In a world where the sun has gone missing, you are a lone driver in a custom muscle car that can illuminate the mystery. This is the concept of Night Shift, a new game in Steam’s early access program from Brandon Brizzi, an artist on Skull Girls and the developer of 1000 amps.
One of the major appeals to the game is the art style and music. The game uses a 3d sprite render akin to the original Doom exe. With the lower resolution sprites, Night Shift visually has an interesting retro appeal with a touch of TRON-glow for flavor. On the audio side, Brizzi has gone to Dance With The Dead’s 80’s-esque electronic rock sound for the game soundtrack. It’s an excellent fit for the game. So much so, the soundtrack lifts the game out from being mediocre and something to keep an eye on as it progresses.
At the core of Night Shift’s gameplay is a solid concept for a puzzle game based on interactions between the car you drive and other objects in the world. When entering a new section of the game, you are not specifically you need what to do but given hints to it. For example, one of the first hints you get is “Space Illuminates”. This may refer to how to use your head lights. It might also refer to a few other things as well. I am being a bit vague here on this example because one of the charms of the game right now is figuring out these messages through exploration and experimentation.
As this is an early access game a good amount of content and polish has yet to be done. One thing that is solid already is how the car moves and turns. However, One area of concern is how precise one has to line up on an object in order to interact with it. Another issue is a complete story has not been added to the game yet. Both are things known by the developer that needs work. In spite of these short comings, the game already feels solid and is something to look forward to when it is completed.
Title: Night Shift
Developer: Brandon Brizzi
Publisher: Brandon Brizzi
ESRB Rating: N/A
Released: June 17, 2014 – Steam Early Access
Available For: Early Access on Steam for $4.99
Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/301050/
Review Statement: The author of this review purchased a copy of the game.