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Genre: Simulation / Video Game for Windows NT / Windows 98 / Windows 2000 / Windows Me / Windows XP / Release Date: 2005-11-11 / Published by Activision

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      22.08.2010 20:00
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      Fans of the Sims and Theme Hospital will love it

      The Movies follows a similar line to the likes of Theme Park World and Theme Hospital - that is, the game-player has full control over the way their little empire runs. Spanning from the early 1900's to the year 2020, the object of The Movies is to amass as much money as possible, and in doing so become the most dominant director in Hollywood. The key to making money in the game is to spend as much as possible in making your movie perfect, then hopefully it will amass a lot of dough in cinemas (therefore giving you more to spend on your next production).

      It's not quite that simple, however: Along the way to power and glory, you will need to spend an awful lot of time and effort on tracking down the best actors and actresses for the role, marketing and researching. Marketing is particularly important, as if the viewing public are unaware of your movie, they won't go and see it. Overhype it and people will quickly become bored. As far as researching is concerned, the timeline begins at around 1920 - the black and white era - so a specialised team will be required to look into technological advances such as colour, improved sound, 3D and computer graphics. Choosing the right genre is also important - the conservative society of the 1920's will be unlikely to find horror movies to their taste, and similarly, westerns may not be popular in 2010. There are around eight types of movie to choose from, including all you would expect, such as action, comedy, horror and romance. It is rumoured that there may also be add-on packs containing new genres at some point in the future.

      It is also important to kit the studio out correctly in the game in order to keep all your staff happy - building cafes, rest areas and shower rooms will keep morale high, but it will also cost money. Another great aspect of the game is the opening night, when the public get their first opportunity to view the movie you've made. There is even the possibility of reading the critics' reviews afterwards!

      The game-player will need to speculate to accumulate: as well as spending cash on dressing the set, you will also need to fork out for the best actors if the movie is to be a success. The AI of characters in the game works differently to that of the Sims, for example. The actors can often be very temperamental, and it is not unusual for their speech bubbles to say one thing, and their thought bubbles to read something entirely different. It is vital to keep them happy at all times, though. If a movie is successful, the actor may well become big-headed and develop a huge ego, should you fire them however, they may well develop addictions, or put on a lot of weight. Should this happen, measures must be taken, such as entering them into rehab or putting them on a specialised diet. Actors interact with each other too, and have specific feels towards certain people. Should they work with a rival, they may become violent and/or storm off set, so the game-player will need to put casts together with this in mind. You can run the studio in any way you like as well; you may prefer to be heavy handed with your staff and not give in to their demands, or you may want to keep them sweet and treat them to lavish trailers and expensive meals.

      Exactly how much you want to be involved with the movie is up to you - you may wish to dress the set in a certain way and handle the wages programme yourself, or employ someone to sort it out for you. Sliders control the level of violence and romance, etc., in scenes, and you also have options regarding exactly how actors play the scene. This part of the process is relatively simple, as you don't have to bother about the technical aspects such as camera angles and lighting. I found this rather disappointing, however, as it would be challenging to be in control of all decision making, just as if it were a real movie. There are options with the scripts too, as the longer you choose to put a script into development, the higher the quality, yet the more it will cost. Unfortunately, the game-player can't write the script themself.

      Perhaps the best thing about The Movies is the fact that you can export the trailer for your finished movie as a small data file and email it to someone, or download it on to the official website for people to view. There will also be a voting system, and if people like your movie, you may win a prize. Whilst the game is hugely inventive and a great deal of fun, the graphics could be better. There is little definition in terms of skeletal structure of characters, for example. Still, with its array of brilliant features, The Movies is well worth a look.



      *First published on Amazon.co.uk*

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        13.12.2009 18:22

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        Bring your vision to life!

        As my other Dooyoo reviews will no doubt tell you, it's no secret that I am a huge film buff, and so the thought of a PC game that allows me to make my own movies made me rather excited indeed.

        It is fair to say that The Movies is a game with a very ambitious goal, to allow you to create a versatile number of "movies" with a complex and nuanced film studio, allowing you to enhance quite a vast number of attributes (such as the tautness of your actor's skins), and although it is a bit painstaking at times, it is also very addictive. After a quick tutorial, which quite aptly details how to work the immense interface, you are left with the freedom to make your own films with the game's rather ingeniously constructed engine.

        You can make films from genres such as Horror, Sci-Fi and Action, and certain genres will fare better in different territories at different times in film history. The film does indeed have some social concerns, such as pressing you to make cheerful moral films during the depression and World War, but make no mistake, this is a film that doesn't boss you around, and outside of this mode you can simply construct what you want.

        My only complaint is that the "campaign" mode isn't adequately balanced, and that you find yourself trying to deal with irritating and narcissistic actors more than you do trying to make the film, although perhaps this is an apt representation of the film industry.

        Nevertheless, given the film's ability to allow you to export your films as video files, this is a must have for anyone who enjoys machinima or amateur filmmaking.

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        07.08.2009 00:56
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        Ideal if you like the SIms and Theme Hospital.

        Ever fancied running your own movie studio? The movies allows just that.

        Produced by Lionheadm The Movies is a top-down strategy/simulation game that combines the building aspects of Simcity with the people management aspects of the Sims. Throw in the ability to create, produce and publish your own movies online and you have all the fundamental aspects of this game.

        You start with an empty studio lot in 1920 with a heap load of cash. From here you must build up your studio with sets and facilities before hiring scriptwriters to lay the foundations for your movie. All that is left then is to hire some stars and a crew and use them to produce your movie.

        After a few years, you will find that rival studios will open up with rival stars and movies competing for titles such as best actor and top studio as well as top movie. These titles are handled through awards ceremonies held every five years which means you are constantly having to improve both your stars and your studio in order to be a contender for each award.

        With the ability to produce your own scripts and constant new technologies and sets available for research ( up until the year 2000 in-game) this game never gets boring with numerous possibilities for movies and studio layout.

        The gameplay is relatively simple and is accompanied by comical radio commentary throughout which produces a few laughs now and again. With the Stunts & Effects expansion pack also available there is now even greater scope and depth to this game.

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          26.05.2009 15:53
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          A fantastic game that will offer you hours of entertainment!

          I will start off by saying that after playing this game, I honestly feel like a real movie producer in Hollywood! I originially tried this game as a demo from Download.com and then after liking it so much I just had to get it. I bought it for £20 from Asda a while ago but you can get it from Amazon now for just £5 or so. It is a simulation game that allows you to take charge of your own fully operating movie studio. It also allows you to produce your own Hollywood blockbuster! There is an expansion pack available for the game called 'The Movies - Stunts and effects' which can be bought for an additional £5 from Game and other shops. I would recommend buying the expansion pack in addition to 'The Movies' itself because it adds nnew features such as both stunts and lots of effects as well as being able to change the camera angles etc for an even more professional experience.

          This game was released in 2005 and is at heart a business simulation game, not only is it important for you to produce top quality movies but it is also very important to have a profitable movie studio's. The more money you earn from your studio the more sets, cast memembers, script writers etc you can have at your studio. The game was originally going to be produced for the PS2 but they thought that it would be much better suited to a PC and I think this is definately the case. The game itself has in essence three different factors, the first as I said previously is running your own movie studio and planning it out/designing it. The second factor is being able to manage and promote your actor's careers. The higher rated your actor is the more money he/she will earn in a film but equally the more they will demand from a salary! Another benefit of having successful actors in your movie studio is that the overall quality of the film being produced is improved. The third and final factor is actually making the movies themselves, these in essence what the game is all about. A successful movie will earn you more revenue and be awarded more stars as a result.

          Every year there is a movie awards rather like the Oscars, this is really what you have been working for the entire year and so it is a great incentive! What I love most about the game is the way in which it shows the development of movies as a form of history. The actors in your studio's are known as 'Stars' and I can only compare it to the Sims in the way that you manage and control them. Quite simply it is up to you to keep your 'Stars' happy so that they perform better in movies and as a result earn more revenue. If they are not happy it will have a significant effect on the movie as a whole. Stars can be trained by getting them to practise at different sets which wil improve their skills in different genre's such as Horoor or Sci-Fi. It is also nessasary to recruit 'Crew members' which of course help out with the behind the scenes features. A more experienced crew will help deliver a better cinematic experience. The game is very sophisticated in that even the physcial appearance and personality of the star being chosen wil affect the overall quality of the movie, making it a very realisic game. You will also requrie script writers who range in skill level. I love the fact that you can if you want even produce your own movies and be the script writer yourself! Whilst this is a time consuming thing, the features that are available really are excellent and you do get a big selection.

          The movie studio itself is where all of the different set's you can buy are put and it is also home to the stars, crew members etc and a variety of ammenties such as bars to keep your stars happy. The whole appearance of the game really is outstanding and I really did find the graphics to be very good. The whole interface is really quite magical in the way that stars and glitter are everywhere! It really does make you feel as though you are in this perfect world of hollywood being a movie producer, this is what I believe is the main appeal of the game. The sets in your movie studio determine what movie you can produce, for example if you want to produce a Western film will need one of the Western sets. As time goes by and as your movie studio beecomes more and more developed new features become available which gives an incentive to play the game more. I would say that this is a time-consuming game, however it really will keep you entertained for many hours. Another really nice feature about the game is that the radio in the game tells you about news report and as a result of this, it will affect the whole game. The films that can be produced can either be horror, action, comedy, romance or science fiction.

          I really do think that the features available in this game are absolutly brilliant and it really did make me feel as though I was a Hollywood producer! I think that being able to create your own customisable movies is a great feature and will provide you with hours of entertainment. Another feature that is of particular use is the ability to upload your finished movies to the internet afterwards to be watched by the online community. This also gives you access to what other people have prododuced so that you can develop your own ideas and produced better movies as a result of it. The game is realsitic and has a very stylish, very easy to use interface which really adds to its appeal. For the price it is now I think it is a bargain and could not recommend it any more. If you are still not sure you can try the demo but I would also recommend getting the expansion pack for the added features that I have described previously. Overall I love the way in which you can really customize everything to just how you want it. It is worth checking that your PC will run it and it is also available for both Windows and Mac. I hope this was useful and thank you for reading, a great game and I hope you like it as much as I have.

          System requirements Microsoft Windows:
          Windows 98SE or later
          800MHz CPU
          256MB RAM
          DirectX 9.0c compatible video and sound card

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          22.05.2009 22:15
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          Ok game for the price

          I bought this game as I saw it in the store at a very cheap and reasonable price right now I know that it is just under £5 at Amazon.

          The start of the game is set in the 1920s and takes you right through to the 1990s. This game is very addictive as you can make your own movies and have employees in all aspects of the movie career including actors and actresses, crew members, script writers and directors and as well maintence workers and janitors.

          You can create your own movies or use ones written by your script writers. As in real life movie tastes change and they do in the game dependant on certain historical moments such as the war. This therefore means that you must make a popular movie to make any money. Movies, directors, actors and actresses and your production companies all go onto a chart of popularity however if you use your actors and directors to much they start to become unpopular.

          Every five years there are award ceremonies were you can win awards for your outstanding contrabition to the movies industry. One thing that annoys me about this game is that it is the directors and actors and actresses and movies which are at the top of the charts at the time of the award ceremony and it does not matter about what happened in those five years between the award ceremonys.

          Overall as a cheap game this is a good addictive game which is similar to the sims.

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            02.11.2008 17:11

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            A good game and for the price you cant go wrong

            This is a amazing game and right from the start you know you will spend hours making your movies and uploading them to the internet.

            The game comes with a built in star editor that is very in depth and allows you to create versions yourself, your family and your friends for use in game.

            The movie making its self is simple you can employ writers to make scripts for you or you can write your own. After releasing a film you can read newspaper reviews telling you how rubbish your director is so you know it is time to employ someone new.

            Employing stars is easy the wait outside and you just drag them into the star school or directors office then you can use them in your films. All stars have a special skill like comedy or horror that you can think about when making your great films.

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            10.08.2008 22:22

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            all round good game

            This game is alot of fun and very addictive. you have to run a film producer buisness and run a movie studio. The garaphics are really good and there are alot of good features :-
            your movie stars have moods and you have to keep them happy by buying them ting changing there clothes putting them in to rehab (all the things a movie star has.
            it is like the real world as the the game progresses so do the years and the technologies.
            You can write your own movie script (or get people to write it for you)
            You have to hire people : directors, cleaners, writers and obviosly movie stars.
            you get awards for being the best studio.
            they have a really cool awards ceremony.
            and much much more.
            it does get a bit repetative after a while but not for a long while.
            and they do them annoying sims noises
            if you like sims you will definatly like his game.
            and if you dont you will aswell.



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            19.07.2008 19:59
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            Fab, very addictive and a really nice idea

            The movies is a simulation game very much like roller coaster tycoon which all of us loved. You are a studio developer and you basicly start from nothing and play untill you are a successful hollywood blockbuster producing studio. You start the game in the past arround 1920 and you have very basic sets and actors to start with, the game being set on a timeline is influenced by real live events, for example during the war, war type movies arent popular at all and youll be stupid to produce one, but comedy on the other hand is very in. Same with the exploration into space, alien and sci fi movies become in popular demand.

            throught the game you unlock various new sets and as you gain in popularity you will be able to hire actors easily, but if you start of well and then go downhill (like i did :P) you will find it really difficult to break even with the bank and produce good movies

            The movies is the type of game you could easily waste a day playing and you wouldnt realise, this is good in some ways as it is a great game, but the gameplay is extrememly slow and it takes a long time to get actors skill level up to actually produce a good movie. I highly recomend this game to anyone as now its been out a while it can be picked up really cheap.

            Its a fantastic game, someone really thought of a good idea

            4*

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            27.12.2007 13:19
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            Fancy yourself a director or aspiring producer? Give The Movies a try

            ---Intro----
            You know that feeling when you watch a movie, and afterwards you think "I bet you I could have done a better job"? Well, now you have the opportunity to put your money where your mouth is.
            In The Movies, you take on the role of a wannabe Hollywood mogul. Your job: become the best in Showbiz.
            Manage your growing movie empire correctly, make blockbuster movies and hire the most well-known stars you can lay your powdered, white-gloved hands on.

            ---Gameplay----
            The game, in essence, is more management and empire building than anything else, however, if you feel the need to get those hands dirty, you are more than welcome to write, produce and release your own, custom-taylored blockbuster movies.

            YOu start out when movies just started making their appearance in the early 20th century. As time progresses, more advanced costumes, sets, technology and buildings become available. Your first movies start out in black and white, from there they start picking up. And of course, you get to watch every movie you make :)

            The interface is very easy to learn, but not so easy to master. Especially in the custom movie department, where things can quickly get out of hand. Speaking of getting out of hand, no one manages this better than those over-paid stars. They throw tantrums, get drunk, addicted, overweight, depressed and constantly demand better offers (see, movie-stars aren't so different from the rest of us after all :))

            There are awards handed out every so often to the best studios in town. If your's is good enough, you could win an award and the bonusses that come with it. For every Awards Ceremony held, a new award category becomes available.

            The Movies is a very addictive game, and depending on how well you are at being a Hollywood mogul, the game could last you anywhere between a week and several months.

            You can also create your own custom movies, add voice-overs, and props. Once you have finished your masterpiece, why not upload it to the community and share it with other players?

            ---Graphics and Sound----
            The graphics are a bit of a cross between Sims 2 and a RTS game. When working on the Studio, the game is in overhead mode. When making movies, it switches to a more third-person camera.

            The graphics are good enough to satisfy just about any gamer out there. It won't win any Oscars for beauty, but that's a small price to pay for such a fun game.

            The best thing about the sound is the hilarious narrator over the radio. He had me spitting cola on more than one occasion (luckily not in the direction of my computer).

            ---System Requirements----
            * Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
            * 800MHz processor or higher
            * 256MB RAM
            * 8x Speed CD-ROM drive
            * 2.4 GB free hard disk space
            * DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
            * DirectX® 9.0c (included)
            * Updated Windows Media® Player 9 Codecs (included)
            * 800 x 600 Monitor Resolution
            * 3D Hardware Accelerator Card required


            ---Final Word(s)----
            A Great game that offers a fun new way to climb to the top of the charts. This is as close to the red carpet as your going to get without getting into Steven Spielberg's good graces. Don't expect to be the next block-buster director anytime soon though...

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            23.08.2007 12:54
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            A great game for budding movie producers.

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            The Movies is a simulation game produced by Lionhead Studios. At the start of the game it is 1920 and the movie business is just starting out. You play the manager of a brand new movie production company. As the game progresses you studio produces films, makes movie starts and wins awards. The goal of the game is to become the best at everything and have a No.1 Studio, Star and Film all at the same time. Once you have achieved this however you can carry on with the game as it is very open ended.

            GAMEPLAY:

            First of all you choose a name and logo for your studio. You then proceed to a tutorial level which helps you produce you first movie. There are many genres to choose from. You could make an Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Romance or Horror movie. You can choose which type of movie to produce and later on in the game you can even make the entire thing, choosing who stars in it where they stand what they do, absolutely everything. If you have a microphone you can even put voices into the film. This is not an essential part of the game and so does not have to be done. To make things simpler you can just choose the genre.

            After a script has been produced you then have to assign directors, actors, extras and crew members to the film. All of the characters can be hired through various buildings in the game. Once they have rehearsed for a while the filming then begins. This all happens automatically so you can just sit back and watch them perform! The sets that are used during filming depend on the sets which you have chosen to build, it is entirely up to you. Some sets have different genres that they are suited for and if these sets are used in the correct genre it will improve the quality of the final film.

            Once the filming has finished the film is ready for release. This is when you have the opportunity to watch the film. They last between 30s-5mins and get longer the further you progress in the game. Of course if you decide to make you own films you can make them as long as you want. After you have viewed the film a series of reviews are shown ad these can help you produce a better film next time.

            The quality of the film produced depends on a number of things and it can be quite difficult to get them all right. It depends on; Star rating and happiness, sets used and condition and studio condition. To increase a stars rating and happiness you have to keep up with fashion, entourage, trailers and experience in each genre. To increase studio condition you have to keep everything in good repair by employing handymen and janitors and you have to make it attractive by placing different kinds of ornaments.

            CONCLUSION

            This is a good simulation game, and anybody that is a fan of the sims games will love it. You can have as much or as little involvement you want in making the films that makes it a great game for people who want to play for hours and people who only want to dip in and out. The only problem with the game is you can unlock all the items available in a fairly short amount of time. You can still play the game after this but you only have limited space and so will used the same sets and end up with the same movies.
            A great game definitely worth a try.

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              20.03.2007 23:02
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              A compelling experience for every Tycoon style gamer

              Released by Lionhead Studios, the same company who brought us the weird but wonderful Black and White series, brings us a new style of simulation game that will appeal to many of the genres fans. The Movies received critical acclaim from reviewers and gamers alike and to be honest brought us a stimulating game that was ultimately inevitable. Ever since the early classics such as Theme Hospital and Theme Park were released well back in roughly 1995 the simulation genre has exploded in size being filled by hundreds of Tycoon style games where the player assumes the role of building and running a certain faction whether it be a hospital, theme park, zoo or shopping centre. And so in 2005, The Movies, was released.

              Graphically, many players will see a resemblance to The Sims with characters all looking reasonably realistic with detailed faces and body parts. The game has its own time line moving up through the era’s starting from the 1920’s which means a whole range of costumes become relevant. The costumes themselves are all well designed to the specific era and all entirely customizable from colour to shape. The actors hair and face are all changeable too offering you the chance to change everything when you get bored. This all works extremely well because as you scroll around your studio actors become instantly recognisable so your not searching around all over the place for someone.

              As with any tycoon game, you are in charge of a plot set of ground where you will build – The Movies is no different giving you the chance to build fantastic looking buildings and aesthetics such as Production Offices, Rehearsal lots, Plastic Surgery clinics, Casting Offices and of course filming sets. These again are all well designed to fit well and once zoomed in all the props look realistic, enticing and artistically gratifying. You actually get the feeling that you have built a well styled lot. The filming sets all have particular themes associated with them such as Horror sets or Romantic sets etc and all match the category perfectly, albeit other sets can be used for different themes if granted.

              Animation is also fantastic with characters prancing around on stage giving sometimes comedic performances with limbs moving in cohesion with the rest of the body. Its obvious special attention has been paid to ensure that characters move with ease as you can actually watch your own movies and it all needs to be pragmatic as in real life itself. It’s really good to watch your actors filming a scene as you can see them riding on horses, being shot over western style bars or simply being proposed to in some swanky restaurant. ‘Behind the Scenes’ characters all move as brilliantly also with stage crew clapping boards, riding around on dollies to get different camera angles and doing dirty work for the director.

              As mentioned a time era appears in the game meaning at first all of your films are shot in black and white whilst years later colour becomes available steadily to say the least until over fifty years later perfect techni colours really explode your films beautifully. This may seem boring at times but it really does prolong the game as it gives the player a sense of achievement once researchers has finally discovered colour.

              As with other games, scenery items such as greenery (trees and flowers), lamp posts and other props are available to decorate your studio lot with and it all fits in nicely. Its really an achievement for Lionhead Studios actually because all of this design and graphic doesn’t slow down your computer either when your twisting around to get a different view. On the down side though, the graphics are good yes, but not perfect. You can tell it’s a game in the sense of looks almost cartoon like.

              Gameplay wise is really where the game takes off giving the player full control of the studio, making films, casting actors and writing scripts. In the beginnings you will be far too worried about making ‘basic’ movies than earning huge amounts of money, but as the game progress’ much more deeper Gameplay becomes available. The Movies IS the ultimate management game. Casting your actors is somewhat satisfying as you can train them up in any specified field you like so even the worst actor in town has a chance of making it big. Along side this you can actually build your own definite actors into the game using the star option. So if Jennifer Garner or Ben Affleck takes your fancy then incorporating them into the game is simple.

              Lots design is not only essential in building up and improving your studio but it is also compelling. You’ll find yourself taking so much pride into placing your buildings and sets so that actors can easily move around from one place to another.

              Another huge aspect of the game is the script writing ability. Of course to begin with the basic methods work averagely until you unlock new methods of making blockbusters. Simply employing a script writer then beginning filming will not suffice entertainment wise. So the script editor works well both for Gameplay and entertainment values. You can make absolutely any film you like from westerns, to foreign culture films. Romantic hideaways to Horrific murders. Its all in there with many different outcomes and scenes available especially as you unlock more. There is nothing more pleasurable than making your own film or trying to copy the story of your favourite James Bond as closely as possible.

              That is not the end either. From there on you can add your own special effects from fog and mist to explosions and weird shadow effects. Drop in the funky costume designs as well as the choice of who actually stars in your film and ultimately you have a hard worked production. You can also add your own words as subtitles into the films.

              When your film gets released there’s nothing better than reading all the reviews written about your film albeit good and bad. It’s a real ego boost as you improve your stars performances and getting brilliant reviews for your own films. Especially as every 5 years there’s an awards show giving awards to a variety of different categories.

              The Gameplay gets deeper also. You can create your own romances with your actors increasing publicity and entertainment within the studio. This can effect your stars performances as well. There’s nothing sweeter than watching your actors give best selling performances with their loved ones. However this works both ways. If your couple have just had an argument tension will ruin your scene and therefore show in your overall film.

              There is a downside however. After a while your actors will start complaining they want better films, better trailers and more importantly better salaries. If your staff isn’t looked after addictions can be abused like alcoholism and food junking and this will start to affect your stars films. Its really annoying when your filming is going great, when all of sudden your number 1 actor is having a fit craving booze and goes to bar to get drunk. Thus annoying other film stars who want filming over and done with and encouraging others to join him/her in their binge drinking session. Not only does this prolong the filming but also costing you much more money. This as a result takes the enjoyment out of the game but ultimately keeps a balance where as the manager or ‘God’ you have to utilise all the right decisions not just jump straight into making film after film. This even though is annoying provides an ounce of realism into the game making it difficult.

              However you cannot get a even worse anticlimactic moment when you’ve spent ten hours + rendering your actor into the number actor in the world letting you rake in millions of money with memorable films winning you award after award after award then he/she decides its time to retire. Its frustrating as you have to start all over again and really makes you wonder what is the point?

              Sound wise; The Movies is pretty basic offering the Sims style gibberish as the language your actors speak with simple beats. However a radio station will play throughout the game offering witty humour throughout, with a mixture of songs thrown in. Even though this is not the interest of the game a little more attention to the sound will in due course create a better game. I found myself listening to my own music in headphones.

              Overall The Movies is a well produced game that offers hours of entertainment in many different aspects. There are flaws but easily passed with pretty enough graphics, deep interesting Gameplay and originality that extends upon the norm in Tycoon style games.

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              OP System: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/ XP

              Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz or Better

              Memory: 256 MB RAM (512 recommended)

              Hard Drive Space: 2.4 GB Free

              DVD - Rom Drive - 2X speed or faster

              Sound Card: Windows compatible Sound card

              DirectX Version: 9.0c

              3D Hardware Accelerator Card required

              32MB hardware T&L capable video Card


              Price ranges from Supplier, I have listed a few below. As from 20/03/07

              Play.com  £7.99

              Amazon.co.uk  £7.98

              Game  £9.99

              HMV  £9.99

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                08.09.2006 19:46
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                Fun game to play but only for awhile

                Another game review, I don’t think I do enough of these. The Movies is a game that I have wanted for awhile as it just sounded cool. You know I love movies so what better game to buy then one named the movies. So Katy and Dave treated me to the game for my A Levels. The first thing I should mention is that this game is in DVD Rom format, so if your computer doesn’t have this, then there is no point in reading this review as you wont be able to play the game.

                What’s the game about?

                Well quite simply this game is all about you being a movie mogul. You have to make films, create stars, build a brilliant movie studio and create top notch scripts. The game is basically about beating rival studios and trying to create the best films. This can be done in many ways which I will describe in this review.

                What to do?

                The menu states that you can create a new game, start a tutorial or play a sandbox game. The tutorial is a brilliant way to get to grips with how the game works and how to move around while playing it. The sandbox option allows you to play a game where some things are already sorted out such as a great studio or millions in the bank. However if you choose this option you are limited with what you can get in the game. So start a new game and you are on your way.

                In the game

                To start off with you have to create your movie studios, you choose what you want to build, hire some builders and that’s it. How to do this is described in the tutorial. More options and buildings will become available as the game progresses. Once you have a few necessary buildings a script will become available. Then you have to create stars, this includes actors and directors. At first you only need a couple of stars but during the game you do need to hire more. Then you shoot the film. Don’t worry you don’t actually have to do this yourself, you take the script to the shoot it option and all the little characters in the game get up and start filming the film. Once finished you release the film by placing it in the production office. You then see a screen showing you how your movie has done. You also need to hire random people in the game such as janitors, builders, scriptwriter, scientists and an entourage for your stars.
                This is the basic premise of the film, the essential to what the game is actually about. However there are many other things you need to do to create the best film.

                Keeping stars happy is one way to ensure a great film is made. You can do this by buying them a trailer, giving them a makeover, taking them to the plastic surgeon. By doing this is makes the stars a bit happier and also increases their star worth. When they are both happy and they are quite popular then by placing them in a movie it will increase that films worth. Stars can get stressed or get drink/food addictions, so what out for this or it could damage how they perform in a film.
                A good script will make a film better. Training the scriptwriter and getting better offices will ensure a better script. Changing scenery in the film will help. This is all explained in the tutorials within the game.
                The relationships between stars are a great influence. By making the stars talk to each other it allows them to become friends, then if they work together it will make a better quality film.
                Other
                Well there isn’t really anything else in this game to do. You can purchase furniture, fancy trees and ornaments to put around the studios to make it more attractive. Or put them in a star’s trailer to make them more of a star. But overall the game is pretty much focused on how to get the best film by doing a variety of things, some I have mentioned. There is also the star maker which is a feature where you can customise a star. You can choose how fat they are, what they look like and what costumes they wear, very much similar to the quality of the Sims.

                This game is quite good however it is no where near the standards of other simulation games such as the Sims. The idea is quite original and sounds like it would be amazing to play. Indeed a lot of thought has gone into this game and it does pack a punch yet there are some flaws. Game play length is extremely important in my books for how good a game is. The Movies can last for ages, starting in around 1920 and going up to 2010. I have been playing for about ten hours and am in 1946 so you kind of get the gist for how long you could be playing it for. However once the initial excitement is over and you get the grips in how to make the stars happy and the whole dance of making the film, it does get pretty tiresome. It seems as if you are doing the same thing over and over again with not much else to do. In my experience I am a little bit bored of it now and won’t play it for awhile until I get very bored. The fact that you can actually watch the movies that you have made is quite a fun feature and it is seriously funny watching the movies made in the early years. It is also quite a good idea to have a few genres, in the game there are action, romance, horror, comedy and sci-fi so it does add a little bit of variation. Stars can also practice the genres so it doesn’t mean that one star has to do everything. However this is also a negative thing as usually two stars suit each other so every other film is them two, which does make the whole game seem a little more repetitive.

                The graphics are quite good in this game, being used to the Sims 2 so much I forgot what normal games are supposed to look like, but I was quite impressed with the movies. Each character has a face which can portray many emotions. The studio lot is very cool, all the buildings look impressive and even the ornaments you can place around look extremely clear and defined. Throughout playing the game I did not come across one object or person that was blurry or had a glitch. The game runs quite smoothly as well making it easier to manoeuvre around the playing screen, however this time is very short. Ok my PC may not be the fastest in the world but it definitely meets the requirements specified on the box of the game and I can say that the length of game play may be affected by this flaw. After about twenty minutes of playing time everything does become a little sluggish. The mouse takes a long time to move from one end of the screen to the other and grabbing a character becomes quite a difficult task. I can play for about an hour on this game before I get extremely fed up and quit.

                The controls on this game are extremely easy; you just use the mouse for everything. Point and click is the motto in this game so there is absolutely no problem with fiddling around and deciding how to do something. Getting to grips with this game is quite easy, at first you will struggle with all the stars and the building and getting everything perfect. But after this is smooth running and you will find yourself with lots of spare time to keep the stars happy. The tutorials are extremely helpful and are completely easy to understand. Also when you play the game for the first time small bubbles appear which give you advice on what to do next and small hints about how to improve your films. I found these absolutely essential while first playing the game. They don’t give too much away but just give you a push in the right direction. A pretty cool function in the game is that you can have PR management, so you can add interest to your film. What’s also pretty funky is that photographers hang around the studio so if you place them next to a star who is in a compromising position, such as getting drunk, it gives that star added publicity, generating their movie some interest.

                My overall opinion
                My overall opinion can pretty much be defined in one word, and that is that this game is ok. Ok I don’t think one word is enough so I’ll carry on. The Movies is quite an interesting concept for a game and does work pretty well up to an extent. The features within it are a bit limited and the level of how much you can play the game is quite low as it does get very repetitive. I do think that the option to play your movies on the internet is quite a cool option yet I cannot see many people being sad enough to do so. However doing it is a rather simple task. I think the graphics are pretty great for a game of this nature and I love doing close up shots of the people in the game as some of them pull the funniest faces, especially when they are getting drunk. However my biggest complaint in this game is just how badly it seems to play after a while. Again my computer reaches the requirements, outperforms some of them, yet it still doesn’t run completely smooth after about half an hour’s game play. That I think is one of the most stupid things in the world. Overall for the price of the game I do recommend buying it as it will give you some hours of entertainment. If you have a super fast computer it will give you lots of fun. However if you want a game that will vex you just a little bit, then this is not the game for you as its repetitive nature can become rather tiresome.

                Minimum system requirements
                Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
                800 MHz processor or higher
                256MB RAM
                2x speed DVD ROM
                2.4 GB uncompressed hard disk space
                DirectX 9.0c compatible
                16-bit sound card

                General information
                Certificate: 12+
                Price: £8.99 from amazon.co.uk

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                  14.06.2006 14:03
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                  Boring, very limited game play but good graphics.

                  This is a review about the PC version of the game THE MOVIES.

                  This is yet another 'tycoon' style game which involves you starting off with little cash a lot of land then developing good film in order for you to expand your empire.

                  When you first start you are given a small amount of money. With this you have to hire builders to develop certain facilities like stage schools, crew facilities, castin offices amongst others. These take a period of time to build so in the mean time you go and pick your actors.

                  The look and feel of the game is very similar to 'The Sims' and the keyboard and mouse controls are similar. To hire actors you simply look outside of your studio walls and there is a queue of people outside. Clicking on the individuals brings up a short summary of their stats (behaviour, experience etc.). Once choose these people then can be used as actors in your film.

                  You can choose what happens directly in your film. Scenes can be edited and you can even change the clothes that the actors wear. The film then needs to be made and with your money the relevent sets need to be built. ONce the filming has finished it is taken to the production office where it is tehn finally released to the public. Once this is done you get a summary fo the reviews from ficitious newspapers and then you an overall star rating of the film. The money starts to pour in once the film has been released and continues to do so even some weeks after it has been launched.

                  This game has a good feel to it and the graphics are impressive. It look remarkably like THe Sims and plays very much like it.

                  I found the game very repitive. Once your first film is done then you buy some more sets and develop more films then repeat this again. ITs very difficult to get good reviews and the acotrs available are very temperemental and not very good at what they do. The game is very boring and after finishing three or four films you'l' soon leave this game on your shelf.

                  Limited shelf life but good price.

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                    17.04.2006 14:02
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                    Puts you right In The Film Industry

                    When you watch a film, do't you just wish you could be just like that famous actor who gets all the girls and all the money to go with it. If thats what you want then sadly this game isn't for you. This game caters for all those movie lovers out there who want to be the man in charge.

                    You begin by setting up your own studio, hiring actors and generally preparing yourself for phase two of the game which is really what we have all been waiting for.....The Movies. After yyou have all the actors, crew and whatever else you are going to need, part 2 of the game comes in to effect....Making the movies.

                    In this made you are able to fully customise the movies you are making. You can use pre-written scripts but if you really are a budding writer then write your own. The movies gives you great freedom to do whatever you want.

                    So does the movies hit number one in the box office....Most Definately!!

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                      09.03.2006 18:14
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                      Run your own hollywood and make movies

                      I went round to my friends house and didn't come out of it for a few hours once he brought out this game. It is amazing, and if you've ever wanted to own your own hollywood, well, this is the game! First, you start of with a plain field in the 1900s and you have to build movie sets, scripting theatres and coffe bars, you have to hire staff, actors and directors. You have to run every aspect of running your own hollywood, its awesome. As the age gets nearer to the present you get new sets and can make your own films. With 'The Movies' comes 'Star Maker' where you can mould and create your own character. The graphics quality is pretty good and you can get this game for about £20 of the internet.

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                      The Movies is a 'life simulation' game that lets players build and control their own Hollywood motion picture studio. Players create unique mini-trailer-style movies controlling script selection, hiring of cast and crew, film production, premieres and more! Build your own entertainment empire by making hit movies, researching and introducing the newest cinematographic technologies and nurturing the biggest stars.