If you love playing board games and card games as much as you love movies, you'll love putting the two together even more. There are great movie trivia games for all ages and all levels of cinema mastery. Some test your ability to make connections that cross genres and actors' careers. Others let you deliver a famous line or put you in the Director's chair.
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Movie trivia games have never benefited from players being able to actually see the subject of the questions, until now. In Scene It? there are eight question categories. Three of them require the included DVD, including watching a movie clip and then answering a related question and identifying a movie from a single frame in which the actors' faces have been removed. Scene It? is a terrific game.
It is available in several versions, including movie-specific or series-specific versions such as Scene It? 007, Scene It? Disney, Scene It? Turner Classic Movies, Scene It? Harry Potter, and Scene It? Pirates of the Caribbean. There are deluxe versions and junior versions.
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In Reel Schpeel, players deliver actual lines from movies, trying to get their teammates to guess such things as what film it's from, who said it, and who starred in it. It's a nice twist on the trivia genre because it casts you in the starring role (for your turn, at least).
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Players in AMC Reel Clues have to name a movie based on the hints prompted by the game cards. The sooner you succeed the more points you earn. You might be called on to draw a picture of a scene or do an impression of a famous actor. The game has five different types of clues, so there's always a nice variety of gameplay.
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In Mad About Movies, players compete to answer trivia questions in five categories, including Who's Who, Quotes, In the Movies, Reel Knowledge, and Directors. The game contains over 1,500 questions from 700 movies, including a special Director's Cut category. The movies cover a wide variety of genres and Hollywood eras.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Cinelinx is a fast-paced card game for two to six players. Drawing from 320 cards, you connect movies, actors, and genres in patterns, similar to dominoes. It's a little like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon but with a wider variety of actors and movies. There are Director's Cut cards that mix things up. Best of all, this game is adaptable to different levels of players, from easy to difficult. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to play a game.
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Double Feature is a card game that gets you thinking, and there are multiple correct answers with each play. You draw two cards from a selection of six categories, such as Props, Setting, or Scenes. Then you flip over the cards to reveal a clue on each card. All players then race to name a movie that relates to both clues. The categories include Characters, Theme & Genre, Production, Props, Scenes, and Setting. It's best for four to 10 people, ages 10 and over. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to play a game.
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Traumfabrik, which translates to Dream Factory, is a compelling board game in which players assemble the cast, director and crew members to film some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Published by Hasbro in Germany, it is worth seeking out. Players bid on the directors and stars (all real giants of Hollywood, like Hitchcock and Monroe), winning points for producing the best movies. (A later U.S. edition, Hollywood Blockbuster, features the same great gameplay but replaces real actors and movies with caricatures and pseudonyms.)