Little Nightmares

Game by: Tarsier Studios

Game for: Teens and Up

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by: Mom

Available on: Microsoft Windows (PC), PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

Little Nightmares is a platformer style puzzle solving game that Dad got me because I enjoyed the Limbo video game so thoroughly (you can see my review of Limbo here).

Unfortunately, when I first had it added to my Steam library, my ancient computer took a nosedive, and although it ran the game there was so much lag that I was having a hard time getting through the rooms and monsters. I played my first six hours of the game with the graphics turned as far down as possible, but still had such a problem with lag that I gave up. A person can only get caught and neck-snapped by chefs so many times.

Yes, I said neck snapped. Or suffocated, maybe. The intensely dark art design in this game sparks the darkest images of your imagination.

After I upgraded to a new Dell laptop, I gave Little Nightmares another try. I’m glad I did. Little Nightmares was a great horror style game for me. It isn’t overtly graphic, the game doesn’t depend on jump-scares to get the “horror” designation, and the slow pace and dark ambiance make the game pleasing to look at while you’re trying not to die.

I will admit, although I love puzzle games, I don’t like getting stumped to the point of frustration. There were a few points in the game where I simply couldn’t figure out what to do next, and rather than hit my head against the keyboard trying to figure it out, I referenced the Prima Games Little Nightmares Walkthrough and Guide.

The one thing I didn’t love was that the game wasn’t long enough, so I was glad that I had all the extra downloadable content to work through after Little Nightmares found its end. Adding The Depths, The Hideaway, and The Residence to my Steam library nearly doubled my playtime and kept me enthralled in the story of this delightfully creepy game.

Tarsier Studios took their storytelling a fresh direction by making the entire game without dialogue, relying on lighting, music and sound effects to move you through the plot. It’s clear that your character wants to escape the horrible child-farm she lives in, and it’s not difficult to piece together why, one scene at a time.

In fact, this immersive story style makes the game linger in the back of your mind long after you walk away from the screen, which is an emotional effect that I love coming from a cinematic video game.

As I mentioned before, my biggest complaint about the game is that I would have liked the core game to be longer. It took me about six hours to play through, and I’m not the most savvy gamer.

If you decide to try Little Nightmares yourself, make sure to grab the Secrets of the Maw Expansion Pass. Once you get involved in this story, you’re going to want it to last as long as possible.

I played Little Nightmares on my laptop through the Steam store. But you can find this game on just about all the current consoles here.

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Tomb Raider (PC Gaming)

Developers: Crystal Dynamics, Edios-Montreal, Feral Interactive

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning: This game is for mature audiences (17+)

Review by: Mom

I’m behind the times when it comes to gaming. It doesn’t matter whether it’s console or PC, I’m typically playing games that came out years ago. So, it wasn’t until recently that I finally got around to playing Tomb Raider even though it came out back in 2013. One thing’s for sure: I don’t know why I waited so long to play this amazing game!

If you aren’t familiar with Tomb Raider, it’s a single player puzzle solving game that follows Lara Croft and her crew as they embark on her first quest to not only find artifacts, but also to solve the mystery surrounding a lost island.

I played Tomb Raider on my Dell Inspiron 15 5000 through Steam, and after years of having a laggy desktop that chugged along through games like Little Nightmares, it was awesome to have the laptop upgrade so I could dive into Tomb Raider and actually enjoy the dark, visual storytelling.

While I’ve always loved the puzzle platforming style of classic Lara Croft games, Tomb Raider brings her story to the next level by incorporating survival style play, hand to hand combat, and such rich graphics that I felt like I was trapped on the island with Lara.

Here’s one of Tomb Raider’s trailers. Please be aware, this trailer was not made for kids. Quick, put on your headphones and turn your laptop so they can’t see!

Some players who have loved the series since the first game released in 1996 were unhappy with Tomb Raider for not being true to earlier games in form and function. I was delighted that it wasn’t purely a puzzle solving game. The added mechanics, multi-layered world, and multi-character storytelling were an incredible upgrade for me.

My only gripe with the game was that there were so many side quests spread over the massive map. I got tired of trying to find all of the hidden bonus items, especially on multi-level maps where not only was there a lot of ground to cover, but mountainside heights as well. In the end, I decided to enjoy the main story and forgo hunting for GPS markers, journals and the like as completing those side bits ended up detracting from getting to the next quest.

If you want to fight bad guys, solve puzzles, and watch a cinematic story unfold before your eyes, and you’ve got the energy to get some gaming in after the kids go to bed, then this game will be right up your alley.

I’m looking forward to playing the next game in the Tomb Raider line. Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks just as dangerously appealing as the 2013 Tomb Raider was.

One other thing to be aware of, if you’re one of those rare PC gamers who wants a console experience, at the time of this writing the Steam Link is still available on Amazon.

Dad plays a ton of the games in his Steam library using the Steam Link and a controller, and it’s been an awesome crossover device for him. Get yours here!One other thing to be aware of, if you’re one of those rare PC gamers who wants a console experience, at the time of this writing the Steam Link is still available on Amazon. Dad plays a ton of the games in his Steam library using the Steam Link and a controller, and it’s been an awesome crossover device for him. Get yours here!

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