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Scene It? Twilight

Score: 68%
ESRB: Teen
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Screenlife Games
Media: DVD/1
Players: 1 - 4
Genre: Family/ Party

Graphics & Sound:

Having young Twilight fans around me, I thought I was going to be the holiday hero when I whipped out Scene It? Twilight. I was met with great reception, and we quickly huddled around the Wii and postured as to who was going to win. Scene it? is a very well known game in my home. We own both editions of the regular game and have played through three more of the specialty versions. I, myself, have played console versions and really like them for their speed and ease to get into and out of without having to clean up the board components. The only thing quick about the Twilight edition we played was how quickly the kids were bored with it.

The look of the game was very cheap from the outset, especially when comparing them only against other previous Scene it? editions for consoles. The font was very hard to read, even on a 36" TV. Some argument may arise about reading it on a LCD screen versus a CRT. But, let me quickly remind you that the Wii is not HD. The Menu system was very basic. The background art quickly became repetitive. All of the scenes were obviously just movie clips, so they really couldn't mess them up. All of this added up to this looking like a quick and dirty game. It was obviously more important to cash in on the name than develop the game.

Carlisle Cullen, Edward's adopted father, plays your verbal host through the game. If you would like to harbor animosity towards the actor for no apparent reason, then you should play Party Mode which announces the score after every single question. He runs out of things to say real fast. Other than that, there really isn't anything to say about the sound in the game.


Gameplay:

Scene It? Twilight is based solely off of the first movie in the series. I had made some assumption when I received it that, based on when it came out, we were going to have questions from both of the movies. I was very mistaken. It took a while, but we did start to see repeat material sooner than I hoped. In the original Scene it? game, you had material from decades and decades of movies. Even in some of the specialized games, you have material from years of the shows having been on air. Here, you only had one movie. If you have seen the movie 40 times, can recite every spoken line from memory, and hang on Edward's every word, then you can ignore the ranting bits of the next few paragraphs and just know that this is the game for you. Go now and add this to your collection.

There are two modes to the game: Play and Party Play. Up to four of your fellow Twilight junkies can play at one time, and all will need to have their own controller. Playing either mode will help you unlock Bonus Material. Before you get your hopes up, the bonus material is not Edward or Jacob in compromising positions. It is just some scene clip art and promo photos. In Play, you will go through four rounds of questions with the victor being the one with the most points in the end. In Party Play, you choose the number of questions you will answer, and again, the player with the most points wins.

There are seven types of questions that will be asked of you. There is the garden variety Multiple Choice, where you will receive more points the faster you answer correctly. In Alice's Vision, you will have to guess a location as it is sketched. Finish the Line asks you to choose the correct ending to a spoken line from a movie clip. In Movie Clip, you will be asked a question after watching the clip. Sequentials was a cool one, mostly because I could remember timelines at least, where you had to put scenes in order. Silhouette asked you to identify who was missing in the scene. Upon Reflection asked you to guess who was hiding behind glittering stars as the picture slowly came into focus. With What's Missing, you had to find what had been digitally removed from the scene. Who Am I? provided you with clues and asked you to identify the character they were describing. Lastly is Who Said This?, which asks you to name the character who delivered the line.


Difficulty:

Scene It? Twilight is for a very niche section of the world's acne-producing population that has worn out the DVD to this movie. I know the book series is good, and I liked the movie well enough, but you really need to go into this having memorized every inane detail. There is no room for the non-zealot. I expected that they were going to throw a few no-brainers into the mix to keep casual fans in the game. If you do not have a Twilight poster on your wall, then this is going to be more than a little hard for you. Even Trivial Pursuit: Genius Edition has more questions that I can answer than this game, and that's saying a lot. All I can say is that I was not able to locate the uber fan this game was targeting. They were not hiding out at my house. I did ask if playing the game made them not like the movie anymore, and was told they weren't as good as the books anyway.

Game Mechanics:

I have to admit that some part of my dislike for for Scene It? Twilight is in principal. I weighed my judgment based on everyone who interacted with me on the game. I do not like games that have been made solely to lure in unwitting parents and providers based solely on a recognizable movie name, and then have a product that is really just un-enjoyable to the people who liked the movie to begin with. The questions were too niche for a casual player. There was no difficulty mode to break up skill levels. Can I call it skill levels? Or, maybe fanboy levels. It would have also been nice have been able to play only certain game types. This would have also allowed players of differing strengths to be able to compete against one another. You either live this movie or you don't.

I had to play the game. This sounded easy at first because everyone liked the movie well enough. I ended up playing a majority of the time by myself, just due to the fact that no one wanted to play it anymore. This included the players who actually liked the movie and had beat me handedly before. Even the thrill of an easy victory against Dad was not enough to get them interested in playing the game again. If I were to have spent the current full retail amount, I would have felt robbed. All things being equal, I don't even know if that hardcore of a Twilight fan would have really enjoyed the game that much more, given the too quickly repeated questions, and look of the game. Not having found one, I will have to give this game the benefit of that doubt.


-WUMPUSJAGGER, GameVortex Communications
AKA Bryon Lloyd

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