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The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack Review

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Indispensable for fans of the game

★★★★

Although The Movies still provides plenty of variety and scope for film buffs who fancy running a Hollywood studio and making their own mini-blockbusters, this latest expansion pack adds extra depth to the original game and allows armchair moguls to direct even more outrageous flicks.

Specially geared for fans of big budget action movies, Stunts & Effects allows players to build schools where they can instruct and train stuntmen, in turn using this fearless talent to create action-packed film clips which can be shot against a blue screen to add outlandish special effects once the raw footage is in the can.

Using stuntmen also brings new strategies to running the studio, players having to maintain a pool of talent to replace performers who become injured, find fall guys who actually look like their leading actors, and ensure there are plenty of places available in the studio hospital to treat the inevitable casualties.

With a wealth of new content and sublimely-simple controls, Stunts & Effects is an essential purchase for anyone who’s already been charmed by Lionhead’s innovative original.