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Short and delightful!
on 8 June 2012
I am an avid adventure gamer and a moderate fan of Pendulo Studios. I was disappointed by the last two episodes of Runaway, but the Next Big Thing is a truly delightful little game - promarily to watch then play.
The graphic work is indeed very detailed, with smooth animation and high standards of voice-overs. The story is not as captivating as other games in the genre, but certainly has a degree of originality to keep you playing. The puzzles are for the most part logical and nicely intertwined into the plot. Some are a bit on the outrageous side, but then the whole story is somewhat outrageous! The main characters are charismatic and fairly funny - particularly Liz. The supporting cast is also charming and never fails to entertain (from Prof. "Halfpint" Fly's insect-like hand movement to the Poet of Pain, there's something to at least make one smirk).
The game is short - it took me about 7 hours to finish. The interface can be annoying: accessing your inventory soon turns into a cumbersome activity, with the same applying to other functions (such as hints, hotspots and settings). The Settings interface is also not well laid out - I hardly needed to save my game, but then again the interface gives the player little motivation to do so. At times the story gets thin: there's no direct connection between the things you do and why you do them. Again I will justify this because of the game's plot and the lead character's eccentric, 'dis-concerting' character.
Try it if you are a Pendulo Studios fan, if you need a quick adventure fix and/or if you want to marvel at beautiful graphics and supremely detailed artwork. If you are looking for an in-depth adventure game that will have you stuck over a puzzle half an eternity, look somewhere else. Aya!!!