so even if you do not have a clue you can always guess and there is just a chance that you will be right. You use the arrow keys on the remote control a lot in order to select the correct answers and the A button as a buzzer. It's all very easy to use and you can just do it all from the comfort of the sofa.
This game came out in 2009 so the movie clips are reasonably up to date and it does state on the cover that the all new movie clips are from the latest Hollywood busters. The quality of the film images are really good too - just as good as watching the actual DVDs.
There are over 2,800 questions in twenty three puzzle categories so there is lots of variation and not much chance of questions being replicated. I think that the questions vary from being quite difficult to reasonably easy but I guess that depends on the number of the films that you have actually seen. The fact that you can always attempt a multiple choice answer is definitely a bonus for someone like me as I would not class myself as a film buff! You can also alter settings and if you are very confident in your movie trivia knowledge you can set for negative points which means that if you answer incorrectly you will lose points as well as gaining points for correct answers. That would never do for me as I seem to get more wrong answers than right ones!
There is also a rather irritating Oscars night type guide who steers you through the game. Some might find him quite entertaining but luckily, if you don't, you can switch him off!
Overall, I think that this is a well thought out enjoyable game that has lots of variety. I don't think that all games that are adapted for the Wii really work but this one certainly does - at least for me!
Unfortunately this is quite an expensive Wii game and is currently available on amazon for £35.65. I have also noticed that there is a version for the xbox 360 too.