Point and click adventure games have always been rare to find on consoles, with this trend slowly changing in recent years with the release of titles such as Broken Age, Grim Fandango Remastered and King’s Quest. Developed by small Irish studio Pewter Games, The Little Acre tries to bring something new to the table, but ultimately fells like there was potential for it to be much better.
The Little Acre tells the story of a man named Aidan and his daughter Lily. One day, Aidan's father, Arthur, goes missing, which leads Aidan to search for his father. Without spoiling much of the story, both Aidan and Lily are transported to another world while searching for Arthur. While there are some interesting moments and funny dialogue, I felt like the story could have been more fleshed out, as the later part of the game was rushed and left much unexplained, not to mention you can finish the game easily in less than two hours.
Like most adventure games, The Little Acre is mostly about exploring rooms and interacting with objects to solve puzzles. While some games in the genre have lots of tricky puzzles, the puzzles in this game are simple and will hardly provide any challenge. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as players still need to collect and sometimes combine objects, and think about how to solve a certain a puzzle. However, it’s not only the story that feels rushed towards the end, as the same can be said from a gameplay perspective. While the first half of the game offers lots of puzzles to complete in order to progress, the second half is mostly about going from point A to point B and click on an object to progress, which is something that drags down the experience a bit.
While the game fails to achieve a lot in terms of story and gameplay, the game’s visual presentation is definitely the game’s strongest aspect. The art style and character animations are beautiful and will definitely bring back some memories and nostalgia of the animation style we used to see in cartoons back in the ‘90s. The voice acting is also top notch, and while not spectacular or memorable, the soundtrack does a passable job as well.
The Little Acre is a game that had the potential to stand among other great point and click adventure games. While its visuals are adorable and bring some nostalgia of cartoon in older days, it is let down by a story that could and needed to be expanded, and gameplay that hardly offers any challenge for fans of the genre. While it’s an appealing experience to the younger audience and those getting into the genre, it’s hard to recommend it to anyone else.Beautiful art style and animations.The Little Acre was reviewed using a PS4 digital copy provided by Curve Digital. You can find additional information about Gaming Union's ethics policy here.
|Beautiful art style and animations.|
|Fun moments and dialogue.|
|Easy for newcomers in the genre.|
|Story left many questions unanswered.|
|'Real' puzzles are almost non-existent in the second half of the game.|
|It's a very short game.|