Hi Everyone, I’m Ben from Pewter Games, an indie studio based in Dublin. The Little Acre is our upcoming adventure game.
The Little Acre tells the story of a small family in 1950’s rural Ireland. During the game you’ll play as Aidan (voiced by Brian AKA, ‘Terroriser’), a job-hunting engineer, and his young daughter Lily whose current life-goal is to be a swordfighting fairy-knight. Things in The Little Acre are not quite what you’d expect; when Aidan goes missing one morning, Lily decides to hunt for him and soon they both discover a mysterious world connected to their own. Who lives there? Why is the entrance in their garden shed? Do they have any hope of escaping?
When talking about The Little Acre or demoing it we always get asked about the art style. It’s all hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation that’s reminiscent of the work of Don Bluth, who created films such as All Dogs Go to Heaven and An American Tail.
What do we mean by hand-drawn? Each frame of the animation is sketched, filled in with details and finalized. We have some computer help with colouring and effects, but every step, gesture and expression starts with an animator’s hand. It’s labour intensive but the results are something really special. Our animators particularly like drawing animals. If you’re a dog lover or cat lover then the Little Acre has some furry friends for you to enjoy. Of course, we mentioned earlier that things are not quite what you’d expect, and that applies to the animals too.
The game we’ve made is a traditional point & click adventure at heart, but we’ve also worked hard to make it feel just right for console players too. There’s no pixel-hunting or awkward cursor controls on your DualShock 4 here. We’ve also included a hint system for any moments you might get lost, however, there’s a prestigious Trophy waiting for you if you can beat the game without any tips.
We’re really excited to be bringing The Little Acre to PlayStation where there’s already some serious love for classic adventure games. We really hope you all enjoy The Little Acre when it lands on 22nd November.
Have fun everyone!