12 people found this review helpful
Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 7.8 hrs on record (7.7 hrs at review time)
Posted: Mar 23 @ 9:02am
Updated: Apr 21 @ 6:14am
Product received for free

The Last Act is the third game created and published on Steam by Snowhaven Studios. It's a short story (<2 hours) about a young woman named Sarah, as she pursues her dream of becoming an actress for theatre plays. Sarah has wanted to be a thespian since she was a young girl and saw her first play.

Plot: The story starts out with Sarah receiving her first audition. She believed she would be trying out for a support role, a good starting position for her career, but is surprised when the script she's given is actually for the leading lady. Naturally, she's overjoyed when she's offered the role. Upon hearing the inspiration behind the story she will be acting out, things take a surprising turn. This happens in the form of a ghostly stranger and a warning of danger. Sarah must decide if the potential risks are worth the reward. You may take an active role in the investigation or simply allow the professional to do his job. Sarah can (sometimes unwittingly) gather clues and decide whether it's important enough to pass on or not. Even the smallest, insignificant bit of information can make or break the case. But is it a wise thing to do?

The Last Act is described as being a mystery-romance novel. I'd very much agree with that statement. I'd also add that despite it being a mystery about the supernatural, it's also quite light-hearted and very sweet.

Main character: Sarah is a very believable character. She's set her goals and is determined to achieve them. You may play her as a believer of the supernatural or skeptical. You may also start off as a skeptic before changing your mind once events start to unfold.

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There is a lot of thought dialogue in this game, which is a great way to learn about the inner workings of this protagonist. People don't always tend to openly voice their opinions in detail, for one reason or another, after all. Sarah is revealed to even have a sarcastic, slightly sassy personality. She was a delight to play as.

Following Sarah's journey, you'll meet a small cast of intriguing characters. Three of which are potentially love interests. 

Love interests: First there is the charming co-star: Joshua. He is friendly and seems thrilled to be acting alongside Sarah. Joshua is very skeptical when it comes to the supernatural. He will openly argue how such things as ghosts are ridiculous and irrational. He is particularly interested in finding the 'real, human' culprit behind the seemingly ghostly accidents that happen in the theatre.

Next, there is Silas; the ghost that risked exposure to warn Sarah of the dangers that will befall her, should she continue to act in the play. Silas is very friendly (eat your heart out, Casper), if not a little caution, as he tries to decide how much he should share with the young woman. Of course, being a ghost, Silas has some unfinished business. Are you interested in finding out what it is, and helping him?

Wolverine Gavin is the last of the potential love interests. He is a private investigator, that is called in after the first incident at the theatre. He's open-minded and quite the flatterer. His methods as a detective are somewhat unconventional. Having said that, he appears to really want to solve the case. Although, maybe there's something more to him than he's willing to let on.

Supporting characters: Miranda isn't an LI but holds a strong role as the head of the play. She's instantly taken with Sarah's acting abilities and offers her the role there and then. Casting someone who has never performed in a play, as the lead, shows a lot of faith in the young girl. Miranda is affable and a believer in the supernatural.

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Another supporting character is Blaire. She is said to be Miranda's rival, and her true intentions are somewhat of a mystery. She is eccentric with her partially dyed pink hair, bright clothes and cryptic behaviour. Blaire also has a talent for showing up at the most suspicious of times.

Character development: Sadly because this visual novel is a fairly short experience, there is minimal character development to be had. To balance this out, Sarah is formerly unacquainted with any of the characters. This provides an opportunity for her and you to get to know everyone.

Art: The art may not be a particular style that is seen in the more traditional otome, but it's certainly cute and well done. It's more on the minimalistic, cartoony style which adds a nice unique touch.

There is only one base sprite for each character, meaning they only have one pose. There are, however, quite a few facial expressions, which is where most of the personality comes from; cute pouts and mischievous grins for example. I did feel that sometimes the expressions didn't quite represent the intent behind the dialogue though.

The Last Act has a gallery sporting 20 illustrated CGs. However, six of those are variations of the same scene, and the majority of them centre around Silas. I'd have personally liked to have seen more of the other two LI's. Having said that, the CG's are beautifully drawn and hold a bit more detail than the sprites and background. Character's look ever so slightly different from their sprite counterparts (especially Sarah) but not enough to be an issue.

Music: The audio for this title was a delight for my ears. It never overshadows the story or feels out of place. In fact, it's so well done, that it greatly adds to the atmosphere. There are a total of 12 different, unique tracks.

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Love and care: I could tell pretty quickly that a lot of love and care has gone into creating this gem of a game. The characters are all nicely fleshed out, the art is fun and the soundtrack is lovely. As for the plot, it's well rounded with reasonably satisfying endings. There are next to no typos (I think I only noticed two).

Overall: The Last Act was a charming little experience. It offers what it says it will in the form of a delightful mystery. I personally feel the price tag is a bit expensive for such a short story, especially when compared with other games of its length. However, it provides a tight plotline with no unnecessary frill.

I'd be a tad hesitant to recommend it at its full price but I definitely think it's worth a read.

𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐎𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐤𝐚𝐢'𝐬 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐉𝐑𝐏𝐆 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐬
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3 Comments
drugoja Mar 23 @ 10:19am 
Glad you enjoyed it. It looks cute :Tokyoheart:
Kiric / Emlin Mar 23 @ 9:10am 
Hehe, great minds think alike and all that :fluffystore_cherry2:
Ceaseless Duality Mar 23 @ 9:04am 
We posted a review, like, exactly at the same time. :P