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Monday, April 30, 2007

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The Movies Reviewed
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Applelinks has posted a review of The Movies, Lionhead's movie industry sim. Brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive, the game allows players to take charge of a movie studio and attempt to grow it into a thriving enterprise. Applelinks gave The Movies a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Getting the right actor for a part is easy, but keeping said actor happy is not. As the movies start to make money, actors' demands increase. If their demands are met, they become unhappy, which translates to bad performances, which translates to poor box office. So, you give them makeovers, send them to rehab, whatever it takes. If they start to cost you more than they make you, you fire them and begin the search for the next young talent.

This part of the game is actually pretty fun, but perhaps only because of my malicious streak. In classic Sims-like fashion, I enjoyed watching my actors drive themselves to self destruction. I even fostered it at times, putting them in outfits they didn't like and assigning good roles to other actors. Bad for the studio, perhaps, but fun for me. What's a sim, after all, if you can't screw with the characters in it? I mean, there's a reason why you can destroy all you've done in Sim City with one giant robot attack, right? In fact, there should have been a giant robot in The Movies. Or even better, a bunch of sword fighting skeletons that break free from the special effects department and rampage across the studio lot. I've always said there's no movie ever made that couldn't benefit from a good sword fighting skeleton scene, and I can now safely apply that theory to computer games, as well.
Check out the full review at the link below.

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