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Nintendo Wii Review: Scene It? Twilight

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I think we are all aware by now that sparkling vampires are trying to suck the money out of our pockets, and the world of gaming is just one front in their battle. There are Twilight board games, Twilight card games, and various versions of Scene It? trivia games, from a deluxe DVD edition to the object of this particular review, the Wii version of the game.

The game, which asks you to answer questions about the film, opens with the greeting "Step into the twilight" from Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the father figure in the Cullen clan, and is voice acted by the film's original actor, Peter Facinelli. We can hear soft rainfall in the background as well as what sounds to me like an elevator music rendition of Carter Burwell's score for the Twilight film.

The game, designed for one to four players to compete head-to-head for the highest score, allows you to choose a character from the series to represent you during gameplay. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the selection of characters went beyond the expected presence of the Cullens and Bella Swan to include a number of the humans and the 'bad' vamps as well. Even poor Waylon who is in the movie for probably less than five minutes is a character option. I was, however, disappointed that no bells and whistles came with your chosen character. In other words, the only defining trait was the name itself. There were no images or voices or quotes to add to the fun of your alter ego.

There are several types of games and puzzles to solve as you play, the most prominent being the multiple choice questions of which there are over 500.  Even so, by the time you get into the second hour of gameplay the questions quickly become repeats, they are merely reworded to appear as though they are new.

The most challenging puzzle for me are the ones called "Alice's Vision" in which a sketch is forming and within a certain time frame you need to figure out what is being depicted. I failed almost every one of those, and believe the poor quality of the sketches rather than any lack of knowledge Twilight knowledge on my part to be the issue.

The best of the puzzles are the ones called "Sequentials" in which you are shown three movie clips out of order and you have to put them in order all while a timer is counting down.  Not having watched the film in a year, the exercise is one I found enjoyable.

Some other notable puzzles include "Finish The Line" which is exactly what it sounds like — you are shown a clip of a conversation and then are given a multiple choice selection of what words come next. Along the same lines "Who Said This?" presents you with dialog and you must then guess who said it.

On the positive side, I am inclined to think that the game designers had a sense of humor while creating the title. If you score well, Dr. Cullen tells you that you "Sparkle like a diamond," which is certainly a rather cheesy statement. In another humorous moment, a multiple choice question asks you what Mike Newton called Edward Cullen when the humans were hanging out at First Beach and one of the possible answers given is "Twihard," which is a derogatory term used to describe a die hard Twilight fan. And last but not least another question has author Stephen King as a possible answer which I have a feeling would make him cringe if he caught wind of it.  This is particularly true considering the debacle that occurred in February 2009 in which Mr. King stated in an interview with USA Weekend that "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn." which sent Twilight fans into a tizzy.

Overall I was not impressed with this game. The Twilight inspired font was difficult to read, the repetitive material had me bored by the time the two hour mark rolled around, the poor drawings make it difficult to answer the "Alice's Vision" questions, and the bonus material is not much of a bonus. That material consists of stills from the film and cast members all of which any Twilight fan worth their salt will have gazed at numerous times already courtesy of the internet. I say save your money and just watch the movie instead.

Scene It? Twilight is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence. This game can also be found on: Nintendo DS.

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