Version Reviewed: 2.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Successfully incorporating much of the elements that made the board and console games so much fun, Scene It? Movies 2 is here. Impressively, not much has been missed out at all, bar the irritating voiceover synononymous with the console adaptation and really, that's a blessing.
There's a huge wealth of questions on offer with repeated plays not once producing a repeat question. Categories are especially varied ranging from focusing on specific actors, genres and decades. A series of in-app purchases are available which further extend the potential for only 99c a go. These follow set themes such as one pack offering questions all about sci-fi and horror, while another comes with questions focused on award winning cinema. Scene It? Movies 2 is a little sneaky in how it introduces these, offering them alongside other available categories with the great temptation to simply tap buy and acquire more questions, but it is worth the outlay.
The questions are fairly typical of any trivia game but the addition of a scattering of film clips is a nice touch and the video quality is consistently good, potentially better quality than older Scene It console games in fact. While some questions are multiple choice, others require players to re-arrange information such as determining the order in which certain films came out. One particularly intriguing question type involves players watching a credit reel and guessing the film title from it.
Scoring is done via a wager system with players given 100 million dollars to start and then having to gamble according to how well they think they'll do. Not all categories have to be played which is particularly useful if, like me, the player knows nothing of Saturday Night Live (the curse of being a Brit). The scores are then shareable via Facebook or Twitter as well as uploaded to the GameCenter leaderboards. Upon completing each game, a scene is unlocked which adds extra impetus to playing through multiple times.
Single play isn't the only option in Scene It? Movies 2 with a party play mode also available which can be hooked up to an Apple TV. This is a bit of a weak mode however with players simply watching and participating like a DVD game rather than actually interacting with the game. A pass around mode would have been much more appropriate.
Despite this flaw though Scene It? Movies 2 is very enjoyable. Ignoring the silliness of the Party Play mode and the slightly gimmicky power ups that can be easily bypassed, there's a solid and enjoyable movie trivia game on offer. For trivia fans, it'll be very easy to get carried away and find that hours have passed in the company of this title.