Little Inferno

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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An absorbing puzzle game with a cryptic message.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

Some creatures scream when they're put in the fire, while others explode. The violence is made to seem comical and not realistic. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

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.  

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySteve S. November 8, 2013

App is a version of the WiiU game

I've only played that version and it is a very addictive, deep but easy-to-play, casual game for grown-ups as well as kids. A big part of the fun (at leas... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander December 26, 2013

OK for kids in middle school

Little inferno is more of an passive experience rather than a game. You spend a majority of the game burning items you buy from a company called the "Tomor... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous November 4, 2017

satirical story and amazing art

this game is amazing! it's really fun and there's hardly any violence. you're only burning toys (not people or animals) with the exception of squ... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players start the game as the new owners of a fireplace and are quickly encouraged to burn their belongings -- then purchase new products to burn as well. Burning an item is as simple as moving it into the fireplace with your finger, then \"lighting\" a fire by pressing another finger alongside, or under, the item. As items burn, coins (which let you buy even more items) and stamps (which speed up the time it takes to get those items) appear. Burning specific objects at the same time earns badges and unlocks new catalogues. Messages from a mystery sender begin appearing in the mail, suggesting there may be more to the game than meets the eye.

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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