1. Little Nightmares Walkthrough overview

Overview:

Total Gamerscore: 2200G
Difficulty to Complete: 7/10 (2/10 for 2000G)
Estimated Completion Time: 10-15 Hours (Please see disclaimer at the bottom)

Introduction:

Little Nightmares is the debut release from Tarsier Studios, gaining recognition for its original concept and dark, obscure premise. It is a stellar outing that combines good platforming with creepy characters, a superb environment and a never-ending feeling of dread that will surely chill your bones as you run, crawl and slide your way to safety from the nightmares that lurk within “The Maw”. It is absolutely one of the best platformers to grace this generation of consoles, even if its controls are slightly clunky, and sits up there with the genre greats such as Limbo, Inside and Unravel.

Regarding achievement difficulty, it’s a mixed bag. Even the least experienced platformers should be able to obtain 800G quite easily, but earning the full 1000G is rather difficult because of 1 achievement which requires a speed run of 1 hour or less without dying. Although absolutely doable with practice and persistence, this will be the sole achievement that determines whether you'll earn 100% or not. Fear not, for all will be covered.

Playthrough 1 (Overview):

This playthrough will be our completionist playthrough, dedicated to earning every achievement except Hard to the Core. If you wish to play through the game for fun first then feel free to do so, then come back and follow this guide. This walkthrough will presume that you haven't played the game before Playthrough 1.

Note: Found by VoodooInfinity: Although all collectibles can be earned over multiple playthroughs, there is 1 at the end of Start of Chapter 4 that can be difficult via Chapter select because of the way the game splits its sections up, and requires you begin at the Start of Chapter 3. I'll make full note of this during the guide, although if the guide is followed front to back you will not miss a thing anyway.

We shall be earning 12 of the 13 achievements:

  • 5 unmissable story-related achievements

The Prison

Look how the canary has flown its cage!

The Prison
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMain Storyline

The Lair

Little lost things sometimes find their way home.

The Lair
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMain Storyline

The Kitchen

The Chefs will miss you!

The Kitchen
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMain Storyline

The Guest Area

Little fox among hungry wolves!

The Guest Area
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMain Storyline

The Lady's Quarters

A storm is coming. That coat should come in useful.

The Lady's Quarters
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMain Storyline

  • 4 highly missable (but easy) misc. achievements (all of which are secret)

Highly Sprung

You'd jump even higher if you knew what slept there!

Highly Sprung
5 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMissable

Six's Song

So many keys, yet none to unlock your cage!

Six's Song
4 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCollectableMissable

Kitchen Hand

The recipe is complete, the feast will be divine.

Kitchen Hand
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMissable

Elusive

Hey sneaky rat, how do you keep slipping away?

Elusive
4 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCumulative +

  • 3 collectible-related achievements (hugging all gnomes, breaking all geisha dolls, lighting 20 lanterns)

Light Up Your life

Not all lights can be trusted, but these should be quite safe!

Light Up Your life
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCollectableMissable

Little Lost Things

Kindness will be your undoing!

Little Lost Things
4 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCollectableMissable

Rascal

Little vandal, little beast, The Maw will punish you at the feast.

Rascal
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCollectableMissable

Playthrough 2+ (Overview):

We shall be ascertaining the 13th and final achievement during this playthrough(s)

Hard to the Core

What’s different about you? Why are you so brave?

Hard to the Core
7 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMissableTime/Date

Much, much more information is to be given re: the achievement, so for the help skip to Hard to the Core Walkthrough.

Completion Time Disclaimer:

Time for completion is more difficult to judge in this game compared to most. On average I’d say it would take approx. 10-15 hours. It personally took me 3 attempts to land “Hard to the Core”. For you, it could be longer, or shorter, time depending on your skill.

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