I reckon Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is probably the weirdest game I’ve reviewed to date, largely thanks to the insanely convoluted plot. Those Japanese be crazy.
Little Inferno is equally strange, but for entirely different reasons. Is it a game? A puzzle? An interactive story? In any case, it’s easily one of the most incredible apps I’ve experienced on ye olde iPad.
Very occasionally, a game comes along that’s so unique, so moving, so utterly brilliant, that I fear my words can’t do it justice. Little Inferno is one such game, but I’ll do my bestest.
In Little Inferno, there are no points, there’s no obvious goal; you’re simply tasked with burning stuff in order to keep warm.
You can buy stuff to burn with Little Inferno’s in-game currency (don’t worry, there’s not a trace of freemium nonsense, though the entry fee is £2.99), and each time you burn something, you get slightly more money back in return.
What’s the point? Well, that’s a good question. You’ll probably want to see Little Inferno’s story through to the end, though admittedly I’m still not entirely sure what was going on. Must play through it again at some point.
Combos play a big part in Little Inferno. There are seven catalogues from which to buy stuff (including recalled toys, odd foodstuff and videogame-related weirdness), and discovering combos is a prerequisite for unlocking them.
Some combos are pretty obvious, such as Bike Pirate (yep, burn the bike and pirate together), while others require a spot of observation. Terrible Teeth, for example, will have you perusing the catalogues for the dentally challenged.
You’re looking at 3-4 hours to blast through the main game, while I’ve gone back and spent another three hours experimenting with combos. I will find all 99.
Gripes? Nope. None at all. No ads, no freemium stuff, no nonsense. Little Inferno looks and sounds great, and I can’t fault the UI. I dare say, on the whole, it’s damn near perfect.
And that’s Little Inferno. I won’t say any more on the plot or the surreal end sequence, as bewilderment is all part of the fun. Instead, go play it for yourself. At £2.99, it’s worth every penny – and then some.
- Unique gameplay
- The fascinating plot
- The dark humour
- The combos
- Looks great
- Sounds great
- Everything is laid out perfectly
Summary: Little Inferno simply invites you to burn stuff, but somehow yields one of the most unique and consuming experiences the iPad has seen to date.
Developer: Experimental Gameplay Group
Price: £2.99 @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.