Review: Scene It? Movie Night (PS3)

Title: Scene It? Movie Night
Format: PlayStation Network Download (1.3 GB)
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Paramount Digital Entertainment
Developer: Sarbakan
Original MSRP: $9.99
ESRB Rating: T
Scene It? Movie Night is also available on Xbox 360 and Wii.
The PlayStation Network download was used for this review.

Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 244 of the podcast.

The Scene It games have been kicking around for years. Originally played using a DVD player and eventually a disc based game for home consoles, Scene It? Movie Night brings the game home in its most accessible format to date.

Essentially a trivia party game, Scene It allows up to four players to test their movie knowledge in an entertaining variety of ways. You can play solo and simply try to rack up as many points as possible for bragging rights on the leaderboards or get a group of friends to join you on the couch for a few rounds.

Each game consists of seven rounds of trivia and the game has fourteen different types of puzzles. Throughout the seven rounds, you’ll typically have at least two that will show an actual scene from a movie. You’ll then be asked questions about what you just saw and/or the movie in general. You really have to pay attention because you may be asked about a specific line or background item or you may not. It really keeps you on your toes which is great.

Other rounds are picked randomly from things like “Credits”, where you have to figure out a movie title as quick as possible while seeing credits flash on the screen and “Child’s Play” where a childlike drawing depicting a scene from a movie is shown along with clues and you have to figure out the title. You’re also given things like a Movie Poster where layers are brought in and Matching games. All in all, the different rounds work very well in switching up the gameplay and keeping things fun and moving along which is critical in party games.

The final round is always a Lightning Round and this can usually make or break people. Answer quick and you can rack up huge points, but answer wrong and you’ll lose points and fall behind the other players. It’s a good, challenging finish to each game.

The game features a pretty impressive amount of trivia for the price. I’ve already played a dozen rounds and haven’t hit any repeats yet. The nice thing is that a new downloadable pack, Sci-Fi Movies, is teased in the menu and there are placeholders for a number of others. It’s almost a given however that those future packs will depend on sales of the game so here’s hoping for a lot of downloads.

For a relatively simple movie trivia game, the visuals are pretty good. Each round has it’s own unique look and while they tend to repeat pretty quick, it’s not that big a deal. They’re designed to let you know which round you’re playing and they do their job well.

Finding your way around the screen and figuring out which buttons to push, especially for quick matching games is actually pretty easy. With years of experience behind the Scene It franchise, the interfaces are pretty clean and easy to navigate.

With movie licenses in place and Phil Lamarr doing the duties as host, the audio is pretty good overall, but don’t expect anything too exciting. While Lamarr does have some funny lines and he delivers them well, they tend to repeat after a few games.

This game screams for online multiplayer… unfortunately, the only multiplayer in this is local. While it works great, it would have been much better with the addition of online. What you get instead is leaderboards and nothing else. Kind of a disappointment.

If you’re a movie buff or you’re looking for a fun little trivia game, Scene It? Movie Night is worth the price of admission. There’s not a lot of depth to the gameplay, but as a simple, downloadable party game, it’s not really required.

The promise of DLC trivia packs is a double edged sword. If the game doesn’t sell well, they may never materialize but if they’re priced too high, they may not be worth it if they do come out. There’s just too much up in the air to comment on that yet.

The lack of online multiplayer hurts it a bit, but overall it’s a fun trivia game at a low price, and I’m fine with that.


Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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