Excerpt: The Next BIG Thing is the latest adventure from Pendulo Studios, the Spanish developer behind the Runaway adventures. It's the sequel to the little-known (internationally) adventure Hollywood Monsters , which was released in Europe in 1997, but which never made its way to North America.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.