El Bicho's Hive

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Thursday, July 19, 2007


Screenlife’s Scene It? is the first classic game of the 21st century. It combines aspects of Trivial Pursuit with the capabilities of a DVD technology to show video clips and feature an array of puzzles. Their first release in 2002 dealt with movies and sold more in its first year than the combined first year totals than Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, and Cranium. Expansion game were created dealing with other pop culture subjects both generally (Music, Sports, and TV, which won the Toy Industry Association’s 2005 Game of the Year) and specifically (Disney, James Bond, and Marvel Comics).

Quite possibly the biggest name in pop culture over the past 10 years has been Harry Potter, so it’s no surprise that he has been included in the Scene It? catalog. Screenlife has discontinued the original game and has released the 2nd edition, which expands the source material used. The new game includes movie clips from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and features images, questions, and puzzlers about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The game is a great challenge to see who is the most knowledgeable about all things Harry Potter.

The game is also enjoyable to play even for those few who know nothing about the boy wizard and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Even though I was only very familiar with SpongeBob Squarepants, I held my own against my nephew when we played the Nickelodeon Edition with its questions about shows I had never seen like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Zoey 101, and Drake & Josh. The answers to some of the puzzles on the DVD are can be answered just by watching the scenes, such as what hand did Dobby cast a spell with. General movie fans can do well in the Muggles category, which asks questions about other movie roles played by actors in the series, and drawing a House Points card may allow you to advance, if it doesn’t send you back.

Harry Potter 2nd Edition is available in a standard and deluxe version that includes four trading cards. A preview can be found at Screenlife’s website.

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