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The Next Big Thing is a great adventure game in high definition, loaded with laughs, tributes, mysteries and wacky puzzles!
Release Date: Apr 21, 2011
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$9.99

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Buy Pendulo Adventure Pack

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

About the 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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
2 reviews
26.6 hrs on record
The Next Big Thing was a really fun and entertaining game to play throughout. It's relatively short and the puzzles are pretty easy, but the stylish graphics and witty (often underhanded) humor really makes it a joy to play. If you're looking for a light, quick adventure game to run through over a weekend, this should definitely be on your list.
Posted: December 25th, 2013
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
113 products in account
7 reviews
5.7 hrs on record
As an adventure game it is pretty much as you would expect, some pixel hunting and puzzle solving. What this game does well is the humor and the story, the characters are good and the puzzles range from easy to medium. There was only a couple that I struggled with but one of those was simply because I missed a doorway to another room so it was my own pixel hunting prowess that failed me not the puzzle itself. The downside is the puzzles when easy are so easy that feels pointless making you solve them but I did not feel that way enough times to make this a bad game.

I would recommend this game to adventure game lovers and even those who like a light hearted and humorous short game to play between potentially larger more complex and demanding titles in your library. As adventure games go it is about the right size in length to feel like spent your time enjoying it and not becoming a chore to get to the end. Speaking of the end it was a let down I felt (I won't say why as that would be a spoiler), but I felt it was predictable and could have been better but it does not damage the quality of the enjoyment too much that I had playing this title.

How much the game is worth is subjective so I can't say it is worth it's price x to other people because everyone values things differently. What I would say is I found it to be worth what I paid which I picked it up on a 50% off sale a while back, I would have even been tempted to pay full price though having played it now based on how much I enjoyed it but I cannot say others would feel the same way. I still find more enjoyment from Daedalics adventure games than Pendulos titles, Pendulos adventure games have a certain charm but my personal preference is Daedalics style. This game is probably my favorite one from Pendulo that I have played in a long time, much better than the Runaway series I feel.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32 products in account
1 review
9.8 hrs on record
I haven't played all there is to play in the way of point and click adventure games and I am a new comer to the genre. Have played a total of 5 games from this genre? And I think The Next Big Thing is the best of them. The puzzles mostly make sense, a lot of times in these quirky games the solutions are improbably fantastical. There is still some of that here but I never pulled any hair out from it. This game also has one of the most helpful features that I've come accross for the genre, which is a button that lightly highlights the objects that you can interact with. So many times in other games have I endured frustrations of simply having overlooked a necessary item because it blended in so well to the background. GONE IS THAT! Now, to the storyline, characters, and dialogue that, in my mind, are the entire reason to play games of this type. Simply put they are very good. Very lovable. Very quotable. I find myself saying "dis-con-certing" to my friends only to sigh when I remember none of them have played this game and have no idea what I am referencing. Anywho, buy it!
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
288 products in account
43 reviews
4.4 hrs on record
This game is so ♥♥♥♥ing freakin funny. I really enjoyed it, even its very short for a playtime of 4 hours. But the jokes where really funny, and exacly my style. The riddles are really weird, and hard to figure out, but if you stuck, you can always click on the help option where it gives you hints what you should do next, but even then it still can be hard.
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
8.5 hrs on record
The Next BIG Thing is a fun, bizzare, and silly adventure game by Pendulum Studios that is an indirect sequel to a Hollywood Monsters, and adventure game released in 1997 in Europe. It has charming characters, and again, a bizzare storyline. By the way, the game is bizzare. Did you know that? The Next BIG Thing also has very beautiful cell-shaded 3D graphics with complimentary 2D backgrounds, and a nice soundtrack. Despite this, the game has a few jokes that fall flat, some puzzles that are baffling, and pacing that sometimes feels a little "off." Overall, even with it's few flaws, I will have to say that The Next BIG Thing is a great, fun adventure that I'd recommend to any fan of the genre (if they can handle the "high creativity").
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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