Little Nightmares Game Review

Madelyn Crosby, Editor

Little Nightmares, a puzzle-solving horror game, is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows computers. Little Nightmares is a single-player game that costs $19.99. A three-part DLC pack is available for purchase as well as a newly released sequel, Little Nightmares 2. This game is rated PG-13. 

You play as a young girl named Six. She travels through The Maw, an eerie setting full of distorted creatures. As you travel through the game, you are tasked with solving puzzles and escaping hungry creatures. You also engage in some games of “hide-and-seek” as you try to hide from the creatures of The Maw. The DLC pack follows The Child, a young boy who also explores The Maw.

  Little Nightmares was a game that I really enjoyed playing. It has lots of fun puzzles to solve while also adding in an extra horror/suspense element. You are constantly on your toes as you play thanks to the mysterious music and dark lighting. Game play wise, the game is not very challenging. Its controls are fairly simple and none of the game play is exceedingly difficult. In addition, you are left wanting to learn more about The Maw and the mysterious creatures that occupy it. The DLC pack helps add to the story of the main game while also introducing new humanoid monsters that you have to avoid. On the other hand, the game is short. It took me about 13-15 hours to complete the main game and its DLC pack. If you want a game that you can play over a long period of time, this is not the game for you. Also, I would not consider this game to be super scary. It is more suspenseful and unnerving than it is frightening. 

There aren’t many games that I have played like Little Nightmares. Hollow Knight, a game developed by Team Cherry that is also available on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows has a similar atmosphere that also requires you to solve puzzles and fight monsters/bugs. If you would like to play puzzle-solving games without the added horror elements, I would recommend the Legend of Zelda games, Immortals Fenyx Rising, or Ori and the Blind Forest

To conclude, I would recommend that anyone who likes strategic, puzzle-solving games should play Little Nightmares. Even if you are not a fan of horror games, this game is one that you should try.

Madelyn Crosby