June 20, 2012
Last week, Chillingo launched Eager Beaver, a physics-based puzzler starring a broad-tailed rodent named Edgar. This week, the popular game publisher is coming out with another title featuring a character called Edgar. But this new game is unlike anything Chillingo has released so far. It's called The Act. The Act is billed as an "interactive comedy." The first part of that description is not immediately apparent in the game's launch trailer below, but the second part certainly is. The game's artistic style harks back to the comedic cartoons of yore, particularly Don Bluth's "Dragon's Lair." Frankly, it kind of looks out of place on a platform populated by sleek Angry Birds and Infinity Blades. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. But The Act's old-school feel is decidedly part of its charm. And while its graphics may incite a bout of nostalgia among older players, its gameplay is tailor-made for the here and now. In The Act, you're tasked to keep up Edgar's act by controlling his actions with your iDevice's touchscreen. A lovable loser, Edgar must try to hang on to his job, take care of his dimwitted brother, and woo the girl of his dreams all at the same time. For the most part, the key is to slide your finger on the screen to the left or right until you strike a proper balance between two possible scenarios. In one scene, for example, you must be able to strike up a relationship with Edgar's love interest without being obnoxious. The Act is definitely one of the most interesting iOS games I've come across in a long while. It's set to launch in the App Store tomorrow. Of course, I'll be sure to try it out as soon as it's out. We'll also have a full review of the game here on AppAdvice shortly after its release. Are you prepared to keep up the act? Or are you liable to get caught in it?