The Next Big Thing for Mac Review

the next big thing

The film industry is a hard career to break into. It’s not only your acting prowess that is scrutinised at each audition; it’s your looks also. But unlike most film studios where beautiful golden locks and a perfect figure is sure to get you in the good books of the directors and choreographers sitting in front of you in the audition room, MKO Pictures specialises more in a unique aspect of film, more specifically, monsters. If you’re green skinned, have 3 eyes and breath fire then you’ll be perfect for the new horror flick MKO has in store. Anything less and you’re sent packing.

The Next Big Thing is a point and click adventure with a great sense of humour and rather odd setting. Where monster actors are actually monsters in real life and the human race has developed artificial intelligence in the form of talking robots. But taking it back to reality, you play as two journalists; Liz Allaire and Dan Murray, who have been assigned to visit MKO’s horror movies award ceremony where all manner of famous horror stars come together to celebrate what it means to be a monster in the film industry.

The Next Big Thing Gameplay

But as Dan Murray thinks more about a boxing match on Friday night, Liz spots one of the monsters sneaking into Fitzrandolph’s (the host’s) office. Doing what all good journalists do, they both decide to investigate, but end up uncovering a much larger plot in the process. What is the ‘next big thing’, what is Fitzrandolph up to, and most importantly; will Murray ever get to see that much anticipated boxing match on Friday night? Those are just some of the questions that you’ll be faced with during The Next Big Thing.

The Next Big Thing does get off to an ambiguous start as you try to come to terms with the weird and wonderful world it’s set in. Getting used to each character’s role and sometimes strange behaviours can leave you scratching your head as many of the game’s jokes rush over your head, simply because the character development is not there. But once you get into the story and start to figure everything out, it’s hard to put the game down.

The numerous characters you will come face to face with in The Next Big Thing is really what sets this apart from the rest. From a hulking ex-stuntman turned poet who gets inspiration from different forms of pain, to a small robot chef with a severe phobia of the cold. Getting to know each new character will not only help you complete your end goal, but also provide a ton of entertainment and comedy moments to remember. What’s more, not knowing what crazy character the game has to throw at you next only adds to the anticipation and urge to play on.

Whereas the in-game graphics are pretty good, the environments are vibrant and interesting and the characters are well-drawn, the cut-scenes are where the game shines. Rendering the characters in gorgeous 3D, coupled with some brilliant animations, voice acting and music it’s like being at the movies. The cartoony art-style complements the game whole-heartedly. One main issue I had with the presentation overall was the horrible lip syncing. Sometimes it just seems like the characters mouth just moves randomly with the words added afterwards and it’s a shame that this prevented it from being pitch perfect.

Whereas the in-game graphics are pretty good, the environments are vibrant and interesting and the characters are well-drawn, the cut-scenes are where the game shines. Rendering the characters in gorgeous 3D, coupled with some brilliant animations, voice acting and music it’s like being at the movies. The cartoony art-style complements the game whole-heartedly. One main issue I had with the presentation overall was the horrible lip syncing. Sometimes it just seems like the character’s mouth just moves randomly with the words added afterwards and it’s a shame that this prevented it from being pitch perfect.

Pushing those very minor complaints to the side, The Next Big Thing is engaging, funny and totally unpredictable. The Next Big Thing could quite possibly be the most entertaining point and click adventure I have played to date. As Professor Fly would say; missing out on this one would be ‘morally reprehenzzzzible’.

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Price: $9.99 (£9.99)

Description: A Hilarious and Wacky Point and Click Adventure

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Rating: 4/5

Pros: Beautiful cutscenes, great story, funny, love the ending.

Cons: Horrid lip syncing at times, stumbling start.

Advised Control Method: All (mouse preferred)