May The Trivia Be With You
February 26, 2012 , 2:45 am | By Bryan Reesman
For the past decade, Screenlife Games has expanded their Scene It? brand of interactive trivia games from a DVD/board set-up to online, console and mobile formats, and from general TV and film themes into specific franchises, with their most recent titles tackling Glee and Harry Potter. I actually got the TV Edition that came out near the beginning of the company’s decade long existence and enjoyed it back then before all the extra bells and whistles were added in to later titles. Now Screenlife is blasting off into a galaxy far, far away with their Star Wars installment, which is primed for a Fall 2012 release, and A.D.D. got an exclusive look at a demo at this month’s Toy Fair convention in NYC. As with other Scene It? titles, this one combines board game play with interactive DVD trivia on screen, and the series-spanning challenges on the DVD are pretty creative. Think you know your Star Wars banter? Test your quote recall with “Finish The Line”. Have an ear for sound effects? See how well you can identify them with the “Imperial Listening Post”. The “Jedi Archives” presents players with puzzles utilizing storyboards, production stills, concept art and other film assets, some of which have reportedly not been seen before. (Just how much material lies in the vaults, George?) Perhaps the coolest feature are the “Holonet Disruptions” that present clues via holographic projections emulating R2-D2’s famous projection capabilities (à la Princess Leia’s message to Obi-Wan in Episode IV). Blurred objects slowly come into focus, and you have to figure out what they are as fast as you can. (I got the Millennium Falcon pretty quickly.) Overall, the Scene It? Star Wars game graphics and layouts are impressive and colorful.
Scene It? Star Wars is among the newer Screenlife releases to expand beyond your television. If you want to play on the go, you can stream the game (including some exclusive online content) to your laptop or tablet. That way you will be able to get your Lucas-flavored fix whenever you need it. The real test will be to see how long die-hard fans take to answer all the questions correctly.