The Movies

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The Movies

Developer:Lionhead Studios Genre:Simulation Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Set in the 1920's, The Movies will follow the development of a small film mogul's rise to fame. The player is cast as a faceless movie mogul, who is in charge of developing both the film studio and the films themselves. In short, The Movies will almost be two games wrapped into one. One game has you developing the film studio itself, paying the actors and crew, buying props, and expanding the studio lot. The other has you actually making the movie, by setting up scenes, getting a script, placing actors, and filming the scene. You then string these scenes together and make a film.

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The Movies

The Movies Review

By Chad Montague |

The demand for actively creative games is likely to get larger over time. There are a lot of creative people out there who would like to express themselves in games, but don't have the technical know-how (or gigantic budget) to do it. I'm one of those people. In fact, you could go so far as to say I love creating things in games. I've been a creative person my entire life -- for which this job occasionally awards an opportunity -- and love it when I can express that. The great part is that tools for this kind of creativity are getting better. Look at titles like The Sims, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and the upcoming Spore for examples. Peter Molyneux and his development team at Lionhead obviously like a lot of the same things and can see the profit in them. Thus they started development on The Movies, a game that they hoped would be the next huge seller across the world. Not surprisingly, that game has a lot of the elements that made both The Sims and RollerCoaster Tycoon so successful. While some of these elements haven't turned out to be the most efficient (or fun, really), the core ideas are unique and create an experience much different than your average title. For players that appreciate different aspects of tycoon and creative gaming, The Movies is going to be hard to beat this holiday season.

At first glance, The Movies is a simple tycoon game that starts you off with next to nothing aside from an empty lot in Hollywood in the 1920s. From there, you'll have to hire staff, construct buildings, and hire stars to direct and act in films all the way up through the present. You'll face rudimentary money management and plenty of planning as far as placing buildings in your lot. But hiding underneath this well-groomed exterior is a pretty powerful system for creating some fairly complex movies. The films use canned animations on a variety of sets with plenty of extra props to add flair. This certainly has limitations, but Lionhead has done a pretty commendable job creating a system that's pretty easy to figure out, even if it takes an anal nature to get things perfect. But I'll get into that more in a bit.


The Movies offers different ways to play which will appeal to various types of gamers, but playing the main campaign game will unlock all of the extra sets, props, and technologies. Once unlocked, each item can be used in sandbox mode as well, which offers the same tycoon style play, but with extra options to keep the difficulty down. There'll probably be cheats that will unlock most of these features at some point without having to play the campaign, but barring that occurrence, you'll actually need to play through the various decades of technological knowledge to unlock secrets of good cinema.

How you play through the campaign is really up to you considering it's nearly impossible to actually lose, though it's not guaranteed that you'll actually win. You'll have a huge sum of money to play with and can basically move at your own pace, meaning you can have a huge stable of actors or simply a few that you really take care of (which is much more relaxing). The trick is not to care that your studio isn't at the top of the charts. Once you start caring, and you begin hiring more stars to pump out more movies, the game overwhelms with a swell of micromanagement that erodes some of the fun.

It's not really the core ideas that create problems (in fact the core ideas are where the game succeeds) -- it's the artificial limitations that Lionhead has imposed. The biggest of these impediments is on the number of employees that you can hire. While you really wouldn't want to hire more than 12 stars (they're a huge pain in the ass to manage), you do want to hire more maintenance workers, janitors, entourage, extras, script writers, scientists, and crew members to do the dirty work in your studio. The limit simply places an unwanted focus on employee management. So, when your studio gets big enough and your stars are demanding an entourage (which must be taken from available employees) the studio suffers. Buildings begin to degrade for the lack of maintenance workers, movies might not have enough extras or crew, and trash doesn't get picked up efficiently. It just doesn't make sense when there should be an unlimited supply of potential employees.

The Movies Cheats

This will let you choose from more decades like 1930, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 2000 at the start of Sandbox mode. Just be careful what you do, since this involves editing the XP registry for your game executable.

(1.) Click the 'Start' on the Start Menu and then 'Run'. You can also press the MS key and R together.

(2.) Type in regedit.

(3.) Click on the names in this order:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Lionhead Studios Ltd
TheMovies

(4.) Once you've gone to 'The Movies', double click on the 'Allow Any Decade'.

(5.) In the 'Value Data' box, change the '0' to a '1' and then click 'OK' to save the changes. This allows any decade to be used for Sandbox mode.

(6.) Close the window(s) and boot 'The Movies'.

WARNING: Don't try to change anything else in your Windows registry, unless you're positive you know what you're doing.

Unverified. This small edit will allow you to start in the year 2000, and every item unlocked. Make a copy of the folder's contents, in case you change things to destroy your game.

Enable the viewing of hidden and system files by following these commands TOOLS, FOLDER OPTIONS, VIEW (HIDDEN FILES).

Head for the directory ...Application DataLionhead StudiosThe Movies... and locate a file with the name UNLOCKING and open the file using Notepad. Replace the contents with the following:

highest_decade = 2000 [prizes] RANKPRIZE_1 RANKPRIZE_2 RANKPRIZE_3 RANKPRIZE_4 RANKPRIZE_5 RANKPRIZE_6 RANKPRIZE_7 RANKPRIZE_8 RANKPRIZE_9 RANKPRIZE_10 RANKPRIZE_11 RANKPRIZE_12 RANKPRIZE_13 RANKPRIZE_14 RANKPRIZE_15 RANKPRIZE_16 RANKPRIZE_17 RANKPRIZE_18 RANKPRIZE_19 RANKPRIZE_20 RANKPRIZE_21 RANKPRIZE_22 RANKPRIZE_23 RANKPRIZE_24 RANKPRIZE_25

Save the file as it was originally (not TXT) and reboot your game. The changes seen should be immediate.

The Movies Game Walkthrough

The Movies PC

Custom Soundtrack Hacking Guide by gwanunig (gwanunig) at (bellsouth) dot (net)

Use your own music

Okay, this mod is a lot of fun afterward but takes a little time to do.

1. Open your The Movies Data folder and open the Audio folder.

2. Open the Trackinfo file.  Leave this open.

3. Open the Music folder.  You will wan to copy everything in this file in case
you change your mind.

4. Open an audio program with conversion software (recommended VLC media player).

5. Choose your song, set it to convert it to a .ogg file, and save over one of
files in the music folder using the file's name.

6. Use iTunes to find the exact length of the song in the song info.

7. Open the Cues folder inside the music folder and open the file with the same
name you saved your song as.

8.  Next to "NEXT_MUSIC_START" change the number to the number of thousands of
a second to those in the song. Example: 5:35:08 = 335080.

Last, go to the trackinfo file.  Find the song same and make sure it's set to
play in the radio and that it doesn't have a cut off year. 

There should be a "1" in the radio column and a "10000" in the End column.
 
                    

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