Although Sony has the stranglehold on quiz games
in the console world, Microsoft have come to the rescue yet again
with with another interesting installment entitled Scene It? Box
Office Smash, the latest sequel to the series. For the
uninitiated, Scene It? Box Office Smash creates a great party
game quiz experience in your lounge room that gives the player, four
wireless buzzers and an almost unlimited range of movie based
New movies, new questions and new puzzle
challenges. It’s not just trivia; it’s trivia about movies you
love, with hundreds of all-new questions, audio clips, photo
stills and HD movie clips never seen before in any “Scene It?”
game. “Scene It? Box Office Smash” also features brand-new types
of puzzle challenges that are sure to keep gamers guessing all
Movie trivia the world will love. Movie fans
in France, Italy, German, Spain and the U.K. have even more to
love, with content from some of their favorite local films
included in versions of the game sold in their countries.
New online multiplayer capabilities. Airplane
flights are expensive, and your friends are everywhere.
Solution? A “Scene It?” match over Xbox LIVE. Better than a
phone call, playing over Xbox LIVE builds new memories with old
friends and the opportunity to test your knowledge against
friends or movie buffs around the world with several new online
Picture yourself at the movies. With the new
Xbox LIVE experience, players can literally put themselves into
the game through custom characters that respond to your play and
react to one another throughout the course of the game.
More questions on Xbox LIVE. With
downloadable content available via Xbox LIVE Marketplace and a
content tracking system that minimizes question repeats, players
always have a fresh play experience.
Everyone gets in the game with the Big Button
Pad. Chips are better with guacamole. Games are better with
friends and family. So gather your friends and family for a race
to the buzzer, and see whose movie knowledge reigns. With the
intuitive wireless Big Button Pad, even the most console-phobic
person will play, and maybe even win. Available with four
wireless Big Button Pads, or without for aficionados who already
own them from the previous Xbox 360 release “Scene It? Lights,
Scene It? Box Office Smash, now known as BOS
for this review can be purchased as either a bundle which include
all four game show style buzzers ($99.95AUD) or just the game which
retails for around $69.95AUD. The aforementioned product is perfect
for those who already the previous game.
Although this if the first time that I have
played the Scene It series, the difficulty that I see with BOS
is coming up with something unique as compared to
Sony's Buzz series or the previous versions. So how does Scene It
compare with Buzz? I must admit that the developers have tried some
interesting twists and turns to the gameplay. As with Buzz, some of
these work and some don't. The problem with BOS is that
it is lacking that true game show feel and the announcer seems a
little forced and contrived at times. On the other hand, Buzz was
extremely annoying, however BOS needs to have a touch more of
The gameplay in BOS is quite diverse
and it offers both gamers and casual gamers a variety of different
modes that include short/long matches, local and online play. Where
the game does shine is with four players and I must admit that we
had a blast playing it. When playing it online, that sense is
somewhat diminished, however it was still an entertaining experience
via XBox Live.
The questions in BOS have quite a good
range of the industry and there were quite a few movies, we had no
clue about which is a good thing. The different style of questions
in the game are quite clever such as "Pixel Flix" which shows a
movie clip that has been translated into an 8-bit game and if you
have worked out which movie this is from, you need to push the
buzzer and then select one of the four corresponding colour coded
buttons for the answer.
Other methods of play, include crosswords,
pictures of props from movies, credits of movies where you have to
guess the film and our favourite "Celebrity Ties" which is twist on
the classic game of six degrees of separation which asks the player
a variety of questions on these actors and movies. With 22 different
game show style of questions, the developers ensure that nothing
becomes repetitive, unlike at times Buzz on the PlayStation 3.
The control system of BOS is perfect and
the buzzers are quite comfortable to use and feel more refined than
the clunky Buzz buttons. It's quite simple to use, there is a big
coloured "buzzer" type button on the top, followed by four small
colour coded buttons below. On some games, if you push the big
buzzer first, you can answer the question first, followed by a
multiple choice of answers. It's very simple to use.
Graphically, the game is quite cartoonish and
lacks that lackluster game show style experience. Cute is probably
the word that best sums up the graphics. The movie clips are of high
detailed caliber, however the game is quite a basic looking title.
The announcer is a little boring, however most sound effects are
At the end of the day, Scene It? Box Office
Smash is a decent party game that needs to played with as many
people as possible as this is what makes the game truly enjoyable.
Online is interesting, however not as fun as playing with someone
physically next to you. Definitely for those movie buffs out!