Little Nightmares is a puzzle-platformerhorroradventure game developed by Tarsier Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game received generally positive reviews upon release with critics praising the atmosphere, graphics, sound, and storytelling, but criticism was aimed at the game’s checkpoint system, long load times, and short length.
A nine-year-old hungry girl named Six is trapped in The Maw – a mysterious vessel catering to the whims of sick and powerful creatures. After waking up in the lower depths of the Maw, Six decides to escape the harsh confines, having regular moments of excruciating hunger. Whilst ascending, she soon becomes stalked by the long-armed blind Janitor of the Maw; who has been capturing children and sending them on an overhead hook conveyor belt. She eventually becomes trapped by the Janitor after being lured by food, though she manages to escape. After evading the Janitor by cutting off his arms with a door, Six follows the conveyor belt upward, to a large kitchen operated by the grotesque Twin Chefs. After another bout of hunger, Six is forced to eat a live rat. The Chefs are preparing a large feast, and attempt to kill Six whenever she enters their line of sight. After managing to evade them, she finds a way out of the vessel.
Six observes a boat ferrying large and obese suited Guests, who lumber to the Japanese-style dining area of the Maw, overseen by the Lady, the supposed leader of the Maw. After wading through the feast and the Guests’ themselves, Six has another bout of hunger. When one of the Nomes, the recurring inhabitants of the Maw, offers her a sausage, Six eats the Nome.
Six makes her way further upwards, entering the Lady’s quarters. The Lady lives very lavishly in an elegant home, with many broken mirrors throughout the rooms. Chased by the Lady, who displays magical powers, Six finds a mirror that she uses against the Lady in a battle. Defeating her, Six approaches the Lady and eats her, and by doing so, gains her magical powers.
Going downstairs to the dining area, Six walks along the tables with strange black particles swirling around her. As the Guests notice her presence, they attempt to eat her, but suddenly convulse and die as Six walks on. Six approaches a large door with an eye encrusted upon it, revealing a large staircase leading to the outside world. As she leaves the Maw behind, a few Nomes approach the door.
After the end credits, Six is seen sitting by the entrance of the Maw, presumably awaiting rescue. Meanwhile in the background a foghorn from an approaching ship can be heard.
The title was originally announced by Tarsier Studios in May 2014 under the title Hunger with no known publisher for release on PlayStation 4. After a teaser trailer in February 2015, nothing was heard of the project until August 2016, when Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that they had entered into a worldwide publishing agreement with Tarsier for the project, which was now re-titled Little Nightmares