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! And a BIG thanks to Davy B for additional coding and problem solving!

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Review by saxman101
25 Oct 2019
Would be better if it didnt crash in the Tercel...Ugh!!!

Review by thesnekofbeige
09 Oct 2019
Fun and great atmosphere. Puzzles were interesting and playing gave me creeps as horror shouldd.

Review by RogerWilliams
19 May 2019
Night House was fantastic. The puzzles and the story are great. I won't forget this game anytime soon. I highly recommend playing it.

Review by dorito420
16 Apr 2019
Nice game, very good story and interesting puzzles.

Review by Kaiju _greg
02 Feb 2019
Solid, creepy game. Would recommend.

Review by thecanvasrose
23 Dec 2018
An excellent game with an interface that doesn't quite do the job. It isn't Quest - I've played other games by bitterkarella that worked very nicely - but primarily I found it frustrating how specific I had to be with my commands to get the game moving along.

For example, there is one part of the game where the player opens a taped up box with safety scissors. I had to type several commands "Cut tape," "Open box with scissors," etc. before coming up with "Use Scissors on Box," which wasn't much of an intuitive command. The rest of the game suffers from this same kind of flaw, in my opinion.

That said, the fantastic story well makes the effort worth it, but as far as my review goes of "Night House" as a functioning game, well, it could be better.

Review by The_78th_Watcher
18 Dec 2018
In just one word: awesome!
Nice idea, well written and well designed.

17 Dec 2018
I love it. I love every single thing about it. To be honest, I get the chills playing this at night when I'm alone. The story is great! The ending... ouch. I can't help but feel a little emotional at the end.

Review by Reygo
25 Oct 2018
Honestly, i thought this was pretty great! I'm a new comer to this curious world of Text based games, and puzzles really aren't my thing, but even then, this game made itself great at guiding me naturally, without giving me the answer directly. The only complain i think i have, is that there were a pair of puzzles that i thought the answer was too "Out of what you would think in that situation"... to call it somehow? But again, that was probably me, who sucks at puzzles.
Anyways, great game, i highly recommend it.

Review by frostyflakes
18 Oct 2018
what an amazing story!! i loved the atmosphere and mood. it was creepy and sad and nostalgic and fun all at once!! this is one that will stick with me for a long time. be sure to save your game frequently, since it has a habit of freezing up and timing out.

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