Goodnight Butcher is an arcade-style horror game with an isolated, heart-pounding atmosphere which shifts seamlessly between running your butchery and running for your life.
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Mixed (29 reviews) - 65% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 18, 2015

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About This Game

It's the graveyard shift at Happy Knife Co.



You're a butcher working the night shift at a run-down meatshop, but you're not alone. You must use machines found throughout the butchery to saw, chop, grind, mince, and otherwise prepare meat for tomorrow's customers, while avoiding the terrifying apparitions which haunt the old building, or perhaps your own mind.



Play through Story Mode to discover the horrifying truth behind the mysterious Happy Knife Butchery and its sole employee, then take your skills into Nightmare Mode to see how quickly you can fill the meat case without dying. Compete against your friends for the fastest time.



Rewarding arcade style gameplay
Spine-chilling atmosphere, sounds, and environments to explore
Old school hand-drawn graphics, nostalgic without pixel art
Numerous monsters and hazards across 13 detailed rooms
Butchery process based on real world practices
Extra challenging “Nightmare Mode” for hardcore players
...and more

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB of graphics memory
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
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Mixed (29 reviews)
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Mongoloid Mike
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Made in Flash. Every 5 seconds a box pops up asking for permission for the flash player to store local content that I have to click through to deny. Ridiculous to be charging money for this, even if it's only a few cents in a bundle.
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Sadie
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Can't believe the negative reviews. This isn't a dude walking around a flawlessly bug free environment with generic tasks and no explicit storyline or sense of joy, wonder & fun... okay.. it is, but it's a statement, I think. Goodnight Butcher.. may you rest in peace.
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Kavin124
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
game is fun at the beginning but it just gets boring caues you have to do the samething over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again and its not really a scary game. 5/10
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Marfung
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Wander rooms, collect the things, take them to the other things before finally taking them to the last thing. Rinse, repeat. All while being pursued by a slow moving monster.

The first warning sign was when I noticed how many positive reviews listed the game being "bug free" as a pro. I guess in the age of Steam Greenlight that is kind of a rarity.

And they're not wrong. The game works, and I didn't notice any bugs. I also didn't have any fun.

I've played worse games for sure, but given the current state of Greenlight and Early Access that can't really be considered a good recommendation.
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vdono146
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Pretty fun!

Pros:
The controls are perfectly responsive. Really easy going, but very old school in their feel.
The sound overall is stellar for what it is.
Pace of the game is perfect for an arcade style throwback
Bloody and fun!

Cons:
Offense would be nice
More game modes would be too, but this is a very good start.
Randomly crashed after my first death, but that could also be a flash issue.

Overall, it's pretty fun, definitely got my money's worth!
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WildCrd007
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
This game isn't fun. Follow instructions to chop up meat and display it in the front case of a butcher shop that has been closed while trying not to get caught by the demons that randomly lock doors and try to kill you. That one sentance is the whole game but in a constant loop. I think you're supposed to making offerings of blood but it doesn't make sense that you're trying to apease a blood god but in return demons are coming after you to kill you which would stop you from making more offerings. The story could be good but I don't want to play more to find out. The repetative actions of getting meat, cutting meat, and putting meat on display is what's preventing me from wanting to play more.
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Aiya
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...
T.T
The baby was scared to death。
Baby in the heart bitter, but the baby does not say.
So
6/10
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The Guardian ♛
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
This game is on to something--bringing back classic controls and a feel good plot: chopping carcassus. I'll go over the pros and cons of this game:

Pros:
Music--good old school creepy with that "I know something is coming but I'm sticking around anyway vibe"
Controls--easy to use controls, reminiscent of games like Doom.
Plot--simple plot; excellent time killer at work. Not so involved that you lose track of 3 hours of your life, but enough tasks to keep you occupied
Nuances--sound effects, helpful notes, and the map with rooms with objectives marked with an "X" all make this an easy game to enjoy and understand immediately

Cons:
Rewards--not enough blood per carcus! Maybe there could be bonus blood for ghost evasion?--if that already exists then disregard!
No offense--I'd like to have a way to kill the floating goat ghosts!
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Lord Dyran
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Weird and stylishly oppressive.
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Paintchips
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
Alright guys, this particular game is effectively a survival horror flash game, just that. No major bugs that I've seen, little hard but that's what you want. Actually survival horror too, not action putting on a mask and saying "Oh aren't I so scary, by the way here's your gun.". There are a few things like making wasd work that I'd like rather than the directional buttons, but that's not a big issue, and frankly guys, it's two bucks, you'll spend that on like a soda, so don't expect years of entertainment, expect a horror game with a unique setting.
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Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Made in Flash. Every 5 seconds a box pops up asking for permission for the flash player to store local content that I have to click through to deny. Ridiculous to be charging money for this, even if it's only a few cents in a bundle.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Hmmm...a hard call, this one. It's certainly not asking an unreasonable price for what it offers, especially on sale, and it's certainly not anyone's definition of "incompetent". It is, on the other hand, a little hard to imagine just who I would consider "recommending" this game to, bar perhaps those masochists out there who think that constantly moving between rooms as instructed to perform myriad menial tasks, whilst avoiding the floaty ghosts of butchered beasties, constitutes something resembling "gameplay". Hell, it would at least be a passable time-waster if the saves were regular, but every unspectacular death just means several minutes of getting back to where you were beforehand, and the satisfaction of a job successfully completed is marginal at best.

Now...I know that this arguably sounds like an awful lot of games out there, including some which I hold in incredibly high esteem, such as Outlast. I guess I maybe just require slightly "deeper" gameplay if I'm not going to be served oodles of ATMOSPHERE in the overall package, and the fine line between "horror" and "retro"/"arcade"-style antics is perhaps a little too skewed to the latter for my liking in this case. It really may just be a personal taste thing, though, and the vegetarian in me definitely wants to like the sheer perversity of this crazy little slice of madness. It's really, REALLY not "bad" at all. Maybe it's just not my bag, and maybe it will be yours. Hence the recommendation...that, and the lack of a "neutral" button for me to push, because this game really is about as "middling" as it gets in my book.

Let me try putting it another way: If you like super-duper old-school "arcade" games, with just a splash of horror (and the good old red stuff) to give it a bit of context, then you may well enjoy this. I don't think it's going to hit anyone's all-time top-ten lists, but it may well be worth the two bucks or less if you're feeling suitably indiscriminating and just feel like killing a bit of time while you butcher a few cartoon carcasses. For me, personally, its appeal ran its course pretty quickly.

Definitely NOT to be filed in the Lone Survivor/Claire-style category of genuinely "creepy" pixelated homages to Silent Hill, et al, though I guess it is at least marginally spookier than Commando or Pac Man. The very definition of a "take-or-leave-it" proposition, methinks, and for now I'm choosing to leave it. Good luck to the dev, though, as they seem sincere enough in their intentions, and who knows, may well go on to (much) bigger and better things...

Verdict: 5.5/10.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
This game is on to something--bringing back classic controls and a feel good plot: chopping carcassus. I'll go over the pros and cons of this game:

Pros:
Music--good old school creepy with that "I know something is coming but I'm sticking around anyway vibe"
Controls--easy to use controls, reminiscent of games like Doom.
Plot--simple plot; excellent time killer at work. Not so involved that you lose track of 3 hours of your life, but enough tasks to keep you occupied
Nuances--sound effects, helpful notes, and the map with rooms with objectives marked with an "X" all make this an easy game to enjoy and understand immediately

Cons:
Rewards--not enough blood per carcus! Maybe there could be bonus blood for ghost evasion?--if that already exists then disregard!
No offense--I'd like to have a way to kill the floating goat ghosts!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
A cheap thrill. It’s short but doesn’t fall short of the asking price.

The game is playable, and the dev says there will be updates. Which I hope will be timed and built on towards 2016’s Halloween as competing thematically with #Xmas and #StarWars doesn't sound like a good idea to me. There’s a lot of potential here and it’s worth the asking price in it’s current state.

Pros--
1) Music and sound are great.
2) Map is simple.
3) Controls are simple and work well when navigating the game.
4) Graphics are retro and work with the tone of the game.
5) Overall sense of fear is there. I felt tense and scared when the sound effects to opening doors. One door in particular was scary, and I thought a monster would be waiting for me. No monster, but I was scared during most of my first play through.

Cons--
1) Story could be more developed and better. It would be nice if the butcher had a kid and/or a wife he had to provide for. Or, maybe someone will die if the butcher doesn’t figure out the mystery at work.

2) Lack of variant game modes or gameplay. I think if the story was developed more, the game could be better developed. Like having a metagame to take care of a sick child in a hospital, etc. Or heck, even a love interest who visits the Butcher during the day. Eventually, as I got better, the tension was less, and thus my fear lowered increasingly.

3) Lack of caring about if I die. It sucks “yes” that you have to start over if you are killed, but I just feel I have to redo the work I did before, that the only reason I want to live is to finish my work and not a meta game or a compelling story.

4) No Steam Cards or Achievements.
Update was promised in the community when I post this review, but steam cards wouldn't add to the game as other things could.

Again, I think this is rough version of what could be a better game for a higher asking price, and I hope come Halloween 2016 to see some major updates or even a sequel.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Wander rooms, collect the things, take them to the other things before finally taking them to the last thing. Rinse, repeat. All while being pursued by a slow moving monster.

The first warning sign was when I noticed how many positive reviews listed the game being "bug free" as a pro. I guess in the age of Steam Greenlight that is kind of a rarity.

And they're not wrong. The game works, and I didn't notice any bugs. I also didn't have any fun.

I've played worse games for sure, but given the current state of Greenlight and Early Access that can't really be considered a good recommendation.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Alright guys, this particular game is effectively a survival horror flash game, just that. No major bugs that I've seen, little hard but that's what you want. Actually survival horror too, not action putting on a mask and saying "Oh aren't I so scary, by the way here's your gun.". There are a few things like making wasd work that I'd like rather than the directional buttons, but that's not a big issue, and frankly guys, it's two bucks, you'll spend that on like a soda, so don't expect years of entertainment, expect a horror game with a unique setting.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
This game isn't fun. Follow instructions to chop up meat and display it in the front case of a butcher shop that has been closed while trying not to get caught by the demons that randomly lock doors and try to kill you. That one sentance is the whole game but in a constant loop. I think you're supposed to making offerings of blood but it doesn't make sense that you're trying to apease a blood god but in return demons are coming after you to kill you which would stop you from making more offerings. The story could be good but I don't want to play more to find out. The repetative actions of getting meat, cutting meat, and putting meat on display is what's preventing me from wanting to play more.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...Blood...
T.T
The baby was scared to death。
Baby in the heart bitter, but the baby does not say.
So
6/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Pretty fun!

Pros:
The controls are perfectly responsive. Really easy going, but very old school in their feel.
The sound overall is stellar for what it is.
Pace of the game is perfect for an arcade style throwback
Bloody and fun!

Cons:
Offense would be nice
More game modes would be too, but this is a very good start.
Randomly crashed after my first death, but that could also be a flash issue.

Overall, it's pretty fun, definitely got my money's worth!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Took some time to get to this game, but I'm honestly glad I did. My first play around went smoothly, couldn't find any bugs or issues with the cut scenes. Games flows really well and I like how they slowly add various challenges as it goes. I know some of you will say otherwise but kind of has a little serious sam meets 5 nights at freedies cross vibe going, but also very easy going. Music is good not over powering which for a lot of games I mute flat out. This is Def a game I'll be playing during streams in between match rounds.

The one con i feel is the no mouse option, not sure if this is going to be added in later or not but would add more elements to the game if it did. Will very much keep an eye out for updates and watch how they progress the game.
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