The Movies: Stunts & Effects
Ever had dreams of being a movie mogul? Ever scoffed at poor scripts and terrible acting? Here’s a chance to do things your own way with The Movies. Along the same lines as The Sims, it allows you to control a movie studio through the years, as you try to gain prestige and hard cash for your efforts.
Business and creativity happily coexist in this game. The general upkeep of the studio where you decide on building placement, facilities and decoration, is coupled with scriptwriting and movie making, where you can be the director of your own movies or you can concentrate on developing talent. Game navigation is simple and after a brief tutorial you’re let loose in your own studio.
The Stunts and Effects add-on does exactly what is says on the tin – it allows you to create and add your own stunts and effects to the movies you create. The makers have included brand new sets for effects, including CGI screens and model cities for car chases. In terms of the stunts you can create, you have to start from the beginning and work your way up by training your stuntmen. Throwing them in at the deep end will result in them sustaining some pretty serious injuries and being out of the game for some time.
Another part of the expansion that’s a much welcomed addition is the new free camera, which allows users to place a camera anywhere in a scene. This particular addition offers a great way to increase creativity with scenes, and really makes the biggest difference if you’re a heavy user of the game.
The Stunts and Effects expansion takes The Movies to a whole new level, making for a much more rounded and complete game than the original, with a lot more scope for creativity in moviemaking. The management of stuntmen and subsequent testing of their skills in high-risk situations can be exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure, especially when you have your heart set on a big stunt and a bank of injured stuntmen. The new camera adds a new dimension and the special effects add a modern flavour to a game that had previously been limited.