Thank you Curve Digital for sending us this game to review!
The opening cutscene in this game isn’t very clear at first, but it makes more sense later on. The Little Acre begins with Lily’s father, Aidan, trying to escape the bedroom area without waking up his daughter prematurely. Lily is an imaginative and adventurous child who gets rather cranky if woken up before she’s ready. Once Aidan is in the clear, he sets out to find his father who has not returned home for a couple of days. Unbeknownst to Aidan, his daughter wakes up soon after and travels into the dangerous land of Clonfira in search of her father and grandfather.
Like many 2D point-and-click adventure games, you’ll have to explore your surroundings, interact with various objects, and collect those that will come in handy later in the game. Items with a description will have a PlayStation button icon (circle, square, or an X) by them. The triangle button is used for bringing up the game’s menu. In the game menu you can use your inventory items, save your progress, or get a hint or solution regarding your current objective. Online walkthroughs are also available should you need more guidance with the puzzles or solutions provided.
While I was able to figure out the puzzles on the first try, I needed a little extra help on where to use a crystal powered glove. The hint system told me to use it with a blue light, but I couldn’t find it until an online guide told me where it was located. Other than that light, the rest of the items that needed to be manipulated were easy to locate.
The hand drawn artwork is very charming and I like how it changes to a chibi style when the characters enter the land of Clonfira. Most of the characters are cute and likable except for the ones that are not supposed to be.
The voice acting and background music are also well done. The gameplay switches between Aidan and Lily’s perspective and they each narrate when it’s their turn. Unfortunately, a couple of the characters blaspheme by saying OMG in its entirety. Other than blasphemy there is some plant violence that takes place as one has to get stabbed with a screwdriver to get some water out of it. Last but not least, it’s eluded to that a cat ate an angry bird that was preventing Aidan from crossing a dangerous ledge.
All in all, The Little Acre is a cute but short adventure game that is beatable in roughly three hours. The asking price is a reasonable $12.99. Adventure gamers should consider adding this gem to their game collection. I look forward to more titles from Pewter Game Studios!