Thomas Roach gets hands on with Little Nightmares at EGX 2016…
Little Nightmares stood out to me at EGX. The area in which you played the game was decorated in great detail like the level that you played through. They had cosplayers who stayed in character throughout my time waiting and playing the game. Part of the game involves the player who is a small child wearing a bright yellow raincoat avoiding enemies who are giant monstrous chefs. Just queuing up to play. This was something I hadn’t really seen at a game demonstration before. Sure there have been people cosplaying but this experience was something new and fun, and myself and the rest of the queue enjoyed watching the events unfold.
Whilst the gameplay delivers what any standard platformer does, the atmosphere and the world in which this game takes place enhances the experience of playing it a great deal. Everything appears as if in a fairytale nightmare – everything is familar but eerily different. In the demo your character had to sneak through different parts of the building avoiding being detected by enemies and moving objects in order to make tasks easier.
Along with creepy sound effects and tense music the game is very atmospheric and will provide the gamer with a unique and maybe even a scary experience. This certainly isn’t a game set to make you jump but its atmosphere creates an unsettling environment in which the player feels actively involved and even trapped in. One moment when I was spotted and chased by the enemy I really did feel fearful – I was terrified of what would happen if I got caught. This level of immersion is something a lot of video games lack so it is great to have an experience I don’t get to witness often.
Overall Little Nightmares showed off a great deal of content that has me excited. It isn’t often that gamers get something that feels very original but Little Nightmares seems to be just that. I was provided with a unique experience for which I hope to get my hands on this as soon as it is released next year.
Confront your childhood fears in this darkly whimsical tale of Six and The Maw. Trapped in this grim world with nothing but her wits and a lighter, Six must find light in the darkness and strength in her weakness if she is to survive.
Little Nightmares is set for an initial release in Spring 2017 and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.