After being released for PS4, Xbox One and PC just over a year ago, Little Nightmares has now made its way to Nintendo’s hybrid console in the form of Little Nightmares Complete Edition. This new edition of the game brings across the complete Little Nightmares experience, providing both the original story mode and the Secret Of The Maw campaign, which was originally released as downloadable content for other platforms.
Two of the things I adore when it comes to video games are horror games and puzzle-based platformers. So, when the original trailer for Little Nightmares was shown by Bandai Namco, my heart began to race and my eyes lit up like jack-o-lanterns. I was in love with the creepy character and level designs, alongside the puzzle and platforming elements. This was all topped off with a visual style that delivered spine tingles and awe in equal measure. It looked tense, almost heart stoppingly tense. Surely Little Nightmares couldn’t deliver this level of tension, chills and engaging puzzle design for an entire campaign? Surely there would come a moment where the veil came off, and I was left feeling a little underwhelmed.
The original story campaign sees you playing as Six, a small girl in a Tintin style yellow rain coat, spread over six equally terrifying chapters. The levels are disjointed and un-cohesive, with every room being dramatically different, jumping through themes with no rhyme or reason. Under normal circumstances, this would be a negative element in a game’s design flow, but due to Little Nightmares dark dreamscape tones, it seems as natural as it does surreal. A grim macabre styled kitchen, an off-feeling nursery, a prison, and a haunted boat are but a few examples of the settings that Little Nightmares uses as its primary locations. The only consistent thing between the levels is the excellent use of perspective, size and scale. Due to the smaller stature of Six, everyday objects like a chest of drawers are transformed into a bowed and twisted nightmare laden ladder to the unknown.