Little Nightmares Episode 3: The Residence Review

Little Nightmares – Secrets Of The Maw Episode 3: The Residence Review [PS4] – Is This The End?

Never-ending darkness. The only safety is from a small ray of light coming from your tiny flashlight. A creaking sound comes from behind you. You turn around, but of course, there’s nothing there. Your heart skips a few beats as you hear a child laughing in the distance. They’re watching you. Then, you start to hear small steps. Slow. But then the pause between each step becomes shorter. Someone’s coming…

The last and final episode of the Little Nightmares’ DLC is out, at last, and is titled The Residence. As the world of Six and The Runaway Kid has unfolded, we have eventually gotten more horrifying insight into what might exist in the Maw. However, there is one character left that has yet to tell her story; the Geisha.

Some say that a person’s home describes a lot about their personality. We get to explore the residence of the Geisha, who surrounds herself with creepy-looking dolls and plenty of books. What exactly this says about her we never fully know, but I am sure that there are several possible theories to why she’s so interested in literature and porcelain figures. All I can do is make an educated guess and say that there must be a quite uncomfortable and scary story behind her character.

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Hello?… Hi. Nice place you got here.

The episode starts out eerily silent, but it doesn’t take long before you hear a song coming from a small music box. The song fades away as we explore further into the house, and the player eventually encounters a new enemy: small, dark apparitions with small masks. What makes them even more creepy is the fact that they have the look and laugh that resembles children. The only way to attack them is to shine at them with your flashlight, so hold on to that thing, because it is going to save your life. With that said, the mechanic instantly reminded me of Alan Wake, where you have to focus your flashlight on the ghosts to weaken them.

In contrast to the previous episodes in the DLC, The Residence gives you a greater illusion of a more open-world. We are much more free to explore, as there is not necessarily a given way to go. The puzzles don’t have to be solved in a certain order, and they feel more intricate and detailed. Roughly, The Kid has to find dolls that are scattered around the Geisha’s residence and put them in their proper place.

While this might seem simple at first, the complexity of finding each doll easily swallows the time. There is also a stronger action element, which is interesting and refreshing compared to the previous episodes in this DLC. As if my stress levels weren’t high enough playing this game!

Looking at the episode from the puzzle side of things, The Residence was definitely one of the more challenging ones. It is also the shortest, where I used up approximately 2 hours at a relatively slow pace. However, in those two short hours, we discover the terrible fate of all those who have suffered the wrath of the Geisha – with a pretty huge twist at the end… well, of course, I’m not going to reveal this now… play it for yourself and find out!

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The eye sees everything.

What Little Nightmares masters is the continuous suspense of not knowing what is in the next room. It gets really intense at times, and I love it: I had to remember to stop once in a while and take a breather. However, this universe’s definite greatest strength is its take on the concept of fear. As we have seen before in various shapes and forms, The Residence wants to see our reaction to darkness, masks, and creepy inanimate objects such as mannequins.

The Little Nightmares universe will always hold a special place for me. I followed the game when the working title was “Hunger,” and I remember going to a lecture where the narrative writer of the game told the audience how the game would play on people’s nightmares, and I thought, “There’s no way that I’m going to miss out on this game!” The borderline between horror, thriller, and uncanny valley is unique, and I have yet to see games that use these elements the same way that Little Nightmares do.

At the end of the episode, I got an achievement that said: “we’ll meet again.” And I cannot help but wonder; is this a suggestion that it might not be the last of Little Nightmares? Are we truly finished? There might not be anything special behind it, but it certainly peaked my curiosity. Even with all these questions, I don’t know if we will ever receive an answer.

The Runaway Kid’s story has come to an end. With beautiful scenery and masterful storytelling, this has been a memorable experience. What the Little Nightmares universe is so good at doing, is to tell my brain to be ready to hit the emergency panic button, and then cranking my anxiety up to the maximum. It starts out in uncomfortable silence before increasing to a horrifying crescendo.

Little Nightmares – Secrets of The Maw Episode 2: The Hideaway Review [PS4]

Even though the universe of Little Nightmares has created a tendency to play with fears (some I did not know I had) I nevertheless jump into the second episode of the Secrets of The Maw DLC with both arms and legs, ready to take on whatever it might throw my way.

In the new episode, appropriately titled The Hideaway, the story of The Runaway Kid continues. Just by looking at the promo picture, it already tells us a lot of what the episode is about; and as you can see, we encounter the Nomes once more. If you’ve played the original game (if you haven’t: what are you doing here? Go and play all the other stuff before reading this!) you might be familiar with the Nomes: tiny, white creatures that hide in every nook and cranny. When we played as Six, they were pretty much only functioning as huggable collectibles. Now, they serve a much greater purpose. As we have done repeatedly in these two episodes of the DLC, we encounter familiar rooms from the original game. As before, I believe they are filled with nods to how the old story might connect with the new. In addition to that, Mr Long-armed-grabby-hands is back. Yes indeed, with even longer and grabbier hands than before… Or, at least, that’s what it feels like.

Together forever!

Even though the nomes aren’t much larger in size, they certainly are in numbers this time around. Upon encounter, you hug them (as we are familiar with from the original game) and they start following you – and actually being your adorable little companions for this episode. They are important to the different puzzles – which is new, unexpected and a good surprise. And they also serve a purpose in the bigger picture; which is the heart of the ship, the engine. They remind me of the soot-creatures from the movie Spirited Away, the way they are loyal and hard-working in order to make everything function, because that is their role: they bring coal to the furnace that drives the ship. This is how we, perhaps, learn their function, as we all were probably wondering about earlier in the storyline. At the end of the episode, I feel like I turned The Runaway Kid into The Lord of the Nomes. Which was pretty cool.

Continually, this is where my major problem arrives: the graphics and textual bugs. The nomes would get stuck on things, even though they were moving. Because of this, they would automatically stop following me which is central to progress – it’s a very frustrating bug.

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This way!

The Hideaway continues the story of The Runaway Kid with minor succession. What I thought would be an interesting episode with more of the elements I love in this universe would turn out to be a rather disappointing affair. However, it offers some intriguing elements like the opportunity of travelling different roads to reach your goal

Very early on in the game, I encountered an audio bug too, which made the speakers on my TV sound as if they were broken (they weren’t). However, restarting the episode made the bug go away and it didn’t reoccur. Apart from that, the sound feels much more intense and powerful in this episode, which leads me to the use of the horror elements – they were not as present as in the first episode, but this episode definitely used the contrast between darkness and light to its advantage. It’s a creepy touch and creates a sense of paranoia we all know so well from this universe.

Even though I am still a bit confused when it comes to the story, the ending of this episode was… Intriguing. Let’s just say that my interest is piqued, and I’m excited to see where it ends. So, grab some popcorn and sit down with me for the last episode of Little Nightmares: Secrets of the Maw – this is going to be juicy.

A final score will be given for Secrets of The Maw at the end.

5 Reasons Why Little Nightmares’ DLC Episode Creeps Me Out

The eerie, yet wonderful Little Nightmares has released its first episode out of three in the new DLC, titled ‘Secrets of The Maw’. This time around they’re going to give us more information about what the Maw actually is, and what is going on there – through the eyes of a new character, The Runaway Kid. If you’re on the fence about buying the new DLC, I’m here to give you some insight. It did its job – it thoroughly creeped me out. Let me explain…

Reason 1: “Here we go again on my own / Going down the only road I’ve ever known”.

The first episode is clearly – and rightfully so – an introduction as to whom we are playing, and why we are here. The start of the game is uncannily familiar: something creepy and weird happens, and then The Runaway Kid (our protagonist) wakes up, realizing it was “just” a nightmare. Yeah, as if. The foreboding as to what is going to happen creates the same paranoia effect as the original game did. I keep asking myself “when”, “what”, “how”, and “why?”.

Reason 2: Realizing where exactly I met The Runaway Kid in the original game.

As he wakes up in his bed, I realize quickly that it is not just the dream sequence that is familiar. The bed and the room he wakes up in, is the exact same one as the room of beds that Six walks into when escaping the long-armed man: the bed with the sleeping children – and The Runaway Kid is one of those children. It gave me the chills knowing that he was there – especially as there were so few characters in the original game that were significant.

Enter the water, they said. It will be fun, they said.

Reason 3: The familiar surroundings.

We are, after all, also trying to gather information as to how this boy meets our original protagonist, Six, and how their paths meet. That would require us to retrace our steps. Going through the same rooms, the same environment and remembering all the fears that made you want to escape that room as quick as your little legs could carry you in the first place, is ever-present.

But why!?

Reason 4: The water.

The freakin’ water, man. It is painfully obvious that they named this episode “The Depths” for a reason. As if water doesn’t make me squirm enough in the real world, it is a prominent element in this episode. Tarsier Studios have been true to their word, because not only is the water pitch black: it also contains something that I DO NOT want to encounter. But its contents sure want me. Which leads me to my final reason:

Reason 5: The monster(s).

There is one familiarity here: the leeches, which are far worse in this DLC. They are larger, faster, and more… gross. But they are not the worst of the bunch. As the developers previously warned us about, there is something lurking in the water. Oh ho yes, sir, what jolly good fun. You don’t actually see much of the creature in the water, but what you do see is horrifying. And he’s not there to tickle your feet, that’s for sure.

I love how Tarsier Studios have created a new puzzle – the story itself. The second episode will be released in November, the third and last episode in January. In other words, we will have to wait quite a while before we receive more pieces of the puzzle. The next episode is called “The Hideaway” – and it looks like we will meet some old friends there.

Let’s hope that the next piece to the puzzle is worth waiting for…

Tarsier Studios reveals more about Little Nightmares: Secrets of The Maw

Tarsier Studios are keeping us on our toes by publishing more information on their new DLC “Secrets of The Maw”!

On June 7th they published a mini-interview with the producer Stephen Halett to give some much-needed answers to questions asked by fans.

According to Halett, there were things left unanswered at the end of the game (a statement on which I totally agree), and they are now taking the opportunity to answer some of those questions – revealing more story about the The Maw and its inhabitants. They consist of three chapters working as self-contained stories, and will be released in an Expansion Pass format.


We get to experience more of The Maw as an underwater prison, and what happens to children that are brought there – through the adventures of the new protagonist, The Runaway Kid. We can also then assume that the speculations about the protagonist’s name being Seven has been debunked – unless they at some point change their minds.

Each chapter is set in a new environment with new gameplay features and challenges, such as more difficult puzzles and implementing water mechanics:

  • The Depths, a place that has been abandoned and flooded. Uh, I foresee an even worse version of the creepy girl underwater from Inside. Anyone else?
  • The Hideaway, where The Kid has to work together with the Nomes, our adorable minions from the original game, to solve the puzzles. I quote: “death is just a step away and only by working together can they both survive.”…Yikes.
  • The third and final chapter will involve a secret location within The Maw, and will decide the fate of The Runaway Kid.


When asked about why they wanted to involve a new character, Halett says they wanted a different perspective when shedding light “on the darkest secrets of The Maw”. He continues to say that The Kid’s and Six’s stories will cross paths several times over the coming chapters – learning more about her story while playing another. 

The three chapters are ready to be pre-ordered on Steam and the PlayStation Store, and will respectively be released in July, November and January.

This should be interesting… I feel dread and excitement at the same time… I mean… *cough* LET’S DO THIS.

Little Nightmares DLC Confirmed

I honestly did not see this coming, but what a pleasant surprise!

On May 26th and May 29th, Tarsier Studios posted some alluring tweets on Little Nightmare’s twitter page: 

I’m stuck here… We’ve always been stuck here. Now we are taking our chance.

So, does this mean that the other kids we encountered down in the Maw are now trying to follow Six’s path, to try and escape the living hell?

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While very little has been said, one can now safely assume that Little Nightmares is getting DLC called ‘Secrets of the Maw’.

Speculations say that Six will not be the playable character in this DLC, but a boy named Seven, shown in the teaser picture. Will we embark on a new journey into the Maw with a new character, or will the boy give us additional story to the one we already know, but from a different perspective?

I know I’m excited – I have so many questions… And hey! Have you read my review on Little Nightmares?

Review: Little Nightmares (PS4)

Little Nightmares is a horrifyingly mesmerizing puzzle-platformer developed by the Swedish-based Tarsier Studios. You play as a little girl named Six, wandering through The Maw, a disturbing world filled with monsters and horrors that makes your spine tingle.

This game is disturbing, uncomfortable, and absolutely gorgeous. However, there is also something alluring about it. I got a feeling that I had to explore this cruel and gruesome world with Six, so that somehow, I could protect her: so that I knew she wasn’t alone – and into the Maw we went.


In the early 2016, I went to a lecture about digital culture. Dave Mervik, the narrative designer for Tarsier Studios, was present and a part of the discussions. The lecture was called “The Art of Storytelling in Games.” One of the discussions was about how there could be a narrative designer for a game that doesn’t have a narrative. Playing games like Little Nightmares is always interesting because there is so much being told if we are willing to look.

Already then, the audience was given some sneak peeks about Little Nightmares. They were really small peeks though, since the game was still in development, and there were strict limitations to what Mervik could reveal. However, he revealed that the current name of the game was Hunger.

One of the themes I kept encountering was exactly this – the hunger. The insatiable hunger, where the mind is so overruled by this feeling that it stops thinking rationally. In one of the last parts of the game, you venture out on a gigantic ship where it seems that the only thing the guests are doing is eating. Eating with greedy hands, and greedy mouths. If they spot you, they will throw away everything in their hands, and reach for you. Even if they fall from their chairs in the process, they will keep grabbing at you, crawling towards you, groaning and moaning. That’s downright disturbing and uncomfortable. Even Six, our little adorable protagonist, will turn into a monster when hungry enough.

Is this what humans look like? Can we really be that greedy? The thought scares me…

A nopety nopey nope

I love the attention that the developers have made to the small details. Small details such as Six running her hands along the wall when walking close to it, feeling existence in the darkness. She turns her head to look at something interesting, as perhaps an indication to the player what is significant. The game is also beautifully structured, with a nice build-up and end on every level. It makes you hold your breath, with your heart pounding and your slightly sweaty hands on the controller.

My main issue with the gameplay: the sensitivity of controlling the character. It’s much trickier than it had to be, which sometimes could ruin the flow of the game.

Hanged man

It is clear as day that this game has several themes/elements to it. One of those elements is darkness. There are contrasts of darkness and light as Six always carries around a little lighter. You also light up candles and lanterns along the way. Little Nightmares makes it clear that it plays off your fears, such as the fear of darkness, tight spaces, critters, paranoia, etc. It was ominous when the monsters always showed up exactly where I was at all times. Thus, that is how it is when you are having a nightmare. The monster is always following you, and it is difficult to get away.

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As I was playing the game I realized that it created a lot of philosophical thoughts in my head. That’s a good thing – I can always appreciate a game that makes me think. One of the discussions in the lecture about storytelling in games was about how there could be a narrative designer for a game that doesn’t have a narrative. Playing games like Little Nightmares is always interesting because there is so much being told if we are willing to look.

Little Nightmares shows how defeating your ultimate fear may make you able to conquer them all. It shows you how fear can be created where there is none. Without fear, there are no nightmares. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s that the Maw can be pretty damn horrifying, in it’s beautiful, messed up sort of way. You learn that in the great scale of it all, we are but one single organism. Insignificant in the bigger context.

With Tim Burton characteristics in its style, Little Nightmares provides beautiful scenery and excellent ambience. When you realize how eerily quiet it can be around you, except from the rumbling of the machines, the occasional howl of the wind. Everything creaks, something squeals, something drags itself across the floor, and among it all – the small pitter-patter of Six’s feet. Overall, Little Nightmares is a work of art. It brings forth interesting themes, conveyed through what might very well be considered, quite simply, human nature.