Apart from playing board games and card games, one of my favorite pastimes is watching movies. Here are my picks for the best games for movie fans.
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 Hollwood 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.)
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. I think Scene It? is a terrific game.
In Reel Schpeel, players deliver acutal 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. A nice twist on the trivia genre.
4. AMC Reel CluesPlayers have to name the movie based on the hints given in AMC Reel Clues; the sooner you succeed the more points you earn. The game has five different types of clues, so there's a nice variety of gameplay.
5. Mad About MoviesPlayers compete to answer questions in five categories, including Who's Who, Quotes, In the Movies, Reel Knowledge, and Directors. Another great movie trivia game.