|System: X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Krome Studios / Screenlife||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Microsoft Game Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 28, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Adam Brown
If you are into movies or movie trivia, youve likely heard of Scene It? before. With over a dozen versions of the board game and a previous entry on the Xbox 360 console, Scene It? is one of the most recognizable and best-selling movie-based trivia game series on the market. While the first console entry into the franchise was an excellent game, there was definitely some room for improvement. Thankfully, Scene It? Box Office Smash does a great job of upgrading the features and gameplay found in the series first outing.
Most games in Box Office Smash are broken up into three rounds followed by the final cut. Each of these rounds is full of varying challenges that will test your knowledge of films from the 50s all the way to recent releases. These different challenges will include everything from unscrambling various anagrams to identifying movie posters as parts of it gradually appear. Some games will require you to buzz in to give your answer while others can be answered by everyone. No matter which of these is the case, correctly answering these questions as quickly as possible will result in adding more points to your total score.
As soon as your question appears a score meter will begin to deplete. It starts out at a possible two thousand points and will steadily decrease until the question is either answered correctly or the total hits zero. This adds a welcome sense of urgency to answering these questions as well as a reward for the movie buffs among us. However, players with slower reflexes and a more limited knowledge of movies are still able to compete. Between each round in a game, players are rewarded for different achievements such as having the quickest correct answer or even getting the most answers wrong during a round. These added bonuses help to keep everyones scores much closer, ultimately making for more interesting affairs.
This game can be played with up to four players in short, long, continuous, or solo game varieties. Short games will provide three different challenge types per round, while long matches consist of five types each. Points are awarded normally throughout these rounds until you get to the Final Cut. Final Cuts involve watching a short movie clip and then answering five questions about it, or at least questions that relate to it in some way. Every time you answer one of these questions correctly your score multiplier increases, while an incorrect answer will reset it.
In continuous mode, the game will keep throwing movie trivia at you until you decide to stop playing. This mode can be fun when you have a group of friends over but dont want the action to get too heated or competitive. If you find yourself home alone or just want to try out some movie trivia by yourself, a solo game is perfect. Playing a solo game allows you to play by yourself in a game made up of ten challenge blocks with a score multiplier similar to the one found during the Final Cut. Here your ultimate goal is to try to get as many questions right in a row as you can so your multiplier will continue to build and net you a higher score.