Review: The Little Acre (PS4)

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Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: The Little Acre
Format: PSN (3.5 GB)
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: Curve Digital
Developer: Pewter Games
Original MSRP: $12.99 (US), €12.99 (EU), £9.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
I have been a fan of point-and-click adventure games as far back as I can remember, with the first Broken Sword game taking up a large block of fond memories. The Little Acre is not a big game and it took just one sitting to get through, but it was so enjoyable that time flew by. I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning. You control two likeable characters and must perform various tasks to proceed with the story, and what a wonderful little story it is.

Part of me yearns for more of this intriguing narrative, a broader scope, maybe even a deeper look into the mysterious characters you meet. Another part of me is quite content and eager to venture back into the world that the developers at Pewter Games created with none other than Charles Cecil as an executive producer.

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It should only take one more play through to grab the last few Trophies for that shiny Platinum. After taking a gander at the ones I missed, it should not be that difficult. I did pause at several of the puzzles and was delighted to see logic in all of them and some humor too.

It took a few attempts before I noticed a certain action had to be done within a small window, not a window you look out of, I should have written timeframe, that makes more sense. After I figured that out, it was much easier to solve a few of the head-scratchers later on, not that it was very difficult anyway.

… discover the magic of this genre …
You do not collect a myriad of perplexing items that fill your inventory for the duration of the game. In fact, if memory serves, it was about four items at most for one of the characters and they all served a purpose. Some people will criticise the length of the game and in some ways, I can see their point, but I am glad the developers didn’t throw in tons of filler to draw out the experience and in turn, dilute the enjoyment of it.

This is a game that my kids could enjoy and it allowed them to discover the magic of this genre, which is all but lost to a few games nowadays. It would probably take them a good while longer than me but the beauty of solving a puzzle and admiring the results is what it’s all about at the end of the day.

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Visuals:
The game is filled with painstakingly gorgeous hand-drawn animations placed on and between lovingly crafted scenes. I made sure to take a moment and let it all sink in each time I saw a new location and I not only admired but also laughed at some of the comedic elements that made the story so charming. Even the idle animations look great.

My one disappointment arrived right near the end when the quality momentarily dropped during a cinematic moment. It didn’t ruin the experience but it was jarring nevertheless. That was a minor dump in an otherwise excellent adventure.

What helps to sell the story are the wonderful emotions conveyed through excellent animations that would not seem out-of-place in the classic An American Tail or All Dogs Go to Heaven. It’s just that The Little Acre has a meagre budget in comparison, although it does not show in the quality of work, just in the length of the game.

… Little moments that show such emotion and humor …
Audio:
It has great music and effects but most importantly, it’s fully voiced. My favorite being Kate Calvin who lent her voice to the cute and fearless Lily, not only that, Kate also worked as a character designer, animator, and artist on the game.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is singleplayer only with no online component.

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Conclusion:
The Little Acre might not be a grand and epic adventure taking countless hours to trawl through but it’s definitely a wonderful one. Little moments that show such emotion and humor are dotted throughout this great experience and help to show characters with care, compassion, and most importantly unbreakable bonds of love.

It just goes to show what a small team with a big idea can achieve. I desperately look forward to seeing more from Pewter Games and can only imagine what the next adventure holds for Lily and her family.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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