Tarsier Studios  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tarsier Studios  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Second of Tarsier Studios' Little Nightmares Expansion Approaches: Prepare for the Spooks https://www.gameskinny.com/g8uts/the-second-of-tarsier-studios-little-nightmares-expansion-approaches-prepare-for-the-spooks https://www.gameskinny.com/g8uts/the-second-of-tarsier-studios-little-nightmares-expansion-approaches-prepare-for-the-spooks Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:34:24 -0400 bazookajo94

For those in the Halloween spirit, ready for the spooks, shooks, and shakes, Little Nightmares serves as the best solution for players who want something scary, charming, and puzzling. With the approaching release of Tarsier Studios' next DLC, The Hideaway, players will have enough time to play the main game, collect the collectibles, break the breakables, and experience the first expansion of the Maw, The Depths, all before the November release. 

Little Nightmares, a two-hour game if you're bad, a 54 minute game if you're good, follows itty-bitty, little Six on her journey across the Maw, uncovering secrets on her perilous journey across five chapters as the player guides her through nerve-wracking puzzles and intense chase scenes. 

A few months after the release of the game in April 2017, the developers announced the launch of the new DLCs for the game, following a different character, The Kid, on his own puzzling journey across the Maw.

From an interview with game producer Stephen Halett, Halett admits that the reason the DLC is going to be released in a three part series is because it "would have taken [them] a long time to produce a new adventure...[they] decided to break it down in three chapters so that players can get on with a story as soon as possible." The first DLC, The Depths, was released in July, while the following two will be released in November and January, if all goes according to plan. 

While The Hideaway release is still a month away, with the spirit of Halloween thick in the air (or maybe that's the pumpkin spice), players can get a head-start on the hype for The Kid and his new adventure in the Maw. 

Little Nightmares costs $19.99 on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox One. The expansion pass is $9.99, or each individual game costs $3.99. 

And for those who can't wait until November or Janurary, there's a Little Nightmares comic book, or cute little paper dolls to play with while they contemplate what really is the secret of the Maw. 

Little Nightmares Review: A Perfectly Creepy Platformer https://www.gameskinny.com/7ehv0/little-nightmares-review-a-perfectly-creepy-platformer https://www.gameskinny.com/7ehv0/little-nightmares-review-a-perfectly-creepy-platformer Thu, 04 May 2017 15:00:01 -0400 ESpalding

I want to start this review by saying that I don't normally play games that scare me. It's not that I'm a "chicken". I don't find enjoyment in playing games that are meant to scare. But there was something about Little Nightmares that made me want to give it a go. I'm really glad I did because I wasn't disappointed!

Little Nightmares is a dark, creepy platform puzzler from Swedish developers Tarsier Studios and has been published by Bandai Namco. You must guide a little girl called Six through a massive mysterious vessel called The Maw. You are small enough to hide in tiny places and scurry through pipes and under floor boards and you really have to because there are other beings onboard who want you for a despicable purpose.

The first thing that struck me about the game is that it is very quiet. Aside from the constant sound of water dripping or hitting the side of the vessel, there is no real musical soundtrack. You can hear soft breathing, Six's heart beating, clangs and clunks of metal, and furniture hitting things as the vessel sways with the waves outside and that was enough to bring out the jumps in me! It creates something very atmospheric and even the simplest of loud noise comes as a surprise to the player (even more so if you play with headphones on).

Aside from the eerie noises, the artwork does a heck of a lot to amplify the creepy atmosphere. Imagine a giant dollhouse which has its doors open and each room is on display. Each room has its own feel and has been crafted in such a way that it emphasizes the fact that you are a very small girl in a very large and horrid nightmare. From having to stand on a suitcase to flick a switch or creating steps out of a large filing cabinet, you need to find a way to overcome the giant obstacles.

Controlling Six, for the most part, is okay but sometimes it can be a bit clunky. This becomes apparent when you have to drag things across a room. The movement isn't as fluid or precise as I would have liked. You have no superpowers or weapons to control, so the controls are pretty basic. Other than movement, the only thing you have at your disposal is a little cigarette lighter which you use to light gas lamps (these function as checkpoints) and to shed some light on darker rooms or crawl spaces. 

As you have no weapons or ways of protecting yourself, you have to rely on your own reactions and grasp of the controls. You just have to make sure that things don't touch you, see you, smell you etc. and utilize aspects of your surroundings to prevent this.

It takes a while before you can get any kind of clue of what is going on onboard The Maw, and the storyline is a bit lacking until you get closer to the end of the game. Why is Six there? What was supposed to happen to her? What really goes down in The Maw? Given that the game is rather short, approx. 4 - 5 hours, it does leave you wanting more. More story and more explanation. To be honest, I really hope that they have a sequel or even a prequel in the works. I'd love to ultimately know why Six has ended up in this situation or where the other inhabitants of The Maw have come from.

Little Nightmares comes at a time when horror and "jumpscare" games are very popular but it takes the horror aspect down a few notches to make the game very accessible while still getting the scares in. Instead of outwardly disturbing themes, developers opted for "cuter" antagonists to soften their sinister actions. For example, the blind janitor who sniffs you out and grabs you with his long gangly arms doesn't look overly disturbing but when you see the things he does further down the line... well... I don't want to spoil it for you!

So, to conclude, the game is good. In fact, it is very good. The puzzles are at a great level of difficulty that would cater to anyone wanting to play. The setting, the artwork and the soundtrack all come together to form a game that is disturbing yet cute, creepy and amusing. As I have already said, the game in its current state is possibly a bit short for many people but there is plenty of scope to expand, and I really hope that Tarsier Studios are already considering it.

Little Nightmares is available digitally, on PC, XBox One and PS4 but there is also a physical "Six" edition which not only includes the game on DVD but also a 10cm figure of Six, a cage themed box, A3 poster, sticker board and the original soundtrack composed by Tobias Lilja.

If you do decide to get this great game, you should check the Little Nightmares walkthrough guides here on GameSkinny!

Note: A review copy of the game was provided for free by Bandai Namco.

Little Nightmares Coming Spring 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/jazvu/little-nightmares-coming-spring-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/jazvu/little-nightmares-coming-spring-2017 Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:11:51 -0400 Ashley Erickson

Little Nightmares will be available Spring 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (through Steam). The game was first teased by Bandai Namco before the launch period was revealed at Gamescom 2016 with an interactive puzzle trailer. More images have come pouring out of Bandai Namco, and Swedish developer Tarsier Studios since that time. 

Already nominated for Best Indie Game, Little Nightmares is a whimsical yet dark game. Even the shadows will set your hairs on end as you help out Six, the small, rain coat clad heroine of Little Nightmares. Inhabited by corrupted souls looking to devour her, Six works to escape the Maw, an enormous vessel in the middle of the ocean. Not only is the Maw massive in size, but everything in it is massive as well.

While the story has not been fully revealed, we do know that Little Nightmares pits the player against their childhood fears. Will you face those fears and pick up Little Nightmares when it releases?