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Review | What The Dub?!

From the makers of Freedom Finger, Wide Right Interactive brings us a brand new party game that film lovers will surely enjoy. Aptly named What The Dub?!, this party game puts players in control of key dialogue in over 300 clips from public domain movies, PSA videos, and industrial films. Requiring at least three players and going up to a dozen, this is a party game that’s well worth the price of admission.

The idea of What The Dub?! is that players will use a mobile device or computer to dub over audio in video clips. Six players will be able to write their own dubs while another six can represent the optional audience. This means the game works sort of like your own version of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Using excellent text-to-speech technology, the game is able to register player text in pretty impressive ways. After each player writes their dub, the game will anonymously present them all to everyone. Players will then vote on the best dub, whether it be the best fitting, or simply just for being the funniest. The best dub will get the most points, and then points get allocated to any other dubs with votes.

What The Dub?! is pretty simple, but that’s one of the things that makes it inviting. Fans of games like the Jackbox Party series will likely get a lot of mileage here. Players can write practically anything they can think of under a time limit, including names, cursing, and even sound effects like the infamous Wilhelm scream. Of course, if you prefer to keep things tame for kids, you can turn on the swear filter. In fact, there are various options that can give players more flexibility too. This includes longer time limits for inputting text, and even adding more rounds to the game.

The game has a pretty solid presentation as well, including a jolly fanfare musical score by Jonathan Hylander of Sanjay and Craig fame. Steven Kelley provides the voice for the announcer, going from welcoming and encouraging to downright belittling to those in last place. For the visual presentation, it keeps things simple using movie theater overlay graphics and lots of film effects. Despite the simplicity, the game does have a couple minor flaws. Dubs that are too long for the clip basically pause the footage until every word is said. There was also one moment where my preview clip didn’t load properly, and I ended up dubbing blind. These are minor issues, and thankfully, they won’t stop the fun to be had.

For under ten bucks, you really can’t go wrong with What The Dub?!. The clips offer plenty of opportunity to deliver hilarious and raunchy dialogue while also maintaining the B-movie charm. People at parties will surely have a good time, but streamers will especially have a lot of opportunities with the game. With 300 clips and some imagination, the possibilities are literally endless for this title. If you’ve ever wanted to write your own movie dialogue, now’s your chance!

Final Score: 9 out of 10

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