From the designers of World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth. Throw your toys into your fire, and play with them as they burn. Stay warm in there. It's getting cold outside!
User reviews: Very Positive (3,424 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 19, 2012

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"Ever wanted to burn things in a fireplace? Now you can! Little Inferno has all the fun of being of Pyromaniac, without being a pyromaniac."

Reviews

"A beautiful masterpiece that everyone should try ... it might be the most compelling and beautiful indie game I’ve played all year."

- Alex Faciane, Gamezone

"The creepy atmosphere, the single-minded focus on extremely minimal actions, and the mocking self-awareness all contribute to a deft statement on games and how we play them."

- Garrett Martin, Joystiq

"Should you play this game? YES. [...] The confused people wonder if Little Inferno is even a game. The impressed people write about how, as they finished the game, they got choked up."

- Stephen Totilo, Kotaku

About This Game

Congratulations on your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace! Throw your toys into your fire, and play with them as they burn. Stay warm in there. It's getting cold outside!

Burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices, and tiny galaxies. An adventure that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace - about looking up up up out of the chimney, and the cold world just on the other side of the wall.

Key Features:

  • Nominated for three awards at the Independent Games Festival including the Seumas McNally grand prize, Technical Excellence Award, and Nuovo Award, with Honorable Mentions in Design and Audio.
  • From the designers of World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
  • 100% indie - made by 3 guys, no office, no publishers, no funding
  • IAP Free - no spam, upselling, ads, of any sort. Just the game.
  • Zero Waste - short, polished, perfeccct as possible

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
    • Processor:1.5 Ghz
    • RAM: 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB
    • Video Card: You will need a graphics card that supports Shader Model 2.0 or greater and DirectX 9.0c.
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or later
    • Processor:1.5 Ghz
    • RAM: 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB
    • Video Card: You will need a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or greater.
    • Processor: 1.5Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB
    • Video Card: graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It's very polished, the music is incredible, and it looks lovely. The item descriptions are full of snide and sometimes sinister remarks. The general atmosphere of the game is a blend of frenetic happiness with dark undertones, and it conveys that really well.

Otherwise... I mean I get that it's satirising consumer culture, mobile games with micro-transactions, and entertainment addiction... But in the end all you're doing is burning things, collecting coins, and burning more things. You're doing the things you're supposed to be laughing at.

As for the story being told, it never really resolves into anything that makes much sense; instead it's happy to drop hints here and there and pull at your heartstrings without substance.

What little gameplay is there is pretty refined - the burning effects and physics are fun to toy with.
I think "toy" is more fitting for this than "game."

Overall, I still recommend it because it's so well put together. And really, I want that soundtrack.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
BURN THINGS! Angry? Burn ♥♥♥♥. Bored? Burn ♥♥♥♥. Feeling anything else? Burn ♥♥♥♥! :D
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
From one of the makers of World of Goo comes Little Inferno, a game about setting toys on fire just to watch them burn. As a new recipient of the Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace, along with Tomorrow Corporation’s plethora of catalogs, it’s up to you to stoke the flames. Whether it’s a pile of blocks or a gaming tablet, a fluffy bunny or a toy school bus, the final destination for all of your things is directly into the fireplace. It is there that they will burn, explode, freeze and rain. And when you’re all out of things to burn, with the fire slowly reducing your material possessions to ash, you buy some more toys to fuel the fire.

Almost the entire game is spent sitting in front of the fireplace. There are no alternate fireplaces. There are no fireplace expansions. There is no clear objective as to what burning all of your toys is meant to accomplish, aside from staying warm and passing the time. The only actions you have available to you are to upgrade the amount of things you can possess at one time, speed up the delivery of the things you order and unlock new catalogs, each featuring a new set of toys to burn. And, of course, the ability to throw these toys into the fireplace and set them on fire.

But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. This is merely a simple game about throwing things into a fireplace. No need to rush ahead of that. Like how Hydrophobia depicted realistic water collision, Little Inferno approaches its subject with much more consideration than you might expect. The fire, as it spreads from toy to toy, feels real. No two items necessarily burn the same. Toss bricks into the fire and they catch slowly, burn slowly. Toss some of the mail you’ve received and they’ll burn up quick, reduced to cinders in mere seconds.

This doesn’t take into account the various special items you can burn. Everything from mini-nukes to school buses to replica moons, complete with their own gravity fields, are available to you. There’s a fan that will blow out the fire. There’s a fan that will suck in the fire. Toss one on the left side of the fireplace, the other on the right side of the fireplace and you’ve got yourself a funnel of flame, coursing over everything in between. Not happy with how everything turned out? Accidentally froze your fire over? Drop in a mini-nuke and scour it clean with a single blast.

You won’t have all of these toys available to you at once. In order to access the catalogs you have to do two things. First, you must use all of the toys available to you in the current catalog. It’s a little forced, but I can see why that’s a requirement. It’s in this manner that you’ll know what happens with every toy when they burn. Secondly, you must achieve a certain amount of combos.

A combo in the case of Little Inferno is when you burn two or three like items based on a list of clues. The clues, and the solutions, are relatively simple. The only trick is digging through your growing library of toys to discover which toys are more applicable. Such as, one clue might call for a Sorority Party. Throw in the Low Self-Esteem Action Doll with the Balloons and you’re one step closer to unlocking the next catalog.

When you purchase an item from the catalog, it doesn’t immediately appear in your inventory. It takes time. The post office doesn’t react instantaneously, even in this world. Things may take anywhere from 20 seconds to several minutes to arrive at your doorstep. Don’t want to wait? Stamps are available to rush delivery, but they are not infinite. There will be times when the only way to proceed is waiting, sitting in front of the fireplace.

Somehow through all of this there is a story. There is a lengthy epilogue that provides a surprisingly satisfactory conclusion to the game. It’s the kind of ending that encourages you to look back at the few hours you spent in front of the Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace. It’s a strange sort of irony that asks you to question the lack of meaning in something meaningless, but give it time. Think about it some more and you might see how far the metaphor stretches.

And then, when you’re all done, what’s there left to do? There’s not much of a reason to play it after you’ve beaten it. Once you’ve set fire to all of the things, all that’s left is to fill out the checklist of combos. And once that’s done, there’s just the never changing fireplace and your catalogs of toys. They may burn brightly, explode in variable screams, changing the colors of the flames into something truly radiant. Then the flames die out, and there’s nothing left to do but buy more toys and set them on fire again. And again. And again.

Recommended, 7/10

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Weird...very weird. But play it, it's an interesting experience.


Also I burned the hug ticket :/
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Even though it's seen as just a simple game about burning stuff, it's much more. This game has an actual meaning at the end, and it is genuinely inspirational. It was well worth playing to the ending, the entire way.
Rating: 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Burning stuff is so satisfying man. Wouldnt it be great if we could just like, burn everything?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I had a fireplace that burnt at insane levels that could keep a whole Africa warm.

Yet I just burnt toy Pirates because they were cheap, and said "Yarr" a lot.

Bestest Game of the Century.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This is the game for you to get out your arsonistic needs and tendencys. Saddle up for HOURS of fun burning everything you love and hate in a pointless game watching this burn. As fun as it sounds you may get bored.......HOWEVER the game installs a vision of flame and fire which carrys on to your everyday life. With these practical skills you can go forth and enjoy burning your house, school and friends! Endless fun start bruning TODAY!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I like to burn things.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Little Inferno is a game that lets you burn whatever to your heart's desire! The game is pretty short (~4 hours) and as you progress through the game you will be burning different combination of items together to unlock new items and the combos. Surprisingly, there is a story underneath all of this which the game executes very well and also has a very neat ending sequence. Great game for the winter time as the game puts you right in front of a virtual fireplace.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game is HOT!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's a rather short game, I played through it in four hours, but I also skipped a lot of combos and such because I sisn't see the point in doing it to get them starred, when the stars didn't earn you anything, and getting the combos doesn't unlock an achievement for Steam. I would love to see achievements or trading cards added, because I'm an achievement hound and I like trading cards/crafting badges, but even without those the game is worth playing. It's got a bit of a lesson to it, mostly one of those "Don't waste your life in front of a computer" lessons.

I liked the humor in the game, I love the music in the game, and the art, sound effects, and visual effects are lovely. I definitely recommend this game, and I can totally see the irony in saying that. It's just a fun, casual game. Plus, you can burn pictures from your own files in the game, so it could be a little therapeutic when angry with a family member or best friend. Not that anyone would use that function for such purposes.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Great and short game for when you have some spare time. I really recommend it to those with some cash to spare.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Little Inferno is a good game and really fun to play i would recommend playing this! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I set some ants on fire as a kid and this game reminds me of how I wanted to burn everything when my parents told me I couldn't do that. I was a little upset that I couldn't set myself on fire though. Maybe in an update.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
you burn ♥♥♥♥ its fun realaxing buy today LET YOUR INER PYRO OUT AND WATCH THE WORLD BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
PLEASE SOMEONE HELP I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN PLAYING THIS GAME AND NOW I HAVE NOT ONLY BURT EVERYTHING IN IT BUT WAY TO MUCH TIME.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
fire man
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Slow but perfectly done
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
+nice atmosphere
+intriguing story

-overpriced
-tedious
-the novelty of the central mechanic, burning things, disappears quickly

overall, a fun thing to do for all of 5 minutes for people over 5 years old, and *maybe* an hour for people under 5. avoid
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