Parents' Guide to

Little Inferno

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Players burn possessions in dark, anti-consumerism puzzler.

Game Mac, Nintendo Wii U, Windows 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

For kids

I know it’s very violent and it’s about burning possessions. But I’m a 21 year old man and I recently bought my 10 year old brother this game and when he was 5-7 he used to play it on my Laptop it’s very kid friendly and I don’t see how it could be 13+.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 12+
Little Inferno is an addicting game that is geared towards older kids. It has great physics and is fun to play with, and it's fairly addicting. It can be mildly disturbing, and it has a couple things related to drugs and alcohol such as "Mommy Meds" and midlife crisis wine, but they're in there for humor. They're by no means advocating anything. It does have some environmental and anti-consumerism themes, but overall, the main message is, "Don't waste your life and time. Get out, meet people, explore. Use the time you have wisely. Make your life worthwhile." As for age, I'd recommend it for ages 12-13 and up. In short, it is an excellent indie game with a deep meaning, and is, in my opinion, worth every penny.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (6):

Made in part by two of the fellows who helped create indie hit World of Goo, Little Inferno is deceptive. On the surface it's simply a game with a slightly dark and sinister vibe about kids burning stuff. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll find a sly, subversive commentary on our consumer culture and a dreary foretelling of its impact on the environment.

The most interesting thing about it, perhaps, is how much fun the simple act of burning stuff in the fireplace can be. There's really not much here beyond throwing things into a fireplace and watching them burn in different ways, but this activity is surprisingly mesmerizing, satisfying, and even a bit addictive. And what does that say about us, even if we are in on the joke? It's a decidedly unusual and weirdly engaging bit of interactive entertainment, but probably best appreciated by older players.

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