Little Inferno is an indie release for download on the Nintendo eShop. It was made by Tomorrow Corporation, who developed the critically acclaimed World of Goo. The Wii U’s eShop has been flooded with full-retail and indie games, and it was seemed that Little Inferno had been overshadowed by the such as Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Chasing Aurora. For me, at first, Little Inferno seemed to be looking like a risky buy; especially with the chattering on Miiverse about ‘How it is a good game but not for $15.00’ & ‘What’s the purpose?’. Fortunaly, the game was discounted on the holiday sale (which I think had most of us surprised), so I decided to shell out the $10 and give it a try.
After the game finished downloading and the little application appeared on the screen I eagerly (and hesitantly) started up the game. To my surprise tossing everything I could find into the fire proved to be very entertaining, and watching objects react in a dark but humorous way was rather amusing.
The soundtrack is another great portion of the game. In my opinion, it was composed so beautifuly that you could feel emotions out of it. The sound changes when a letter received. It soon became clear that Little Inferno is not just child’s play; it’s anything but that.
The game is rather short, about three hours, but for some it would take longer or perhaps shorter depending on how fast you mange to figure out the tricky combinations of items. After all, there are 99 combinations and the little letters and tidbits you acquire to deepen the story. To me, Little Inferno was more a piece of art than a game but regardless it was amusing throwing things into the fireplace.
Explaining Little Inferno just won’t do it justice, but I will try my best. You can use the GamePad or Wii Remote & Nunchuk combo to play the game. You can also play exclusively on the GamePad (which is what I tended to do). You are sat in front of a fireplace and you receive a few letters and a brief tutorial. You then receive a catalog and this is where the game truly begins. You buy things and burn them (the sound effects and look of the fire look believable) and collect the coins which somehow amount to more than you started with. You must burn every item within a catalog to gain another catalog and throughout you should be completing combos and receiving letters that you can also toss into the fireplace.
The game is eerie and the music is fitting. The graphics even seem to match. The game may sound dull but it is truly addicting. Although I am embarrassed to admit it I played through the game twice in one night (Pro tip: Keep the ‘free hug coupon’). The game plays through beautifully and the story is oddly sad, humorous and even more deep on an analytical level.
For some the lifespan may not be long but I would have been happy paying the full price for the game after I had purchased it. Little Inferno may not necessarily be a game but it was definitely an experience. I would recommend Little Inferno to anyone with a Wii U. This little indie flame deserves to spread like wildfire!
Spend time at home and play Little Inferno!