Okay, I’ve found a game that comes close to Monopoly’s sheer empire of editions: Scene-It. Actually, it should be spelled “Scene-It?” but I can’t bring myself to use a question mark in a name on a constant basis.
Mixing board games with being lazy on the couch, Scene-It is the quintessential DVD game for our generation. The previous generation didn’t have a quintessential DVD game, though checkers do somewhat look like DVDs, so it’ll have to count.
This is usually the point where I give a bit of history, but there isn’t any history to give. Scene-It popped up on the scene (I swear I didn’t intend that pun), not too long ago and descended upon group gatherings like vampires are currently descending upon tween girls and Hot Topic.
A Simple Concept
The core game revolves around the usage of the included DVD that contains clips from movies both mainstream and obscure. These video challenges are broken into single team events and “All Play” challenges that allow any team to guess the correct answer. You’ll move your team’s piece around the board and compete in these challenges to continue moving, though it isn’t just based on the DVD as there are trivia cards about movies and such that will weed out the average moviegoer from the guy with his own seat in the theater.
Typically, every group has at least one guy that insists upon playing Scene-It, and typically that guy is a master of all things relating to movies. Luckily for everyone out there, a version of Scene-It exists that you probably excel at more than anyone else. A good equalizer is the Disney Edition of Scene-It since most everyone has seen enough Disney movies to hold their own in any test of said knowledge (and if they can’t then they cry themselves to sleep on a regular basis).
Pick What You Know
Personally, I’m torn between a few editions to recommend. Of course there are the Harry Potter and Twilight editions, though I’d find those extremely limiting in scope. I tend to lean more towards either the Seinfeld edition, or definitely the Simpsons edition. Seriously, they have 20 seasons of material to choose from, so you’ve got a lot to work with.
Most versions of Scene-It will run you between $20 and $40 depending on where you go shopping. You may even find them as cheap as $15 if you look around, but make sure you know which version to look for. The standard Scene-It will include a mixed bag of movies, whereas something like the Friends edition will, naturally, limit itself to Friends-related trivia.