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 rain-plush
26 Mar 2020
The ending is perfect!

Review by AGreenJacket
12 Mar 2020
Really interesting. It was a very original and interesting tale. Some of the commands could have used some fleshing out but it was still a fantastic journey.

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.

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Written for Quest 5.8
Published 04 Oct 2016
Updated 08 Feb 2020