Very Little Nightmares: Complete Walkthrough Guide

Very Little Nightmares
By: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe / Alike Studio

Very Little Nightmares is a mobile prequel to the popular console game Little Nightmares. You play as the little girl in a yellow raincoat who’s trapped in a mansion. It’s a horror-tinged puzzle adventure with some reflex-based sections thrown in. It can be tricky at times, so this walkthrough guide will help you if you get stuck. Feel free to ask for extra help in the comments section.

See my Jack-in-the-Box Locations Guide here.

Tip: Watch where the Nomes run off to. They often lead you to the jack-in-the-box.


Levels 1 – 3 | Levels 4 – 6 | Levels 7 – 9 | Levels 10 – 12 | Levels 13 – 15 | Levels 16 – 18 | Jack-in-the-Box Locations | Review

Level 1:

Pull the handle to make the hot air balloon drop. Then follow the Nomes into the other room.

Head straight. Don’t worry about falling on the first weak plank — you can pull yourself up. Go left to avoid the next weak plank. Then go up and then right and then up again. Continue straight. Take a detour for the jack-in-the-box if you’d like, then get back on the main path. Keep going straight. Halfway up the ramp, a metal cylinder will start rolling down. Quickly double-tap to go left onto the plank that’s out of its way. Then continue straight and up the ladder. Rip off the two planks covering the hole in the wall and go through.

In the next room, climb straight down the cages and onto the two tiny wooden planks. Close the cage door. Then climb back up and down the cage whose door you just closed. Cross the wooden plank to go right and then climb up and cross the next wooden plank. Push the long bar so it lands up against the wall. Climb back up to where the first plank is and cross it. Push the bar again. Go back to where you first encountered the bar and climb down further. Cross the final plank and make your way to the right. Climb up the cages and carefully cross the bar (don’t run) to the exit. Go through to complete Level 1.

Level 2:

If you want to get the jack-in-the-box, make sure to go through the crack in the wall on the shelf you start on. Then climb down the cages to the floor. Climb up to the red button and press it to open the door. Go through to the next room.

Notice the key above the closet. Open the left closet door and climb up the left side. Push the key down and then stay put until the guy in the wheelchair leaves. Once he’s gone, it’s safe to come down and take the key.

Grab the key and go back to the first room. Unlock the cage and then follow the other kid. Together you can open the next door. Head through to the next room.

Pull the lever to send the cart to the other side. Then, pull the lever again, but this time run fast to the little outcropping before the cart can come back this way and hit you.

Head up to the other side and pull the second lever. But climb up the cage and onto the box before the cart makes its way back to this slide. Then climb onto it and through the air vent to complete Level 2.

Level 3:

This level involves a lot of waiting and running to get pst spotlights. For the first one, hide behind the box closest to the spotlight. Then, when it looks away from you, make a run for it to the next box. Keep doing this until you get to a pile of boxes and cages. Climb them to the top and get off at the upper floor. Head left and flip the switch to turn on the power. Continue left and go through the hole in the wall to find the jack-in-the-box. Then head back all the way right. Step on the button to bring the elevator up. Then grab the crowbar.

Head left again and find the box near the edge. Use the crowbar to push it down. Then climb back down and continue sneaking and running until you get to a spotlight near a button. This time, you need to hide on the other side of the box, because it’s positioned differently. When the spotlight moves, run over to the button and stand on it for a very brief time, then run back. Keep doing this in short spurts to play it safe. When the elevator is all the way at the bottom, head back left and climb the boxes again to get to the upper floor. Head to the elevator but don’t touch the button! Instead, climb down the boxes and cages to get near the spotlight below. Wait until the spotlight moves out of the way and then run through the door.

In the next room, climb the boxes and cages to the shelf above. Walk along it and after the wheelchair guy leaves, use the hanging light to get down. Head through the door to complete Level 3.

Click on the little numbers below to continue to the the next page of the walkthrough or click here.

Levels 1 – 3 | Levels 4 – 6 | Levels 7 – 9 | Levels 10 – 12 | Levels 13 – 15 | Levels 16 – 18 | Jack-in-the-Box Locations

This Post Has 70 Comments

  1. Chantal

    App unwrapper, you are one quick son of a gun! This game just came out! I often read parts of your amazing walkthroughs! Thanks so much! Okay hereΓÇÖs where IΓÇÖm stuck.. you mentioned getting a hanger in this part. ItΓÇÖs the XO puzzle. I canΓÇÖt figure out which order it goes in.. top to bottom, left to right. Stuck on this part. If you could give me a hint IΓÇÖd so appreciate it., yes I have the piece from the wall where the gnome is painting and thereΓÇÖs a big red candle.
    Thanks again

    1. AppUnwrapper

      IΓÇÖll eventually add a video, but basically, notice that the XΓÇÖs are either left, middle or right. There are five of them. They go: Middle, Left, Right, Right, Left (I have it memorized because I restarted that level soooo many times). So just step on the X buttons in that order, making sure that you step back onto a non-button tile between each one.

  2. Liam

    Hi Appunwrapper! I am stuck in level 16, IΓÇÖm in the room with the piano. I need to get to the moving platform. If you could help me I would greatly appreciate it your awesome!

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Ok, so you need to copy the sheet music on the wall, which is telling. You to run from the left side of the piano to the right. But you canΓÇÖt step on any other keys. So to do that, climb onto the wooden part of the piano, go to the left side, then step onto the keys and go all the way right. That should reveal a ladder.

      1. Zak

        Please help IΓÇÖm on level 13 when I finally pull the lever down to open a little get away the floating weird man comes and I donΓÇÖt know what to do.

        1. Daniel Vignassi

          If it where I think you are you need to get the stream right place where it spray in front of the door then you pull the lever and the guy come in the doorway grab the string and it stream hits him and then run to the opening quick you can grab the string twice before he kill you on the third one hopefully this helps

      2. SueHhj

        She has to jump on the bench first to get to the wooden part and then go from left to right twice on the keys. This works. I couldn’t jump on the wooden part without first jumping on the bench, although I tried several times.

  3. Charlie

    How do you get the coat hanger?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      ItΓÇÖs just hanging there once you get through that door upstairs.

  4. Noe

    hey app unwrapper! i beat the entire game already i just canΓÇÖt find the jack in the box in level 10, have you found it yet??

  5. Mike

    So confused on 17. Been stuck for a while, just keep getting killed by the chandelier. Any idea what to do?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      You have to just run out the door, but it apparently has to be from a specific spot. It’s kind of dumb and I only really got it by accident. But things only get worse fr there. 😞

  6. Gabi

    I used the hanger to pull the box down but then it got stuck on the side. How do I get the scarf down?

  7. Alex

    What do I do with electric box room? I set it up in the way it describes behind the door and I always get electrocuted.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      I think the clue is wrong because I flipped the switches differently before seeing the clue and it worked. Try doing ON ON OFF ON.

      1. AppUnwrapper

        Actually that seemed to be a glitch, too. IΓÇÖm not sure what I did to get it to shut off. Hold on.

          1. Alex

            That was it! Thanks. Maybe the clue is right, but since the wires are tangled, you have to untangle to get that order. Idk

            1. AppUnwrapper

              Oh didnΓÇÖt think of that! That could be it!

            2. AppUnwrapper

              I guess thatΓÇÖs why the door is hiding half of it.

            3. AppUnwrapper

              Ok yeah the red wires are OFF and the yellow/green wires are ON, so that makes it easier. CanΓÇÖt believe I missed that. Updated my guide to explain it.

  8. Lexi

    Hey! IΓÇÖm on level 13 in the steam room where it opens a door in the ground. IΓÇÖm blowing steam at the guy when he walks in but I canΓÇÖt ever make it to the hatch in time. Am I doing something wrong??

  9. Lexie

    IΓÇÖm stuck on level 13 in the steam room where the door opens in the ground and no matter how much I try I canΓÇÖt make it to the hatch before the guy gets me. IΓÇÖm blowing steam at him and then running to the door in the ground. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      No, thatΓÇÖs all you need to do. If you got the correct pipe blowing steam, he should be distracted just long enough for you to run to the hatch.

  10. Thomas

    Hey! I am missing one achievement in iOS Game Center after finding all jack-in-the-boxes and completing the game. I have these: Step by step, Work in progress, No way back, The End is Near, It’s all over now, What’s in the box? Hobby getting out of hand, Connoisseur & Collector, Lots of knick-knacks, Obsessive completist, Nightmare Architects, Curiosity killed the child, Death Master. The one I am missing is the one after Nightmare Architects and before Curiosity killed the child.

    Can you please tell me how to get this?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Sorry, I donΓÇÖt have that either. IΓÇÖm guessing itΓÇÖs either a ridiculous number of deaths, or maybe dying in every possible way? Or maybe completing the game with no deaths? That seems insane. No idea what else it could be ΓÇö thatΓÇÖs the problem with hidden achievements. :/

      1. Matt

        What is the hidden achievement? I still need to get it. Thanks.

        1. AppUnwrapper

          ItΓÇÖs found near the beginning of the third level, but you have to complete the game to access it.

          1. killassan

            I have complete the game and done again 2nde and 3rde level but i didn’t find anything to complete this last hidden achievement 🙁 please help

            1. Katelin

              ItΓÇÖs a secret room you can only access after you complete the game. ItΓÇÖs level 3 under the first security eye.

  11. Platinumlade

    I’m stuck on 12

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Which part? I explained how to get through it, but if you tell me which part is giving you trouble I can try to help.

  12. Eliyana

    IΓÇÖm on lv 3 and I have no idea what to do.. can you help me ? Please?

  13. Eliyana

    IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗m on lv 3 and I have no idea what to do… can u help me? Please?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      I have both a video and a text explanation, but if you tell me where youΓÇÖre stuck, IΓÇÖll try to help.

  14. Mitch

    Is there anything more to do on level fourteen when you push the cart over? Just standing in the spot doesnΓÇÖt seem to work. Glitch maybe?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Not sure which cart youΓÇÖre referring to. Are you sure youΓÇÖre on level 14?

      1. Ava

        *Level 15

  15. Zoid

    Well 17 is sooooooo annoying… Just canΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t get past the chandelier and no idea what to do╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö£Γòó

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Try positioning yourself differently near the door each time (left, middle, right) and then just run for it. It only gets worse from there!

    2. Daniel Vignassi

      After you get to bottom of the stair just run as fast as you can and you miss the chandelier

  16. Tinyfoe

    Im having trouble on Lvl 14 I got all the nomes but the bed isnΓÇÖt breaking I got the nome in the toilet, the nome IΓÇÖm the vase, the balloon nome, the painting nome, and the bathtub nome but when I stand in front of the bed its not breaking

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Not sure why that is. You tried tapping on the bed? It could be a bug.

      1. Shoppingamc

        I was having that problem too. you found 7 gnomes. You have to drop through the twisty slide in the bedroom.

        1. sophia

          Which twisty slide?

    2. Katie

      IΓÇÖm having the exact same problem. Tapping on the bed doesnΓÇÖt work, leaving the room & coming back doesnΓÇÖt work. I closed & reopened the app: didnΓÇÖt work. So frustrating.

    3. Azdon

      You have to find all the gnomes. Toy box, the slide in the toy room, vase, picture, balloon, toilet, bathtub

      1. Ellie

        Exactly. You probably missed the one in the toyroom slide and or box, they count as total on the bed along with the two in the two bathrooms, the one in the vase, the one behind the picture and the one on top of the wardrobe

        1. ShadowLinch

          I had the same problem ellie thanks for the hint, in the video it does not show the name of the toy box in the room

  17. Vito

    Hey thanks for all your walkthroughs! IΓÇÖm stuck on level 15. When I move the food cart there is no hole for me to fall through and IΓÇÖve walked all over. Help!

    1. AppUnwrapper

      ItΓÇÖs a loose plank. You wonΓÇÖt really notice its loose until you walk on it.

  18. Autumn

    On level 15 I am having trouble reaching the jack in a box I fell through the floorboards but canΓÇÖt seem to go very far left and canΓÇÖt see a hole to crawl through

  19. Nancy batts

    IΓÇÖm stuck on level 3 in the last spot light.

    1. AppUnwrapper

      Did you do everything upstairs that you were supposed to?

  20. Samantha Ramirez

    IΓÇÖve gotten all of the bones and am standing in front of the bed how long until it breaks?

  21. Spicy ham

    IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗m on level 10, trying to avoid the killer garbage. When you said Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║run like the dickens down the left pathΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ do you mean MY left, or the little girlΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s left? When I go down the path to MY left, I can get up on the box under the hook, but the only thing I can do from there is jump back down again… and get killed. When I go down the path to HER left… well, nothing happens except the aforementioned getting killed. IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗ll keep trying, IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗d just like to know which side to hammer away at. Thanks!

  22. Dell

    I can’t seem to run fast enough to not fall off the log towards after running through the gate and turning right towards the end of the game…??

  23. Mardou

    Holy crow! How fast do you have to be to run from one ironing board to another in level 12? I have been killed about a thousand times. Is there a secret to it? I canΓÇÖt get farther than right by the boxes.

  24. Valentin Stanescu

    Hi. First of all, many thanks for your excellent guides. With that out of the way… ╬ô├½├¡Γò₧├åΓö£ΓöÉΓö£┬╜

    Just installed, I’m on Level 2, after activating the lever i can’t sprint reliably, double tap doesn’t work as expected, I died several times. What am I doing wrong?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      It just doesnΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t have very good controls. 🙁

      1. Valentin Stanescu

        Thanks. 🙂

      2. Lauz

        Hi, where and what level is the grandfather clock in? Thank you

  25. Felicity

    I’m having a problem with level 18. I keep getting caught half way down the wall. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to climb faster or something?

    1. AppUnwrapper

      No itΓÇÖs just a really annoying part.

  26. Katrina

    Hi, can you please tell me the trick to crossing that river on the thin log!!(just after the electric fence etc) I get half way across and then she just falls!

  27. Katrina

    Can you recommend any other games similar to this one?

  28. nelly g

    i cant seem to pass the barrel level idk if im missing something but my barrel keeps rolling all the way down the big ones,i have the two squares facing up on the barrel im just not sure how to get it to stop rolling on the second square pls help :((

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