The Simpsons have become such a mainstay of popular culture that many forget what a huge chance the Fox Network took on the show in the early 90's. An animated show, mainly aimed at adults in a prime time slot, was unheard of. As we all now know, apart from the show itself which is still going strong, The Simpsons have been licenced for just about everything out there - clothes, food, games, computer games, puzzles, even beer (I actually have some Duff beer, sadly (if you are my wife) or 'that's cool' (if you are my friends). There are some great products out there, and some real, ahem, duff ones. So in which category does this latest purchase fall into...
'The Simpsons Scene It?' is actually the marrying of two large franchises. The Simpsons I have already mentioned, but the 'Scene It?' line of games are huge sellers in their own right. For those not aware, 'Scene It?' is a board game, but with the added wrinkle that it is largely dvd based, in that the questions asked relate to clips shown on the dvd, clips of scenes, music, characters etc. Apart from the first game, which focused on cinema in general, later editions have specialised on everything from Disney to Harry Potter to music. They are a great party game, and I have several others, which I will probably review at a later date.
The Simpsons Deluxe Edition (I only ever saw this listed so not sure about any other version) follows the same format as all the other editions, coming in a large sturdy box with The Simpsons logo and characters on the front. Inside are quite a few bits that go with the game...
Game DVD with Party Play Feature
4 Collectible Metal Tokens
175 Trivia Cards
16 Buzz Cards
1 Six-Sided Die
1 Eight-Sided Die
The game itself is based around a mix of answering straight-forward trivia questions on the cards, and dvd based questions (you answer a range of things, from naming a character, to finishing a well known quote, to answering questions after watching a scene). They vary in the level of difficulty, but I found the DVD aspect to be both the most fun, and the easiest. Some of the card trivia required quite a good level of knowledge, and even though my wife and I are big fans of The Simpsons, we found some quite hard. The theming of the game is excellent, with plenty of bright, colourful Simpsons characters and locales illustrated on the board, pieces, and cards, and some great clips to re-watch.
The Simpsons edition came out in 2009, originally at a price of £36, which is ridiculous. I paid half that, which I felt was fair, and checking now it is down to around the £12 mark, which is a good price. It is recommended for 14 years and above, but I would say it should be based on knowledge of the show. A 12 year old Simpsons fan would get far more right than a 20 year old with passing knowledge. The game needs a minimum of two to play, but has a special 'Party On' mode for larger groups, with a more free flow format. I have played it in both small and large groups, and it is great fun either way.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of The Simpsons, it is a great addition to both Simpsons merchandise and to the 'Scene It?' line of dvd games. It is fun to play, plenty of variation in the questions, and designed for the group dynamic as much as two people. For general fans, the only proviso I would add is that some (not all, but definitely some) questions are very hard. With over 20 years of Simpsons trivia, you can imagine the level of knowledge you would need to do really well!
For the record, I did ok. Bit disappointed on some of the trivia (c'mon, Shelbyville, I KNEW that!!) but practice makes perfect.
Best. Game. Ever. The First Family of Funny in a trivia game with real clips!! The Simpsons - in a DVD Game!! This Deluxe Edition includes Bonus Trivia Cards, Simpsons Tokens and Party Play Mode!! Buy the game and have fun!! Suitable for 13+ / 2 or More Players, Manufacturer: Paramount Digital Entertainment