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We did a hands-on preview of It’s a Wrap! at PAX West 2022. When it comes to video games and movies, these two fields of entertainment rule. When you look at the amount of money these two industries pull in, they even rival the adult entertainment industry.
Because of this, the adult entertainment industry has often branched out into games to try to capitalize on the success of the other two. Unfortunately, when it comes to video games and movies collaborating, these collaborations are often a disaster; typically they are seen as cash grabs from the owners of the intellectual properties. AMC Games’ It’s a Wrap looks to redefine what a movie video game can be.
Standback Lego and Telltale games, AMC Games’ It’s a Wrap is changing the formula. It’s a Wrap is a game about creating your very own movie. That’s right, you no longer have to play through cheesy games made to sponsor movies or animated TV shows.
This game puts you in the director’s seat while you are the action star. At the start of each level, the player is given a script to read which dictates what will happen in the scene. It is up to the player to control the actor and the scene itself.
The actor is only a small part of what the game is about; yes, you have to get him through the level, but your goal is to make the scene look as authentic and death-defying as possible. It’s a Wrap takes place in the 80s and refers to popular action films such as Star wars, Indiana Jones, Terminator, and more. Don’t rush the scene or Johnny Rush might die.
When I first met with AMC Games to preview It’s a Wrap, they sat me down at their little booth. They asked if I wanted help, which I declined. Instead of holding hands while making a movie, I wanted to be in the driver’s seat. While the game can be comical at times, it can also be heartbreaking. Trying to play a platformer is one thing, trying to clear the level you helped design is another.
As the director, you decide where certain stage elements should be placed and when they start moving. These objects determine whether you can clear the level or not. After failing a scene, you’ll go back to the drawing board to change the timing of objects.
At the end of the day, it comes down to how you maneuver the actor. For the PAX West demo, I got to play through four levels. These four levels just show some of the elements of the game and how the game becomes more challenging as it progresses.
All four levels can be briefly seen in It’s a Wrap trailer. The only level I didn’t get to play was the monster hunt. It was a lot of fun getting to grips with both the scene and the actor; the experience made me feel like I was in control, even though there were only a limited number of options to create the perfect scene. The last stage was by far the most frustrating, and I ended up throwing myself out and asking the developers for help.
The only sad thing I learned was that there are no plans for players to be able to create their own script or levels. Hopefully when the game is released there will be a discussion about DLC in the future.
I want to thank AMC Games and Chanko Studios for showing us It’s a Wrap at PAX West 2022. There is currently no official release date for the game, but it is coming to PC (via Steam).