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Little Orpheus

The Chinese Room, Secret Mode
Sep 13, 2022 - Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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7 / 10
IGN Italy
7.5 / 10
Nintendo Life
6 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pure Nintendo
7.5 / 10
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5 / 10
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6 / 10
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Little Orpheus - Launch Trailer | Apple Arcade

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Critic Reviews for Little Orpheus

Solid and definitely have an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

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Inspired, fun, colorful. Little Orpheus is an old-fashioned platforming adventure with an interesting story and simple gameplay for those who are looking for a few hours of fun without challenges.

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As much as we adored the charming back-and-forth between Ivan and the General, we also began to lose interest in Ivan’s predicament near the end. There’s no narrative payoff here, no greater meaning or memorable conclusion that sticks with you. In Little Orpheus, The Chinese Room flirts with providing a more engaging experience that never quite materialises, made all the more apparent by the lack of puzzles intuitive enough to give us the barest hint of a dopamine-laced ‘aha!’ moment or a chase sequence or two with enough challenge to make us sit up on our sofa. That aside, the richly detailed worlds and superb presentation provide just enough reason to see Ivan's tall tale through to the end, but we ended up wishing there was more on both the puzzling and narrative fronts.

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Those looking for some kind of challenge will not find satisfaction in Little Orpheus, which, however, as at the time of its debut, remains an indie gem to which at least the admirers of narrative platform games, and of "sci-fantasy" stories in particular, should not turn their backs at all.

Review in Italian | Read full review

A former Apple Arcade exclusive, Little Orpheus successfully brings its cinematic platformer action to Nintendo Switch. This throwback to pulp movie serials works well on the TV screen, and the gameplay is better suited to Joy-Con controls than a touchscreen. The sense of wonder does slowly wear off, but it's a quick, casual adventure worth completing.

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Little Orpheus has some bright points - like its atmosphere and soundtrack - but it could have given more with its gameplay.

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Little Orpheus' Cold War-era narrative captures the fun of vintage adventure serials, but its gameplay is as rewarding as a Soviet breadline.

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Little Orpheus‘ has a solid enough foundation. It is too bad that there was not enough creativity put into the puzzles or platforming. The imagery is so good that it could have made up for the lack of imagination, but the rough controls and spotty inputs are what prevent it from achieving greatness.

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