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Little Nightmares II – Review Thread

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Game Title: Little Nightmares II


  • PC (Feb 11, 2021)
  • Xbox Series X/S (Feb 11, 2021)
  • PlayStation 5 (Feb 11, 2021)
  • Xbox One (Feb 11, 2021)
  • PlayStation 4 (Feb 11, 2021)
  • Nintendo Switch (Feb 11, 2021)


Developer: Tarsier Studios

Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 84 average – 94% recommended – 52 reviews

Critic Reviews

3DNewsДенис ЩенниковRussian8 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is a safe sequel in terms of gameplay, but what makes this game really important is its story.

AtomixRodolfo LeónSpanish88 / 100

Little Nightmares 2 is a fantastic sequel that greatly improves everything done by Tarsier Studios during the first game. With a creepy atmosphere and an excellent level design, this is a game that definitely deserves your attention.

Attack of the Fanboy – Tasha Quinn – 4 / 5 stars

Little Nightmares II excels at creating a truly eerie atmosphere that'll stay with you even after you've put your controller down.

AusGamersKosta Andreadis – 8.4 / 10

Being placed in a world akin to a setting kids might be whisked away to if they were transported to a nightmarish version of their own imagination — by that interdimensional beast that lives underneath their floorbirds — it's, yeah, terrifying.

COGconnectedJaz Sagoo90 / 100

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CerealkillerzGabriel BogdanGerman8.5 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 surprises with an incredibly fascinating Story and some fitting grotesque locations that add to it. The new Gameplay elements doesn't really bring the expected additional game depth but besides that we really recommend this game for horror fans.

DestructoidJordan Devore8.5 / 10

Whether you're a seasoned survivor or an all-new player, you'll have a thrilling time with the sequel. It's ideal to start from the beginning, but it's not mandatory – this freaky story stands on its own.

Easy AlliesBrad Ellis

Little Nightmares II once again takes you on a disturbing journey through a vividly realized world.

Enternity.grGreek9 / 10

Little Nightmares II is here to scare you for the second time and it succeeds in a very way.

EurogamerVikki BlakeRecommended

Tarsier returns with another slice of horror that's just about glorious enough to make up for the frustrations.

GAMES.CHSönke SiemensGerman83 / 100

Despite some rather annoying trial-&-error sections and puzzles which feel a bit too easy, Little Nightmares 2 managed to excite us from start to finish. Visuals are great, sound design is awesome, gameplay offers a fair amount of variety and the environmental story-telling again works excellent. Sadly this scary adventure is already over after roughly seven hours.

Game InformerJeff Cork9.3 / 10

This impressive follow-up builds on its predecessor with emotional gut punches and unnerving visuals that stick with you

GameByteLara Jackson9 / 10

If you enjoy dark stories, difficult gameplay and the original game, Little Nightmares 2 is absolutely a must-play dark fairytale that you shouldn’t miss out on (if you can help it)! LN2 is a triumph for Tarsier Studios, but definitely needs to rethink accessibility.

GameGrinAdam Kerr10 / 10

A fantastic sequel soaked in atmosphere and tension. Little Nightmares II surpasses its predecessor far beyond what anyone would have expected. An outstanding finale which stretches from the finale boss fight from the closing credits will have fans desperate for a third installment.

GameMAGRussian8 / 10

Little Nightmares II is like a wonderful gift for fans of the original game, but you'll not find any really important innovations here. In addition, controls are not very comfortable. However, the shortcomings are more than compensated by the atmosphere of horror and hopelessness. Tarsier Studios' creation can become one of the most vivid gaming experiences of 2020.

GameSpewKim Snaith9 / 10

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GameWatcherLuiz H. Coelho8.5 / 10

Not only does Little Nightmares 2 live up to its name, but it also improves on nearly every aspect of the first game. Players may run into a few frustrating hiccups along the way, but exploring this horrific world with Mono and Six is immensely satisfying. At the end of the day, I'd recommend this one to any fan of surreal horror stories with emotional twists, though you might have trouble sleeping when it's all said and done.

GameblogFilipe Da Silva BarbosaFrench8 / 10

In many ways, Little Nightmares 2 is better than the first installment of the series. Throughout the six hours needed to beat the game, the player finds himself embarked on a whirlwind of opposite emotions, both terrified and blown away by the atmosphere that emerges from the setting, magnified by clever camera work, and by the general pace of the game. In addition, we can count on a satisfying and non-frustrating conclusion this time.

GamesRadar+Leon Hurley4 / 5 stars

An amazing little horror game that can be as frustrating as it is brilliant.

GamingBoltShubhankar Parijat9 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 makes every single moment count to craft a truly unsettling experience and to wordlessly deliver an expertly paced and impactful story.

GotGameBrian Zuhl9.5 / 10

Tarsier Studios has created a dark and depressing world like no other. A gripping tale of adversity that has you begging for more. Little Nightmares II is the light at the end of the tunnel that you never knew you needed.

Hardcore GamerJordan Helm4 / 5

That same distortion and monstrous-like exaggeration of previous may be out in full force once again, but Little Nightmares II succeeds on its bolder and more refined continuation from the 2017 original.

Jump Dash RollJesse Gregoire8 / 10

Despite some frustrating combat and platforming issues, Little Nightmares II is better than its predecessor in every way. Don't miss it.

Metro GameCentral9 / 10

A thoroughly entertaining work of video game art that improves mechanically on the original and proves thought-provoking in terms of more than just the puzzle-solving.

MondoXboxMirko RuscianoItalian8 / 10

Little Nightmares II improves on the first game's formula in every way: better narrative, more varied puzzles and gameplay, better design overall. It still suffers from the experience only lasting a handful of hours, but it's definitely a worthy one.

MonsterVineSamantha Lienhard4.5 / 5

If you enjoyed the first Little Nightmares, you’ll most likely enjoy its sequel as well, while newcomers will also find a good experience.

Next Gen Base9 / 10

Little Nightmares II has far surpassed the original, and it holds true that this series remains one of the most terrifying and emotionally provocative experiences you will ever face! Once again Tarsier Studios have enthralled me, gripping me for a solid 9 hours straight playthrough that I just could not step away from. I have experienced loneliness, companionship, hope, joy, despair, terror and betrayal. Overall, I feel like my heart has been ripped out, but I would willingly go through it all again. If I had to find fault with anything, the controls can be a little cumbersome and may take some getting used to, and at times my jumps did not quite land the way I wanted. I only encountered one bug where a hatch would not open by a checkpoint, but this was easily resolved by restarting from that point. Will I be revisiting? Yes, it appears I truly am a masochist, but there are collectible, wearable hats and sorrowful glitches I must go back for. I am sure this is not the last we will see of Six and Mono’s story, and I am genuinely excited to see what comes next!

Nexus HubRobert de Wit9.5 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is an absolutely brilliant puzzle platformer, with just enough creepy to keep you on the edge of your seat. An excellent step-up from their first outing, Tarsier Studios has created a phenomenal world, tackling incredibly adult concepts from the perspective of a child.

Nintendo EnthusiastJaimie Ditchfield9 / 10

Little Nightmares II is one of those "experience" kind of games. It is similar to titles such as Journey and Abzu, where it's all about the journey, not the destination. Little Nightmares II revels in its use of compelling level design to tell a deep and saddening tale of discovery. The stealth sections in particular provided some truly intense moments, with the world of Pale City always providing a constant, creepy atmosphere. My time spent exploring dark hallways, brooding corridors, and creepy streets will be something I'll always remember.

Noisy PixelAzario Lopez9 / 10

Little Nightmares II is easily going to be one of the best games of 2021. Its horror themes weigh on the player throughout the entirety of the adventure to a climax that will leave you breathless. Pacing through the various puzzles creates a nice balance of linear game design and subtle exploration. It's a game that anyone can get through if they can stand to be scared a little, but the trial-and-error approach makes it an easy recommendation to gamers of all skill levels.

PlayStation UniverseJoe Apsey9 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is a game that pulls together every aspect of a game's presentation and pulls it off miraculously. Everything here is amplified from the original and moments feel like true cinematic wonders, unlike anything you have seen before. Combat doesn't always work, but the whole package is truly impressive and a showcase of the talent Tarsier Studios possess.

PolygonAusten GoslinUnscored

Little Nightmares 2 is a horrifying journey that occasionally loses its way

PowerUp!Leo Stevenson8.8 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is a superb puzzle-platformer that'll worm its way into your brain and stay there.

Press StartJames Mitchell7.5 / 10

Little Nightmares II isn't content with just iterating on its predecessor, instead improving on it in practically every way. The puzzles are challenging and rewarding, combat surprisingly functional, and the imagery is as striking as ever. While trial-and-error design bogs down Little Nightmares II considerably, it's far and away a better game than the original.

Push SquareSammy Barker6 / 10

Little Nightmares II is worth experiencing for its art direction alone, although its hand cramping controls can be an obstacle at times. The title relies far too heavily on trial and error, which frustrates, but many of its encounters will live with you long after the credits roll, and so it's successful at creating a lasting impression. It's a stiff and rigid release, but its puzzles are constantly reinventing themselves, and each frame draws you in with its surreal and unsettling imagery.

PushStartPlayRichard Lee Breslin8.5 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is made up of creatures that would even keep the worst of demons up at night, waking up in cold sweats of terror too afraid to sleep alone in the dark.

Reno Gazette-JournalJason Hidalgo8.5 / 10

Franklin Roosevelt once famously said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Then again, he was never chased by the oversized head of a giant schoolmarm with a serpentine neck. It’s just one example of the many surprises that Little Nightmares II has in store for players who wander into its bizarre and melancholic world. If you love creepy adventure thrillers with puzzle platforming to boot, this is one nightmare you’d want to tuck into.

ShacknewsDonovan Erskine9 / 10

With an excellent blend of horror and puzzles, Little Nightmares 2 is a homerun for Tarsier Studios and Bandai Namco Entertainment.

SpaziogamesItalian8.1 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is an evolution of the first game, with a brave second half that tells a more complex and delicate story about the struggle during the coming of age.

TechRaptorJason Robbins8.5 / 10

Little Nightmares 2 is a sequel that ups the ante on everything from the gameplay to the nightmares themselves.

TelegraphTom Hoggins4 / 5 stars

Tarsier's horror sequel is a lean and twisted platformer with an eye for the grotesque

The Digital FixAndrew Shaw10 / 10

A perfect sequel. Expanding on what worked last time, improving what did not work, adding ideas that were missing, and taking the story to places we have never seen before. As a fan of Little Nightmares, you could not ask for more.

TheSixthAxisTuffcub8 / 10

It's rather obvious, but if enjoyed the first Little Nightmares then you will enjoy the Little Nightmares II. While some new elements have been added it is more of a next chapter to the story than a full blown sequel. The attention detail is incredible, bringing the story to life without a single spoken word. It's unsettling, creepy, darkly amusing, and at times a little frustrating, but immensely enjoyable. Another little, slime covered gem from Tarsier Studios.

TrueAchievementsSean Carey4 / 5 stars

With Little Nightmares 2 Tarsier Studios has once again dreamt up a wonderfully unnerving world filled with grotesque and fantastical creatures that is a horrifying pleasure to explore.

TrueGamingعمر العموديArabic8.5 / 10

Little Nightmares 2, with its gloomy places and continuous rain, is a fantastic and immersing video game that is not repeated very often.

TwinfiniteAndrew McMahon4.5 / 5

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VG247Tom Orry4 / 5 stars

Little Nightmares 2 is a superb sequel that carries on the impressive tone of the original, but improves in all key areas. This isn’t explosive horror, there’s no gore or torture, and for the most part you’re jumping onto levers, solving puzzles, and climbing up furniture, but that doesn’t mean Tarsier hasn’t created a standout horror experience.

WccftechNathan Birch6 / 10

Little Nightmares II often manages to recapture the unsettling essence of Tarsier Studios' original game, but almost every attempt to expand the formula falls flat, resulting in an experience as lumpy and misshapen as the game's shambling monstrosities. If you loved the original Little Nightmares and need to know what happens to Six next, this sequel might be worth your time, but more fair-weather fans may regret reliving this particular bad dream.

We Got This CoveredCheyenne Clark3.5 / 5 stars

With its delightfully scary monster designs and ominous atmosphere, Little Nightmares II stands out as a truly unique horror experience. Sure, it falters in some of its puzzles and clunky controls, but it makes up for it with its art and level design.

WellPlayedKieron Verbrugge8.5 / 10

Little Nightmares II doesn't break the mould established by its predecessor but it improves on it in a number of small ways while introducing fans to a new cast of creepy characters to be kept up at night by

Windows CentralJez Corden5 / 5 stars

Little Nightmares II builds on its predecessor as a sequel should, expanding the scope of the universe both in terms of lore and mechanics. Little Nightmares II is one of 2021's first must-play titles.

Worth PlayingAndreas Salmen8.6 / 10

Little Nightmares II is a gem of a game that successfully builds on everything that made the first one great. It's a short but well-polished and atmospheric horror-platformer that oozes with creepy charm. While its core physics-based platformer gameplay hasn't seen many radical changes, the setting, storytelling, and world-building alone make it worth experiencing. If you're a fan of the first entry or the likes of Limbo or Inside, LM2 is well worth the adventure … if you dare.


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