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.
Summary: Though excellent in conception and most entertaining when it works hence the 2*), this game is broken to the point of unplayability on modern computers. Even the excellent emulators on Windows 8 can't get 'The Movies' to work without constant crashing after the first 15-20 game years, approximately 25% of the game, and some have found it impossible to get the game to work at all despite massive technical effort.
Summary: This is a game of two halves, but unfortuantely I'm not sure which is worse. I really, really wanted to like this game, but the more I played, the more disappointed I was. I think many people, like me, buy this game primarily for the movie making part of the game. However, it is not possible to just jump in and start making movies. There is a "tycoon" type game that one must play first, building the lot, hiring the actors, etc.
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.
Summary: Once again, Peter Molyneux oversees another magnificently original gaming idea. Unfortunately, much like the original Black and White, the finished article fails to live up to the enormous potential. The Movies is a simulation game set in Hollywood which (for the majority of the time) plays like a mix between The Sims and a classical tycoon game (such as theme park).
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.