The Little Acre (PC) Review

By Gabriel Jones 13.12.2016

Review for The Little Acre on PC

The Little Acre is a small house in the Irish countryside. This is where Aidan, his daughter Lily, and his father Arthur call home. Arthur's research has led to the discovery of another world. One fateful morning, Aidan realises that his father has disappeared. While trying to figure out where he went, Aidan gets transported a place unlike anything he's ever seen. Lily takes it upon herself to find her family and save the day.

This game is very reminiscent of the 90s point and click era. Its hand-drawn animations and beautiful backgrounds add a lot of spark to every scene. The music is perfectly adept at serving two purposes; it offers pleasant tunes during the puzzle-solving, while striking the right cues during the more dramatic moments. The interface is very easy to understand. Points of interest are clearly marked, and using items is a painless process. The two main characters do a fine job of providing their thoughts on the current situation, which helps the player, so they can determine what to do next. All in all, this makes for an adventure game that's accessible to all ages.

Screenshot for The Little Acre on PC

While the storytelling is sufficient, it feels like everything moves too quickly. The first few scenes offer a lot of great background information and character development. However, some interesting moments - such as lily's shop - are just that…moments. At one point early on, Lily opens her shop, but quickly leaves so that the plot can continue. It really would have been nice to spend at least a few minutes looking around and interacting with the various trinkets she has for sale. It's odd that this would be glossed over, considering that, earlier, the game made an ordeal of Aidan getting dressed and Lily making breakfast (which is more compelling than it sounds).

The uneven pacing becomes much more of an issue in the other world. There's not really a sense of place, more just a series of locations where events occur. While there has to be respect for the stakes involved, it still feels like more time could be allowed for wandering around. It's a strange world with many curious sights, but the game offers a cursory glance and not much else. On the bright side, the few inhabitants that Aidan and Lily meet are pretty charming.

Screenshot for The Little Acre on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

As far as point and clicks go, The Little Acre is a fair effort. The artwork and animation is great, and the attention to the smaller details is really appreciated. The soundtrack is splendid, and the voice actors deliver a quality performance. The simplistic interface is perfectly in line with genre standards. However, the game ends before it can really establish its footing. There are a few scenes that could have been expanded upon. More time spent exploring the other world and all its wonderment would have greatly benefited the adventure.

Developer

Pewter Games Studios

Publisher

Curve Digital

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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