Little Inferno

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Critic Reviews 70% add missing review (92 out of 100)

Little Inferno is a spectacular title and certainly one that Wii U and PC gamers alike should give a look. It features a seemingly simple story, at first, but it gets more complicated and intriguing as the game progresses. The gameplay is addicting, fun and becomes more sophisticated than first glance. Little Inferno’s graphics are charming and beautiful while containing excellent sound design and music. The game ends up doing plenty of things extremely well; in addition, it has an uplifting and cathartic ending that has a great sense of whimsy and wonder. Little Inferno is well worth the price of admission.

Dec 4th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

NintendoWorldReport (9 out of 10)

So is Little Inferno a game? I'd wager that it doesn't even matter. Adopting the rigid structure of a more traditional game would do more harm than good in its case. Little Inferno is terrific the way it is, and doesn't need to conform just to fit inside a box. In the end, it’s enough to just snuggle up around the fire and keep it well fed.

Nov 22nd, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8.5 out of 10)

Little Inferno is unlike any game I’ve played. It has a big heart that blends perfectly with its dark tones and simple gameplay scope. Days removed from playing it, I’m still thinking about it. I’m recommending it to my friends who love Braid, Unfinished Swan, and Journey. I’m telling my coworkers it’s one of the nicest surprises of the year. It’s one of those games that breaks free from standard video game conventions. Play it, discuss it, and enjoy it. I sure did.

Dec 6th, 2012 · Wii U · read review (8 out of 10)

Det er i det heile noko svært avslappande ved Little Inferno. Kanskje handlar det litt om at ein ikkje kan tape, men minst like mykje trur eg det handlar om at det å brenne ting gjer godt for psyken. Det er noko ved det å berre stire inn i flammen som gir ro i sjela. Og så er det noko ved det å slenge ei miniatombombe inn i brannen, slik at alt av oske og kol som hadde samla seg opp der inne blir borte som dogg for sola, som berre ropar ut: «Katarsis!»

Dec 5th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

BlogCritics Magazine ( )

Like many indie games, Little Inferno doesn’t take players on a grand adventure; rather, this game offers a little slice of a much larger picture. It is a dark picture that you’ll only discover by actually reading the letters from Miss Nancy, Sugar Lumps, and the Weather Man. For that reason, many people will either dislike intensely or just won’t get this game inspired by the Christmas Yule Log. Little Inferno is most likely to be regarded as a guilty pleasure for partially reformed pyromaniacs, like myself. The revelations of the bleak world in which the game takes place are the only lasting reward for completing it, though the game will have you secretly laughing at a number of the incinerations.

Jan 15th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Nintendo Life ( )

Little Inferno is a surprising game. It's surprising both for the simplicity of its concept ("burn things"), and for the fact that such a coherent and lovingly crafted experience has been built around that idea. It's also surprisingly different from what we traditionally think of as a game, and because of that, it isn't for everyone. But players drawn to the flame will find a fun, funny, and even moving experience in Little Inferno. It's a lot like setting some of the game's more spectacularly flammable objects ablaze, actually; a fast burn, but beautiful while it lasts.

Nov 26th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Joystiq ( )

You might think that Little Inferno sounds boring, but even though it willfully and intentionally wastes your time, it's not a waste of time itself. The creepy atmosphere, the single-minded focus on extremely minimal actions, and the mocking self-awareness all contribute to a deft statement on games and how we play them. And even though it gleefully wastes our time, it doesn't waste too much of it – it might take you a few hours to complete, even with a healthy bit of screwing around.

Nov 21st, 2012 · Wii U · read review

God is a Geek (8 out of 10)

It might not last you much more than 3-5 hours, but Little Inferno is a joyous experience full of charm and wit, and it’s cheap too, whichever platform you buy it on. Whatever you end up thinking of it, you won’t be able to put it down, and it’ll more than likely stay with you for a while too.

Dec 3rd, 2012 · Wii U · read review (8 out of 10)

„Little Inferno“ gehört zu den Titeln, über die man sich stundenlang streiten kann, was wahrscheinlich daran liegt, dass es sich in keinster Weise zu den konventionellen Spielen zählen lässt. Was sich jedoch nicht abstreiten lässt, ist das unglaublich simple, aber doch fesselnde Gameplay und die düstere, liebevolle Präsentation. Nach den in etwa vier Stunden Spielzeit erhält der Spieler zudem ein Ende, das man so nicht erwartet hätte. Dass Spielzeuge verbrennen für 14,99 Euro so viel Spaß machen kann, hätte vor „Little Inferno“ wohl niemand gedacht.

Dec 9th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Nintendojo (B)

People burn symbols like flags and books to demonstrate dissent, but what does it mean to burn a Handheld Fireplace in a Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace? Spare an afternoon and fifteen dollars and you might find out. You can treat Little Inferno like a bedtime story or a three-hour movie, but remember that at its heart, Little Inferno is a game about games. It will make you think about what you do in games, the purpose of games, and the future of games, so sit tight, think hard, and keep burning those toys.

Dec 4th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

FNintendo (7 out of 10)

Little Inferno é interessante de explorar e difícil de definir. Não será um titulo para agradar à maioria, mas é uma experiência peculiar que se não vos cativar de imediato dificilmente o fará mais tarde. Único, tanto a nível visual como sonoro, com uma mística descomprometida e intransmissível que só alguns conseguirão captar. É repetitivo a curto prazo, termina-se em poucas horas e nem se pode considerar um jogo de puzzle na sua essência, é antes uma aplicação que apenas existe para despertar curiosidade. Recomendar o jogo sem o experimentarem primeiro é arriscado, mas se o puderem fazer não percam a oportunidade. Little Inferno é diferente e pode até ser esquisito para alguns, mas ainda bem que assim é.

Dec 5th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Indius (7 out of 10)

Une très bonne expérience, une oeuvre, un bijou, c'est comme vous le sentez. Il n'en reste pas moins que Little Inferno est un excellent cru, mais vous procurera un grand sentiment d'incomplétude. Vous serez satisfait, mais pas rassasié. On en veut encore, et nous pouvons que croiser les doigts pour que la suite des évènements vienne ajouter du contenu au titre. Je ne peux que le conseiller, mais suis forcé de préciser qu'il n'en est qu'à ses débuts. Dans tous les cas, si la durée de vie était équivalente à celle de World of Goo par exemple, je n'aurais presque rien eu à lui reprocher et un beau 18/20 ornerait le bas de cette page.

Nov 18th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Wiiloveit (21 out of 30)

Little Inferno is almost impossible to review, period. Anything I say that would definitely sell you on the game would ruin part of the magic for you. However, if you are a patient person who is also looking for a beautiful story that is woven throughout performing a rather silly task, or are just a pyromaniac, ignore the below score: the game is for you.

Jan 3rd, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Mag'64 (7 out of 10)

"Little Inferno" ist ein außergewöhnliches Erlebnis, welches zweifellos weitab der üblichen Norm liegt. Es ist ein Titel, der polarisiert und unterschiedliche Reaktionen hervorruft, der manche durch seine Originalität, seinen Charme und seinen Humor regelrecht vor den Fernseher fesselt und bei anderen wiederum nur ungläubiges Kopfschütteln hervorbringt. Eine gewisse Offenheit gegenüber neuen und unüblichen Spielkonzepten ist somit eine Grundvoraussetzung, um bei diesem eigenwilligen und ungewöhnlichen Experiment tatsächlich Spaß am "Spielen" zu entwickeln. Bei nüchterner und objektiver Betrachtung muss allerdings die im Großen und Ganzen recht monotone Spielmechanik sowie die allgemein kurze Spielzeit kritisiert werden, sodass eine allgemeine Empfehlung unsererseits für alle interessierten Wii U-Besitzer nur sehr schwer fällt.

Jan 13th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Official Nintendo Magazine (66 out of 100)

More physics toybox than game, Little Inferno manages to be both enjoyably mad and annoyingly maddening. Wait to snap it up in an eShop fire sale.

Jan 3rd, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Nintendo Difference (13 out of 20)

Expérience vidéoludique pour le moins singulière, Little Inferno risque de laisser de marbre bon nombre de joueurs. Avec un concept obscur, un gameplay répétitif et attentiste, un prix un peu élevé et une durée de vie à première vue assez faible, le jeu est loin d’être une tuerie ludique. Toutefois, ceux qui auront le courage de persévérer découvriront un titre plutôt addictif, bourré de références et bénéficiant d’une esthétique de qualité. En prime, et à condition de prendre un peu de recul, ils auront même l’occasion de réfléchir à quelques questions existentielles, ce qui n’est finalement pas si courant dans un jeu vidéo.

Apr 6th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

IGN (6.5 out of 10)

It’s just such a gamble, though, that I can’t readily recommend this. Little Inferno looks nice, tells a unique story and will perhaps be seen by some as a triumph in experimental design. But it’s not really a video game, so feel free to forget this freaky fireplace.

Nov 26th, 2012 · Wii U · read review (6 out of 10)

A daring experiment in minimalist gameplay and storytelling, although that doesn’t forgive the repetition and high price tag.

Dec 19th, 2012 · Wii U · read review (12 out of 20)

Au GamePad sur Wii U comme à la souris sur PC, Little Inferno reste décidément toujours aussi mou et limité. A moins d'être désespérément en manque de production indépendante décalée, on évitera donc de télécharger au prix fort cette curiosité vidéoludique à bien des égards décevante.

Dec 11th, 2012 · Wii U · read review (60 out of 100)

Kaum war ich neugierig und hatte keine Lust mehr, weitere Gegenstände auszuprobieren, weil das Verheizen so beliebig wirkte, war das Spiel nach knapp drei Stunden auch schon vorbei. War das alles, Leute? Angesichts der Klasse von World of Goo wirkt Little Inferno wie eine kreative, aber nicht zu Ende gedachte Fingerübung. Zudem vermisst man weitere Spielmodi oder kooperative Ansätze mit dem Wii U-Gamepad, das lediglich als alternativer Bildschirm genutzt werden kann. Für die Mittagspause und kleine Feuerteufel trotzdem ein unterhaltsamer Snack.

Dec 3rd, 2012 · Wii U · read review

GamezGeneration (6 out of 10)

Little Inferno ist wohl zunächst nur ein Titel für hartgesotten Fans der Indie-Spiele, da der Preis für die kurze Spielzeit von drei Stunden viel zu hoch ist. Die Kurzgeschichte, welche den Rahmen für das Spiel bietet, ist zwar mit Humor regelrecht gefüllt, aber das tröstet leider nicht darüber hinweg, dass schon früh während des Spielens die Langeweile überhand nimmt und man sich nur noch schnell durch das Spiel klicken will. Sollte der Preis jedoch irgendwann auf einem akzeptablen Niveau liegen, so könnte man durchaus darüber nachdenken, seinen Abend mit diesem Spiel vor dem “Kamin” ausklingen zu lassen.

Jan 26th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Gamegravy (6 out of 10)

Overall, the puzzle elements are clever and keep you coming back for more. There is about 4 to 6 hours of gameplay, which to me for this particular genre is perfect. It never feels like it is getting stale or boring which it a good thing. For what it is, I would recommend the game, but just don’t expect more then a burning simulation puzzle game.

Jul 28th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Nintendo Master (5 out of 10)

Little Inferno est loin d'être déplaisant au premier abord : il est très agréable à l'oeil et sa narration, quoique déconstruite, est bien amenée. Mais autant de qualités ne pèsent finalement pas bien lourd face à un gameplay inexistant. Et dans un jeu vidéo, malgré toute l'ouverture d'esprit dont on pourra faire preuve, le manque est à la fois flagrant et punitif. Du coup, si la fin du jeu se révèle surprenante, elle nécessitera au préalable entre trois et cinq heures d'ennui devant une cheminée glaciale. Une condition sans doute nécessaire pour comprendre la portée de l’½uvre, mais celle-ci demeure malheureusement un peu trop chère pour que de jolies flammes suffisent à la justifier. A quinze euros, Little Inferno reste alors un titre un peu fade dont les prétentions poétiques et intellectuelles sont gâchées par un intérêt ludique proche du néant.

Dec 20th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Gamekult (4 out of 10)

Si le principe de World of Goo et celui de Henry Hatsworth avaient su séduire, leurs créateurs réunis n'ont pas su insuffler le même savoir-faire dans Little Inferno. Ce conte étrange est malheureusement desservi par un gameplay trop simpliste et une durée de vie bien trop réduite. On tourne très vite en rond, on manque de surprises et d'imprévu, mais aussi d'un peu de challenge. Finalement, Little Inferno n'est qu'un feu de paille et brûle toutes ses cartouches bien trop vite. On s'ennuierait presque autant que devant un vrai feu de cheminée.

Dec 11th, 2012 · Wii U · read review

Gameluster N/A

Just as the game is about burning things, Little Inferno burns up itself a bit to quickly as it really notable just how fast this game turns to ash.

Mar 28th, 2016 · Wii U · read review

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Critic reviews added by Alsy, MrMamen, lights out party, Riemann80, jaXen, Alaka, Tim Janssen.