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31 Days: Day 18 - A Nightmare as a Child

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Initially this game wasn’t on my radar at all. There would be a post here and there and I would eventually forget about it, thought I did have some interest in it. I’m glad I had a chance to experience this game. It has a lot going on and it ends up being one of those situations where I just want to know more about the world, but am left wanting for better or worse.

 

Hunger 3: Little Nightmares

 

To briefly summarize the game, you’re an unknown girl named six who is trying to escape imprisonment on a ship called the maw where children are chopped up and served as food to glutinous abominations who will eat almost anything, even you if you get too close. You even end up eating a few things yourself (from immense hunger pain) which when taken into account the nature of the food on this ship it’s likely that you are also eating children in one form or another.

 

 

Hunger is a central theme in Little Nightmares. You see it all throughout the game expressed in various ways both physical and metaphorical. This theme specifically relates to Six, the protagonist of the game. As you progress you will find that six becomes incredibly famished and conveniently finds foods around her area to satiate her hunger; that is until her third bout of hunger. What happens then is horrific and I won’t spoil it. I was caught off guard myself and actually felt rather bad. I felt worse about it after finishing the DLC.  By the end I actually started to wonder what Six is and her role in all this.

Multiple theories abound but it is confirmed by the creator that six is not the masked Ladies daughter so anything pertaining to that can be disregarded. Personally I’m still not sure but I believe what Six represents is the title of the game. A Little nightmare for the Vanity obsessed Lady of the maw. You do confront her in the end and finishing the game means defeating her so it is possible that The Lady knows what Six can do and as a result keeps her locked away. This can be further supported by the death mechanics of the game. Should you die you wake up from the last checkpoint. If this is literally what happens in that world then The Lady clearly can’t kill her because she’ll just come back. That is why keeping her (barely) alive in a prison cell makes the most sense. As long as Six is locked up The Lady can continue her morbid affair of feeding these gluttons enourmous amounts of "food" so that she in turn can feed on them. In that light, the ending is a bit of a poetic twist. This is again just my theory. The game is fairly open ended so you can draw your own conclusions.

If the story isn’t something you’re interested in however the game offers plenty of dark atmosphere with tension filled enemy encounters and fantastic horror themes. An excellent choice for those of you who want to play a horror game but may not have enough time to commit to a longer experience.

 

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.



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A Few things about me
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- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

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My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango
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I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:



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The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).