Acorn Story


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KimberlyAcorn StoryWe all know and love the classic story of a boy and his dog. But what about a boy and his magic acorn? And what if the acorn has gone missing? See how that story pans out in Acorn Story, a charming puzzle platformer by George Kobyakov. Use the [arrow] keys to move side to side and to jump to explore your surroundings. Use the [spacebar] to manipulate crates and levers to solve the puzzles and exit each level.

Acorn Story could be the gentler younger sibling of Limbo, which obviously inspired it. While the graphical style is similar to that of Limbo, Acorn Story's art is very enjoyable and holds its own. The piano soundtrack is relaxing and helps set the mood. While it's not very long (nor terribly difficult) at eight levels, you'll love the atmospheric gameplay while it lasts. Plus, you have to find out what happens to the acorn!

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Acorn Story Walkthrough

Level 1

  1. Push the first box against the wall and use it to jump up.

  2. Pull the second box away from the wall and onto the middle one of the three platforms ahead.

  3. Walk back a bit and pull the center and the right levers of the three.

  4. Use the box to climb to the last platform and jump out.

Level 2

  1. Push the box down and then to the left so that it covers the button.

  2. Jump over the next gap by bouncing on the tree branch.

  3. Walk past the button and pull the box to the right over so it covers the button.

  4. Stand on the next button to raise the second block all the way up.

  5. Quickly move to the next button on the right, wait until you see the platform rise from the water, then run across.

Level 3

  1. Pull the lever and use the platform that appears to cross the gap.

  2. Pull the lever and wait for the platform to come to you.

  3. Pull the lever again and quickly jump on the moving platform.

  4. Push the box to the right until it is on the button, then use the platform that appears to cross the gap.

  5. Stand on the next button until the platform raises all the way up.

  6. Quickly move to the platform and step on the new button. When the second platform is as high as it can be, jump to it.

  7. Stand on the button on the new platform until the final platform is raised, then use it to jump out.

Level 4

  1. Jump out of the cart and pull the box into the hole with the first button.

  2. Continue down the path, and pull the lever to the right of the next button.

  3. Pull the second box onto the button.

  4. Return to the start of the level.

  5. Pull the lever to the far left and jump into the cart.

Level 5

  1. Be careful and patient to cross the first three blocks or they will crush you.

  2. Pass the button, push the box against the wall on the right, and jump out.

  3. Push the lower box against the wall on the right, jump on it, and pull the lever.

  4. Move the box to the left so you can go back to the previous box.

  5. Push the first box left to the button, then walk further to the left and pull the lever.

  6. Go right to the second box which will now be floating and jump on it to cross.

Level 6

  1. Stand on the button to rotate the piece of land until a ledge appears, then quickly jump on the ledge and run across.

  2. Stand on the next button until the flat part of the piece on the right is lined up with the ground.

  3. Push the box through the tunnel and into the hole with the button.

  4. Stand on the next button until a ledge appears on the next piece, then quickly jump on the ledge and run across.

Level 7

  1. Go right until you find a box.

  2. Move the box left until it is on the left side of the large balance on the left.

  3. Standing on the right side of the balance, jump to the upper level and pull the lever.

  4. Go right, under the smashing block, and jump across the two little balances to retrieve the acorn.

Level 8

  1. Go right, jump the first gap by bouncing on the tree branch, and the second gap by simply jumping.

  2. Continue to the tree and pull the lever to put the acorn in place.

14 Comments

I had to give up at level 2. Couldn't get the boy to walk fast enough to move the box. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong? Any way to make him run?

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Space to make the box move (and to interact with switches) jcf.

Keep going it is actually a beautiful little game.

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Kind of embarrassed to say that I'm stuck... on the level with the cart. There's a switch I can't move.

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stupidcheeseboy Author Profile Page August 21, 2012 12:58 PM

Me too jcfclark :(

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I figured mine out. Ask me if you're stuck like me.

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librarysmiles Author Profile Page August 21, 2012 1:22 PM

I'm also stuck on level two- it's not the first switch that you push the box on, it's the second switch, that you walk on and there is no other box except the one next to the big falling box that you can't even jump on top by using the box next to it. Like jfclark said, you can't move fast enough, either.

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Otterchick Author Profile Page August 21, 2012 1:35 PM

For level two...

Push the box on the first switch. Then stand on the second switch until the second machine thingie gets all the way to the top. Then stand on the thrid button under that machine just long enough for the platform to rise from the river. Then hop onto the platform and over.

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I can't work out what to do on that level either, sharon!! any advice/spoilers anyone?

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nvm, worked it out!!

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Well silly me... the boy can PULL boxes, too.

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Acorn Story Walkthrough

Level 1

  1. Push the first box against the wall and use it to jump up.

  2. Pull the second box away from the wall and onto the middle one of the three platforms ahead.

  3. Walk back a bit and pull the center and the right levers of the three.

  4. Use the box to climb to the last platform and jump out.

Level 2

  1. Push the box down and then to the left so that it covers the button.

  2. Jump over the next gap by bouncing on the tree branch.

  3. Walk past the button and pull the box to the right over so it covers the button.

  4. Stand on the next button to raise the second block all the way up.

  5. Quickly move to the next button on the right, wait until you see the platform rise from the water, then run across.

Level 3

  1. Pull the lever and use the platform that appears to cross the gap.

  2. Pull the lever and wait for the platform to come to you.

  3. Pull the lever again and quickly jump on the moving platform.

  4. Push the box to the right until it is on the button, then use the platform that appears to cross the gap.

  5. Stand on the next button until the platform raises all the way up.

  6. Quickly move to the platform and step on the new button. When the second platform is as high as it can be, jump to it.

  7. Stand on the button on the new platform until the final platform is raised, then use it to jump out.

Level 4

  1. Jump out of the cart and pull the box into the hole with the first button.

  2. Continue down the path, and pull the lever to the right of the next button.

  3. Pull the second box onto the button.

  4. Return to the start of the level.

  5. Pull the lever to the far left and jump into the cart.

Level 5

  1. Be careful and patient to cross the first three blocks or they will crush you.

  2. Pass the button, push the box against the wall on the right, and jump out.

  3. Push the lower box against the wall on the right, jump on it, and pull the lever.

  4. Move the box to the left so you can go back to the previous box.

  5. Push the first box left to the button, then walk further to the left and pull the lever.

  6. Go right to the second box which will now be floating and jump on it to cross.

Level 6

  1. Stand on the button to rotate the piece of land until a ledge appears, then quickly jump on the ledge and run across.

  2. Stand on the next button until the flat part of the piece on the right is lined up with the ground.

  3. Push the box through the tunnel and into the hole with the button.

  4. Stand on the next button until a ledge appears on the next piece, then quickly jump on the ledge and run across.

Level 7

  1. Go right until you find a box.

  2. Move the box left until it is on the left side of the large balance on the left.

  3. Standing on the right side of the balance, jump to the upper level and pull the lever.

  4. Go right, under the smashing block, and jump across the two little balances to retrieve the acorn.

Level 8

  1. Go right, jump the first gap by bouncing on the tree branch, and the second gap by simply jumping.

  2. Continue to the tree and pull the lever to put the acorn in place.

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lycyfyrsam Author Profile Page August 26, 2012 2:28 AM

wouldve been exactly the same & of equal, but less deceptive, interest if theyd just called it move the box.

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This game really is a gentle Limbo clone. It's very enjoyable as a small puzzle game-but the level with the cart is a little frustrating until I figured out that you constantly need to backtrack. I think that there didn't need to be a 1:1 translation with limbo. It feels too much like a child friendly limbo-easier puzzle-not as much reliance on physics-nod to the original ending. There's some stiffness with the jumps and a little confusion about where you are in the complete dark, but i liked this game

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