Summary: The latest game from Runaway creators Pendulo Studios is a throwback to a bygone era in more ways than one. It's a classic point-and-click adventure game in the tradition of the glory days of the '90s. It's also a bit of a reimagined version of Pendulo's 1997 adventure Hollywood Monster s. And to top it off, it's a tribute to American popular culture and specifically the Golden Age of Hollywood. But this time it's a Hollywood where actual monsters star in the movies.
Excerpt: Like many of the other critics here at GameCritics.com, I'm always excited to see videogames evolving rather than steadfastly clinging to conventions. And if there is any genre that is undoubtedly guilty of sticking with the norm, it's survival-horror games. Few of these games even attempt to stretch beyond the basic formula established six long years ago by the first Resident Evil .
Conclusion: The Next Big Thing , then, is not exactly what it says on the tin - but we still got plenty of laughs out of it. If you're on the prowl for a point-and-click adventure, this will easily tide you over until the next Telltale title comes knocking. Never before has a game produced a character who was so... disconcerting.
Excerpt: About 12 years ago Pendulo released a Spanish language game called Hollywood Monsters . It featured Sue Bergman and Ron Ashman, rival journalists working for The Quill, and on assignment together at the Monsters Ball being held at the swanky mansion of movie mogul Otto Hanover. The monsters were real, the journalists jocular, and it never saw the English light of day (although an incomplete pre-production English language version apparently exists).
Excerpt: It has been a while since the point-and-click adventure game was really popular; this popularity has seen a huge decline since the introduction of 3D games. The point-and-click genre relies heavily on story and the characters who are involved, as the game play itself cannot be modified. The Next Big Thing is set in a world where monsters are movie stars; you play as two reporters, alternating throughout the game. The two characters are Liz Allaire, a strange reporter...
Excerpt: that starred a two-person team of rival reporters investigating a story at the home of a powerful film producer. This premise, word for word, is the same as the company's new point-and-click adventure.
Excerpt: In 1997, Spanish developer Pendulo Studios released a 2D adventure called Hollywood Monsters that starred a two-person team of rival reporters investigating a story at the home of a powerful film producer. This premise, word for word, is the same as the company's new point-and-click adventure. The Next Big Thing is called a sequel, but it plays more like a slick, updated reboot of the '97 title.