Put simply, Little Inferno is a game that lets you burn things.
This is, of course, all from the safety of your own home and without things such as burns, singed hair or arson charges.The ‘Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace’ is the name of the brand new addition to your house that, with the help of a catalogue where you order things to burn, allows you to keep yourself warm but to also stay, staring transfixed into the flames for much longer than you’d ever admit.
When I first encountered this game, a good three hours were spent watching my partner play it. Even though I wasn’t playing the game or experiencing the glee that it is to wave the electronic match, I was none the less engulfed by the need to watch everything as it burned. The next day when I had control of the Wii U, I spent no less than 4 hours wielding the flame and bringing destruction to all the creepy little objects.
What keeps you playing, aside from the morbid fascination of fire, is the combos of the game. Within each of the seven catalogues that you slowly unlock, there are combinations of certain items that you can complete. Delving deeper into the game, each time you burn an object you receive more money than what it cost to buy said object. Boggling logic, but it nevertheless is one that sees you quickly work through the catalogues.
Interwoven throughout all this however, is the storyline of the game. It may seem strange to have a storyline in a game such as this, but it is one that does make itself known. Don’t be mistaken, the concept and execution of the story is relatively simple but it is nonetheless poignant. The indie game developer ‘Tomorrow Corporation’ achieves this via letters that are sent to you in amongst your encouraged warmth. Without giving too much away, the presence of the girl next door is one that, at the peak of the game, is incredibly moving. Shocking even.
At first glance this game is all about the simple act of destroying things with fire, but there is a creepy and moving story at the heart of the game. Something dark is at play in this world but just like the character you play, you’re too wrapped up in the flames to become fully aware. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this deceptively simple game, and would not hesitate to recommend this indie title.
An example of the creepiness can be seen in this in-game advertisement for the Little Inferno itself: