So, on Friday, we got a package in the mail from the good folks at movie-source.com, from whom I'd won a copy of Shout About Movies Volume 1
. We promptly played two of the three games on the DVD, and loved it.
The game engine is actually better than that of Scene It
-- the questions are all DVD-based, all of them reward speed, and there are some surprisingly sophisticated questions (including a good ordering of events one and a matching one that has some well-done clues). The movies were mostly mainstream, but ranged within that from horror to comedies to classics, and we had a blast. It's probably better for a large group of partiers, but for any movie buffs, it's fun. We're saving the third game for our trip to Boston. :-)
What's really impressive is that the engine actually keeps score! Considering eight rounds of play, with 1, 2, and 3 point questions, that's hella impressive (and the dialogue changes based on the score).
Oh, and for the BJ90210 fans, Gabrielle Carteris is the female narrator.
The one drawback is that there's only three games. I understand that, given the sophistication of the engine, they can't fit more games on a disc, but at $25 a pop, that's too much. Since the DVD cost itself is the cheapest element, they'd really be doing well to put two or even three discs in a set at that price. Scene It
may get old, but it takes more than three games before it becomes completely worthless. Still since we got this for free, I can't really complain about the value. :-) But if you're thinking of spending your own money, look for it used (or see if there's a friend who wants to buy it used from you afterwards).