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  • Summary: 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. May 5, 2017
    100
    Little Nightmares is dark, eerie, startling, gross and sinister – all without resorting to M-rated content or a first-person camera. It's a great puzzle-platformer that is amazingly atmospheric, where the scariest parts are a fun gameplay experience rather than a game-halting fright. In many ways, it reminded me of Inside, but I have, to be honest: despite being a little more rough around the edges, I like Little Nightmares more.
  2. May 1, 2017
    90
    Little Nightmares is a beautiful, clever, and at some points breathtaking game, that is only let down by a few minor frustrations.
  3. May 7, 2017
    90
    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. In fact, unless you’re going back through things for a second, third or fourth time, just in order to pick up all the collectibles, then chances are you’ll be done with the five chapters and then everything Bandai Namco and the development team at Tarsier Studios have given you in no more than a few quick hours. I guess the price reflects that though and when something is so good, perhaps it’s best to keep it at an enjoyable length. If you’re after a tense game that will have you questioning every little moment from start to finish, then Little Nightmares is most definitely for you.
  4. Apr 27, 2017
    80
    At times mechanically clumsy, but artistically sound, Little Nightmares might get on your nerves every once in awhile, but its imagery will burrow into your brain and never leave.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 18, 2017
    80
    A carnival of grotesque and gothic fancies makes up for the finicky platforming. [July 2017, p.87]
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    In all seriousness, Little Nightmares does a fantastic job of pulling off “childish horror”. It strikes a good balance in introducing horror without ever being too scary; anyone who loves a little bit of the macabre without the intense dread of true terror will love this indie title. It is a bit on the short side, taking me only a little over four hours to beat – and that was with me getting stuck twice – but what it lacks in length in makes up for in brilliant content. If you enjoyed the likes of Limbo or Inside, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the world featured in Little Nightmares. With its brilliant setting, wonderfully whimsical characters and clever puzzles, it’s hard not to recommend it as yet another essential title from what’s shaping up to be an incredibly stellar year of gaming.
  7. CD-Action
    Jun 30, 2017
    50
    Unique Burtonesque art direction could not avert my attention from the fact that Little Nightmares is one of the poorest platformers I’ve played in years. [07/2017, p.43]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. May 31, 2021
    10
    Easily one of the best and most unique games of its kind with an INSANELY good OST to go with it.
  2. Mar 30, 2021
    9
    Loved it! Amazing artistic design, clever little puzzles and terrifying enemies. Just a beautiful game.
  3. Apr 30, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Before I begin this semi-review, semi-not-a-review post in earnest, allow me to state the obvious: you’re undoubtedly going to hear Little Nightmares in the same conversations you hear about Limbo and Inside in some ways. Ignore that chatter. Little Nightmares my strike some similar chords to what Playdead has done with their past titles, however it is in no way striking the same tone or note in what experiences it attempts to convey.

    Yes, there are the similar tropes that come with dark games and brooding environments featuring dire and grotesque consequences for any unwary and unwelcome traveler. There are ultimately gruesome ends your adorable character can meet and plenty of equally gruesome foes to send her there. Environmental hazards and puzzles come in equal numbers and the mere use of light and darkness is more than enough to set the tone for each stage of the short yet endearing exploration.

    If you’re into platforming puzzle titles that also feature palpable amounts of ambiance and relevant horrors and low-key fears that will probably make you cringe once you realize the extent of their depth and attention to detail, then Little Nightmares will rock your socks off. Or knock them off and freeze you with fear. Perhaps the most exciting component in the game is that it leaves pretty much everything except what you see with your own eyes quite ambiguous in an almost ‘Souls’ sort of way (of handling lore)- minus the bloody scratch marks on the ground everywhere.

    Ambiguity permeates the entire experience and makes it a more convincing and exceptionally interesting one for that matter. You aren’t even given so much as maybe the occasional hint to rotate the camera around if you get stuck, however the rest of the controls are never exactly specified and so it’s up to you to learn the ropes. The experience perfectly meshes both two-dimensional and three-dimensional perspective into a very well thought out 2.5D platforming puzzler.

    Although you are very definitely little and dwarfed by the surroundings you will encounter, there is nothing little at all about the immense nightmarish rogues you will inevitably face or flee. Because you cannot fight back in most cases, there is always an air of tension and terror whenever these foes enter the picture and you must fly through some puzzle or another and make it to the next area. I’m still quite shocked at how well thought out each room is and how each area ratchets up the tension and the screen literally crawls with the sound effects and slight background happenings as well.

    Little Nightmares 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.

    The vivid imagery and scenes steal the show almost when coupled with the eerie and daunting soundtrack accompaniment. Oftentimes you may stumble onto a new area and not even notice the body dangling from a rope overhead with its feet just barely visible or the faint outline of a shadow shuffling hurriedly in the background. It’s the moments like that that add to the feeling that someone is always watching and that every skittering motion on screen is some new devilish foe come to rend your flesh or curdle your blood.

    Needless to say, Little Nightmares isn’t your typical horror game and it’s much better for that fact. Ambiguity is the name of the game and the game itself will wear you out each and every time you think you’ve understood its nature- right up until the very end. You can feel free to stop and stare at the beautiful surroundings any time, however it still has a relatively run time and as such is a compact and entirely artistic and expressive experience.

    If I were to apply my typical review material and run down the brief checklist of everything I tend to go through in those lengthy posts, Little Nightmares would be getting no less than a 9.5 out of 10 from me. It’s entirely deserving of that and a highly replayable experience if only to see the little touches that you’ll pick up with each runthrough here and there.
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  4. Dec 11, 2017
    8
    This is a fun and creepy little experience that will last you no more than an evening to complete, so it's worth giving it a play though. TheThis is a fun and creepy little experience that will last you no more than an evening to complete, so it's worth giving it a play though. The art style feels like something right out of a Tim Burton movie, and the world building is really good. The gameplay is relatively simple, but fun nonetheless (although there are some issues with controls). The story is pretty vague but it works well with the game, and overall, Little nightmares was a really enjoyable experience. Expand
  5. May 16, 2017
    7
    This game betters Inside by actually providing some concept to what's going on "it's a nightmare", but in every other way it's not as good.This game betters Inside by actually providing some concept to what's going on "it's a nightmare", but in every other way it's not as good. The controls are ever so slightly annoying by not jumping when you press jump or being so sensitive to an up or down direction that you fall down a hole. This in itself in then made worse by the loading times. In fact everything about the game is made worse by the loading times. In a game where failure to solve a puzzle often means death and death means a loading screen this makes the difference between it being fun and just a bit tedious. Initially I though I had played this longer than Inside and that it was a much longer game, checking my play time though I now realise I've only been playing 2 hours but the lack of enjoyment makes it feel like 6. Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2020
    6
    A good looking game with a weird, gruesome art-style. Cute in its own way and a little bit disgusting. Gameplay is nothing special but oftenA good looking game with a weird, gruesome art-style. Cute in its own way and a little bit disgusting. Gameplay is nothing special but often had me confused, looking for around in vain for things in the environment that were not always clearly presented. Reminded me a lot of "Inside". Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2020
    1
    This is one of the most frustrating games I’ve ever played. Not worth the time in my opinion.

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