Tomorrow Corporation, the team behind World of Goo, brew up a new gem of a game with Little Inferno.
In Little Inferno, you find yourself in a little abode with little more than a fireplace to play with. Short messages from a friend give the impression that some sort of plot if adrift and that you ought to start tossing things in the fire.
Tossing items in the fire garners you coins and stamps to collect which enable you to buy unlockable items that you then, in turn, burn.
You may have noticed from the description that Little Inferno isn’t a typical game. It’s really more of a physics simulation with a plot and some humour. It is a heck of a lot of fun though and you ‘ll find time flying by as you sit there burning things. It’s certainly not wasted time though as Little Inferno is immensely relaxing. It’s the sort of game that allows you to drift away from life, to escape in a dreamy state of mind. As such, it’s a perfect game to play when you’re tired of work and when you need to chill out.
Speaking of chilling out, the humour is going to help with that too. There’s a slightly disturbing sense of humour to Little Inferno and youll definitely have a good chuckle playing it.
One of the many ways in which Little Inferno stands out is that it offers next to no challenge. The biggest challenge you’ll face is one of patience as you wait for items to arrive. But there’s no real skill needed.
Some players and reviewers have commented on how the patience and mood make them feel eerie. Personally, I don’t get that at all. I find Little Inferno a completely relaxing experience, akin to sitting with your feet up by the fireplace (literally and figuratively). Games don’t need to have you performing mad antics in order to be fun and engaging and Little Inferno recognises this.
Given the choice between playing a slow game like Little Inferno or a quick paced action-centred title like Call of Duty, I’d choose this any day of the week. But heck, I’m the kind of gamer who loves to chill while playing.
Maybe we should all chuck our Call of Duty’s and God of Wars in the fire and get cosy with Little inferno instead.
Overall: 8.5 / 10