The Next Big Thing (video game)

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The Next Big Thing
Developer(s)Pendulo Studios
Publisher(s)Crimson Cow, Focus Home Interactive, Bulkypix (iOS)
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
  • NA: April 21, 2011
  • EU: April 21, 2011 (PC)
  • AU: May 6, 2011 (PC)
iOS (as Hollywood Monsters)
December 6, 2012
Mode(s)Single player

The Next Big Thing (known in Spain and Italy as Hollywood Monsters 2) is a point and click adventure game developed by Pendulo Studios in 2011. It's a sequel to Hollywood Monsters. The main characters, veteran reporter Daniel 'Dan' Murray and rookie reporter Elizabeth 'Liz' Allaire, stumble into a plot of kidnapping, conspiracy and strange incidents in the movie industry. The game takes place in an alternate reality of Los Angeles in the 1950s where humans live side by side with robots and monsters who are struggling to attain equal rights with humans.

Dan Murray and Liz Allaire are on assignment to cover a monster horror movie festival for their newspaper. While engaging in love-hate quarreling they observe movie star Big Albert breaking into the office of film industry mogul William A. Fitzrandolph. Liz, trying to get a news story scoop follows Big Albert, which triggers the main plot of the story, which is pushed forward by a mysterious narrator.


Aggregate score
Metacritic(PC) 75/100[1]
(iOS) 72/100[2]
Review scores
Adventure Gamers3.5/5 stars[3]
PC Gamer (UK)65%[9]
PC PowerPlay7/10[10]

The Next Big Thing received "generally favorable reviews", while the iOS Hollywood Monsters received "average" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[1][2] The PC version was praised for its graphics, characters, story and animations, while some criticized the puzzles, depending on the reviewer they were viewed as too easy or too "far-fetched" (Destructoid).[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b "The Next Big Thing for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hollywood Monsters for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Raha, Shuva (April 21, 2011). "The Next BIG Thing Review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Tan, Maurice (April 29, 2011). "Review: The Next BIG Thing". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Reed, Kristan (April 29, 2011). "Download Games Roundup". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Petit, Carolyn (April 21, 2011). "The Next Big Thing Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Next Big Thing". GamesTM. No. 110. Future plc. July 2011. p. 117.
  8. ^ Liebl, Matt (May 6, 2011). "The Next BIG Thing Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Next Big Thing". PC Gamer UK. Future plc. July 2011. p. 99.
  10. ^ "Review: The Next Big Thing". PC PowerPlay. No. 191. Next Media Pty Ltd. July 2011. p. 71.

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