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Have You Played... Night Shift?

A car-based puzzler

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Unlike Pip, I am not good at puzzle games. Unlike John, I don't even wish I was [ohhhhh! -ed.]. But I'll try anything if I get to drive a car down a spooky road patrolled by ghost cars after the sun has gone out. That's Night Shift [official site], a driving puzzle game about the end of the world.

Look, I'll 'fess up didn't even read enough to see Night Shift was a puzzle game before I bought it. I saw a screenshot with a dark road. I saw a muscle car. I saw ghost cars. I saw spooky trees. I was in. And off I drove, seeing where the road might take me. I think I was expecting Glitchhikers, Naut, Night Tune - a car-based walking simulator.

Nnnope. As I looped along a stretch of dark road, grooving to the eerie ambient music, I started trying to figure out what I was even doing there. Night Shift is not big on explanations, see, or hints, or necessarily logic. Which I dig! Pootling around, noticing suspicious elements in the world, and realising that flashing my headlights could affect them, I began a grand stretch of puzzling and experimentation. I have successfully solved some levels.

I mentioned that I'm bad at puzzle games, didn't I? I'm certainly bad at Night Shift. I understand it is a short game. I will never finish it. I'm okay with that. I guess the sun won't return to the world. Sorry, everyone.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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