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“The Movies” Demo Impressions

Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!

I’m not talking about movies, I’m talking about the game “The Movies”, a simulation title that has you designing a movie studio, and of course, its movies.

There’s a surprisingly large amount of content packed in the demo, and an incredible amount of things to do in the real game. You start off as a lowly movie studio in the 1920’s, with few staff and limited technology. The goal of the game is to become successful in the movie-making business. Staying on top of the industry will help you achieve your goal. For example, if you are the first studio to make a movie with sound, your ratings will go through the roof.


As the game progresses, so does time. Years go by quickly, and you’re pressed to create as many movies as you can in a small amount of time. I imagine things could get very stressful when you’re managing 3 or 4 movies at once. And these movies aren’t just things you passively make – you can greatly influence the small details in them. Stars can be designed down to earrings and eye color, while the actual scenes have just as much customization. Make sure you’re doing something fresh and exciting in your movies, or people will grow bored of your studio quickly.


Because there’s so much to do, the interface can be a bit confusing at times. While buttons do sparkle and a “magical guiding stream” do point you in the right direction, the demo felt as if you were stuck with doing exactly what the developers wanted you to do. Of course, it is a demo, so it’s not like I’m really expecting enough variety for a second play-through.

I never really figured out how to do everything in the complex game, but it seemed to me like you could have a lot of fun if you really did know what you where doing. For fans of simulation games, I give this a recommendation.

Also, in the real game you can upload your creations to the game’s official website! Click here to see a very well-made one.

By Josh60502

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