The Next Big Thing is a great adventure game in high definition, loaded with laughs, tributes, mysteries and wacky puzzles!
User reviews: Very Positive (133 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 21, 2011

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Includes 5 items: Runaway, A Road Adventure, Runaway, The Dream of The Turtle, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, The Next BIG Thing, Yesterday

 

About This Game

The Next BIG Thing is the new, hilarious adventure gem from the creators of Runaway. A great adventure game in high definition, loaded with laughs, tributes, mysteries and wacky puzzles!
Thanks to a production worthy of a great animated movie, an awesome soundtrack, delightful dialogue and a great art style, The Next BIG Thing will make you live an unforgettable adventure which brilliantly takes players across the fantastic movie genres of a totally crazy Hollywood.
Hollywood
What if horror movies' monsters were actually played by real monsters? And what if they were now forced to play in movies for kids, romantic comedies or even musicals? And what would happen if, eventually, they were to rebel?
In that context, Liz Allaire, talented journalist who can't count up to 4, and Dan Murray, a tough macho who can't stand beetles, attend the horror movies award ceremony… there is the starting point of an incredible story, full of twists and turns! Help Liz and Dan solve the numerous mysteries of an amazing adventure that you won't forget any time soon!

Key features:

  • The new adventure game from the creators of the million-copy seller, the "Runaway" saga.
  • Production, graphics, and sound worth a great animation movie.
  • A cast of colorful characters, including some of the most legendary monsters and creatures from fantastic movies that our heroes will encounter during their adventure.
  • Many crazy mysteries, puzzles and situations to solve.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista SP1 or 7
    • Processor: Intel/AMD 2.0GHZ equivalent, or higher
    • Memory: 1GB (XP)/2GB (Vista/7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB
    • Video Card: : 256 MB 100% DirectX 9 compatible, ATI Radeon X800/Intel GMA 3000/Nvidia GeForce 6800 or Higher*
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible
    • Additional: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR GAME ACTIVATION. *SIS AND VIA/S3G Graphics Controllers Not Supported
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.6.6 or higher
    • Processor: Intel/AMD, 2 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB
    • Video Card: : 256 MB ATI Radeon X800/Intel GMA 3000/NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or higher
    • Additional: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR GAME ACTIVATION.
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A unique Point&Click adventure game.

The Next BIG Thing is a good Point&click adventure game. I'm glad I found this game because a PC magazine recommend it, and yes, this game is good.

Where to start? If you're a lover of Point&Click games, you don't want to miss this one. It has a wacky puzzles, weird mysteries, and a lot things you will love.

It gave me a wonderful experience during playing it. Well, it's short, you can finish it with 4-5 hours, but hey, with a good story and experience you will get, it will worth it.

It is really a good game. Something you don't want to miss if you're a Point&Click games lover, and a good start if you're new to Point&Click adventure games.

9/10
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
games pretty fun, interesting characters but the story is a bit ♥♥♥♥. take a high dosage of mountain dew and this game is the ♥♥♥♥.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I just finished the game a while back and decided to give it a review. I will rate it at 6/10

It was hard to go through a long sitting on this game when I was really tired because it requires a lot of imagination to get the things to work. Once you understands how this game works, you will work through the whole game with not much difficulties.

I have to give credit to the game marker's wit and humour, it was really funny on some parts and a lot of unexpected twists. I bought the game at USD$2.99, so I am happy that I bought the game at this price. For $2.99, this game is a casual, humourous + witty game for an easy day, but not totally EASY :)
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Short and fun.
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10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A Great Game!

Sexy,smart,sarcastic,very funny and with Great Story.

The work has been done is Great! What to say... Great characters,graphics,voices,music,scripts etc.
Very well designed!!!

It's easy though. It has some riddles but nothing more than the ordinary, nothing that a common man can't solve.

But it is a great experience to play! You'll like it and THAT is my word to YOU ALL...
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
After watching gameplay of Pendulo Studio's new game 'Yesterday', i was keen to see what other titles they had to offer. Looking at earlier titles from the company i wasn't exspecting too much in ways of gameplay/storyline as these games lacked the reviews that Yesterday had received. I'm not sure if i just wasn't paying attention when they came out, but this was the first i had heard of these titles.

For a point and click game 'The Next BIG Thing' did not dissapoint, providing a variety of areas and 'puzzles' to last a few solid hours. Being a somewhat indie title i didn't bank on the game being the standard 9hrs but was pleasntly surprized by the games 2-3hr playtime.

Some of the puzzles are insanely complex and require you to either be playing on easy for hints or to have access to a walkthrough (praise google!). As certain items open up key dialogue etc, without the game informing you as such.

Overall the story is rather weird but seems to work rather well with the genre. The game takes a while to get used to and seems to require some prior knowledge of controls as well as some minor character information. These things seemed easy enough to overcome and fill in the gaps yourself.

tldr: This is a very fun game for those who like a good puzzle/adventure/point and click! Also its on sale at the moment for $2.50 and its well worth the price tag.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Great little point and click. better than I expected and some challenging puzzles. Check it out if you are a fan of the genre. Great visuals and entertaining protagonists. Easy to spot the items in game so no pixel hunting is required thankfully.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
good game
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Short version: 71%
The Next Big Thing is a solid adventure game with incredible visuals, a well-crafted world, and an interesting, yet very short story. The puzzles are easy and fun to do, yet there is one that will cause rage-quits in large numbers. Though its shortness hardly justifies the price, it’s a real deal even on a 50% sale: you get a fun and entertaining adventure for your money that won’t disappoint you later.

Long version:
The Next Big Thing is one of Pendulo’s many point-and-click adventure titles with the studio’s trademark cell-shaded 3D characters and carefully constructed, astonishing hand-drawn backgrounds.
The game is set in another world, where the classic Hollywood movie monsters from the 1940s and 50s are real people who live among the humans. The story follows the adventure of two journalists– a cynical sports-maniac and an enthusiastic and downright loony investigative reporter– fresh on the trail of a new scoop that will eventually leave to kidnapping, brainwashing and of course lots of puzzle solving.

The style and the story is more cartoonish than horror-like, and this shown in the characters and the puzzles themselves. The latter ones aren’t especially devilish, but there is one that gave many people nightmares and caused many rage-quits and unfinished games. It’s a purely time- and rhythm-based puzzle which is hard to figure out, even harder to properly execute.
Apart from that the difficulty level may only come from pixel-hunting if you chose not to use the item highlight feature, as some of the objects you need to interact with can easily be missed.

Although the story is quite good and well-paced, and even the dialogues are well-crafted, the fact that the game is actually a sequel to Pendulo’s 1997 title Hollywood Monsters, and sadly for some reason the developers thought that anyone who plays this game will know the prequel: we learn next to nothing about the world and how it works in the first half of the game, and only small bits are revealed later in optional side-conversations and item descriptions.
Also, the game is short, even for an indie adventure game: shorter than their previous three title on Steam (the Runaway trilogy), clocking in about 4-6 hours depending on how much you may get stuck (especially on the aforementioned tango puzzle). The story itself compensates for it, but still, for costing as much as other Pendulo games, the play time feels awfully short in this one.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Sadly i was really hyped about this game after the runaway series...only to complete it in less then 4 hours...too short...
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
A strangely disappointing game by Pendulo. Had its moments but far too short and forgetable.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Absolutley terrible game. Broken horrible graphics, and forgettable story. Stay away!!!
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7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
fun but short
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Aya, somewhat short for a point-and-click but it's all-in-all a nice one with a nice little story to go with it.
Most of the puzzles are pretty easy and rarely are there any that are outlandishly complex.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Very nice point & click adventure.
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7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Overall a very nice ride, both visually and narratively. It's "disconcerting" at times (which is good) and even sometimes confused and confusing (which is not so good, but it's always due to lack of attention), everything is forgiven because of it's refreshing mix of original scenes.
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23.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Very entertaining game! I found the plot interesting and enjoyed the characters and the voice acting. I'd recommend it if you expect a light and enjoyable game, nothing too grand, but it will still offer a few good playtime hours...
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
it's ok, but I would only buy it on sale.
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7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
It has been a long time since a played a point and click adventure that I enjoyed so much. I tend to skip a lot of the dialogue these days just to get on with the puzzles and adventure, but this game had sharp and witty dialogue that was worth hearing - very idiosyncratic. The plot was intriging too! Presentation is top notch, with the option to have a help system, hints or nothing at all; and the clues are done beautifully, highly context sensitive and with polish and humour.

What more could you wish for?
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9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Great little adventure game for those that like that genre. I enjoyed it very much myself.
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