Developer description

The Next Big Film is a new immersive concept that combines elements from Film, Game and Fantasy ... More

Editor's review

Published 7 Jun 2019

When it comes to films these days, it's not easy to pick which one is going to be the next Black Panther or Avengers mega success and which is going to be the next Cutthroat Island or John Carter. I mean, who could have guessed that the first two would sell over a billion dollars worth of tickets at the box office worldwide while the last two would fail so miserably? It's not easy being a movie boss. it's reckoned that half the films made in Hollywood these days actually make a loss with very few making a decent profit and only the success of the mega films manages to keep Hollywood in the black. So, how do you fancy yourself as being the next Walt Disney or Harvey Weinstein? (Actually, I think we can happily leave Weinstein out of things nowadays.) Here is a new game that puts you in the hot seat and lets you be the boss of your own film studios. Do you think you can pick a winner at the box office? Well, we'll see.

The Next Big Film is a new fantasy game for iOS that throws your passionate film fan in at the deep end by getting them to predict the next Black Panther, Avengers or Avatar. As the developers say in their advertising: 'it's a new immersive concept that combines elements from film, game and fantasy sport into a mobile, cinematic experience' - which, I guess, sums it up quite well. This box office prediction game enables film fans from all over the world to connect with other film fans to interact, discuss and even promote their favorite movies as well as providing a heck of a lot of fun. 

So, how does the game play out? Well, imagine that you are the CEO of a major movie studio like Warners or Fox. This means that you are responsible for your company’s film portfolio and the subsequent revenue it can generate so you must strategically spend your budget to buy the films you believe will land you at the top, gain the competitive advantage over your rivals and, most importantly, bank the biggest revenue. Each day, a whole bunch of new films will be released and auctioned off to the highest bidder who then becomes the owner of that film and secures the rights to a percentage of its box-office takings. You'll be pitted head-to-head against other film distributors in an all-out bidding war for the films you think will be profitable and you'll use your virtual credit to outbid the other members in your 'film league' to purchase the next big release.

You'll be able to test your film knowledge further by predicting how much a film will make during a specific time period in the prediction element of the game. This is a side-game to the main event that provides a lifeline to those who get it wrong the first time around. It gives players a second chance and an opportunity to make a little additional revenue, which is always useful. So, where are you getting your money from in the first place, I hear you ask. Well, once you've downloaded the free app from the App Store you'll receive in-game virtual credit of £1m. What's more, you'll get another million every day that you subsequently open the game. 

The Next Big Film began its journey a couple of years ago as a simple game between a few friends. The last year has been spent designing the game, developing the brand, building the core team and now, launching the app. If you're into movies you'll love it. Players can follow their film’s box-office success through the app while competing with other film distributors and you can share your success with friends and movie rivals alike. The game has developed into a community for film fans and enables them to embrace their favourite films prior to their theatrical release and beyond. It transforms how film fans interact with movies through a collaborative, though competitive, film rivalry. The whole experience is backed up using unique, authentic, real-time, audience specific data to give players all the information they need to succeed in the game. The Next Big Film is available now for free for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. 

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