Scene It? Squabble
by Amanda Nettgen
Scene It? Squabble
Board game manufacturer:
Number of players:
2-4 (individuals or teams)
SceneIt? Squabble is a more lighthearted take from the innovative game series. It’s classified as a battle-of-the-sexes party game.
The game and gameplay
The name of the game is to prove which gender is really on top… or so the manufacturer says.
In a nutshell, it’s a DVD-based trivia contest covering all things entertainment.
Before playing, you set out the game board, choose your movement token (be it a high heel or hammer) and assign a DVD Master (the game’s fancy way of saying who gets stuck with remote duty). A typical “highest roll” showdown decides who goes first.
On his or her roll, a player scoops up a whopping three distinct die and rolls to determine the number of spaces they will move, which category they will be playing from, and if it will be a guy or girl question.
The gendered die will statistically roll more in favor of questions that are of the opposite sex from you, as while there are both two blue and two pink sides of the die, there are also two yin-yang symbols, which mean you must play from the opposite sex category of questions if rolled. A person keeps rolling so long as they got their turn’s question right.So now that the player has rolled and is aware of which category and gender bias he or she is up against, it’s time for a DVD or Trivia Card challenge.
If the player got a DVD challenge, make sure the DVD Master selects from the appropriate side of the screen menu – left for male queries and right for females. DVD quests will either be My Play (where the roller answers alone) or All Play (where all contenders get a chance to guess in an attempt to keep the roller from getting another turn).
DVD-based challenges will be movie clips or screen games. Silly tie breakers like whoever’s hair is the longest exist to determine some challenge winners.
As for the Trivia Cards (which it seems you end up doing the most in this game), a player will draw from the male or female deck as indicated. Another player will read them a question from the Take Three, Say What?, or Pop Culture choices.
Other features of the game include Bicker instruction cards (which are ripe with gender stereotypes), Player’s Choice on the die, and Double Trouble spaces where if you land on one and get your question right, your get to move DOUBLE the die on your next turn.To win the game, a player/team must advance to the final area of the board, which looks like a target. They select All Play to Win on the DVD menu and attempt to answer a question from their own gender.
Other players will want to do their best to get the answer first because if the pending winners lose, they must instead move to the Honey Do circle. On their next turn, they have to answer three questions from the opposite sex category to win. If they get those wrong, they move down to only having to answer two queries correctly, and finally just one.
The first group to either beat All Play to Win or get out of the Honey Do circle wins the party!
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Pros and cons
Scene It? Squabble has a lot of good features. You can fold the board to play either a long game or a short one, and there are Pre-Set Gameplays to ensure a game of no repeats (or to play if your DVD player doesn’t support random-generator technology).
It also has a Party Play aspect, where no remote is needed (after you turn on the TV and use it to select that option, that is).
The bad thing about Scene It? Squabble is that it is rather sexist. It will offend some people with the stereotypical way it distinguishes between male and female questions. It has animations of men lawn mowing over flowers, etc. Also, if a female player/team wins, the screen reads: “Men are such LOSERS!”, which I think is a bit far to go.
I’m sure you could still play Squabble with one sex only, although it might seem a little off after going though coed games.
Scene It? Squabble is an average game that is good for those who like guys vs. gals competitions, but is bad for feminists. If you aren’t sick of the SceneIt? series yet and want a lighthearted party game, then go for it.