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 .
Excerpt: In 1997, Madrid based game development company Pendulo Studios released an adventure game called Hollywood Monsters—about a duo of reporters attending Hollywood's annual Monster Ball, a gathering of Universal Monsters from the golden age of cinema. Featuring Monkey Island style puzzle solving and quirky humor, the game was never released outside of Spain.
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: What if the monsters in horror movies were played by actual monsters, instead of actors in dubious rubber costumes? And what if one of those sinister stars was kidnapped, thus sparking a perilous adventure for two journalists as they endeavour to find said monster, unveiling a treacherous plot in the process? Well, that’ll be The Next Big Thing, then.
Pros: Memorable characters, Logical puzzles (mostly), Great graphics and music
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.
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.