A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Little Inferno wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The game couldn't be more simple: buy things, put them in the fire, and watch them burn. Financing is never a problem. The tricky part of the game is figuring out which items need to be burned together to earn badges, but this is easily overcome with experimentation.
Violence & Scariness
Some creatures scream when they're put in the fire, while others explode. The violence is made to seem comical and not realistic.
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Products & Purchases
The game actively addresses consumptive consumerism and the effects it has on our psychological health and the environment -- although it does this in a winking manner. Although specific brands aren't mentioned, the fact that players simply buy and burn things critiques the seemingly disposable-minded nature of our society.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Among the items you can burn is a bottle of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Inferno is a game that revolves entirely around burning things in a fireplace. Some of the stuffed animals or insects scream or explode comically when burned, but, overall, the violence is minimal. Bottles of wine are present but also get burned in the fire. Parents of young kids may be more concerned, however, if a child is impressionable and may be inspired to burn things in real life. Players can share high scores in Apple's Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Although the game's satirical message may initially be lost on younger players, it presents families with an opportunity for discussion.
Is It Any Good?
LITTLE INFERNO is a deceiving game. On the surface, buying things and tossing them in the fireplace doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but the game still manages to hook people (who give it at least 10 to 15 minutes) with an intriguing story line and the odd fun that comes with, well, burning things. It's mesmerizing, almost hypnotic.
The game makes a critical statement about the consumptive nature of our culture and the effects this can have on both the environment and our own psyches. However, this satirical message is likely to be lost on younger players. Older ones, though, will appreciate the deviation from the usual suspects of game genres and the chance to explore an entirely new style of play.
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