Little Inferno - kylegray
We’ve been working on a thrilling followup to Human Resource Machine and are pleased to announce our next title, 7 Billion Humans!

Automate swarms of office workers to solve puzzles inside your very own parallel computer made of people. A thrilling followup to the award winning Human Resource Machine. Now with more humans!

7 Billion Humans will release in early 2018. For now, you can follow or wishlist on its own Steam page, which can be found here:
Little Inferno - (Adam Smith)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

Little Inferno [official site] is a game about burning things. It’s also a game about games, a deconstruction of in-app purchases, and tap- and click-based repetition.

… [visit site to read more]

Little Inferno - kylegray
The Little Inferno Soundtrack is now available for download!

Stay warm in there,

Yours Friends at Tomorrow Corporation
Little Inferno - (Alice O'Connor)

Little Inferno showed what we do with consumer products at home – we burn them in a nice big fire for giggles so we can get more stuff – but where do products come from? Developers Tomorrow Corporation are now showing us a sliver of where the magic happens>, revealing the Human Resource Machine [official site]. Their latest is a programming puzzle game, where you use simple syntax to program a hapless office worker to perform tasks. They do so enjoy being micromanaged, those wee drones.

Tidy up your tie and polish your shoes, as Human Resources Corporation is now out.

… [visit site to read more]

Jagged Alliance 2 Gold - Valve
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Dear Esther - (Nathan Grayson)

I wish people took me seriously every time *I* put on a chicken mask.

You know, I never really thought about it before, but I think Proteus and Hotline Miami are videogame inverses. One’s about languidly strolling around a neon-bubblegum dreamscape paradise while the other’s about blink-and-you’ll-be-on-the-receiving-end-of-it murder in an entirely different kind of neon-bubblegum dreamscape “paradise”. They are one anther’s bizarro twin, eternally opposed but forever intertwined. Also, they’re in the latest Humble Indie Bundle together, which is neat. And neater still? Probably the fact that they’re joined by Little Inferno, Awesomenauts, Capsized, Thomas Was Alone, and Dear Esther. Yeah, eight is pretty great. Or something.


Little Inferno - Valve
Save 60% on the award-winning Little Inferno as part of this week's Weekend Deal!

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.

Little Inferno

This Week's iPad Charts: Little Inferno Sets the Charts (and Everything Else) on FireThe game that single-handedly justified the $350 I spent on Nintendo's Wii U console back in November came to iPad this week, spreading joy and laughter to Apple tablet gamers everywhere. And flames — can't forget the flames.

Little Inferno is a magical experience. One moment you're gleefully dropping items into your Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace without a care in the world, the next you're realizing how deeply you've been drawn into a game that takes place almost entirely on a single screen. In the interest of keeping the experience as pure as possible I'll stop right there — you just have to play it.

And it looks like plenty of iPad gamers are. Good for them! I've purchased it again myself, and I am a cheap bastard, so that's really saying something.

There were some other games in this week's charts as well, but they aren't as important.

Top Paid iPad Games — 2/1/2013

Rank Game Last Week Change
1. Banana Kong 3 +1
2. Minecraft Pocket Edition 1 -1
3. Angry Birds Star Wars HD 2 -1
4. Little Inferno N/A N/A
5. Crafted Battle 5 0
6. Bad Piggies HD 4 -2
7. Temple Run Brave 7 0
8. Words with Friends HD N/A N/A
9. Plague Inc. N/A N/A
10. The Room 9 -1

Top Free iPad Games — 2/1/2013

Rank Game Last Week Change
1. Temple Run 2 1 0
2. What's the Word HD N/A N/A
3. Early Bird HD N/A N/A
4. Ghostbusters 2 -2
5. Bingo Vegas HD N/A N/A
6. Candy Crush Saga 6 0
7. Star Girl N/A N/A
8. Slots: Valentine's Edition N/A N/A
9. Pixel People N/A N/A
10. Backbreaker 2: Vengeance N/A N/A
Little Inferno

Little Inferno Is A Delightfully Grim Tale. But Its Best Story Is A Hidden One.Maybe it's because Little Inferno doesn't present the side of Armageddon that we're used to seeing in games, but you might not even pick up on its apocalyptic storyline. Yet as I burned prize after prize in my Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace, a thought tugged at the back of my mind: why am I doing this?

Why am I, a child left apparently alone in the dead of winter, burning everything in sight, then buying more things and burning them, too? Why is the Weather Man telling me to keep burning, to stay warm at all costs, that the snow shows no signs of stopping, that he can't remember the last time it did?

Spoilers for Little Inferno follow:

At the end of the game, as my house burned down around me, I half expected to find a desolate wasteland and a handful of diligent post-men ("rain or shine," after all) waiting for me outside. But no, its industrial landscape appeared calm, if chilly.

So why does Miss Nancy, the CEO of Tomorrow Corporation (eponymous with the game's developers) and inventor of the Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace, flee? What is she running from? And why does she need a rocket ship to get there?

Under Little Inferno's deceptively simplistic surface, I sensed a pre-apocalyptic world on the brink of another ice age.

What could possibly be so bad about the planet she's already on?

Little Inferno is not overtly a story about the apocalypse. But under its deceptively simplistic surface, I sensed a pre-apocalyptic world on the brink of another ice age. This is the story I made up in my head: with temperatures dropping and adult supervision in short supply, the forward-thinking Tomorrow Corp. sent a Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace to every boy and girl in the hopes of staving off the end just a little bit longer.

And (real-world) Tomorrow Corporation's Kyle Gabler, previously of World of Goo fame, told me during an email exchange that my apocalyptic conspiracy theory is "not off base."

"The reason for the weather outside isn't ever directly stated," he wrote. "At least one character kind of muses about it, but [Miss Nancy's] also kind of a batty old lady who smells like cinnamon, so who knows."

He added a ":)" for good measure.

I played through Little Inferno a half dozen times, seeking answers to these questions and more: Where did Sugar Plumps, the cute little neighbor girl, escape to? Did she really find some tropical paradise? And where was the Weather Man taking me in his mysterious hot air balloon?

Ultimately, I could only alter one aspect of the story, by resisting my urge to burn everything and hanging on to one lone item—a coupon for a free hug—until the final act. With this special prize in hand I unlocked the secret ending: just before Miss Nancy fled the city's impending doom, she leaned in close, ample bosom taking up most of the screen, and embraced me.

It wasn't much, but in this world devoid of hope, I found it endlessly comforting, and I put down my controller at peace with my fate.

Little Inferno

Little Inferno: The Kotaku ReviewHere's an odd one.

One of my favorite games on Nintendo's new console is an interactive fireplace.

It's an emotional, interactive fireplace. And it's the first console game I've played through without ever turning on the TV.

Little Inferno is a download-only game for Wii U and PC/Mac/Linux. It was mostly made by two friends named Kyle and a guy named Allan Blomquist. Separately they led the creations of the acclaimed World of Goo and Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. The former game was a building set, the latter a hybrid sidescroller and block-puzzle game on the other. That these guys made an interactive fireplace is both surprising and not surprising at all.

If you look for info on Little Inferno, you find a mix of confusion and acclaim. 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.

It is a game. It's mostly a puzzle game. You've got a fireplace that you can see on your GamePad screen (or, presumably, on your TV). You've got a catalog of items such as bricks, corn and fireflies in a jar. With the stroke of the GamePad's stylus, you can flick these things into the fireplace. Everything burns. The bricks get crispy. The corn pops. Later, when you burn a railroad crossing sign, a train horn blares, the fireplace shakes and, for a moment, it seems that an unseen locomotive is speeding by.

The game has 99 challenges. These are its puzzles, each of them a phrase that refers to two or three items that must be burned at the same time. "Bike Pirate" is a cinch. Burn the wooden bike. Burn the pirate. "Movie Night" is a little tougher. Burn the popcorn. Burn the TV.

Little Inferno: The Kotaku Review
WHY: You don't already own an interactive virtual fireplace, at least not one with a lovely soundtrack and an emotional story (WHAT?).

Little Inferno

Developer: Tomorrow Corporation
Platforms: Wii U (reviewed), PC, Mac, Linux
Release Date (US): November 18

Type of game: Pyromaniac's delight masquerading as a puzzle game about burning things. Sort of an adventure game.

What I played: Solved 77 of the game's 99 puzzles in 285 minutes. Did it all on the GamePad (that's the Wii U controller with the screen in it); kept the TV off.

My Two Favorite Things

  • Burning celestial bodies in a fireplace.
  • The sad, sweet story.

My Two Least-Favorite Things

  • Tough to say...hmmm...the lack of a turret sequence? I'm coming up empty.
  • Feeling the need to address the "does it cost too much?" concern.

Made-to-Order Back-of-Box Quotes

  • "Yes, it's worth it."
    -Stephen Totilo,
  • "I think this game just criticized how I spend my time, but I still like it."
    -Stephen Totilo,
  • "Best use of fire in a game since NBA Jam Far Cry 2."
    -Stephen Totilo,

Everything in the game burns in a visually-interesting and surprising way. The fire effects look great. This alone will emotionally engage any number of pyromaniacs who buy a Wii U or download the game on their computer. The rest of us might be more enchanted by the mysterious letters that begin showing up in the game's inventory. They are intermittently cheerful and sad, a wee bit wicked and increasingly desperate.

You might feel a mix of emotions as you play.

On the one hand you're playing through a game that lets you burn the moon in a fireplace.

On the other, you're drawn to these messages from this character who seems to exist beyond the interactive world you thought you were in. Something seems off. There's a hidden truth to the game that starts to matter more and more. Your memory may flicker. You may begin to think of another confidently-made game of puzzles, secrets and unexpected emotions: Portal. You don't want me to tell you any more.


There is a debate on the Wii U's social network, about whether this game is worth $15. It's a valid question that can only be answered by those who know what $15 is worth to the person asking. I didn't 100 percent the game, yet I played it for nearly five hours. I didn't get to shoot anyone in it. The game has only one zombie (you can burn him). But it does include a lot of jokes. It has a great soundtrack and a bunch of surprises. It is an interactive fireplace with a wonderful story. Should it cost $10? Maybe. I'd pay full price for it again.

The test I want a good game to pass is simple: I want it to stick with me. I want it to seep into my thoughts days after I played it. Little Inferno is simple. It's somehow both quaint and bold. It lingers. It burns brightly. It burns well.


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