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  • Summary: INCLUDES
    - Little Nightmares
    - Little Nightmares: Secret of The Maw Immerse yourself in Little Nightmares, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six escape The Maw a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.
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    - Little Nightmares
    - Little Nightmares: Secret of The Maw

    Immerse yourself in Little Nightmares, a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears! Help Six escape The Maw a vast, mysterious vessel inhabited by corrupted souls looking for their next meal.

    Unveil all the secrets in a parallel escape story where you play as the Runaway Kid, another prisoner looking for a way out of this place of misfortune. On his journey, The Kid will explore hidden parts of The Maw offering a different perspective on Sixs adventures.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Little Nightmares is a perfect example of doing lots with so little. It succeeds as an excellently taut piece of visual storytelling while also delivering a compelling gameplay experience. It happens to be one of the more unique horror games out there thanks to a detailed art style, fantastic animation, and top-notch sound design.
  2. May 18, 2018
    90
    Little Nightmares: Complete Edition is the type of game that will train you to live in the shadows, only for it to drag you out into the blinding spotlight. Its clever mix of visual storytelling and careful interaction makes it one of the most atmospheric titles that you can find on the Nintendo Switch.
  3. May 21, 2018
    82
    The Complete Edition fixes one of the bigger flaws of the original version of Little Nightmares, expanding its contents and story by a good chunk.
  4. May 18, 2018
    80
    Little Nightmares: Complete Edition significantly enriches the small catalog of quality horror experiences on Switch.
  5. May 24, 2018
    80
    Little Nightmares is a dark, gripping and unsettling horror game. It succeeds in transporting you to a place where you’ll be biting your nails and sharing every pounding heartbeat with your on screen counterpart. Some frustrating sections can pull you out of the moment and the game mechanics themselves are not particularly original, but the much like the grotesque inhabitants of the Maw this game will grab you and not let go until the end.
  6. May 28, 2018
    79
    If you like games like Limbo or Inside, you might fall in love with Little Nightmares.
  7. May 20, 2018
    60
    Little Nightmares boasts some superb character and environment design, and exceptional sound too, with parts of the Maw screaming as if the ship was a gigantic bionic seafarer. Its story is compellingly told, and the way the main game connects with the DLC is immensely rewarding. But you never really feel like you have full control of Six, and the long breaks between restarts can dump you into a painful loop of spending less time in the game than you do in loading screens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jun 7, 2018
    9
    Amazing game in every aspect. It's creepy, beautiful and interesting.
    Although it's quite short and a bit on the easy side, the DLC included
    Amazing game in every aspect. It's creepy, beautiful and interesting.
    Although it's quite short and a bit on the easy side, the DLC included and some collectibles will take you close to 10 hours for completion, which is not really bad for its price.
    Recommended.
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  2. May 18, 2018
    9
    Little Nightmares is a well created, superbly executed affair. I’d prefer it to be longer and I have to admit to not only being disappointed,Little Nightmares is a well created, superbly executed affair. I’d prefer it to be longer and I have to admit to not only being disappointed, but also shocked, at its short length. It is a game that will easily catch you if you pay too much attention to your surroundings, but will ironically let you escape its clutches time and time again should you not find yourself entirely caught up in the warped reality it presents. For the most part the puzzle and platform gameplay never gets too difficult and so the entire experience is perfectly accessible, enjoyable, and entirely worthwhile in my opinion. The presentation itself will pique your curiosity and then the events themselves, as they unfold, should firmly grasp it and drag you into the experience. Expand
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    People who loved the game Inside will love this game, too. While Inside is more inclined to be a puzzle game and Little Nightmare is morePeople who loved the game Inside will love this game, too. While Inside is more inclined to be a puzzle game and Little Nightmare is more likely to be a horror game, these two games are very similar. Actually Little Nightmares has better scenario, graphics, atmosphere and music. Even though the puzzles are less challenging compared to Inside we might have said this is a better game only if it didn't have very certain technical issues, problems due to misperception of 3D perspective and long loading periods. Everybody should know that this is a really beautiful game, with some technical defects. Accept this and you will enjoy a lot... Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2018
    8
    Great story with a sooky atmosphere which will keep you engaged. In docked mode the game looks great and portable the game looks good as wellGreat story with a sooky atmosphere which will keep you engaged. In docked mode the game looks great and portable the game looks good as well (dynamic 720p resolution). The only issue is long loading times, which is not an issue not only on the switch version but also in all versions of the game. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2018
    7
    I've been itching for more creepy, demented, puzzle based platformers to play ever since I checks out the unqualified masterpiece that isI've been itching for more creepy, demented, puzzle based platformers to play ever since I checks out the unqualified masterpiece that is Inside just a few months ago, and Little Nightmares was pretty good. I very much enjoyed it. No, it's nowhere on the level of Inside (what is?), and I don't think it has as much to say as Inside did, but had just enough of that "WTF" factor to keep me interested from beginning to end, and I think it's worth checking out for anybody that's into this kind of niche indie horror genre. Expand
  6. Jun 24, 2018
    5
    This is a phenomenal game with a bad port.

    Loading times are awfully long especially for a game where dying and suspense are part of the
    This is a phenomenal game with a bad port.

    Loading times are awfully long especially for a game where dying and suspense are part of the draw.

    As for the game, as I said it's phenomenal, however I do wish there were more options. much of the game seems like it requires a specific execution, where I've found myself more than a handful of times executing something incorrectly but in a way that should logically work. Not a big deal but it's what brought this from a 6 to a 5.

    had the port been great i'd be landing on an 8 with this one.
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  7. Aug 3, 2018
    3
    Little Nightmares is a painful game to play and review. It wants to be a new Limbo, and it could have been even better than that. In fact, itLittle Nightmares is a painful game to play and review. It wants to be a new Limbo, and it could have been even better than that. In fact, it could have been a masterpiece. Instead, it's a beautiful mess whose developers seem intent on sabotaging their own work.

    The art and storytelling of Little Nightmares are masterful. The graphics and sound design is fantastic. The creepy, grotesque characters and settings will stay with me for a long time. Some sequences gave me the creeps, including one fleeting image towards the end of the main game that literally made me shiver all across my body. No game, not even Resident Evil in Virtual Reality, ever gave me such a deep gut reaction. The ending of the DLC story, which is included, creeps on you like the final twist of the best horror novels, leaving you in a state of mixed horror and fascination.

    All of that goodness, however, is almost completely wiped out by some of the worst gameplay mechanics you could possibly experience. Many sequences in the game are insta-death, trial and error affairs, and some involve pretty precise sequences of actions. That approach might work well for the genre, if it weren't for the maddeningly imprecise controls, which never once give you the feeling of being in charge of your character. Quite simply, the game demands precision, prevents you from attaining it, and then proceeds to punish you for that.

    All those shortcomings could still make for a very frustrating game that's worth playing for the story alone–but the loading times make sure that playing Little Nightmares becomes not just frustrating, but a repellent experience. On the Switch, every single death is followed by staring at a black screen for about forty seconds, waiting for the scene to reload. Imagine what it means to go through the same three or four actions twenty times, desperately fighting the unresponsive controls, sometimes only lasting a few seconds, and then waiting for nearly one minute every time you fail. That's borderline evil game design–the kind that could lead even the most laid-back player to hang his head in despair, or throw a tantrum. To make things worse, all of those defects seem to grow worse as you play, and they reach ludicruous levels in the DLC.

    Little Nightmares shines for its artwork, story, and amazingly crafted atmosphere. Unfortunately, those qualities only makes its baffling shortcomings more evident.
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