Parents' Guide to

The Next Big Thing

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Whimsical and creative adventure with mild adult themes.

Game Mac , Windows 2011
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The Next Big Thing is a unique adventure game with top notch production values (including crisp HD graphics and a stellar soundtrack), interesting characters, and dialog that is decidedly oddball. The game can be so off the wall at times, in fact, that it can be hard to intuit what to do next because the usual adventure game tropes don't necessarily apply.

Thankfully, the game comes to your rescue by offering a hint system that nudges you in the right direction without completely giving the answers away. While some players might be frustrated by the game's challenging -- and unskippable -- puzzles, The Next Big Thing is a polished and fun romp that should have no trouble appealing to fans of adventure games and entertaining stories.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Release date: April 21, 2011
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco References, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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