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Little Bug (2018) is a running and jumping game where you move through a surreal, abstract world by swinging on ropes. Unlike similar games, you control both character movement and the position of a helper spirit that can shoot and levitate you. This unusual gameplay is complemented by a poignant story of a girl and her struggling single mother, where you help the child navigate various trials in an attempt to restore their fractured relationship. It's a tale of trauma and forgiveness, healing and relationships.

You play Nyah, an 8 year old black girl who is walking home from her school when she finds herself in a mystical world where dangerous souls lurk. You piece together Nyah's backstory and learn of her struggling mother and their broken relationship as you swing through lush environments and listen to the powerful soundtrack.

You control the movement of both Nyah and her spirit, which lets out beams of light like ropes which you can use to swing your body from one platform to the next, as well as destroy barriers that block your progress. As you go, you collect items which can help piece together your backstory and unlock extra levels.

As the game progresses, what starts out as a simple jumping game soon becomes much more; you must learn to trust the ropes that carry you, allowing you to start healing your trauma and restore the love between girl and mother.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Little Bug 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Platform and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete. The game is relatively short and can likely be beaten in one sitting. Frequent checkpoints allow you to travel through the world quickly.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.


Little Bug usually costs £3.99 to £11.69. 

Little Bug

Switch StoreSALE Switch £11.69 £0.89 until 13/07/2024
Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99

Little Bug

XBox Store Xbox X|S £10.74
XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 92% off

Out Now: Mac and PC

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Buddy System LA (@BuddySystemLA)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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