Having previously played the excellent Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action and my
wife loving the title I decided that it would be a great idea to pick up another of the collection in Scene It? Box Office Smash but did it love up to my previous experience?
Once again Scene It? has proved to have a great knack of putting together a game which at the core has the presentation style absolutely nailed to ensure that you get the most enjoyable experience possible. The game has a great flow and feel and it really does make the game feel exceptional despite the basis being answer a question by clicking a button, which in essence is the simplest style available.
The game provides you with excellent value for money as the game itself comes with 4 controllers which mean that as soon you have the box opened you are ready to go with 4 players all using their own wireless controller (even the batteries were included which I was very impressed with).
The controllers I have just mentioned are a major reason for the game being so great as it makes it accessible for all (even non gamers) as the controls are so simple so this makes it great for family events with even grandparents joining in.
As with all Scene It? games the depth of the game is something that impresses with there being a huge amount of different quizzes and questions to give the game real longevity and with the game even tracking previously asked questions you don't find much in the way of repetition.
The bonus points system can frustrate as it rewards both good and bad players making it possible that someone who has a bad round to score more bonus points than someone who as done brilliantly in the round.
Overall a game I really rate and recommend to all.
Often, me and my Fiancé will have over friends for a takeaway, films and a bit of a gaming session. However, not everyone who comes over is keen on playing some games, as Xbox 360 gaming does not, like anything, appeal to everyone. However, I was pleased to receive Scene It? Box Office Smash for my birthday a year ago. I was already familiar with the Scene It? board game series, and had played the first in the Xbox series, and so after hearing good things about this game, the sequel, I was anticipating a great game. Thankfully, for the most part, it exceeded my expectations.
Scene It? Box Office Smash comes complete with four buzzer controllers, which all take two AA batteries. Thankfully, unlike a lot of products, these are supplied inside the controllers already, therefore they're ready to use for the game straight away. The batteries also last for very long time, which is excellent. The controllers look very similar to the controllers used in the Playstation quiz game, "Buzz", but luckily this version is wireless. In order to get these working during the game, all you will have to do is plug in the sensor bar into the xbox, and place it in front of your television, and all of your button presses will be received through this. This makes for a very tidy game, with no chance of anyone falling over the wires (a must if you plan to play this with a few mates and a lot of alcoholic beverages).
This version of Scene It? Encorporates several game modes into the proceedings, including film clips, which will have questions afterwards about the clip, or the film in general. Others include completing the missing section in memorable film quotes, crosswords, putting films in chronological order (personally, I hate that one), pictogram, and many more. Due to the variety in game types, there should be something here that appeals to everyone, and some are much harder than others, therefore keeping the game play challenging, rather than too easy. There is a "Party Mode" available if you have more than four players willing to play. In this mode, a player will answer a question, then pass the remote on to the next. Each player will continue to answer then pass on for whatever length they please. There isn't really any competition in this mode, as questions are not split up into rounds, and points are not distributed at the end of each one, but it does allow everyone to play at the same time. There is also an online play mode, where you can complete a long or short game against a player from anywhere in the world. This does keep the game a little refreshing, if you wish to play with someone other than your usual family or friend participants.
As for those who are interested in gaining Xbox 360 achievements, the achievement list in this game is rather easy. You will gain most of these achievements through playing a certain number of short and long play games, how many questions you have answered in particular modes or on particular genres, and you will gain achievements rewarding the amount of times you have won the long, short play or online play modes.
Now that I have discussed all the positive aspects of the game, now it boils down to the negative. Unfortunately, Scene It? Box Office Smash suffers from a few irritating aspects which, although do not spoil game play, taint it a little. The first of these is the very annoying voice-over. The voice over guy does have some amusing quips to throw at the players in between game types, but after hearing these once, you don't really want to hear them again. Luckily you are able to mute him in the Game Options screen. Silence is golden-almost. The film clips can also grate a little, especially when, if you have played this a ton like I ended up doing so, you'll see over and over again. A lot of the film clips are enjoyable, but some tend to go on a little too long, to the point where I zone out and cannot answer some of the questions about the clip afterwards as a consequence. A lot of people may find themselves digging out this game in special occasions, such as Christmas, or when you have a bunch of people round to visit, rather than regular casual playing on your own or with your other half, due to the repetitive nature of it. Luckily the makers of Scene It? do occasionally offer game updates, which when downloaded, do occasionally update the game with more questions and clips, but this is very rare unfortunately.
The points system is also a little flawed. At the end of a round, the computer will hand out extra points to players for different reasons. For instance, the player who answers the most questions that round will get a large amount of bonus points, but what I found a little poor was that the loosing player will end up being awarded a huge sum of bonus points just for coming last, which more often than not bumps them up into a higher position. It feels like the computer is making this player cheat, so bonus points are not really necessary-it should be solely judged on how the player fared on the trivia. Thankfully the inclusion of bonus points was removed in the Scene It? game after this one.
So overall, Scene It? Box Office Smash is a very enjoyable game for anyone to enjoy. It particularly appeals to the non-gamer types who are willing to sit down to a bit of competitive fun with three other players, but not get involved with something to testing, such as first person shooters, for instance. Film buffs will love the large amount of film trivia contained in this disc, and will probably enjoy watching the tons of film clips. This bundle, complete with the four buzzer controllers, is priced at a very low £13.94 which is a great price, considering how long you can play this before the clips and questions begin to repeat themselves. However, like any game like this, once the clips and questions start to loop, the enjoyment factor dips somewhat, so you may find this only makes an appearance when you have a lot of people round, or for special occasions, such as Christmas or birthdays. It is a very entertaining trivia game has an equal number of hard and easy questions, so anybody could join in and give answering them a go. If you are an avid film lover, then this game is probably for you.
**This review is also on Ciao, under "MonsoonBaby88"**
Scene it Box Office Smash is the sequel to Scene it, a popular film based quiz game on the Xbox 360 Console.
The game is for up to four people and comes with four buzzer controllers to allow you to answer multiple choice questions in timed rounds or against opponents. It is a good game to bring out after an unsophisticated dinner party or with mates when you run out of gossip.
In this version there is also online play, more games available and the voiceover has been changed from a smarmy know it all to two commentators who try to get hilarious quips and film related puns into their repartee.
The game is for all ages and shows films from the 1950's to about 4 years ago, it uses a mix of music, video clips, trivia and pictures to ask questions through things like what happened next, you win points for answering quickly and beating opponents to the button and lose points for incorrect answers, which Can easily happen when you are under time pressure.
The game is a big step up from the original where occasionally graphics would hold or not move on, you visit film locations, you answer questions in imaginative ways, deciphering films from various clues about parts of it and you can really get lost in the competitive nature of beating your friends to the answer.
You are tested on film theme tunes, actors association with films, finding films from clues and general movie questions that will appeal to anyone who plays.
This is a decent game, it does suffer from the same problem as its predecessor in that repeated plays mean repeated film clips or questions putting the host at a definite advantage, however the online mode opens a new world of questions and opportunities and adequately addresses that.
This is the kind of game that can loosen people up, its good fun, has decent funny clips, the game modes are imaginative and well thought out and the whole thing makes great use of the buzzers and the consoles capabilities.
This is a good party game and a better online game, as with any decent sequel it gets rid of some of the disappointments of its predecessor and adds fresh new options of gameplay and fun.
The game is available for £12.09 on Amazon with the 4 big buzzers which is good value, without the buzzers it is really cheap on Marketplace.
I'm a moderately hardcore gamer - I like my first person shooters, my racing games and my footy games. Sadly, my girlfriend likes none of these things, so playing on the 360's become a slightly antisocial pastime since we moved in together.
When I saw that Scene It? Box Office Smash! Had been reduced to £4.99 in Argos, I figured it was a good chance to get a game the two of us could play together - and it's worked well so far, with the gf and I playing several games together over the last couple of days.
The game itself is well presented and glossy, strikes a good difficulty level and it's extremely approachable for non-gamers. The game comes pre-bundled with four wireless buzzers and a USB infra-red receiver (even includes batteries) - so it's much nicer to use in the living room than the old tangle of wires you had to put up with for games like Buzz! on the PS2.
Sadly, however, the game isn't without it's problems - on the second game through we got a couple of questions repeated from the first game - and this is becoming a trend. I get the impression with a couple of days' play, you could get to know the answer to every question in the game. There's also a frustratingly small amount of actually answering questions in the game - a long game can take up to 35 minutes, but I doubt there's many more than 50 questions in that time...I'd rather they picked a mode and asked you 20 questions on it, then moved on, rather than keep on switching and changing games, then rounds.
There are also frustratingly slow round-end sequences, where you have to sit and wait for everyone to press their buzzer...then a slow introduction to the next round...then a description of what you've got to do...I just want to skip all of it...I just want it to ASK ME QUESTIONS.
The film clips you have to watch every round are also frustratingly long - and like the questions, the voice overs get repetitive pretty quickly.
There's also a score-levelling system in place, whereby someone that's 5000 points ahead at the end of the round may be awarded 1000 points for most right answers, whereas the other player will get awarded 4000 for most wrong answers, then another 3000 for answering a question the slowest. I'm all for making things interesting, but it's too often in this game the weaker player gets to win by the computer handing over points like candy.
Like most of these games, though, I don't think Scene It? Box Office Smash is designed for people to sit down and play time after time. It's designed to be wheeled out at birthdays and Christmas when you have the relatives round, to keep granny from nodding off in the armchair - and I imagine, in that context, it could prove a very entertaining game - but playing it in the cold light of day, it's too repetitive and getting to the questions is like swimming through custard, so it has to be 3 stars - at a push.
This is a great party game for everyone to play. My husband loves his Xbox and is constantly playing war and action games - games that just don't interest me. He even has games nights with his mates where they all enjoy a drink and spend the evening fighting and killing each other with a variety of different Xbox games. These evenings all looked great fun - apart from the actual games they were playing.
So I decided to go out and buy a game that I could play with everyone and join in the evening fun. It turned out that Scene it - box office smash was a complete success!!
Scene it is a movie trivia experience that involves watching movie clips and answering questions and playing ingenious puzzles while battling for high scores. The game includes 4 wireless controllers that consist of a large 'buzz in' button and 4 smaller buttons used to answer multiple choice questions. As there are points earned for fastest answer the game can get very excitable especially after a few drinks!
The only downside is that once you have played the game a few times the questions then begin to repeat themselves. However if you have Xbox live (connected the Xbox to the internet) then you can download more movie trivia (free) and begin to enjoy a whole new round of clips, questions and puzzles.
Although the game states it is suitable for 12 years upwards I don't think many 12 year olds would recognise many of the films that are on this version of the scene it game. Many of the films are much older and this version does not contain any recent box office hits.
All in all this game is great fun for a sociable evening in with friends and family. I would highly recommend it.
I recently bought this game after wondering for quite awhile whether it would be any good or not (and waiting for the price to come down quite alot!). I have the orignial scene it game for the xbox and was worried that this would be the same. Luckily it is different enough to be lots of fun!
The movies in this game are definately different and the puzzles that are repeated from the original game have taken on enough of a new format to be enjoyed. For example the anagrams puzzle in this scene it is with an aztec theme and in the previous game was on a hospital stage set. There are also brand new games in this scene it, such as crossword (where you compelte a crossword as clues appear gradually) and celebrity ties (a question round where you figure out how actors are linked).
In this game there is also the ability to play online, I have tried this a couple of times but I'm not a massive fan - I think this is more of a game to be played with friends in your company. Downloadable content is also available to increase the amount of puzzles available but for a price that I have not been willing to pay....yet.
There are a couple of things that I dont like about the game - but its definately not enough to stop me playing it! Between games there is some commentating between two guys - trying to be funny but its actually really irritating and theres no way to stop them sometimes! My other small little problem is that I have never seen any of the films on the front of the box in the game. When it comes to watching the movie clips and answering questions I always seem to end up with lots of really old films which I have never seen. These films tend to always get repeated and I never seem to get many different ones. (Maybe its clever enough to know to test me with these films rather than the ones I know a little better!)
Box Office Smash is the second Scene It title to emerge on the XBOX 360, and formed part of Microsoft's assault on Sony and Nintendo's casual audience back in 2008 alongside You're In The Movies and Lips.
Microsoft were justly criticised for apeing Sony's hugely successful, Singstar, Buzz and Eye Toy franchises but viewed individually they did a very good job of it and I welcome these games, as someone who doesn't own a PS3 it's refreshing to have an alternative to the shelf swamping FPS and music games.
Compared to Buzz, Scene-It feels like a better product, each individual buzzer is wireless and can control all features on the XBOX Dashboard. The problem with Scene-It however becomes apparent after a few hours of play when the question sets begin to repeat themselves and multiplayer games become fastest finger competitions rather than battles of intellect.
The problem is that these Scene_It games are released once annually but receive no extra support or downloadable question packs, which if added regularly woul really increase its chance of doing well as proven by Sony and their brilliantly conceived community features in their Buzz games.
Ok most of us probably know what Scene It? is, probably the most known game mode is were the players are shown movie clips, and then they have to answer questions about the movie from which the clips were from, or about the clips themselves.
Scene It? BOS however, adds a lot more fun game modes to the game, such as Pixel Flix, were the players are shown a short animation from a film, done in 8 bit pixel graphics, the user then has to identify from which film the clip is from.
The variety of game modes and the 1-4 player modes add a bit of life to the game, as do the large amount of questions in which the game holds, however single player is very dull as there is no AI at all. The game does support 2-4 players over Xbox LIVE.
The questions are also quite hard, the game is described to be fun for everyone, even people that dont know much about movies. Dont let that fool you, this game is very hard, you are shown a short 30 second clip and then asked about the movie, even if the questions asked were not present in the clip, so its ideal if you've watched every movie from the 1960's to 2008.
The game is described as a family game, fun for everyone, take my word that this isnt quite true, the game does contain clips from movies that may disturb younger viewers, hence the 12+ age rating, PEGI rated the game down for the following:
Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
Also add horror to that list, as the game does contain a few clips from horror films.
Overall the game is pretty fun, 1 player mode is dull as i said before, the 2 player mode livens it up a bit, if you can find someone who isnt hiding everytime a movie clip shows incase it happens to be something scary. 3-4 player modes are probably a riot, although i have never tried them.
The game is playable with either the big button controller or using your standard Xbox 360 gamepad.
I had this game as part of a package when i bought my Xbox 360 - i'm a newbie to the Xbox community and my wife and I arent 'gamers' so we thought that this would be a great party game for us and when we have friends over.
The game doesnt disappoint!
Yes the voiceover between scenes, rounds and games is pretty annoying, the graphics are also quite basic, but you dont play this game for the graphics, you play it for the fun aspect of it, and this is where it excels!
The game allows up to four play to 'buzz' in with their wireless controllers and answer various questions in different formats. There are different types of games, loads of clips from actual movies, and nice touches like trying to work out the movie by seeing parts of the movie poster put together before seeing the completed poster.
The game is quite addictive, and though i think that it is limited in playing by yourself or with your partner, if you are playing with more than two of you or people who havent played it before, i can guarantee that it will get competitive!
The game is on offer in various places at the moment, and is good value, though i wouldnt pay full price for it. Give it a whirl on your next party!
When I got this game from a local rental store I didn't quite know what to expect but I must say I was pleasantly surprised as the game provided hours of fun and laughs for me and my fiancee.
The game has a wide range of classic and modern films with many various game types. Some of my favourite game types are Pictograms, Movie Clips and Sequentials. Some of the questions were challenging and a bit repetitive but the game was still fun.
The host of the game can get a bit tedious and annoying but his witty jokes can provide a bit of a laugh. The game's setup and layout was well presented and suited the type of game.
With the price of the game in stores now I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a family that likes to play video games as it brings everyone together no matter the age.
Overall, I would give this game a 4/5 as some areas could've been improved.
Scene It: Box Office Smash is probably one of the most enjoyable games of the year! This game is aimed at everyone, no matter how good or bad you are at playing games, this one puts you at ease as long as you have a knowledge for some films. The controllers provided are very easy to use with 4 selection buttons and the buzz botton on the top which can also be used as a directional pad. Amazingly, BOS doesn't oftenly repeat the same questions making it less likely to bore and if that's not enough, ever so often there are free online updates to add more questions for a challenge. Questions range from movie clips to quotes from movies, what more can you ask with such a huge variety! On the downside this game is made for a group of people and is more fun with friends and family,so if your on your own its not as entertaining. However, if your connected to live you can easily challenge other players online.
Scene it box office smash, it was promised to be better that the first bizz game that was released for the xbox for i.e not repeating questions as often. That it doesnt not live up to aftyer playing it once the second time i played it 2 questions were already repeated. But i do love the game, its great for playing with a family and keeps the kids busy, some questions are complete guess work for children under 16 though, although some very recent films are included. The only down fall is the questions being repeated. all in all a very entertaining game with funny voiceover!
Scene It: Box Office Smash is an Xbox 360 only game that is based on the popular Scene It? DVD games. It is also a sequel to Scene It? Lights Camera Action, which was also released on the Xbox 360. The aim of the game is basically to answer the most questions you can about movies
When you purchase the set advertised here, you recieve the game, and four "Big Button Pads". The big button pads have four buttons (one for each answer) and a big round button (for a buzzer). The pads are wireless, and come with their own reciever. It is very easy to get used to the pads, and once you have played through a couple rounds it is easy.
When you play a normal game with your friends, there are 3 normal rounds and a final round. The first three rounds are a mixture of different game modes. There are lots of different game modes, including, guess the actor from what movies they have been in, whats the missing prop and much much more. At he end of each round, you have to answer some questions on a movie clip. In the final round you watch another clip from a movie and answer questions. The more you get right in a row, you get a multiplier that increases your score.
The game can be set up in lots of different ways, including no buzzzing, game length and more. There is also an option for "solo play" which is a specific game for you to play on your own. In this game, the more questions you get right in a row, the bigger multiplier you get.
The game also includes an XBox Live multiplayer game. DLC has recently been released that adds more questions (mainly based around oscars), and a new true or false game mode. This costs 560 Microsoft points.
Overall I have enjoyed this game. It is definately a social game and not one to play by yourself and is not as good online. If you like movies or think you are a movie buff, then this game is for you. It can be played by anyone as the big button pads make it extremely simple. At £14.99 including the pads, this is a bargain, and would highly recommend you buy it.
Scene It? Box Office Smash, the second entry in the revolutionary movie trivia game on Xbox 360, will ignite your game night with totally new questions, movie puzzles and more high-definition content from real movies including some of Hollywood's latest blockbusters. Trivia night goes global as players challenge each other online over Xbox LIVE, customise their own characters, and access extra questions and localised content from films around the world.