Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
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  1. 95
    Little Nightmares stands head and shoulders above its peers it terms of its true innovation, beautiful, atmospheric design, and a truly terrible tale. For any horror fan, Little Nightmares is the stuff of dreams.
  2. May 9, 2017
    90
    Little Nightmares is a perfect balanced experience with around five hours of gameplay. It has some flaws, but the atmosphere and the unique setting makes up for that. If you are in need for something short and interesting, you should give this one a try.
  3. May 4, 2017
    90
    If we had a Playdead award for obscure platforming excellence then Little Nightmares would have been the unquestionable winner. Especially the last two chapters are a testament of perfect fusion between gameplay, world building, symbolisms and overall aesthetics. It’s truly a masterpiece albeit a disappointingly short one.
  4. Apr 29, 2017
    90
    Some of the most tense-filled experiences I’ve endured in quite some time.
  5. 90
    Little Nightmares is an entrancing yet brief journey that even those averse to the horror game genre can enjoy. Its implementation of horror hits deeper and lasts longer than other games in the genre while still making it both enjoyable and accessible.
  6. Apr 22, 2017
    90
    This game offers a unique experience. Play as Six and escape while you have to puzzle and defeat enemies. Defeat them by using your head, all you need to do is run, climb and puzzle.
  7. Apr 21, 2017
    90
    Little Nightmares is frightening, in a way that gets under your skin. A way that whispers in your ear that you won't sleep well tonight. Little Nightmares takes things you were afraid of when you were a kid, and reminds you you're still afraid now.
  8. Apr 21, 2017
    90
    Creepy and beautiful at the same time, Little Nightmares is a great adventure in a strange world. An atmospheric puzzle-platform with stealth and horror elements which is a great addition in a sub-genre dominated by Playdead's Limbo and Inside.
  9. Apr 26, 2017
    88
    Like Hide and Seek, Little Nightmares confidently captures the exhilarating fear of waiting to be found by something that’s hunting you. But it also replicates the alien horror of being a child that doesn’t understand what’s happening to and around them, and of a seemingly familiar environment turned into a series of opportunities for safety and danger. Smart, grotesque and never-endingly weird, this is a very different, extremely welcome kind of horror game that left me wanting more than its brief five hours provides.
  10. Apr 24, 2017
    87
    Little Nightmares is an awesome platforming videogame with an horrifying background and an outstanding atmosphere. A great experience with an interesting Tim Burton's aftertaste.
  11. May 5, 2017
    85
    A little big experience, which masters something more difficult than terror: tension. Through its coordinated and flawless exercise of puzzles, its impeccable level design, Little Nightmares captivates and frightens, but not only because of the fear of death, but because of the fear of a sad, empty and guilty life.
  12. Apr 28, 2017
    85
    Little Nightmares doesn't invent anything, but this puzzle and platform game creates an original world (The Maw) where we live grotesque, stressed situations because of its deformed inhabitants. The graphic and sound design completes the formula to generate an unpleasant fear.
  13. Apr 22, 2017
    85
    Little Nightmares is a wonderful adventure, but unsettling and grotesque at the same time. If you like games like Limbo and Inside, you cannot miss it, even though this one has its own personality.
  14. Apr 21, 2017
    85
    Little Nightmares presents us with an adventure game filled with riddles and a worryingly miserable atmosphere. It is also highly exciting - many survival and sneaking fans will love it.
  15. Apr 21, 2017
    84
    Little Nightmares is a remarkable game, focused on its gloomy atmosphere, as if taken from a gothic tale. The monsters in Six's way are things that can only be born from a kid's worst nightmare and it is really enjoyable to see how it becomes real on your screen. In reality, there isn't anything new here, but Tarsier Studios has taken all these things and added its own personality and narrates a horror tale that kept my eyes wide open during the entire experience.
  16. May 10, 2017
    83
    Little Nightmares drops you into a mad and scary world that's worth visiting thanks to some enjoyable platforming mechanics and chilling atmosphere.
  17. Apr 23, 2017
    83
    Little Nightmares is a powerful project that brings a different kind of narrative. It creates lots of feelings with very few resources and, even though its duration is too short, it brings a very positive experience.
  18. Apr 21, 2017
    83
    A twisted fairy tale that dwells in the grotesque and in the macabre, Little Nightmares is a narrative platformer that you will eventually be remembered for its fascinating atmosphere (and its remarkable graphics and audio design) rather than for its gameplay.
  19. games(TM)
    Jun 17, 2017
    80
    We've waited a while to see Tarsier strike out on its own and it's gratifying to see it succeed with a game as good as this. [Issue#187, p.70]
  20. May 30, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is a small game with a really great atmosphere. It may be best described as an early Tool video with a French stop motion short film scored by Danny Elfman and a pinch of a twisted version of Spirited Away. This mixture gives the game a lot of personality and makes it unique. Character design is simply superb and really adds to the overall eerie feeling of the game. Environmental puzzles are a little bit too simple, and that is its only strong shortcoming. We really enjoyed every creepy second of this game and wished it would be a bit longer. In short, Little Nightmares is a great interactive experience that is difficult to find anywhere else.
  21. May 18, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is a unique horror game that delivers an exciting experience through creepy childhood nightmares. It’s a little short and a bit expensive, but its engaging surreal atmosphere, expert level design and great gameplay mechanics really worth your time and money.
  22. May 16, 2017
    80
    This is a short game, and at $20, it might be a little expensive for a single evening or weekend, but it's worth checking out. There are a few other games in its small genre pool, but Little Nightmares sets itself apart with its level design and surreal atmosphere. Set aside a block of time, try to go into the game as cold as possible, and be ready for a lot of deaths, some of which are gruesome and many of which won't feel fair. It's a sort of dark fairy tale, to go by my experience, and you'll get about 60 unhappy endings before you get to a slightly better one.
  23. May 9, 2017
    80
    Somewhere between whimsical and foreboding, Little Nightmares' captivating atmosphere is its true star, with its tense hide-and-chase gameplay a close second.
  24. May 1, 2017
    80
    Looking at the level design and the monster design Little Nightmares is one of the best horror experiences out there. It does come up a bit short when it comes to platform gameplay and horror experience. It seems the five hour duration is exactly right.
  25. May 1, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is a scary platformer with well thought through gameplay. The creepy atmosphere is so cool, we wish it would last longer.
  26. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is grotesque, creepy, and unnerving – but it’s also beautiful. It’s an odd juxtaposition, but one that carries on through the game. For every bit of ominous ambience, there’s something to marvel at. It succeeds in its goal of evoking child-like fears, with a lingering, pervasive sense of terror that wrenches your gut.
  27. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    The first multiplatform release from Tarsier is a taut grim fairytale of a puzzle-platformer that's perfect to explore on a rainy afternoon.
  28. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is a little pearl of a game. For a low price we get 4 hours and a really memorable interactive story. Limbo, Inside and Journey just got a new, cool friend. As usual there are some things missing but the heavy atmosphere and tons of emotions make it all worthwhile.
  29. Apr 26, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is something of a minor classic. Gorgeously gross and surprisingly inventive, it creates a genuine feeling of terror and tension. It’s a bit odd to say a game that involves skipping over corpses is enjoyable, but it is, just don’t blame Tarsier if you have nightmares.
  30. Apr 25, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is the kind of horror game we don't see often enough, one that doesn't shock with fountains of viscera but crawls under the skin. Its flavour of terror is unnerving, burrowing its way deep inside you to nest and feed. Its story is one of hope, innocence and corruption that plays, often sadly, to contemporary fears. Issues with its presentation rob it of the same classic status as Inside, but if you're in the market for a slice of horror rich in artistry and carnal dread, Tarsier Studios have crafted a must-have.
  31. Apr 22, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares is truly one of the scariest games you’ll play this year.
  32. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    Little Nightmares stands out for a fascinating atmosphere and a unique art design. The interaction is quite good, even though the overall experience could be a bit more extensive.
  33. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    A unique experience with an incredible atmosphere: it leaves too many unanswered questions, but the five hours of gameplay flow by quickly.
  34. Apr 21, 2017
    78
    A fascinating title.
  35. Apr 21, 2017
    77
    A unique and very special adventure with lovely visuals, an incredible atmosphere and an amazing representation of the feeling of being small. It's not as transcendental as it's meant to be, but we would be lying if we said that we didn't enjoy it from beginning to end.
  36. Apr 24, 2017
    75
    With a very nice artistic touch, and a dark ambiance, Little Nightmares could have been a very good game, if it weren't so short to beat, and if didn't give us that feel of playing a mock up of Playdead's INSIDE.
  37. Apr 21, 2017
    75
    If you like these artistically pleasing platform puzzlers, then this is going to be something you'll enjoy. It's not very challenging, and it has a few issues that will frustrate, but this is a fine one-and-done game, and for the price, it's well worth investigating.
  38. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jul 7, 2017
    70
    Not exactly taxing in the puzzles department, and its price-to-runtime ratio is a little out of whack. But gorgeous, memorable and oozing with atmosphere and love. [July 2017, p78]
  39. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 14, 2017
    70
    Lacklustre puzzling, fiddly controls and a brief runtime disappoint slightly. [June 2017, p.90]
  40. May 24, 2017
    70
    If you admire adventure tourism, you are in the right place. This, by design imperfect game, keeps you charmed with its own atmosphere.
  41. 70
    Frequently surprising, intense, and always sublime.
  42. May 1, 2017
    70
    Little Nightmares is like a fledgling chef's interpretation of a gourmet dish: it looks the part and hits the spot – but it won't live too long in the memory once you've greedily gobbled it up. Outstanding presentation is paired with some forgettable puzzles and a slightly fragmented fiction, leaving a feast that will satisfy without ever really forcing your tastebuds to explode.
  43. Apr 26, 2017
    70
    Little Nightmare appears to have a double meaning. On one hand, the gameplay is a nightmare, regularly testing your patience and will to push forward. On the other, the atmosphere and audio design prove terrifying in a way that horror fiends will admire. There's an equal amount of qualities to like and dislike, but when it comes down to it Little Nightmares succeeds at delivering on its promise of being an interesting horror game unlike anything else.
  44. 70
    Inventive and disturbing puzzler with beautiful environments, Little Nightmares is well worth a look for fans of the genre looking for something a little different.
  45. Apr 26, 2017
    70
    Little Nightmares does not try to appeal to everybody, and that makes it a better game. This is a game with apparent strength and weaknesses, but you can always tell that it is a game made of a group of people with a strong and clear vision for a defined audience.
  46. Apr 24, 2017
    70
    It has some unfortunate gameplay failings, but in terms of disturbing atmosphere and surprisingly serious subject matter this is one of the best horror games of the year.
  47. Apr 24, 2017
    70
    Little Nightmares is visually stunning, but it does not really come up with very interesting puzzles, and it ends a little quickly, leaving us a bit hungry.
  48. Apr 21, 2017
    70
    Little Nightmares is just blowing smoke. A wonderful and charming smoke, since the mood and the aesthetics are awesome, both for style and inspiration, but the gameplay lacks depth and the game is nothing more than a far-too-simple and linear platformer with some stealth and puzzle elements.
  49. May 9, 2017
    60
    Little Nightmares achieves a lot with atmosphere, but doesn’t achieve much as an interactive experience. What it does could be done to the same effect as a film, painting, or even a creepy children’s book. It looks like a Wallace and Gromit story that went awry with depressants, which so happens to be its best feature. I wouldn’t say Little Nightmares is pointless as a game – if it wasn’t one, I may have never experienced it. But I would say it’s atmospheric goals are underutilised in a medium privileged with active participation.
  50. May 7, 2017
    60
    Little Nightmares is like the long, intense screech of a violin before the jump scare - except that the scare never comes and the sound eventually fades to the background. Yes, it’s dark and moody, but after establishing the atmosphere it never evolves into something that’s really worth playing.
  51. Apr 28, 2017
    40
    A stellar atmosphere is not enough to save such a puzzle-platformer that completely lacks any sort of challenge. While the story of Six is a sad one, it’s not for the fact that her adventure begins in a cage—but that the developer failed to find a way to make me care about it at all.
  52. Apr 30, 2017
    30
    Little Nightmares is the equivalent of wax fruit, beautiful to look at from a distance but disappointing up close and ultimately functionless.
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  1. Apr 21, 2017
    Tarsier’s new puzzler presents a powerful vision of terror in a very relatable environment.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 318 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 318
  1. May 3, 2017
    7
    The immersive and creepy art style is one thing, but if your idea of thrilling horror is to die or get caught by the enemy 40 consecutiveThe immersive and creepy art style is one thing, but if your idea of thrilling horror is to die or get caught by the enemy 40 consecutive times on account of extremely clunky and unresponsive/unintuitive controls, then that is a whole different story. Pure. Frustration. With. Those. Controls. Also, with the constant failing and retrying the playtime barely exceeds 5 hours. So it's extremely short altogether, with like 4 levels in total... really wish they'd add more levels further down the road, at no or almost no additional charge. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2017
    8
    Great story and solid game that keeps you guessing and wanting more, however with the game being around 3 hours to beat, seeing it end onlyGreat story and solid game that keeps you guessing and wanting more, however with the game being around 3 hours to beat, seeing it end only makes you wish it had just begun. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2017
    2
    Even though the game is realy beautuful! Great atmosphere, awesome style and pretty good gameplay for its genre... it is realy annoying thatEven though the game is realy beautuful! Great atmosphere, awesome style and pretty good gameplay for its genre... it is realy annoying that it doesn't have a story! I have just finished it and i seriously feel nothing! No sadness, no happiness, nohing at all! It's like the devs didn't even bother to make a story...And as far as i can see everyone can only make theories about what this game was about! It's pretty sad, cause it could have beed a realy nice game... Full Review »