Little Nightmares 2 is just as terrifying as the original. However, seeing Six and Mono solving puzzles together is quite the treat.
Little Nightmares 2 isn’t set to release until February 2021, but the team at Tarsier Studios recently let me sit down with a preview build for the puzzle-platformer. The demo took place in a later chapter of the game where Six and Mono have already met. The chapter is set inside of a hospital and, as you might expect, is downright terrifying. Please watch me try my best to not pee my pants below.
I’ve said this before in other articles on the site that I’m a big ole wuss. I struggle to play most horror games on my own because all the spooks fluster me. Then it translates to the real world and I find myself scared to get out of bed at night. Nature is calling, but my pansy behind thinks there’s some kind of monster lurking in the toilet or whatever.
That said, there’s something thrilling about playing and overcoming a great horror game. Sure, more often than not I just stop and watch a YouTube playthrough. However, I really do love a good horror game, even if my whimpering may make you think otherwise.
Thankfully, Little Nightmares 2 continues the original’s legacy of being a terrifying puzzle-platformer. If you’ve never played the first game, imagine a game like Limbo or Inside with the horror factor turned up to 11 and some of the most unsettling art you’ll see. From my short time with the sequel, it’s clear that Tarsier is trading in that same fare while introducing a new playable character.
Obviously, I’ve only played through a few levels, but each of them was incredibly tense and fun to puzzle out. While I didn’t encounter anything too innovative in the design, everything feels well put-together and varied. In the full build, they might use the same ideas again and again; however, in my preview, they were constantly shaking things up.
At one point, you’re running from a creeping Cousin It hand. Then you’re using a ball-peen hammer to smash said hand into oblivion. Then, you’re using a flashlight to keep beheaded hospital ghouls at bay. Unfortunately, your light also illuminates the fact that their hospital gowns are open at the back and you can see their soggy underwear. Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.
So, even though I was more than a little grossed out by my assailants, Little Nightmares 2 is shaping up to be a worthy sequel to the original. I’d love to tell you it was coming out before Halloween because that would be perfect, but the wait should be worth it. Plus, if history repeats itself, we can expect tons of post-launch support. By next Halloween, we could very well have tons of new content to play through.