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Top 10 Games Like “Little Nightmares” Everyone Should Play

Games Like Little Nightmares

As far as mobile games go, there are few that match the quality of Little Nightmares. The graphics, the puzzles, the sound design, it’s all perfect, but alas, it does come to an end. If you’ve just finished it and don’t know if you’ll ever play a game like that on your phone again, I’ve got good news! These ten games that are just like Little Nightmares have exactly what you’re looking for but with a hint of magic of their own. Let’s get into it and find out what your next adventure will be:

1. Little Nightmares 2

This is an obvious one, but you’d be surprised about how many people out there don’t realize their favorite game actually has a sequel, including me! Little Nightmares 2 takes what made the original game so lovable for us and makes it even better.

How is that possible? Good question. In Little Nightmares 2, you’re going to be playing as Mono, who’s paired with Six, and the both of you are going to be going on your adventures together. Calling them adventures almost feels deceptive because they really are nightmares. Your journey takes you all the way to Pale City, where you’re looking for the Signal Tower.

Your journey, as you’d expect, is filled with tons of puzzles and exciting moments at every turn. The puzzles are as amazing as ever, but with new elements and mechanics to put a fresh coat of paint on everything. And, of course, the platforming is a mainstay of the game, which just adds to why it’s such a great alternative to the original game – it’s the sequel! If you loved Little Nightmares but haven’t played the second part yet, this expansion of the lore and gameplay is everything you’ve been waiting for.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S.

2. This War of Mine

For diehard fans of Little Nightmares who have played both games, you’re probably looking for something new at this point. Well, enter This War of Mine. TWOM is an amazingly dark game about a couple of survivors in a war-torn city. If the setting doesn’t convince you, the gameplay most certainly will.

The gameplay goes like this – you’re in control of the survivors in your shelter within this desolate city, and it’s up to you to make sure they survive. Keep in mind that these guys aren’t military or anything; they’re just regular civvies that are caught in a bad situation because of the war. With pretty much nothing besides the house they’ve found and whatever provisions might be within it, scavenging and stealing from others is your best bet at survival.

Coming from Little Nightmares, you’ll love the dark and gritty outlook of this game as you fight tooth and nail for survival. Unlike many other games, TWOM doesn’t hold your hand through anything, and it really gives you an unadulterated look into what war really does to people. If you think you can guide your survivors to survival, you might wanna think again when you’re faced with the moral dilemmas in this game.

Platforms:  Android, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, Linux, Mac operating systems.

3. Omori

Little Nightmares is nothing, if not disturbingly horror at times, and with Omori, you get a game that doubles down on both of these aspects. It looks like such an unassumingly innocent game on the surface, but my God does it get dark as you start playing and discovering what’s really going on here.

The protagonist here; you, are a shut-in introverted guy that doesn’t want to ever socialize with anyone ever again. Why? Well, that’s what the story will have you discover when you start playing. Eventually, you change your mind and start socializing with the friends you’d talk to every day at one point. But as you do that, you start to find out what the horror really was and why it made Sunny decide he didn’t want any of this ever again.

Combined with the amazing sound design that goes from a sunny and bright outlook of things to a dark, depressing horror, you get a narrative experience that’s simply unforgettable. If the story was the best part of Little Nightmares for you, Omori is pretty much the perfect next adventure on this list.

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4.

4. Machinarium

Okay, that’s a lot of dark stuff; I think we should put a bit of a lighthearted adventure in here, too, just to keep things somewhat sane. With Machinarium, you get exactly that – a nice balance of puzzles, an engaging storyline, a cute art style, and gameplay that’s just plain old fun in every sense of the word.

Within this Steampunk realm, you’ll find that the name is really a reference to the fact that this game is all about machines. There are no humans anywhere you look, and while that may sound a bit dystopian, Machinarium paints it in a way that never feels out of place. The gameplay is, as you can guess, all about puzzles in this game. They’re pretty tough, but it’s nothing you’re not used to having played and finished Little Nightmares.

What you’ll love about this game as a Little Nightmares fan is exactly that – the puzzles. The rest of Machinarium is its own thing: an unapologetically original game that expresses itself through its design, animations, and storyline. If you’ve ever wanted to explore a world without any humans left on it at all, Machinarium is one of the most fun adventures you could go on with just your phone.

Platforms: PC, Mobile, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One.

5. Detention

Have you ever wanted a game to ruin you? Does the thought of a horror game being so scary that it literally gives you actual nightmares excite you? Well, I don’t know why you’d want that, but I’ve got good news for you! Detention is that. Just… that. Horror.

Detention takes you way back to the 1960s in Taiwan, a phase that is often referred to as the ‘White Terror.’ And terror it was – the gameplay here is about you navigating through the puzzles of this game, all while avoiding the lingering spirits. Stealth is your best friend here because the alternative is a nightmarish death!

As a Little Nightmares fan, you’ll love the puzzles here, and you’ll especially love the horror because that’s cranked up to 11 in Detention. The threat of the ‘malevolent entities’ finding you is always constant, to the point where you become numb to the dreadful feeling until eventually you stumble and are reminded of why you were scared in the first place. As you solve the puzzles, you progress through this game’s amazingly tragic story about the school you’re serving ‘detention’ in.

Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC & Mobile.

6. Among The Sleep

If you’re a die-hard Little Nightmares fan, let me introduce you to a hidden gem that’ll send shivers down your spine: Among the Sleep. Imagine being a two-year-old tot plunged into a spine-tingling, nightmarish realm filled to the brim with bizarre and petrifying wonders. An all-round fun time, for sure.

For those of us who feel one with the eerie vibes, Among the Sleep takes the creepy factor up a notch by offering a fresh perspective on things – you view the nightmare through the innocent, vulnerable eyes of a toddler. This one twists makes the whole game so much more psychologically charged as you start relating what’s happening with any toddlers that you’ve been around, or maybe, it’s taking you back to when you yourself were a young child.

In the spooky corridors of Among the Sleep, go on a journey that dives deep into the realms of childhood fears and memories. Remember that feeling of helplessness and dread when you’d try to scream or fight in a nightmare? Yup. As you unravel puzzles and figure out what the story is about, you’ll also find all kinds of creepy creatures and bizarre areas that really complete the effect this game is going for – psychological terror. As a Little Nightmares fan, I can’t think of a more fun game!

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC.

7. Limbo

The creativity that goes into puzzle games is just insane; people can really amaze you sometimes. Little Nightmares was a game like that, and Limbo is another – arguably even better if you ask me. The game follows the adventures of a young boy who finds himself in a forest-like area filled with puzzles and monsters.

The gameplay here is 2D side-scrolling puzzle-solving in black and white, essentially shadows and light areas in the background. You solve puzzles by moving around and seeing what parts of the environment you can interact with, which isn’t always self-explanatory. As you start getting the hang of things, you find that the game realizes this and makes things just a bit harder every time, too.

Coming from Little Nightmares, you’ll love the puzzles that this game puts you through that are every bit as challenging as they are creative. The dark and gritty atmosphere of it all can be a bit hard-hitting too, as mostly everything happens in silence, including when you get the little boy killed after failing a puzzle or running into an unexpected monster. The tragic journey of Limbo is unlike any other out there, and it’s a must-play for fans of Little Nightmares.

Platforms: PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC & Mobile.

8. It Takes Two

We’re stepping outside of the horror genre again, just for a bit, because sometimes a lighthearted alternative is exactly what you need having played the grim and depressing parts of Little Nightmares. In It Takes Two, it literally takes two to play. The whole game is designed around co-op puzzle solving.

This game is targeted towards couples to play together as they each control a character and solve puzzles together that bring them closer together. Being stuck inside their daughter’s dolls, they’re a troubled couple and must go through this journey together to get out. As you play, you’ll find that there are so many unique and creative puzzles to solve that you might just get stuck at some point, having moment after moment of hilarious mishaps.

If the best part of Little Nightmares was the puzzles, in your opinion, then It Takes Two is the continuation of that experience but with a co-op twist on pretty much every single one. If you and your partner or friend are looking for a game to play together, this might be your way to kill two birds with one stone, and it’s also just one of the best games ever, so you kinda have to try it.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC.

9. Inside

Okay, back to the horror. If you read the review on Limbo just now and somehow finished it super quick and just came back to this article – this game is kind of the sequel to that, so you’ve got a game like Limbo and Little Nightmares in one. Inside takes the side-scrolling shadow-based gameplay mechanics of Limbo and adds everything new that it can to the puzzles.

The result? A game that’ll leave a mark on your heart for decades to come. This game is somehow even better than Limbo, which was already an amazing game on its own. Starting in a dark forest-like place, you start exploring your surroundings and come to a pretty disturbing revelation – people are under the control of nefarious, unethical researchers.

Now, you’re no superhero in this game, but you do have a device that lets you control what these people do, too. As you’re just stuck in this treacherous place, you’re going to be using the actions of these people to simply escape your perils. Doing so requires you to solve a multitude of puzzles, all of which are related to the people doing specific actions that you tell them to do. Along the way, the game takes you through all the dark themes and moments it can think of, all of which really leave an impact. As far as puzzle games with cool storylines go, Inside is one of the best games out there.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC & Mobile.

10. Unravel

If you’re a mobile gamer, it might be time to upgrade to a proper gaming rig because this next entry is something you’re definitely gonna want to play. It’s not horror, though, but think of it as Little Nightmares if it was named Little Daydreams. Kind of.

Unravel is another puzzle solving game where you’re playing as a character made out of yarn. Naturally, your name is Yarny, and you’re on an adventure that explores the memories of an elderly woman. So not only are you made out of yarn and are called Yarny, but you’re also in the mind of an elderly woman; it just keeps getting better!

The game is all about platforming and puzzle-solving in a setting that’s as pretty as it is mystical. Going from memory to memory, you find out just how many good and bad things this poor woman has been through in her life, and all of it is structured in the form of beautiful puzzles that are just so satisfying to solve. Your character also has a bunch of friends around them to keep things socially fun. And putting the cherry on top, the sound design here captures the spirit of adventure perfectly in this game. If you love puzzle games, you need to try this after finishing Little Nightmares.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One & PC.

And on that lighthearted note, we’re ending this horror show of a list! Games can really get dark, huh. So, what are you going to be playing next? From Little Nightmares 2 to It Takes Two, there’s a whole bunch of diversity in the puzzle games you can play today. Let me know what you think of this list, and I’ll see you in the comment section. Until then, happy gaming!

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