Majestic Nights is an episodic action-adventure-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present are True. It’s the bright and brash 1980s; a world crammed with hidden intrigue and sinister plots, government cover-ups and alien sightings, CIA experiments and the Truth.
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Mostly Positive (81 reviews) - 70% of the 81 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 30, 2014

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About This Game

Majestic Nights is an episodic action-adventure-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are True.

You play as Cardholder: an intelligence operative who may or may not have been present at or even responsible for many of the biggest conspiracy events in history; and Cal, a humble Private Investigator whose own past is shrouded in secrets unknown even to herself.

With fast, light mechanics, the game has been developed to engross players in a shadowy world of conspiracy with an over-the-top 1980s aesthetic. Players will use wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.

Season One of Majestic Nights takes place over six chapters, which work as a complete story or as standalone experiences. ‘Chapter Zero’, a prologue to the series, will be made available for free. Each subsequent chapter of the core series will be paid, and season passes will also be available.

Feature List
  • Isometric Action Adventure Gameplay
  • Real-time stealth and combat mechanics
  • Investigate and collect evidence to reveal the Truth
  • Big hair!
  • A vibrant alternative 1980s setting
  • A world full of conspiracy theories and government plots where everything you know is wrong
  • Controller support for platforms including PC, Mac
  • Nazi aliens!
  • A gripping, six episode story
  • Alternate story paths to explore
  • Puzzles, minigames and more!
  • Kick-ass original 1980s soundtrack
  • ‘Chapter Zero’, a prologue to the core season, will be available free before launch
  • More Truth than any other game!
  • Season Pass will be available on all platforms (and comes with the soundtrack!)
  • Steam Achievements
  • Keytars

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Headphones or External Speakers for best experience
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Headphones or External Speakers for best experience
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 ‎Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Headphones or External Speakers for best experience
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks‎
    • Processor: i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M with 1GB
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Headphones or External Speakers for best experience
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Headphones or External Speakers for best experience
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.04
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (81 reviews)
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Kaddock
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I like the game a lot and hope and it plays pretty smoothly for about an hour per chapter (1-2).

I am definitely looking forward to the third chapter and some bug fixes too.
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hungryghost01
( 68.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Since the release date of Oct 30, 2014, 2 chapters have been released. (1 year, 5 months) So basically thats 1 chapter per year.
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SCAgent
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
I cant recommend this at this point, developent is going to slow, and the actual gameplay isnt something to write home about.
I do like the game however because of the style,writing and music, i say try the demo and buy only the first episode then wait until development goes better
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galvanicdust
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Short review for a short game:
Cheap, fun and vibrant looking game utilizing isometric projection. Can come off as challenging but once a basic understanding of a given level is understood it can be completed in minutes.
As far as the theories contained within the game they are more or less references without depth with occasional humorous dialect.
Overall I would recommend giving it a shot, the imagery and era of music make it entertaining with some challenges. I look forward to future installments.
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-WeReWoLf-
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 23, 2015
Quirky and funny point and click episodic adventure game.
It's not perfect and it has its share of bugs, but the story is fun and the price is appropriate.
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visionaryBlender
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
The long and short of this so far is that the concept slated out is something that I dreamt of for a long time. I love the whole 80s tone laced with various other intriguing conspiracy, with this classic 80s, almost b-movie tone to it.

Execution? It seems kinda sloppy and rough around the edges. Engine and gameplay can be a little finnicky, and while the writing is pretty good, it has that cheese to it you'd expect from an 80s film, which may be a tad distasteful to some, not taking itself too seriously.

Does it justify a buy so far in it's current state, with Barbary Heat finally released (which I am yet to play)?
If you absolutely love the story and tone it puts forward, then even then, think about it. The gameplay is shodding and writing could live a tad little to be desired.
If not, hold off a little bit. Play Deus Ex or Shadowrun, or maybe even Hotline Miami.

I wouldn't personally buy it full price, though. Unless the devs really start putting out more episodes and start polishing up their writing and gameplay, seriously reconsider this purchase.

The game isn't BAD, per se, but it's not worth it's price. The project is ambitious and it can be executed well, but not a whole lot is coming of it.
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Nnooo
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
Awesome!!
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mistabobdobolina
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
The reviewer who compared the feel to Shadowrun Returns has it exactly right. For my money this means Majestic Nights is darned good fun: full of good humour, fun action, great atmosphere and some fascinating over-arching conspiracy stuff to tie it all together. Makes me glad I picked up a Season Pass just in time for Episode 2. It's not without its flaws -- in particular that this engine, like SRR's, isn't super well suited to stealth mechanics -- but the fun outweighed the flaws for me by a comfortable margin. Worth getting.
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terence.tommeleyn
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
A good simple RPG. I recommend the season pass.
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Mєlαиkσ Dαєм
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2015
I had more fun playing Superman 64 than this ♥♥♥♥
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
68 of 82 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Majestic Nights is a flawed gem.

In terms of issues, the combat and AI are clunky and very easy to take advantage of, once you understand the system. Technically speaking, the graphics look like something that would be home on a tablet rather than your desktop PC.

If you can look past these issues, the game has a lot to offer. The focus on stealth is refreshing. The writing is solid, giving you just enough information to keep you interested, while also keeping you (mostly) in the dark. The references to real world conspiracies and plots are well done, presuming you are at least familiar with the subject material.

The atmosphere is arguably the strong point of Majestic Nights. Stylistically, the visuals are bright and bold and oozing with 80s flair. The soundtrack is phenomenal.

The season pass offers pretty good value. The soundtrack is probably worth the $20 alone. There is also a Pen and Paper RPG on the way, which is not something you see offered everyday.

It's not a game for everyone, but it certainly has its merits.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
A flawed work with a cool vision.

In the neon-soaked noir of the 1980s, every conspiracy is true, and John Q. Cardholder and private investigator Callie (Cal) are knee-deep in weird.

Despite appearances, gameplay is more like a real-time Shadowrun Returns than Hotline Miami. Combat is pretty primitive and mostly consists of sneaking, stealth, assassinations, and brief moments where you clear out several baddies at a time by exploiting their primitive AI to lead them right around a corner and straight into your waiting assault rifle.

Things are a bit buggy and/or kludgy, but hopefully that'll get ironed out as the series progresses through the rest of its episodes. The cool story hook and awesome music were enough to get me in on a season pass.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
This RPG would appeal to fans of the RPG Shadowrun Returns. It has a very similar feel and gives off that same vibe. The combat is live action, but FEELS like it should be turn based. The controls are pretty straight forward, although 360 controller users might get confused at first, particularly while using the gun(Right stick aims).

The game takes place in an alternate 80's. In this reality conspiracy theories and cover ups are all real. It's full of nostalgic references for those of us who called the decadent decade home, and is a fascinating glimpse into the 80s paranoia fueled mindset that would eventually spawn the 90's hit series X-Files.

This game is everything an RPG fan could ask for, and the only real downside is that it's taken so long for episode 2 to release.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
Has potential. It really does.

But it's buggy, the controls are floaty and sometimes don't even respond, and stealth just does not work at all.

The music is great, the story is interesting, and the graphics are perfectly fine.

But it's the little things, like spelling and grammar errors that make this game look awfully amateurish.

This is a game that needs a little bit of an overhaul.
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54 of 82 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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EDIT: Episode One Review

Episode one picks up where Episode Zero left off and has you playing as Cal - a private investigator who has been hired by a shadowy figure called "The Suit". The Suit has tasked you with tracking down Cardholder for him.

Episode One is for all intents and purposes an extension of the prologue and plays very similarly. You'll go to different locations, gather intelligence on your target and wind up in a secret location, hot on their trail.

Some of the issues i mentioned in my previous preview are much more pronounced in episode one, such as janky, aggrivating shooting mechanics and confusing plot. They do make it a chore to play the game at times, but overall things are still enjoyable.

Overall I gave Episode one a 7/10. You can read my full review of Episode One here:
http://criticalindiegamer.com/2014/11/majestic-knights-chapter-one-covert-genesis-review-pc/

Having just complete the Chapter Zero prologue, I'm impressed...if a little confused. ButI am sure all will make sense in due course.
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Episode Zero

Majestic Nights transports you back to an alternate reality 1980s and puts you in the shoes of an enigmatic character called "Cardholder". In Chapter Zero you'll find yourself interrupting your neighbour while he is on the toilet, you'll beat up a bouncer at a nightclub, and gun down lots of secret agents.

I couldn't really make sense of the story, but I think that's intentional. There's lots of talk about faked moon landings, MK Ultra, Illuminati and various other conspiracies. If you are into that kind of thing you'll have a blast.

The game plays out a bit like Shadowrun, except with realtime gun battles instead of turn based. You are given various different dialogue choices for every conversation, and you can choose to play the nice guy or be an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ if you so please.

Gunplay is a little finicky but still rewarding. Holding the RMB brings up your gun with an accompanying laser sight so you can aim accurately. Clicking the LMB fires the gun. Action sequences revolve mostly around cover shooting, and you'll have to brace yourself up against something to stay out of the line of fire.

With Chapter Zero set to release for free, you might as well pick it up and give it a go. It's short at around 1 hour long, but there's lots here for fans of cover shooters, stealth games , or conspiracy theories.

For a more in- depth write up, check out my preview at:
http://criticalindiegamer.com/2014/10/majestic-nights-preview-pc/
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
I love the game's style, humor, 80's flair, and soundtrack. There are a few hiccups with the controls and gameplay, but overall I still thought it was a great experiences. I'm happy to see a game that isn't afraid to try out a whole new idea and really run with it. Can't wait for the rest of the episodes!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
The reviewer who compared the feel to Shadowrun Returns has it exactly right. For my money this means Majestic Nights is darned good fun: full of good humour, fun action, great atmosphere and some fascinating over-arching conspiracy stuff to tie it all together. Makes me glad I picked up a Season Pass just in time for Episode 2. It's not without its flaws -- in particular that this engine, like SRR's, isn't super well suited to stealth mechanics -- but the fun outweighed the flaws for me by a comfortable margin. Worth getting.
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32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Majestic Nights. 10/10 would push it to the limit.

80's L.A. , Synch-pop music, stoners , gangsters, CIA , Conspiracy and a badass cop.

Great Atmosphere similar to Hotline-Miami but also includes great RPG system and choices how you deal with your objectives. Stealth system is quite fine, until you draw your gun and shoot your way out like Clint Eastwood or like James "Sonny" Crockett from Miami-Vice. I must say, I am a 80's lover, so I really enjoyed the game.

Bad things about this game? Dialog speed during cutscenes and in-game. They are going too fast to read and are disturbing. And also, game has different mission / scenarios , that you need to buy as dlc or with a season-pass , sadly I felt like I was kinda ripped-off a little bit.

If you are an indie-game lover or 80's lover like me. Buy this game, dont wait and push it to the limit!
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34 of 54 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Not bad. Its worth $5. Its a point&Click without really pointing and clicking. More like walking and then clicking. The music fits, the scenes look just like they should for the story line and premise. Some of the dialogue feels a little cheesy but then again, the 80's was cheesy.

My only real complaint is with the aiming system on the gun. It almost seems as if it fights you. I think they couldve done better with a free floating, mouse controller crosshair. And for some reason in the bar/club scene (Whisky) a lot of the patrons that are sittings are cut in half (torso on the floor) until I enter the area. then they correct themselves.

Overall its good way to kill some time and $5. I thought it was going to be a little more action intense but thats ok. Just know that its more of an adventure/easy puzzler/story-driven game. Its also a little easier to play with a controller. So if you have one, plug it in.
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65 of 111 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is a ♥♥♥♥ing mess so far. While I like the dialogue (what little there is,) the art style, and the music, the majority of this game is ♥♥♥♥♥♥ stealth mechanics, frustrating combat, and bugginess. The AI is alternately dumb as a bag of rocks or clairvoyant - capable of shooting you through walls or thwarted easily by waiting for them to lose interest in the gun wielding, big haired assassin they just saw running past them. Your character can generally only take a few hits before dying in a ten second long slo-mo death animation (which you'll be seeing a lot if you play on hard mode - here's a hint; don't) and your enemies either go down with a single hit or as much as three bullets / katana swipes. When you die, you get to do the whole sequence over again!

I was having fun with this game until the second chapter - Cardholder's story is generally a bit less actiony-shooty, although after a certain point the investigative adventure game aspect of the game is seemingly tossed out the window in favor of horrendous stealth and fighting with Cal's second chapter.

It's also buggy. The AI can often see you through walls and shoot you through them. You will get objectives you've already completed. You will see conversations that have already happened happen again. You will not be able to talk to certain characters despite their being highlighted. Enemies will somehow vanish between loading screens.

What's good? I -sorta- like the story, though I have no ♥♥♥♥ing clue what's going on with it. You're basically thrust into the plot with absolutely zero lead up or introduction, no idea who you're playing as, what their motivations are, what's at stake, who the bad guys are... is this one of those rare games that would benefit from a narrative text dump? Yes, probably. Or, y'know, a cutscene, something to establish what's even happening.

I also like the art. The dialogue is witty and very 80s, which is exactly what you should expect. Music's also fine - I have a softness for techno and electronica. To be honest, I'm disappointed so far in what I've seen. I was really looking forward to playing a game with this sort of concept, but the shortfalls in gameplay and story make it nigh intolerable right now.

However, since Majestic Nights is coming out in installments, I imagine there's plenty of time for the developers to get their ♥♥♥♥ together and iron out the terrible aspects of this game. Hopefully.

Right now, it's a waste of 20 bucks - stay the ♥♥♥♥ away from a season pass until they improve on this.
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