The Little Acre is a point and click adventure created by a Dublin based Indie studio called Pewter Games Studios.
We were lucky enough to spend time with this game and we were pleasantly surprised on how difficult it can be, it is a colourful cartoon side scrolling adventure with clever puzzles placed in your way, figure out the puzzle before you can continue.
The Little Acre follows the story of Aidan and his daughter, Lily, set in 1950’s Ireland. After discovering clues as to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan begins investigating until he inadvertently finds himself transported to a strange new world. Ever the hero, Lily sets off after him, encountering her own perils along the way. Featuring voice-acting and hand-drawn animation, The Little Acre is a memorable, lovingly crafted adventure game
We only saw a tiny little bit of the story but it was enough to see that this game has huge potential, even if it did start life as a master degree project!
We started the game standing outside of a scientists window, we had to figure out how to get into the room without being seen by him, the only ways in were the door, window and a small vent, conveniently there was a cat sitting sunbathing on the bench under the window. We figured out that we had to put a padlock and chain on the outside of the door, put the cat through the vent which would then attack the scientist, the scientist was unable to open the door to remove the cat so he opened the window, the cat comically flopped to the ground. This was after about 10 minutes of figuring out what to do, I entered the window and snuck out of the other open window to be greeted by an angry looking pigeon that refused to let me past. I had to catch a feather and give it to the cat which was conveniently chilling on the balcony behind me, the cat jumped up and attacked the pigeon, allowing the character to move along the edge of the building.
We were then teleported to another realm where I became another character, the alternate version of his daughter along with the alternate version of their dog, again we had to complete another puzzle before moving on. After getting to the end of the stage we had to find a little creature that the dog had scared away, we figured out that we had to get the dog to sniff out the little creature that hidden in one of 3 plants. After it was discovered, we had to jump in the plant to be teleported back to the normal world. Catching up with Lily, she told us that we had to get a component out of the oven in the scientists kitchen, so after travelling back to the kitchen and getting the component she put it into a glove that she created to make a portal. After stepping into the portal our game ended, leaving it open to our imagination what would be next in the adventure. Just a tiny peek at what is to come was enough to be an anticipated indie game of the year.
The Little Acre will be available sometime in 2016, no date announced.