Summary: I do not want to worry about hiring janitors, searching for extras, worrying about the landscape of my studio lot, constructing toilets, or any other of the micromanaging chores involved in running a studio. I want to build stars, direct films, and create cinematic masterpieces. There are so many distractions away from the main goal that one barely has time to enjoy the movie making experience.
Summary: ...the novelty wears off. The fact that the movie making experience is very limited, redundant, and totally lacking. The stratagy part of it together with the "fun" and creative parts of the game is completely off-putting. But it's a fun game for the first 5-10 hours of play. If you enjoy sim games, try and get it on sale or borrow from a friend. If you don't but this game sounds intreging, then think twice about this purchase.
I was sooo excited and it flopped! I feel ripped off!
Marie "Marie", Amazon
8 March 2006
Summary: I feel like I got ripped off on this game. I was extremely excited when I bought it and thought the idea was really cool. Then it started glitching! I was very patient with all the bugs. It freezes constantly. If you are trying to make more than one movie at once, it freezes. If you are trying to watch your movie, it freezes. I called customer support and got sent to India. So I emailed and got 3 different sets of convoluted instructions on how to fix it.
Summary: The game is based on interesting ideas, not only the strategy of building your movie company from the ground up, but also being able to build your own movies, selecting actors, camera angles, and what not to share with others. Unfortunately the implementation is totally muffed. The tutorial is long, and the game incredibly more so.
Complete Movie Studio Sim...Nope! Make Your Own Movies...Not Exactly.
Luis Velazquez "Lou V. the CZ", Amazon
21 November 2005
Summary: I was really excited when I heard this game would soon be available. I know that Peter Molyneux tends to over promise but I was hopeful that this time he would deliver. He did not. I am not a big RTS or SIM fan but I do think that I know a good game when I play one. The SIM portion of the game is very engaging. I think that it suffers from being overly simplified and at times restrictive. For my money it is just not that fun to play.
Conclusion: Who wouldn't want to run a film studio? Girls, drugs, expensive cars, huge amounts of money, luxurious houses, private planes and even a few films. Sadly only the latter features in this disappointing game. There is a very good machinima programme attached which seems separate from the main game. Many opportunities are squandered by the game which insists on you micromanaging every single tiny aspect including finding your writers when they wander off after a project.
Excerpt: This is a review about the PC version of the game THE MOVIES. This is yet another 'tycoon' style game which involves you starting off with little cash a lot of land then developing good film in order for you to expand your empire. When you first start you are given a small amount of money. With this you have to hire builders to develop certain facilities like stage schools, crew facilities, castin offices amongst others.
Summary: Tuve una gran decepción al probar el juego después de desearlo durante bastantes meses como una obsesión. Quiero hacer mi película! Podré hacer virguerías! y que me encuentro después de desenvolsar casi 60 €? Que las pelis las hace la máquina y que tu solo contratas a la gente y los guionistas y luego te hacen los guiones que como pongas a alguien escribiendo un guion que no sea guionista va a salir un churro de peli, casi todas salen igual.
Summary: Die Spielidee an sich hat mich fasziniert. Doch schnell stieß ich auf Sachverhalte, die unbedingt hätten verbessert werden müssen. Die Anzahl der verfügbaren und freispeilbaren Sets wirkt auf den ersten Blick enorm, doch fehlen elementare Sets, was aber erst auffällt, wenn man so ein nicht vorhandenes Set für einen Film braucht. Extrem ist der Mangel an Arbeitslosen. Jeder Star will schließlich sein Gefolge von teilweise mehr als einer Person.
Summary: Auf "The Movies" habe ich mich ewig gefreut. Seit Monaten machten mir Amazon und verschiedene Spielezeitschriften und -websites den Mund wässrig. Dann war es endlich soweit und ich konnte mir das gute Stück zulegen. Das Auspacken sollte dann aber auch das Highlight bleiben. Nach der Erwartungshaltung, die sich über die Monate hinweg aufgebaut hatte, war das Spiel selbst eine einzige Enttäuschung. Gleich zu Anfang fällt einem das recht billig gestaltete Menü auf.