It’s great to come across a game that you can instantly tell is going to be different. Little Inferno is definitely a strange one, as it centers around burning things in your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace. Some of the best games in the App Store revolve around new ideas where you really have no clue what you’re doing when you first start out. In Little Inferno there are no points, score, or time, and instead the game is all about experimentation.
The heart of the game is burning more and more objects to keep unlocking new ones to burn. Along the way, there are nearly 100 combos to make where you try to burn items together, and your only clue is the creative title. The combos are the main goal to keep you moving forward, and it’s a surprisingly engaging aspect to keep looking for the items to match. The game includes seven different catalogs of items to burn with 20 items per catalog, and each one offering a completely creative and eccentric take on everyday items.
There’s so much personality and polish applied to each item in the game from the catalog description and animation to the burning reaction. Whether it’s the freaking out marshmallows, creepy plush dolls, or exploding bus there’s just so much to enjoy. Part of the fun of the game is simply watching the items burn, and seeing how they react. Little Inferno features a World of Goo art style, and it perfectly fits with the outlandish theme and storyline. There’s just such a surprising amount of depth to the basic idea of burning things, and once you get going it’s tough to stop with new items to unlock, and combos to discover.
Little Inferno ($4.99, iPad) is such a finely crafted, yet strange experiment that is simply an experience not to miss that will provide a warm and fuzzy feeling.