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  • Summary: EarthNight is a hand-painted roguelike runner about the dragon apocalypse. Dragons have taken over the Earth and exiled the decimated human population to outer space. Our outraged heroes Stanley and Sydney decide to skydive to the planet’s surface, taking out as many dragons as they can onEarthNight is a hand-painted roguelike runner about the dragon apocalypse. Dragons have taken over the Earth and exiled the decimated human population to outer space. Our outraged heroes Stanley and Sydney decide to skydive to the planet’s surface, taking out as many dragons as they can on their way. In terms of gameplay, Stanley is a good pick for beginners given his simpler control scheme. Sydney is for experts, with a less intuitive — but ultimately more rewarding — control scheme. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 85
    Thankfully, EarthNight wins the day with its enthralling style and art, packing in so many secrets inside its distinctive look. A few issues crop up, chiefly the narrower viewpoint during the fast levels and some long-tail grindy repetition, but the overwhelming killer vibe of this uniquely beautiful video game make it something special, even if dozens (hundreds?) of games have made use of the terms roguelite, procedural generation, and platformers since EarthNight was first revealed half a decade ago.
  2. Dec 5, 2019
    80
    EarthNight has limited scope, but does what it does very well. Its fast-paced platforming meshes in nicely with a soundtrack that doesn’t stop delivering satisfying music. It has some of the best gameplay/soundtrack integration out there and is a must for anyone who loves endless runners. It’s challenging and unlike a lot of runners, tests your platforming skills early and often with a blend of perilous jumps and tricky enemy placement. It looks gorgeous with a painted art style that works well still and in motion. Anyone who enjoys a challenging runner will want to give EarthNight a try ASAP.
  3. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    EarthNight is a little gem. Auto-runners and endless runners do not have the greatest reputation, but this title paints an exciting future for them. It's not perfect, in part due to the (at times) tedious arcade system and technically short length for the price. Still, the outstanding painted visuals, wonderful chiptune soundtrack, and altogether great use of automatic running makes EarthNight worth checking out.
  4. 70
    EarthNight is a resolutely non-conformist auto-runner. Its artistry is second-to-none, with creativity and soul that are worth the price of admission alone. Sometimes its eagerness to cram as much as possible into a typically simple genre can frustrate and overwhelm, but its boldness should be celebrated.
  5. Dec 18, 2019
    70
    A good entry into what feels like a genre of old, successfully maintaining the fun, and feeling fresh when it wasn’t that long ago this would’ve felt played out. The visuals are the real feature, especially when the package is as light as it is, altogether making it a great game for mobile, and a decent one for the Switch.
  6. 70
    I think that perhaps it’s the trappings of the autorunner genre which holds Earthnight back from greatness. This is a game with wildly original ideas that kept me enthralled throughout, but I did keep wishing that it would slow down and give the player some time to breathe. Endless runners are fun and all, but they’re not the kind of game which encourages careful appreciation. For that reason, occasionally the artwork and gameplay clashed against each other (the detailed art doesn’t make for immediately readable game mechanics, the game mechanics detract from the detail of the art) and I felt that Earthnight was lesser than the sum of its parts.
  7. Feb 13, 2020
    40
    EarthNight has some good ideas and can be fun in spurts but it’s an average romp at best and an infuriating slog at worst. The hand-drawn presentation is only somewhat appealing (some designs are actually off-putting) and the limited chiptune soundtrack makes it a game best played alongside a podcast. Riding this dragon won’t hurt but expect to get bucked off sooner than later.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    This game is gorgeous. The artwork, the music... incredible! This game was totally worth the wait.
  2. Dec 3, 2019
    7
    Artwork looks great, the soundtrack is pretty good, but the core gameplay feels just a little bit lacking. I enjoyed it, but the controls feelArtwork looks great, the soundtrack is pretty good, but the core gameplay feels just a little bit lacking. I enjoyed it, but the controls feel a bit awkward and not quite as responsive as they should. It's also frustrating that the game isn't very colorblind friendly. It'll set dragons as objectives, with no other indication aside from color as far as I can tell. When you can't distinguish color well... It's frustrating to say the least. Expand