A hand-drawn point-and-click adventure game, The Little Acre from Pewter Games and Curve Digital is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 22. It’ll cost $12.99/€12.99/£9.99 regularly, with pre-order/launch day discounts and a free digital art book with purchase also planned.
Featuring an art style inspired by Don Bluth (All Dogs Go to Heaven), and Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil as an executive producer, The Little Acre is set in 1950s Ireland and stars Aidan, who gets transported to a strange new world while investigating the sudden disappearance of his father. When Aidan disappears, his young daughter, Lily, also sets off on an adventure.
Pewter Games discussed the art style:
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 coloring and effects, but every step, gesture, and expression starts with an animator’s hand. It’s labor 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. Of course, we mentioned earlier that things are not quite what you’d expect, and that applies to the animals, too.
It may be a point-and-click game, but Pewter Games says they worked hard to make it feel right on PS4 and Xbox One. “There’s no pixel-hunting or awkward cursor controls on your DualShock 4 here,” they added. “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.”
[Source: PS Blog]