Ever since Tarsier Studios debuted the original Little Nightmares back in April 2017, their unique dollhouse perspective on the action-adventure genre had audiences captivated – including me, who is quite possibly the jumpiest gamer going. Now, almost four years later, Little Nightmares II is hitting the shelves, sure to fright and delight once again.
Whilst keen to stay away from the ‘horror’ mantle, Little Nightmares II is far from a calm walk in the park: instead, expect to be exploring the eerie Pale City, and happening upon all manner of horrific denizens. There will be a multitude of puzzle and platforming segments, many of which require two bodies – it’s fortunate, then, that you will have just that. That’s right, Six – the girl in the yellow raincoat from the previous title – has managed to escape The Maw, and this time her ventures have led her to the city. She is joined by Mono, and this boy with a bag on his head is who you’ll be controlling, with Six joining you throughout as an AI companion, always willing to offer a helping hand.
But it is perhaps not the puzzles that really draw in the Little Nightmares fans, and once again Tarsier Studios seem to have smashed it out of the park with its truly terrifying foes. On the whole, Mono and Six are completely defenceless against The Teacher, The Doctor, The Thin Man and The Hunter, and as such will be found creeping amongst them, and occasionally running for the hills if they get spotted. Unlike the previous title, Mono may also come across some small weapons, with which he can fight against more minor enemies – of course, they are all quite oversized for him!
Why are the unlikely duo putting themselves through this? Well, that’s a question for the player to get to the bottom of, but it seems as if the Signal Tower and hypnotic televisions provide some of the answers.
Little Nightmares II will only take 5-6 hours to complete, but that time may be extended if you track down collectable hats, and really explore the beautifully creepy environments Tarsier have created. So what are you waiting for – Little Nightmares II is out now, on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch (developed by Engine Software), Stadia (developed by Supermassive Games) and PC. £24.99 will be the price of terrors galore from the Xbox Store.
There’s also the addition of the Nome’s Attic DLC available should you wish to grab that too. It’ll set you back £3.99.
Little Nightmares II Description:
Return to a world of charming horror in Little Nightmares II, a suspense adventure game in which you play as Mono, a young boy trapped in a world that has been distorted by the humming transmission of a distant tower. With Six, the girl in the yellow raincoat, as his guide, Mono sets out to discover the dark secrets of The Signal Tower. Their journey won’t be easy; Mono and Six will face a host of new threats from the terrible residents of this world. Will you dare to face this collection of new, little nightmares?