While they can be fun and entertaining, point and click games aren’t my first choice when it comes to sitting down to play something. But Irish-based developer Pewter Games Studios might just be onto something with their latest title, The Little Acre, as it’s the first point-and-click adventure that I actually enjoyed seeing through. Thanks in part to its fun artwork and impressive animation, and featuring some interesting and funny characters, this is an adventure that both young and old will want to partake in.
Taking place in a rural location in Ireland during the 1950’s (that’s more than original right there), the adventure kicks off with players controlling an inventor named Aidan who has been looking for his missing father. Just when he comes across some clues as to what happened to him, he is whisked away to a strange alien world. Luckily he has a plucky and stubborn daughter named Lily to take up the quest to find her dad and grandfather. As with any point and click game, you’ll come across all sorts of puzzle to solve and clues to collect as you make your way through one crazy situation after another.
This is where things get fun, as the puzzles are fairly easy to solve, as though the people at Pewter Games didn’t want player ripping their hair out trying to solve stuff but instead enjoy the game and it’s fun characters and settings. Even if a puzzle seems to be tough at first, you’ll have fun doing them. A perfect example is when you start off waking up from bed and have to get dressed and sneak by Lily and one of the dogs, which seems tougher than it looks, but once you get it you’ll chuckle to yourself as you continue on. The animation for the characters is very well done and is sure to be a treat for any that play, as they’re on par with something of the likes of Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair. Seeing that Charles Cecil from the Broken Sword games serves as the executive producer, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
The artwork is cute and fun to look at, and it goes a step further as it shifts away from the Ireland setting to more fantasy inspired ones as you press your way on. Another thing I love about the visuals is that everything runs at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second, and even little things like the sound effects and music are spot on and go hand in hand with what’s happening at the moment you’re playing. The voice acting on the other hand is generally hit or miss, but it gets the job done for the most part.
Hardcore point-and-click players may find the puzzles here a bit too easy, and the game isn’t that long, but if you’re looking for something new and fun to play, you’ll want to go on a quest for a copy of The Little Acre. Fun characters, artwork and animations mixed with a completely original setting (when is the last time you played a game set in 1950’s Ireland?) make this a title both and young and old can get into and go on a small but epic adventure.