Summary: Little Inferno is one of the least marketable games ever released. It's about sitting in front of a fire place, putting objects in the fire place, and burning them. That's pretty much it. Your average person hears that and thinks "Well, that's not worth my time or money. I want to go to places and do things." But do you really? If you wanted to go to places and do things, wouldn't you ... go to places and do things?
Excerpt: From one of the makers of World of Goo comes Little Inferno , a game about setting toys on fire just to watch them burn. As a new recipient of the Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace, along with Tomorrow Corporation’s plethora of catalogs, it’s up to you to stoke the flames. Whether it’s a pile of blocks or a gaming tablet, a fluffy bunny or a toy school bus, the final destination for all of your things is directly into the fireplace.
Excerpt: If you love to watch things burn or are even near the extreme levels of pyromaniacs, independent developers Tomorrow Corporation has a new game for you. The creators of World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth are back with their newest release called Little Inferno . Just like melting your old action figures with a box of matches or throwing paper and other objects into the lit fireplace, Little Inferno captures the fun and excitement of simply watching various items burn.
Conclusion: Little Inferno, despite its child-like art style, was probably the most fun that I had in a non-traditional game experience. In most games, you have a basic gameplay that is divided up by narrative and puzzles. Developed by Tomorrow Corporation, Little Inferno is predominantly a big puzzle. Is Little Inferno worth gamers time to put together all the pieces though? Well... it all depends on your tastes.
Excerpt: I found Little Inferno so fascinating that I tore through it in a single sitting. Unfortunately for its $15 price tag, that sitting was only a little over three hours long, and I found about 70 combos in that time. Digging for the others might take another couple of hours, tops, and after that it’s just a mindless little sandbox. Still, the amount of love that three guys put into making this game is readily apparent, and $15 isn’t really asking that much.
Pros: Quirky premise, intriguing story hidden behind the mindlessness
Conclusion: Little Inferno might not sound like much of an actual game, at least in the usual sense. In fact it could be viewed more as a toy, much like those that you are burning in the fireplace. You can play around with it for an hour and not really achieve anything, but it still feels as though you are having fun. It only does one thing, but it does it well, and there are enough hints at the story to keep you going to the end.
Pros: Imaginative and amusing toys. Good fun to play around with the flames and ashes.
Cons: Limited in terms of gameplay mechanics. Story is over in a few hours.