Price: £34.95 inc VAT
Available From: www.feralinteractive.com
One of the niggles we have as fans of computer games is that, if you’re late getting into a game, when you decide to make a purchase you have to get all the expansion packs in order to reach the same stage as everyone else. Thankfully, Feral Interactive has come up with the perfect solution for its The Movies franchise and included all of the expansion packs in the box, so for one price you get everything you need. Not only is this a sound investment but it makes the game much more succinct in terms of progression.
In very cool Sims-esque style, The Movies allows you to create your own movie studio in the Twenties where you have to produce movies, and pick actors, directors, extras and even builders to keep the business afloat. As you progress you make more movies, buy more sets and can even begin writing the movies yourself. The engine that runs the game has been tweaked in this version and sees improved smoothness in navigation. There are also some more obvious additions like the YouTube functionality. The game operates in two main modes; the first combines studio management and film creation and the other deals purely in movie creation. We prefer the former as it offers a more rounded gaming experience and means that, should you grow tired of a particular aspect of the game, you can refresh yourself by undertaking tasks in the other arena. Of course, the overall aim is to produce a blockbuster and, with the addition of the Stunts & Effects expansion pack included in this version, you can really nail down those epic films.
As a bundle this really is a complete package. For anyone who’s never played the game it’s well worth a try and this version offers by far the best value for money – not to mention smoother gameplay, additional YouTube functionality and extra soundtracks. If you have the required specs to run this game it’s definitely worth a purchase.
Minimum System Requirements
Mac OS: 10.4
Hard Disk: 4GB
Pros A well-built game with everything under one roof and no need to buy any expansions or add-ons.
Cons Nothing new for existing users here. We suggest the Stunts & Effects expansion instead.
Verdict: Five out of five stars
Editor’s Note: This review originally appeared in issue 74 of iCreate magazine where it was stated that The Movies: Superstar Edition was not compatible with Macs using shared video RAM. Please note, this was printed in error and The Movies: Superstar Edition is compatible with shared video RAM and will run on all Macs that meet the system requirements listed above.