Between The Cat’s Eyes: Night Shift

As a fan of driving in the dark, I’ve been looking forward to Night Shift since I first saw a screenshot of its haunted highways. Now that it’s out of Early Access, I decided to load it up and take a look. Greeted by the most handsome title screen in the world, I switched off the lights and turned my speakers to eleven. And then I drove along a road that runs in a straight line but loops after a few seconds. I don’t know what to do.

A quick browse of the Steam forums leads me to believe I should be looking for ghosts or light, or maybe ghosts that are lights. It’s become clear to me that Night Shift isn’t the in-car equivalent of a walking simulator (a driving simulator, if you will) but is instead a tricksy riddle in the from of a road. In short, despite the beauty of the title screen and groovy music, Night Shift will not provide a tranquil accompaniment for this evening’s quiet caffeine comedown.

The aim of the game is to bring back the sun, which has disappeared. Maybe there isn’t a solution at all and I just need to keep driving for eight hours, dawn being the punchline to this particular joke. But, no – clearly there are mysteries to solve, involving headlights and phantoms.

Night Shift (2015) is not to be confused with Night Shift (1990). The latter was a LucasArts game that was essentially a family-friendly version of Five Nights At Freddy’s, if memory serves. I remember riding a wee bike to provide power to a toy factory and constantly expecting the toys to become murderous. It is, however, absolutely acceptable to confuse the Night Shift (2015) with Test Drive III: The Passion (1990), a strangely unnerving open world driving game in which police chases resembled a nightmarish real world adaptation of The Sentinel.

6 Comments

  1. PoulWrist says:

    Man, Test Drive III … open world exploration driving game with great graphics… or so I recall. I figure the map was in reality tiny… should I go look it up, or let it rest in my memories as golden and mythical…

    • Carr0t says:

      Go look it up! The internet archive makes it dead easy – link to archive.org The answer to the anti-piracy question would appear to alwaysbe ‘4’, by the way.

  2. karnak says:

    Thanks, Adam!
    It’s the first time that I see Test Drive 3 being mentioned in an RPS article.

    Man… I’ve been waiting years for a driving game to bring me back the open-world feel of that game.

  3. blind_boy_grunt says:

    i saw the header image, clicked the link, totally sure that i’d get, to watch a video by Alice. I’m a bit dissapointed now. Damn you Adam, keep in your lane. Kidding of course. Kind of.

  4. Jason Moyer says:

    The first 3 test drive games were great.

    Need to dig up some more info on this game to see if it’s something I’d be into.