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Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 24, 2012
    80
    A great example of interactive storytelling.
  2. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    A beautifully made attempt at an interactive narrative, The Act never quite manages to successfully blend its story and the player's inputs.
  3. Jul 24, 2012
    78
    A wonderfully animated Disney-esque cartoon in which you have a minuscule amount of input. [Sept 2012, p.111]
  4. Jul 12, 2012
    50
    Despite its lunges for the mainstream, in other words, The Act has forgotten one of the most important things about escapist cinema and cartoons: they generally don't require this much effort.
  5. Jun 25, 2012
    60
    It's a beautiful, well-told story, and an experience that isn't like much of anything being made today. It's worth a look for the sake of novelty alone. And while I can't say they'll all live happily ever after, winning your way through the game's brief tale is a satisfying experience on its own.
  6. Jul 22, 2012
    55
    For a game about properly communicating your emotions in order to find success, the developer did a poor job of conveying its own desires to the player. The Act is a rough relationship that woos with visual charm, connects through some fantastic, emotional moments, but leaves the player a bit high and dry, in the end. There might not be another game like it, but there are better fish in the sea out there, even for a romantic gamer.
  7. Jun 24, 2012
    50
    The Act is a great-looking cartoon that doesn't quite work as a game.
  8. Jun 24, 2012
    70
    The Act strives to do a great thing by bringing new ideas and new blood to the full motion video/quick time event genre, but the execution is lacking. React Entertainment shouldn't give up, though. Far from it. Some tweaks might help make The Act more satisfying to play, and we look forward to seeing how the studio will bring games and animation together in the future.
  9. Jul 3, 2012
    60
    The Act could easily be compared to Dragon's Lair. Both are superbly animated experiences, but are quite low on the gameplay side of things. This will amuse, but don't expect any lasting enjoyment or replayability.
  10. Aug 28, 2012
    70
    Any fans of hand-drawn animation should download it immediately.
  11. Jul 28, 2012
    51
    The Act is a cute, but very short animated cartoon disguised as an experimental "game".
  12. Jun 26, 2012
    70
    With its charming boy-meets-girl story and graphics that you might expect to see on the big screen, The Act's biggest pitfall may just be that it's over too soon.
  13. Jul 2, 2012
    80
    Even with its short run time, The Act is still easy to recommend as an excellent take on animated laserdisc games.
  14. Jul 8, 2012
    80
    Take The Act for what it's worth, and you will have a product that is worth your time and money.

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