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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has posted a review of the PC version 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. GamersInfo recommends the game to fans of sim games looking for a new challenge.

From the review:

So, it looks nice, and sounds convincing. But how long will it last? You begin in 1920, and I’ve found that the replay ability of The Movies is excellent. There are sets in abundance, enough to make Universal Studios or Warner weep with jealousy, and the constant progression of time helps the game zip along at a helpful pace. Your stars are constantly evolving: going back to Tom Overton, who wooed the world with his romantic movies in the '30s, he is now 60. Put his wrinkles (unless you’ve given him a nip and tuck, in which case he can corner the Michael Douglas and Pierce Brosnan end of the market) to good use, instead, in a horror film, and he’ll cause people to faint in the aisles. The trends of the public are also changing: they want comedy to lift them out of the Depression, and sci-fi to excite them during the Space Race. They’ll also complain if you use your sets too much and they become stale, so rotation is necessary, especially because you can’t fit all of them into your studio lot. You have scientists who beaver away to research the next best thing before any of your rivals - a total of nine other studios who compete with you for awards. Any question of The Movies being able to last, especially since the basic premise of write a script, film a movie, rake in the cash is relatively formulaic, is dashed by the sheer amount of change and variation that occurs over Hollywood’s golden years that always keeps you on your toes.
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