A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This adventure game boasts a highly creative and whimsical plot with some mild adult content.
Positive Role Models
Both heroes of the game, Liz and Dan, are flawed but also display many positive characteristics like resourcefulness, determination, smarts, and creativity.
Ease of Play
Players can use hints to reveal clues about what to do next, but hints don't give the answers away outright or allow any of the puzzles to be skipped. Players can also reveal all hotspots in a given area instead of pixel-hunting. There are three levels of difficulty.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild violence. Dan uses a baseball bat to knock someone unconscious off-screen, and Liz fires a tranquilizer gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters of both sexes wear revealing costumes. Mild sexual innuendo throughout, such as comments about a woman's "front end," and a recipe that contains "testicles from an evil duck." A robot scans Liz's body for measurements including bust and hip size. Dan becomes a sex slave to a female mummy and is seen in a passionate embrace with her.
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Occasional references to "Hell" as a place, but not as a curse word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking and smoking pipes and cigarettes. Dan carries a hip flask of alcohol and sips from it. A robot is shown drunk and staggering around.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Next Big Thing is a point-and-click adventure game with some mild sexual innuendo and alcohol and smoking references that make it best-suited for kids aged 13 and older. Players alternate between two main characters who are both flawed (Liz is loopy and forgetful and Dan is a slacker sports reporter who swigs from a hip flask), but likeable nonetheless.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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