Little Nightmares Review

Little Nightmares isn’t the scariest game on the block, but it’s atmosphere, and stage design is remarkable. Here’s my review for Little Nightmares.

The Great:

Gameplay:

If you enjoy games like Limbo, or Inside you’ll really enjoy Little Nightmares. This game is filled with puzzles, and obstacles for us to overcome and most of them are fun to do. There’s not much to do in this game beside walk from the left side of the screen to the right while occasionally avoiding enemies, opening doors, and finding keys to unlock doors. There is no combat in this game and if you were expecting some sort of it this game might not be for you. Instead we have to use our brains to figure out one puzzle after another until we reach the end of the game and complete it. Some puzzles had me scratching my head, but none of them took very long for me to complete. I completed this game in 4 hours. Little Nightmares is not a “scary” game, but it is very atmospheric, and creepy.

The stage design is excellent. Every stage had many obstacles for me to overcome, enemies to sneak around, hidden objects to collect, and challenged me. This game made me use my brain to overcome some challenges and I really enjoyed it.

Graphics:

This is one of the best looking Indie games that I’ve played this year. The lighting is excellent, the character models look fantastic, and the 4 different stages all look great. The lighting in this game is probably the best I’ve seen all year long.  The prison, and final stage in the game really stood out because of how well the lighting in the game is. The only way to see anything around you in really dark areas is by using your lighter, but it’s not a magic lighter. It barely lights up what’s in front of you and that’s the way it should be in games like this. I love the graphics in this game.

Sounds:

The soundtrack in this game is my new favorite soundtrack this year. Every song that played was excellent and fit the dreary atmosphere perfectly. There wasn’t a single dull track and none of them felt out of place. The moans, and groans from the npcs, and enemies are well done, and the creepy singing from a certain enemy in the game made me pause because I didn’t want to approach her or be anywhere near her.

The Good:

Story:

In Little Nightmares you play as Six. Six’s goal is to escape from The Maw and that’s all I’m going to tell you. This is a really short game and telling anyone anything about the story would be spoiling it for them. It’s like Inside. You can’t really tell anyone what your favorite parts of the game is because it’s so short that you’ll be ruining it for them. I really love the lore, Six, and dark story that this game tells. I really, really enjoyed it.

The Bad:

It’s Really Short For A $20 Game:

I completed this game in 4 hours and I paid $20 for it. I don’t regret that decision because I really enjoyed it, but I know some of you would want more bang for your buck. I don’t recommend this game because of it’s short length, but I do recommend buying it when it goes on sale because it is a really good game that I think should be in your library if you’re a fan of games like this.

The Verdict:

Little Nightmares is a excellent game and well worth the price if you’re a fan of games like this. For everyone else I would recommend waiting because it’s only 4 hours long and doesn’t have high replay value. I really enjoyed Little Nightmares. It’s a really dreary, creepy, and, at times, grotesque game that kept me entertained from the moment I started playing until I put my controller down when I saw the end credits roll up. This is absolutely one of the best games that’s released this year and I highly recommend buying it when goes on sale.

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