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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fosters friendly and social multiplayer play, both locally and online. Some movie clips are from comedies and horror films in which the behavior of characters is prankish or wicked.
Violence & Scariness
None of the movie clips show violence any harsher than a quick fistfight, but blood is seen, as are dead bodies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A movie clip from Beverly Hills Cop shows Eddie Murphy's character talking about testing positive for "Herpes Symplex 10." Several other movie scenes involve discussions that mention sex.
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Infrequent occurrences of words such as "damn" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
This game is based on the Scene It? DVD/board game. It features clips from several well known films.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lit cigarettes are visible in some of the game's movie clips, and at least one scene features a drunken character.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scene It? Box Office Smash! is the second in a series of video games based on the popular DVD party game Scene It?, and that it features dozens of clips from popular films. While the game's makers have taken care not to include any overtly offensive movies scenes, some of the clips still contain discussions about sex, while others feature fighting, blood, and mild profanity. Players can go solo, but Box Office Smash! is designed to be experienced and enjoyed as a social multiplayer game, both locally and online.
Is It Any Good?
While Box Office Smash! feels akin to its predecessor, it features several subtle changes that enrich the game experience. For starters, the goofy preamble that preceded most rounds (and significantly slowed down play) has been drastically abbreviated. We're still treated to the odd quip, but it's short and sweet and doesn't feel like its coming at the expense of the game's pace. What's more, there are now more than 20 kinds of game types, including several new challenges such as Crossword, in which movie titles must be guessed based on gradually revealed clue words that highlight individual letters in a movie's name, and Pixel Flix, a puzzle that sees famous movie scenes recreated in old-school 8-bit video game graphics.
The most significant addition is an online multiplayer mode that lets us instantly hook up with other Box Office Smash! players over Xbox Live. It's a great way to satisfy a Scene It? fix when none of your friends are available to play. Plus, it makes use of the Xbox 360's new customizable avatars, which means your onscreen character in the game will be the one you created and attached to your Xbox gamer profile.
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