Little Nightmares 2 aims to deliver more than its predecessor, with challenging puzzles, excellent platforming, and a horror aesthetic that is as unsettling as it is beautifully crafted. Has Tarsier games been able to live up to their promise, and create a more memorable experience than its original? Oh yes, and then some.
Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the 2017 horror puzzle-platformer, aims to expand on the world of Little Nightmares by taking us outside the Maw and into the world beyond. Jumping into the first level, there is immediately a shift in colour palette, going from the brownish yellow of the first, to a spectrum of blues. This change in colour beautifully reflects the change in theme, which is Escapism this time around, moving away from the theme of the first, Greed. Tying the theme together even more so, is the scattered TV sets all around the world - since we associate TV (and by extension, Netflix, Amazon, etc.) as a form of escapism from our world.
Tarsier Studios created a space that is quite open for interpretation, so each player will be impacted differently.
...Little Nightmares 2 has somehow managed to take cliche ideas and warp them into something refreshingly satisfying.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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Bandai Namco Entertainment
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
9 February 2021
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