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Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! Review Box Art
Artificial Mind & Movement
Warner Bros. Interactive

Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! Review

Nintendojo was provided a copy of this game for review by a third party, though that does not affect our recommendation. For every review, Nintendojo uses a standard scoring criteria.

Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! is a game that, in theory, should be fun. For those who may be unaware, "Scene It?" is a popular board game with an included DVD that allows players to watch clips and not deal with some of the hassles typically associated with board games, making for a nice movie trivia challenge. Thus, the transition to a video game seems to be almost a no-brainer: just make the game board digital and that would be it, right? Sadly, Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! fails to deliver the fun associated with the board game, largely due to technical errors made in the transition to the home console.

The core movie trivia game still exists. There are a multitude of game modes lifted right from the board game, such as watching a clip then answering a few questions, seeing a picture and guessing what movie it references, or watching a movie poster get put together on-screen and guessing the movie it's advertising. But really, that's all that remains in terms of gameplay: no Wii-specific modes (albeit some shoddy motion control is included), and nothing really stylized to warrant a purchase of this over the board game itself.

At the start of each game, the player selects a movie character-- action hero, gunslinger, superheroine, et cetera-- who is incredibly blocky and repeats the same mumbles and whimpers throughout the entire game. The character animation looks like that would have been impressive in the Nintendo 64 days, but today, gamers should expect better. In all seriousness, even the opening cinematic looks like it came from the 1997 PC game Lego Island.

Throughout the entire game, the player is accompanied by a poorly animated announcer who delivers terrible jokes that don't sync-up properly to his mouth movements. The only instance where the visuals and audio are decent are where movie scenes are played. The overall presentation of the game is incredibly bland and lackluster, making the wood grain of a tabletop under the board game preferable to the ugly purple background this game offers.

The gameplay is a mixed bag at best. Sometimes all players get to answer without buzzing in, so each player just needs to press a direction on the d-pad; the problem with this is that the d-pad is incredibly small, leading to more than a few accidental answers. Other times though, 'buzzing in' is required by flailing the Wii Remote in any and all directions in the hope of it being recognized. Another question type requires the player(s) to erase what is covering a picture representing a movie by shaking the Wii Remote back and forth; the problem with this mode is that the players can occasionally buzz in without meaning to. Whenever someone does buzz in, it's also hard to discern who actually did buzz in, given that the game gives no hints as to who the contributing player may be.

Finally, there is nothing beyond the typical trivia game in this package. No statistics tracking of any kind, no achievements, and nothing that would be expected from a board game being moved to the console. It's really a shame witnessing the missed opportunity.

Anyone who is a movie trivia buff that has other movie trivia buff friends may like this game. It's admittedly fun for those who enjoy movies to the extreme, but if this game is intended for a solo experience, or perhaps a family game night, stay clear. The finicky controls, the horrid announcer and uninspired presentation offer little incentive to warrant a purchase.

final score 4.0/10

Staff Avatar Robert Thompson
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