The sun has disappeared from the sky! Darkness chokes the land, depriving it of all things good. Now it’s time for you to figure out how to bring the sun back! Get behind the wheel and find the sun in Night Shift!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (29 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The gameplay and mechanics of Night Shift are ready to go, but the story is incomplete. How much story I can do depends entirely on how people react to Night Shift! I’ve got some crazy ideas I want to try out, but I won’t be able to do it without your support!”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“Anywhere from a couple months to the rest of the year. It all depends on what the community enables me to do!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Some work has been done since Night Shift's Early Access debut! What now remains to be done is more levels and story cinemas. I’ll put emphasis on story cinemas, there are currently none in Night Shift and they would be the largest addition.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Night Shift is ready to be played on Windows PCs! The core gameplay is done, with a portion of the game available in the Early Access version.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Current plans are to keep the price of Night Shift the same, even after full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“How crazy I can get with the story totally depends on you guys, so let me know what you think! In the meantime, enjoy the portion of the game that I’m making available. There’s a good bit more waiting for you when everything else is done!

I’m on twitter: @OutManOdd
And feel free to e-mail me:
I’ll also be around on the community boards!”
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August 29

State of the Project and First Major Update!

After much toil, and a bit of summer vacation, I've got the first update for Night Shift done! You should all now be able to enjoy the benefits of... controllers! I've tested and designed the pad controls around the XBOX360 controller. Other pads can be used, but I've tailored the code towards the 360 layout, and I have not tested any other controllers. Here's the control layout:

Left Stick or D-Pad: Movement
A Button: Confirm
B Button: Toggle Headlights
Triggers: Flash High Beams

Currently there is no in-game notification of any of this. Some form of notification will be added down the line. There have also been several changes to the general gameplay that should address some common complaints.

Unfortunately there is also some negative news. Much of my efforts over the last couple of months had been focused on getting Steam Integration for Night Shift up and running. It has become clear that because of the way I chose to implement the graphics in Night Shift, Steam Integration will not be able to happen in any reasonable amount of time. As such I've removed the Steam Integration goals from the Early Access page. I apologize if this puts off anyone who was waiting for these features. For now I will instead be focusing on completing the gameplay and story elements.

If you have any questions or want to discuss things I'll be on the forums, and you can reach me through my e-mail and on twitter:

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About This Game

The sun has disappeared from the sky! Darkness chokes the land, depriving it of all things good. Now it’s time for you to figure out how to bring the sun back! Get behind the wheel and find the sun in Night Shift!

Key Features:

  • Take to the road behind the wheel of your trusted muscle car.
  • The night is dark and clouds your path, be careful or you might just wind up right where you started.
  • Use your high beams to interact with the environment and push back the darkness.
  • Drive to the musical stylings of Dance of the Dead
  • The convenient auto-save feature will make sure your progress is always recorded.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP Or Later (32 Bit Recommended)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A dark road lit up only by the lights of a lone driver's car in the dead of night, the pulsing beat and warm synth of the 80's era radio, all haunted with the actualization of surreal entities and glowing white butterflies before you. Whether they are real or a figment of your driver's sleep deprived imagination is unknown. The world you've cruised into is the essence of 80's obsession with a technological dystopia and sunless futures, the soundtrack (Dance With the Dead - the embodiment of cyberpunk, retro-future values recently re-popularized by the likes of Perturbator or the rest of the artists on the ever-popular Hotline Miami soundtrack. Night Shift caught my attention recently with it's appearance on Steam's Early Access, standing out with it's strangely unique concept and almost Knight Rider-like aesthetic.

Night Shift is a decidedly confusing game, pitting your solitary and anonymous retro hero against the empty pitch-black depths of the unknown and ruined roads before you. Many questions are presented without any real explanation, what happened to this world, who are these other phantasms and who is our driver, what exactly am I supposed to be doing? You're dropped into the pitch black land without any clue or indication of what to do other than the trail of butterflies leading you back on the road setting you on the right path for exploration. The gameplay is very straightforward and simple in execution but sprawling and secretive in it's discovery, having you explore and steal light from dimming lamp posts with your seemingly magical high beams while watching your energy closely, which can only be recharged by the glowing white trees that stand out in the darkness. You'll be stopped on your journey to gather and restore the light around you by the ghostly apparitions of other cars, perhaps even previous drivers on the same failed quest to find the sun as you?

Night Shift already has an attractively old school and fully realized atmosphere, but in it's current form lacks any narrative as to what you're doing or where you are which while effective in it's mysterious and strange nature is exactly why it's in Early Access. The developer, creator of the puzzle-platformer 10000 Amps, apparently has some pretty ambiguous ideas for where the story is headed in the future of Night Shift and is enlisting your help to ensure it's further shaped into something great with the addition of story cinemas and lots of new plot, new levels, as well as full Steam integration for controller support, achievements, cards and the like.

Overall, Nightshift is an awesome and quirky concept with a really cool dark and retro atmosphere that still has a long ways to go in terms of the overall experience given, and if you're the kind of person who's keen on watching as well as help an uncommon and unique idea develop into something even bigger you can pick it up for a very reasonable $4.99. I'm personally pretty excited to see where this one goes.
Posted: June 27
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review

About 15 minutes in I realized that it was puzzle/mystery driving game(What?!) and it began to pull me in. The puzzles that I played were not all that difficult, but they were a lot of fun and gave me a good sense of accomplishment upon completion. The puzzles give you very little guidance, but when you're on the right track, it will give you some indication through the soundtrack gradually getting more complex or some sort of visual display. The soundtrack is one of the best parts of the game and the gradual shifts it makes as you progress are very satisfying!

I'd have to say that this game is more for the mystery/puzzle game enthusiasts rather than driving. While the driving controls and gameplay are fine, the game would would have been just as appealing to me if you played as someone walking around in the dark with a flash light. But I can think of a few games that have done something like that, whereas a puzzle/mystery driving game is a new breed for me.
Posted: June 18
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I got lost as to what to do, because if you try to light up a small tree it doesn't work if you're right up to it. (Which is what I was doing)
Anyways, the music is good when it is playing, I like how the character is driving in a car, and although the story is incomplete it is very interesting.
It's actually pretty enjoyable but half the time I drive around with no idea whatsoever as to what I am doing.
Posted: June 17
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The game is certainly interesting and very weird. Weird stuff happens. The mechanics are unique and make it fun interacting with the world. Such as using your headlights to blast away evil stuff and lighting up the world! The graphics are certainly retro-styled which make it intriguing and the music is very good.

I think a hint system at least is needed when players get stuck; this would be very nice. I found myself getting stuck for many minutes at a time, and it makes the experience not fun. Stuck on one particular part right now for about 15-20 minutes. Still not sure what to do. One example of a hint system would be Broken Sword's hint system.

It being easier or some form of hint system, would certainly stop me getting annoyed at certain moments. Although if the story is rich and detailed that might not be so much of a problem. But I think it is something to consider. :)

Other than that I give this game a 6 out of 10 so far, a game with an interesting concept but needs some work on the execution still. Hopefully the developer can tweak the gameplay a little to make it a bit more easier, but they are working on the story which will make it feel more like a living world.
Posted: June 19
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It took me a few minutes to figure out what I was doing, but it quickly became entertaining.
Posted: June 18
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