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The Next Big Thing is an adventure game featuring the reporter duo Elizabeth 'Liz' Allaire and Daniel 'Dan' Murray stumbling into a plot of kidnapping, conspiracy and strange incidents in the movie business. Though real monsters running around and performing as actors in horror movies is a rather ordinary situation in the world of this game. Placed in an alternate reality LA of the fifties humans, monsters and robots live side by side. During an interview job at the local horror movie festival the protagonists keep quarreling with each other in love-hate relationship. That's when they accidentally observe movie star Big Albert breaking into the office of film industry mogul William A. Fitzrandolph. Liz chasing after a big kiss-and-tell story triggers the mentioned plot, which is pushed forward by a narrator.

In The Next Big Thing the player gets the control of one of the protagonists at a time in each of 8 chapters of puzzle solving. It is a traditional adventure in the manner of A Twist of Fate. It features hand drawn backgrounds and cell-shaded 3D characters and objects to provide cartoon like visuals. The puzzles concentrate mostly on object combination.

The game can be controlled entirely by mouse, but there are a few hot-keys for help systems, inventory and options. Each object or character offers the choice of being observed or interacted with. The specific interaction may be take, talk to, or manipulate. There is a hotspot function that shows all usable object and exits in the scene. The help system is realized by the mentioned narrator, who gives vague hints about what the players character did next or thought in the current stage of the plot. Additionally a task menu shows all of the problems already solved and those to be solved actually.


The Next Big Thing Windows The strange rabbit doll in midair is a magical displacement.
The Next Big Thing Windows Entering the hall of Fitzrandolph's mansion
The Next Big Thing Windows Nice temple site
The Next Big Thing Windows This is actually the office of Fitzrandolph's secretary.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Новый хит" -- Russian spelling
  • "Hollywood Monsters 2" -- Italian / Spanish title

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Critic Reviews Jan 31, 2011 86 out of 100 86
Gamezone (Germany) Feb 04, 2011 8.3 out of 10 83
GBase - The Gamer's Base Feb 15, 2011 8 out of 10 80 Apr 07, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) May 27, 2011 79 out of 100 79
Absolute Games ( May 21, 2011 78 out of 100 78
GamingXP Jan 31, 2011 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Feb 13, 2011 78 out of 100 78
Gamona Jan 31, 2011 77 out of 100 77 Feb 04, 2011 69 out of 100 69


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Hollywood Monsters

The game is actually some kind of homage to Hollywood Monsters, an early game of Péndulo Studios. Both adventure games feature a similar theme, some comparable twists in the plot, a protagonist tag team and lots of movie monsters. Though The Next Big Thing is neither a remake, nor a sequel of Hollywood Monsters. Still the popularity of the latter in Péndulo's home country led the Spain based publisher FX Interactive to take Hollywood Monsters 2 as title for the new game.

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Zerobrain (3093) added The Next Big Thing (Windows) on Feb 01, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (220864)