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  • Summary: After having put the adventure game genre back into the spotlight with the Runaway trilogy, which had captivated more than a million players during the last decade, Pendulo Studios is back with an original, great adventure game. The Next BIG Thing revisits with class and humor the fantasticAfter having put the adventure game genre back into the spotlight with the Runaway trilogy, which had captivated more than a million players during the last decade, Pendulo Studios is back with an original, great adventure game. The Next BIG Thing revisits with class and humor the fantastic movie genre with a modern, funny adventure packed with hints and references made to popular movies and TV shows.

    The story introduces the couple of charismatic heroes Dan Murray and Liz Allaire involved in an incredible and crazy adventure, full of twists and packed with moments of pure comedy! With The Next BIG Thing, Pendulo Studios stay faithful to their unique graphic style that puts their games close to actual animated movies. The Next BIG Thing also maintains Runaway’s popular and beloved ingredients: an intricate story, funny and charismatic characters, wacky mysteries and puzzles, and a definite adult and modern tone.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Apr 27, 2011
    100
    The Next Big Thing is a prime example of what a graphic adventure should be. It's got it all: an entertaining story, great writing, creative but logical puzzles, good voice acting and music, beautiful artwork and a killer sense of humor.
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    86
    The next big thing shows us how an adventure has to look in the year 2011, despite being far too easy for the most time. Only the hieroglyphics-puzzle is really frustrating because it's not logical in the game world.
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    85
    For point and click fans, The Next Big Thing is a solid title that brings a bit of fresh air to the genre. To everyone else, it may surpass expectations with an in-depth story, challenging gameplay and beautiful art direction.
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    78
    Even though The Next Big Thing seems to have a lot in common with the Runaway trilogy, it is an absolutely great game. What a shame that the puzzles are not always as challenging as you expect them to be.
  5. Apr 30, 2011
    75
    Contains plenty of charm and spirit in both its writing and superb animation, and while it's a somewhat flawed game overall, it's still a game that fans of the genre should give a look. For the right price, that is.
  6. Apr 30, 2011
    70
    An honest and beautiful tribute to the "Old Hollywood America" and Classic Adventure Gaming, that manages to overcome its problems due to its all-around warm feeling and aspirations.
  7. Apr 21, 2011
    60
    The Next Big Thing creates a lush vision of an alternate-reality Hollywood, but its knockout visuals can't make up for its frustrating puzzles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    The Next Big Thing is a lovable adventure game from the makers of the Runaway series. The graphics are beautiful and the characters are funny,The Next Big Thing is a lovable adventure game from the makers of the Runaway series. The graphics are beautiful and the characters are funny, entertaining and absolutely lovable! The Next Big Thing is an unique and unforgettable adventure experience that I will always hold dear. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Fantastic Game, I bought mine during the summer sale. I loved everything about it. I agree completely with that other guy, it was very funnyFantastic Game, I bought mine during the summer sale. I loved everything about it. I agree completely with that other guy, it was very funny and worth the price (Summer Sale at least). An all round great game. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Great Characters, voice acting, humour, graphics, story. A fun game that's worth the price, and worth the time. Recommended for point-n-clickGreat Characters, voice acting, humour, graphics, story. A fun game that's worth the price, and worth the time. Recommended for point-n-click enthusiasts. Expand
  4. May 1, 2020
    8
    An old school point and click graphic adventure with the quality of pendulo studios. Unique and charismatic characters. Incredible artisticAn old school point and click graphic adventure with the quality of pendulo studios. Unique and charismatic characters. Incredible artistic section that spends imagination in solving your puzzles. Mandatory for lovers of the genre. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2019
    7
    We are facing another point-and-click graphic adventure which follows the Monkey Island trail here. Its difficulty is based on puzzles thatWe are facing another point-and-click graphic adventure which follows the Monkey Island trail here. Its difficulty is based on puzzles that consist on a stuffed inventory, item combination and traversing the dialog tree till exhaustion. The good old formula that ruled the genre before it was replaced by narrative driven press-A-precisely-when-i-tell-you mechanics Tell Tale has exploited to the point the company has fallen flat directly inside its grave. At any rate, that doesn't mean Pendulo Studios has resisted the temptation to slide one combinatorial (in appearance) puzzle midway into the game. One I somehow managed to solve by trial and error, and my character kindly explained me the logic I apparently had just applied. Another puzzle I recall as extremely unfair involved a surreal item combination I once again solved by entering the use-anything-on-anything mode. This last one takes place within a character's dream, which makes getting stuck on it simply priceless. Be that as it may, with the exception of these two examples, puzzle design is top-notch.

    Regretfully, the writing in this game leaves a lot to be desired. The game never takes itself seriously, which isn't a bad thing per se because it grants designers more freedom in the puzzle department. Unfortunately, this light hearted stance permeates the plot conferring it the complexity of a SpongeBob SquarePants chapter. You never feel any kind of relevancy to your actions: never does the game achieve to convey what is so evil about the force you are fighting. In addition, characters are quite one-dimensional, "functional" is the nicest adjective I can say about them.

    The humor in this game is the childish one expects from a Monkey Island applicant, based on wacky situations. Plus, in this game, with the constant recall to the player of certain traits of our two protagonists: he is a womanizer, sports-loving freak that loves to smash things with his bat, she is simply crazy. While you play this game, laughing is totally ruled out, you mouth will adopt the kind of crooked grin you get while watching one of those Nordic/Central European straight-to-tv romantic comedies.

    On the other hand, the game is a technically nice, Pendulo Studios is well-known for the quality of its 2D artists and it doesn't disappoint as usual, plus the spanish dubbing is great (I played the Spanish version, which is called Hollywood Monsters 2 BTW).

    Unfortunately, if we want to play a classic point-and-click adventure, since they don't get released anymore we are virtually dependent on a finite backlog. If you already played the big ones (Gabriel Knight saga, LucasArts ones, Discworld Noir, Grim Fandango...), you can't get too discriminating. The Next Big Thing has a great gameplay but weak writing. If you are here for the puzzles, you will enjoy the ride.
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  6. Jul 7, 2017
    6
    You know the kind of point-and-click adventures that are genuinely entertaining and give you that giddy feeling of accomplishment when youYou know the kind of point-and-click adventures that are genuinely entertaining and give you that giddy feeling of accomplishment when you successfully solve their challenging but logical puzzles? Well, this is not one of those.

    "The Next BIG Thing" looks awesome. It has a very good user interface. Dialogues are well written, and often very funny. Voice acting for the two main characters is excellent and at least tolerable for the others. The game has a goofy plot and quirky characters, on a level that would make even Japanese raise an eyebrow in appreciation, but that was only refreshing. There is enough content to justify the price. However.

    The puzzles are horrid. Often they do not even make an attempt to be logical; literally the only way to figure out many of them is the age-old chore-fest of trying to use everything with everything. A very minor spoiler as an example: you are supposed to use a juicer on a fire extinguisher to gain a bottle of red color (there is no in-game logic for that either, the protagonist simply comments "oh well, this is the kind of weird thing I do" afterwards). So yeah. With that, what should be a fun and exciting joyride frequently bogs down to a menial search for the one combination you have not yet attempted. And to top it off, there is one "puzzle" that stands tall among the most annoying and non-sensical puzzles of all time. I'm looking at you, tango flowers.
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  7. Jul 21, 2020
    0
    Les mongolos des studios Pendulo nous chient une nouvelle grosse pendule qui serait soit-disant un jeu vidéo... et a fortiori un jeuLes mongolos des studios Pendulo nous chient une nouvelle grosse pendule qui serait soit-disant un jeu vidéo... et a fortiori un jeu d'aventure comme on en faisait dans les années 90 quand on ne savait pas trop quoi faire en fait... Alors, on faisait de la merde avec des dialogues stupides, des énigmes absconses et des espèces d'histoires à la mords-moi-le-noeud.

    Ici, Pendulo nous ressert ce qu'il sait faire :une histoire à la mords-moi-le-zob à forte tendance mongolo-mongoloïde avec des graphismes grotesques en 256 couleurs, des dialogues stupides, des situations ridicules (heureusement que ça ne tue pas...) et un ennui à couper au couteau. Ce pseudo-jeu est une mélasse abrutissante, très bête et dont l'humour (?) tient des mongoleries les plus mongoles qu'on puisse trouver.

    Alors, le prochain gros truc pour cet ersatz de jeu, c'est la grosse poubelle : il y sera parfaitement dans son élément et tout-à-fait à sa place !
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