While there have been short DVD or DVD-ROM games included with various movies (mostly Disney features), the market for full set-top DVD games has so far been dominated by the popular "Scene It" trivia series. "Beat the Intro" attempts to offer a "Name That Tune"-style alternative, having viewers quickly use the DVD remote to select the correct answer.
"Beat the Intro" certainly doesn't skimp on the questions, containing over 3,000 music-related questions focusing on different eras (50's & 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's/00's or a player can choose "random".) Single players can choose "quick fire", which throws out various music tracks (these are redone tracks, not the originals) from a specific decade (or random) and gives the player a brief time to choose between three options. If the clock runs down or you get the question wrong, it's game over. Oddly, if you get the question wrong, it doesn't tell you which was the right answer. Get the question right and the time is carried over to the next question.
The other option is "Head-to-Head", which allows up to four players to play. During each round in the head-to-head section, players will have to go through naming tunes by lyrics and intro music, name stars whose faces are blurred, name the genre of music, name band names and more. The one with the most points wins.
The game does offer enough questions (some of the artists mentioned include: Pink, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Meat Loaf, Dixie Chicks, Green Day, a-ha, Paula Abdul, Willie Nelson, Ricky Nelson and Nancy & Frank Sinatra, among others) so that players won't be seeing the same songs coming up again and again, at least right away. The mixture of questions available in the "Head-to-Head" mode also make for a nice variety. Where the game stumbles a bit is the presentation, which is rather bland, with generic backgrounds and not much excitement. There are (at least on my particular player) some noticable gaps between questions, which interrupts the flow of the game a bit.
VIDEO: The visuals consist largely of static backgrounds, which are presented with fine quality.
SOUND: The tunes are presented in crisp, clear stereo.
Final Thoughts: "Beat the Intro" offers a basic presentation, but the game provides some mild fun for music trivia buffs. Still, it's awfully expensive at $25 list price ($10 less seems like a more reasonable price), so those interested should wait for a major sale.