Playing Time: 30-60
My two favorite types of games are team games like Outburst
and Taboo, and trivia games (especially movie games like Scene It). So
imagine my excitement when I discovered a new DVD trivia game called Shout About
Shout About Movies is an ideal party game, because you don't have
to worry about setting up an unwieldy game board. The entire game is played on the DVD,
so all you need to play is a TV, a DVD player, and a remote. The game even keeps score
for you. Also, because Shout About Movies is a team game, you can pretty much play with
an unlimited number of players.
Game play is relatively simple. (The
questions, however, are not so easy.) Each game consists of eight rounds. Each round
has slightly different rules for game play. For example, some rounds will give you a
snippet of dialogue, or a screen shot, or a string of words relevant to a certain movie.
In these rounds, as soon as you know what movie the information is from, you shout out
the answer. Loudly. (This game is not for shy, quiet types.) If you’re right, your
team gets points. In every round except the final round, there is no penalty for
wrong guesses – so keep on yelling until someone gets the correct answer! Other rounds
are more difficult and require more concentration. In these rounds, you can talk with
your teammates before submitting an answer. Whichever team has the most points at the
end of the game wins.
I had an absolute blast playing this game. I love
DVD movie games, because I get to see snippets of some of my favorite flicks while I'm
feeding my competitive nature. One thing that I found interesting was that the DVD comes
with three completely separate games. This means that the second and third time you play
the game, you'll get completely new questions. (One of the problems I had with Scene It—which is
the only game I can really compare this to—was that I’d occasionally get the same
questions repeatedly after the first few games. You can skip past them, but it’s
annoying.) Unfortunately, that's a mixed blessing. The flip side is that after you
play the three games on the DVD...you're done. There are several versions of the game
available that you can buy after you've exhausted the first DVD, but that can get
Again, this is a great party game. I highly recommend adding
it to your collection (and then loaning it to a friend after you've played all of the
games on the disc).