Night House by bitterkarella

You're eight years old. You wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. But you soon realize that not everything is as it seems in this house tonight. Where has everyone gone? Things look different in the dark.

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Night House was an entrant in IFComp 2016 and placed 8th out of 58.

Special thanks to play testers The Pixie, Egghead Cheesybird, Steph Cherrywell, Norman Rafferty, Rich Finn, Holden Crick, and Khatoblepas!

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Review by Crystal_Flight
24 Oct 2017
Wow, what a fun experience (also creepy and tense, sometimes!) This was my first time playing a text-based game (or Interactive Fiction game), so I'm not well versed on what a really good IF game is, but as far as games go, I can say this one was brilliant. Besides the super useful menu where you could make commands without having to type, plus the map, the absolute best thing about the whole thing was the story. Learning more about the game world and making suppositions while reading notes and/or researching through the encyclopedia was so much fun I almost felt like a detective. The writing is simple but beautiful and very effective at setting an atmosphere. I also loved the fact that it had 2 endings, plus, I felt extremely satisfied at one point in the story where someone evil gets wrecked! I can say that I cried a little when I came to the conclusion of who the main character really was... Even though it was my first time playing a game of this genre, I never had any trouble at progressing through it - except for the spider part , where I was really stumped. The only problems I encountered were that, when resuming the game, the rain sounds would cease playing, however, I solved it by playing a Youtube video on the background :D; the other issue is that sometimes the page would freeze. Even though it would come back to after a while, I would - most times, however -, simply close it and resume after my last save.
Well then, after this fantastic experience, I'll definitely try out more IF games!
(5)

Review by emmodii
23 Sep 2017
This was actually really fun to play. It wasn't too obvious what the plot was and the twists here and there kept things interesting, and I found myself wanting to learn more and more. Of course, I'm a bit disappointed that because I kinda thought the pond might've had a role to play in this, but otherwise, good job! And I'm glad we could choose where we wanted to go in the end as well.
(5)

Review by Lsup52
09 Jun 2017
GG m8. Noice game. Liked the ending.
(5)

Review by OnlyDuncan
18 May 2017
It's an okay game, with good game design, but unfortunately it's bogged down by a pretty cliche story ripped straight from Stranger Things. My biggest issue with the game is how a lot of the shit in the game that seems important, like the pond hidden behind the heap and the chainsaw without the gas, aren't used at all in the story. Also, what about the slinky and the rubberband ball? There are so many threads that aren't resolved regarding the environment and items that it feels unfinished. I was also very disappointed when I realized the betamax tape wasn't the parents sex tape. Why the hell was it next the "magic wand?" The gameplay, most of the storytelling, and the map were good, but I'd still give it a 6/10. Back to the pond though, I'm assuming the creator thought these were red herrings of some kind, but it's not fun when you spend a million lines of dialogue trying to turn the slinky and rubberband ball into a makeshift fishing pole. I wanted those fish. I wanted to get in that pond. I expect remake on my desk by Monday. Also, the game kept freezing on me. I had to make an account just to play this masochistic fuck fest mess of a game. If you're a fan of Tommy Wiseau's The Room, give it a try. I wish there was more dinocoptors lore. I'd like a dinocoptors visual novel dating sim. I want to date fem brontowheeler, but I would also appreciate a gay option as well. I think a game like that could blow other sim titles like Persona 5 right out of the water. The water of the pond. That I wanted to go in. Anyway, 10/10 unnecessary hand washes. Also, pond. Also, why was the spider referred to as a spider even after the game acknowledged it had too many arms to be a spider? Also, catskin was creepy, too bad he lasted five seconds before he was as dead as Lightning McQueen. Was there even a possibility I could've died in this? Because aside from the beginning, I never felt like I was in danger. I was sprinting throughout that house with wild abandon. But, again, 3/10. What's in that pond? XOXO Prickles YOURS AND FUREVER. PS Pond? dick move. 12/10.
(3)

Review by AJS1051
17 Apr 2017
Amazing story/game play. You do have to speed run it once you know how to speed run the game. Other than that amazing game.
(4)

Review by Ailuropunk
29 Jan 2017
Loved this game! Very creepy and loved the thunder and lightning sound effects throughout.
(5)

Review by Manggagapas
17 Jan 2017
Alright Kids,

Let's Look into this wonderful game about a house. AT NIGHT.

Well, this game had a lot of good in it. The sounds were nice. (When they had it), and the game gives good descriptions about most rooms, keeping in pace with the narrative and atmosphere. The story is pretty good, but the twist is fairly obvious right away and perhaps a bit cliche. You still get invested in the story. So much of the game play is good, the map is a wonderful inclusion as is the compass and inventory. Overall, a good game with a good story, what's not to love?

Good question, and one with apparently three answers. First, lots of people are complaining about a time limit. I saw no time limit, but I was and remained, logged in throughout my entire run through of the game. Now the second problem isn't with the game itself, but rather, with the guide. The walkthrough/guide only really helps for certain bits of the walkthrough and the majority of the time, that wasn't what I was stuck on. What was I stuck on, you may ask. To that, I reply, I was stuck on the section where you put the blood on the decoy, not because I didn't cook the meat, but because I didn't type the right command. Multiple times. My third and final problem with this game is the type here box. I got stuck constantly trying to type in something it would accept. It only takes very specific phrases, and I wanted to give up several times because I knew what to do, but the game wouldn't let me. This is the game's weakest spot. And it's also how you get lore and backstory, but it makes lore, backstory, and any other time you have to use the type here box incredibly tedious.

To summarize, it's a good game, but be very specific with the type here box. It's the scariest part of the game.

Now, I need to go take out the trash. AT NIGHT.
(4)

Review by TheAJester
04 Jan 2017
Very interesting story, I wish I could actually finish it. The game doesn't save even if you have a profile and are logged in. Then it kept freezing and since it doesn't save I kept having to refresh and start all over. Done.
(2)

Review by beff104
15 Dec 2016
I loved the game, I loved reading about Jeremy's sessions and trying to figure out what was going on but sadly I never got to I thought the people who kept saying there was a time limit simply just hadn't made a profile so their session had expired, but I do have a profile, it's activated and I should be able to play the game through, but my session timed out and I had to start all over again. I will eventually finish thes I'm sure, but not right now. I'm a bit frustrated that I got so far (Most of the way through chapter 3 though I don't know how many chapters there are) and now I'll have to start all over again I'm playing online and I don't know if that has anything to do with it but thanks for the run I'll be back later I'm sure.
(4)

12 Dec 2016
Great story; a lot of work has been put into this. There are a few 'undefined' error messages, and it can be picky about verbs you can use.

(I found the suggestion of another hidden garage stash a little misleading... and never fully understood how the shed videotape or phantasmagoria concerto factored into it. But it's mostly a detailed, engaging story!)
(4)

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Published 04 Oct 2016
Updated 22 Nov 2016

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