Little Nightmares Complete Edition comes to us from Tarsier Studios and if you didn’t get the feeling during combat then you won’t be surprised to know they worked on previous LittleBigPlanet projects in the past alongside Media Molecule. But this is a game that’s unique and entirely separate from the LittleBigPlanet games as it comes with a much darker world and story. Does Little Nightmares Complete Edition find its own ground to walk on or does this new darker venture for Tarsier fall flat?
Little Nightmares Complete Edition plays similar to LBP games that Tarsier have worked on in the past yet this game stands on its own and it wasn’t until I finished Little Nightmares Complete Edition, did I find out the history behind Tarsier. From my point of view this game also seems like a head nod to story tellers like Tim Burton.
You play as Six, a young girl whose face you never see trying to find her way out of the Maw. A resort of sorts with a dark, shady and violent underbelly. Six navigates her way through kitchens, restaurants, and many different other floors filled with monstrous looking beasts that are several sizes larger than Six herself and are looking to capture her. Armed only with a cigarette lighter to shine her way through the darker parts of the Maw, Six with often find herself joined in the background by these little creatures called the Nome. Adorable little creatures that slightly resemble the Pyramid head villain from Silent Hill, but look much cuter and less threatening in their design here.
As you venture throughout different sections of the world you will find yourself performing light puzzle solving to continue forward. You’re either searching for a key to unlock a door or flicking a switch to get a machine working to get you on your way. You’ll find yourself jumping and using the grab button a lot to get to where you need to go. I found myself just missing certain sections I had to grab onto and hold, so expect to die a lot much like I did. The loading screens were a little long with the Nintendo Switch version, but not overly unbearable which means you’re back into the game relatively quickly to continue where you left off. You also move pieces of furniture like chairs by yourself to unlock doors or pianos via other means to get to other sections.
You will also at certain sections come to mini boss fights of sorts as you are chased down by one of these grotesque ghouls. It is completely up to you with very little hand holding to figure out how to take them down so that you can safely move on. For the completionist and achievement hunters out there Little Nightmares Complete Edition has your number, as there are candles hidden throughout to be lit as well as breaking china dolls that are also hidden throughout the Maw.
The Complete Edition also adds all of the previously available content in the one package. Players can now have access to the Upside-Down Teapot and Scarecrow Mask for your character. Also all of the additional stories from The Secret of the Maw expansion pack are included here as well. In addition to playing as Six, you can also play as The Runaway Kid also. The Complete Edition also allows for Nintendo Amiibo support, so if you have access to a Pac-Man amiibo you can enable an exclusive Pakku Mask which can be unlocked in the extra’s menu.
Graphics and Sound
Little Nightmares Complete Edition is a hauntingly beautiful world with a dark ominous soundtrack walking alongside it. When the situation called for the music sets the atmosphere perfectly for the scene. Whether its light exploring to running for your life, the music would adapt perfectly to the scene which was extremely pleasing and shows a lot of thought was put into the sound development. The Nintendo Switch version will run at 720p and 30fps in both docked mode and handheld mode. The only real difference is when running at 720p in docket mode is the resolution is native as opposed to up-scaled. Personally I hoped for 1080p mode in docked mode as 720p on a large screen is certainly now noticeable.
Little Nightmares Complete Edition is a fantastic title and that’s to the extra downloadable content it’s a decent sized game. Little Nightmares Complete Edition has a fair amount of replayability as well as some great achievement hunting. I had a solid amount of fun with Little Nightmares Complete Edition and it’s definitely worth picking up especially given the fact that all the content is in the one package.
Thank you to BandaiNamco for providing a copy of Little Nightmares Complete Edition for review.