Nominated as a IGF Seamus McNally Finalist, NightSky is an ambient action-puzzle game that offers a gameplay experience unlike any other—cerebral challenges fill uniquely designed picturesque worlds. The player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance; each of these worlds is broken into different areas.
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Release Date: Mar 1, 2011

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Nominated as a IGF Seamus McNally Finalist, NightSky is an ambient action-puzzle game that offers a gameplay experience unlike any other—cerebral challenges fill uniquely designed picturesque worlds. The player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance; each of these worlds is broken into different areas. The original soundtrack by experimental jazz musician, Chris Schlarb will further heighten the surreal experience.

Key features:

  • 2D platform/puzzle-based gameplay
  • Advanced 2D physics model
  • Multiple difficulties with unique topography
  • 11 massive levels, each with expansive areas to explore
  • Multiple “vehicles” each with specific uses and dynamics physics
  • Additional secrets and unlockables

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or newer
    • Processor: Intel Atom or above
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX®: N/A
    • Hard Drive: 100MB
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GravityUnown
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
Nightsky is a whimsical rolling ball game that proves to be creative in its many environments. You simply roll about and traverse the landscape of the twilit realm, seeing where this curious world takes you. The game starts out simple and gives you a decent enough learning curve to really test your abilities, and you will feel fulfilled when the journey ends.

Now this game, while fun, is far from perfect. the physics detection can get wonky in places, and the key controls are fairly ambiguous and may cause some confusion, like mistaking the "action key" for the "restart level key." And while the normal mode is what defines a steady and enjoyable platform game the alternate mode is anything but, being basic revisions of the normal levels with harder and more overly frustrating precision placement maneuvers. I've made the same argument in The Bridge, but if there really weren't any more ideas for more challenging levels then the game should have ended at the end of the normal mode. There are also sound-based glitches all throughout the game that cause a bit of discomfort with it's ear-piercing static sounds caused from corrupted audio files. Thankfully though that can be remedied by turning the music volume off.

But despite the latter though Nightsky still manages to shine; it's a fun little game that will prove to be an enjoyable adventure.
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Aye Aye
6.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
Had this game a long time before I really played it. Its a very relaxed physics based platformer where you control a ball that rolls about solving puzzles. Nice graphics style combined with a good soundtrack adds up to one of the most enjoyable platform/puzzlers I've played.
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Typhos
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 15
Not good. Boring...
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stumpchelsea
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
my FAVORITE game to pick up for relaxing.

perfect peaceful experience...
i left the game in pause or on main menu for hours while talking with a friend...
i then drifted into a wonderful nap, even though i am usually quite disturbed by audio stimulation during sleep.

sounds, pacing, and structure are beautifully and elegantly integrated to achieve a joyful distraction.
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Squidcow
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Fun puzzler with deceptively simple controls. Replay value is a bit limited, as with most puzzle games, but it does offer a slightly harder "alternate mode" of each original puzzle.
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Batman
10.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Product received for free
It was very nice to get this game for free. Nice game))
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CGM
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Basic side scrolling puzzle games, nothing too out of the ordinary here. Most of the game is focused around controlling a ball
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Keys
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
Garbage physics flash game under the guise lf ART. An ART game full of ART. DO NOT BUY THIS FOR 9.99. ARE YOU COMPLETELY INSANE? DO YOU NOT KNOW THE VALUE OF MONEY? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?
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Knegoff
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
We're the nightsky oh oh oh we're the fire in your eyes
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iVAN
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 6
I like that, good puzzle game.....
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2013
NightSky is a well-crafted little physics puzzler. You maipulate a small sphere through a series of 2D mazes with obstacles and puzzles.

In a single sentence: "Limbo" meets "The Ball".

The visuals are striking. It looks like perpetual sunset, with silohuettes of Edward Gorey-style monsters lurking in the background, which are actually more interesting than the game itself. Good sound, too.

Pretty good game on the cheap if you like environmental puzzlers.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
NightSky is a very calm, ambient game with challenging puzzles and platforming sections. Just like other titles by Nifflas, it has a quite unique atmosphere. I definitely recommend it.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Nightsky is such a Wonderful game with brillant level design, top notch physics and never cease to surprise you with original mechanics like some vehicles or gimmics , also very peacefull and relaxing yet technical in the alternative stage.

9/10
Probably the best game of his genre go get it for 1$ 90% what you waiting for ?!?
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
Peaceful game. Perfect to chillout after a stressful day.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
As a kid I really enjoyed playing with marbles. Turns out I still do.

+ atmosphere, artstyle, music
+ marble physics
+ interesting puzzles
+ cool "marble-driven" vehicles
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
I'm not normally a fan of physics-based puzzle games but this puzzle platformer is charming, smart and well-crafted. Most levels require precise platforming skills but it's still a thinking man's game. I've played other games by Nifflas and his distinct style of gameplay, graphics and music once again work in so many levels. Recommended.

P.S. You need 12 stars to unlock all the stages in the last level. You can go back anytime you want but I recommend collecting them as you progress because getting to the last level and realizing you need the stars to fully complete the game can be an unpleasant surprise (as it was for me).
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
While I certainly won't say I necessarily agree with the price of this game (especially since I got it from a humble bundle pretty cheap), I will say that this is a very nice, relaxing game that's definitely worth a playthrough.

It's a very simple game, so don't expect any super in-depth challenging gameplay out of this, however there are a few moments that will require you to think a little more critically. Generally, the game remains pretty easy and just as relaxing all the way through. Definitely a good thing to do if you need to clear your mind and if you're stressed out.

The forefront visuals are very basic and unfortunately there isn't much support for high resolutions at all, so fullscreen will have you super zoomed in sadly, but for what it's worth, the backgrounds are very nice looking and are probably the strongest point of the visuals. The sound is also really nice. Not very much sound as far as what you do, but the very, very calming soundtrack that's more or less just ambience really helps add to the relaxing mood of the game.

All and all, I'll say I recommend it. Even though it's another indie puzzle game, this one has always stood out for me as one of the best designed.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Nightsky is a casual physics platformer puzzle game with exceptional sounds and graphics. Although, despite sounding and looking amazing, it’s gameplay can be repetitive, I can still recommend this and here’s why.

Pros:

♦ Great Atmospheric Graphics (It’s simple art style but it all fits together and looks amazing)
♦ Relaxing Eargasmic Sound (Relaxing and calming sounds that just fit together and make playing the game so much better)
♦ Relaxing/chill gameplay (Gameplay isn’t 100% but if you want a game you can easily pick up and put down in your spare time or want something to relax to, then this hits the nail on the head)
♦ Nice number of easy achievements (You can get all the achievements just by completing the game)
♦ Reasonable price considering the amount of work that has gone into the Graphics and Sound (Though if you are buying it for the gameplay, I’d say buy it on sale for a couple of bucks)
♦ Controls that just work (They just work)
♦ Interesting Vehicle Concept (I won’t spoil it, but vehicle concept is very interesting and fun)
♦ Interactive Credit Concept (This was a nice little way to do the credits and made reading them that little bit more enjoyable)

Cons:

♦ Really Repetitive (I say this as I was happily playing and then all of a sudden when I expected the game to almost be finished, it tells me there are more levels but to progress I have to redo the old levels and find a “Hidden Star” which it never told me about. This concept is so annoying, as having to redo levels you’ve already completed to find a hidden object just to progress the main storyline seems really redundant and stupid)
♦ Really Easy (For 90% of the game all I had to do was hold down the left or right arrow and roll to the next screen/part of the level. This is kind of silly for a puzzle game to be this easy)
♦ Non-Existent Puzzles (I say this as I mentioned above I could hold left or right and progress easily. Also the only puzzles I seemingly found were timing jumps or rolling balls into the correct spot at the correct time, which I imagine a 5 or 6 year old could figure out easily)
♦ No Steam Trading Cards (Would be a nice addition as the graphics of the game are amazing and I imagine they could create some really stunning backgrounds, emotes and badges).
♦ No way to tell how far you have progressed in a level or how many are left (There is no level numbers and I could only seemingly tell how far I had progressed via exciting and selecting the level I was on. Then again it still didn’t tell me how much of that level I had left and how many more levels were left. The only way I could tell how many levels were left was via the Achievements. This concept is annoying as they should show each level and part of level as locked, not hidden, to make it easier to know how far you have left).
♦ No real storyline (Tried to implement some kind of Storyline but never executed it well enough to make any sense or significant impact on the game)
♦ Wasn’t aware some levels had hidden objects that I needed to collect to progress later in game (Not being aware of this until I needed these hidden objects to progress is really annoying as I would have searched and collected them on my first run through to save me having to repeat the levels again just to find one hidden object)

On a Side Note:

♦ I haven’t finished the game as much as I wanted to because even though I had only played 2-3 hours of it, it was already getting on my nerves. I say this because it was repetitive and never really offered anything new in the terms of its puzzles per level and every time I progressed, I felt like I was just playing to get the next achievement. Then when I got to the point where it said I had to go back to levels I had already complete and find hidden Stars to progress… it just ruined the whole game for me and I closed it. I ultimately wanted something new, not having to go back and search old levels for something I missed on the first run.

Overall, even though there are a lot of cons, I never finished the game and probably won’t and the gameplay is repetitive, I can still recommend this. I recommend this if you want something easy and relaxing that has great graphics and eargasmic sounds. Therefore, I recommend you pick it up for that reason. However, if you are buying it solely for the gameplay, I’d recommend buying it on sale at the cheapest possible price due to lack of actual puzzles and how repetitive it is as mentioned in my side note and cons.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
It's a calm and enjoyable little game. It's a bit simple, but that works in its atmosphere. Ten dollars admittedly might be too high of a price, but if you can get it for less, it's not bad to play through, especially if you need to relax. It has a few good puzzling hours in it, and even the more difficult levels aren't game-ruining.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Nightsky has been 90% off during major Steam Sales, I recommend picking it up then.

In the meantime, go Google "Nifflas" (the creator) and pick up Knytt and Within A Deep Forest off his site for free - if you like those games you'll like Nightsky.
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