Conclusion: I am happy to note that EndWar does not feel like a port. The control scheme works well and there are no issues that I would put down to ‘sloppy porting’. The graphics however, could have been a bit sharper. They are certainly good enough to not get in the way of your overall enjoyment of the game, but if you are used to high definition PC graphics, the game does not impress.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: There was nothing better than being able to make your own movies with The Movies . So how do you make it better? You make it bigger and badder in true Hollywood fashion with The Movies: Stunts and Effects . This is truly an add-on, so you do not have to start over from scratch. You can interject the expansion pack at any point in your personal movies experience, as long as you have built a studio that is currently in the 60's era of movie making.
Excerpt: Imagine a game in which you take control of a Hollywood movie studio beginning in the 1920s. You are responsible for the more tedious business tasks of staff recruitment, finance auditing and construction planning; however, you also have control over the fascinating movie making process: the script, the actors, and the themes.
Excerpt: Anyone with a creative bone in their body has at one time or another thought about making movies. Some people fancy themselves as script writers, while others think they are destined to be the next Spielberg. Thanks to Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios you needn't bother even leaving your chair to fulfil your dream, as The Movies takes movie making and crams it into a sim, encompassing a huge range of tasks involved in not only movie making, but also studio lot...
Excerpt: On the surface The Movies has the look of yet another tycoon game. Start with a pile of money, build a bunch of buildings, hire staff, make pile of money bigger, yadda, yadda, yadda. The Movies does start you off with a bankroll, an empty lot, and a list of buildings that you can create, but there’s more to the gameplay here than you find in your standard tycoon game.
Summary: Parents need to know that the Hollywood stars often get drunk, can become addicted to food or alcohol, and base their self-worth on money, clothes, and social status. Some of the short films players create can have mild sexual innuendos and violence. The game is online enabled but primarily so players can share the mini-films created in the game. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone younger than 12.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: The Movies starts the way the movies started -- back in the 1920s, when film making (and film) was in its infancy. The plots were simple, the action was simple, the scripts were simple and the actors and audience were simple. Instead of custom soundtracks and multi-million dollar computer-generated effects, you had a pianist in the theater and some fake weights and banana peels on the stage during the filming.
Excerpt: The Movies is a cinematic simulation game that allows you to run your own Hollywood movie studio. You're given a plot of land, a bunch of money and the dream of creating the grandest, most successful movie studio that you can! Basically, you're given a certain amount of money to start your movie studio. You buy buildings, hire staff, and research new buildings - all with the goal of making money, and in this case, making great movies.