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  • Summary: It's late at night, and you've discovered a mysterious book that seems to have its own evil agenda. As you begin to read through it, you realize that you are not alone – the monsters are coming. The only way to free yourself from this fiendish nightmare is to keep reading… and finish theIt's late at night, and you've discovered a mysterious book that seems to have its own evil agenda. As you begin to read through it, you realize that you are not alone – the monsters are coming. The only way to free yourself from this fiendish nightmare is to keep reading… and finish the book. Midnight Evil is a story-driven first-person horror game where you play William Crinkle, a child who is being attacked by goblin-like creatures known as Urklings – beasts with a taste for the flesh of children. Spotting the monsters in time will banish them for a while, but they can only be defeated by reading the text within the book that binds them. Expand
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  1. Oct 30, 2019
    60
    Midnight Evil offers some jump scares but little in the way of variety of gameplay. A short experience that’s not really competitively priced on the eShop, but is recommended for a Halloween night playthrough.
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  1. Jan 19, 2020
    7
    “Midnight Evil”

    Reviewed By: Elias S. Lutes Developer: Undefined Publisher: iFun4All Platform: Switch Price: $9.99 Midnight
    “Midnight Evil”

    Reviewed By: Elias S. Lutes

    Developer: Undefined

    Publisher: iFun4All

    Platform: Switch

    Price: $9.99

    Midnight Evil is a game in the horror genre that almost anyone can play. The entire experience is set in a darkened bedroom in the dead of night, where the bumps and creaking really do mean you may not be alone.

    Urklings. Strange goblin-like creatures that are small in stature, but large in creep factor. Throughout the night, time passes and these creature will attempt to infiltrate and presumably harm you. What you thought was a bedtime story becomes your lifeline in making these creatures go away for good.

    While you don’t get the freedom to move about, you can change between reading the book, which is narrated by voiceover, and looking around the room. At the end of some sentences, there’s a chance a creature may be lurking nearby. Not too far into the book, you learn that looking at the creatures directly causes them to disappear.

    The main objective is to finish the book, a quest which rewards the players with banishing the wicked Urklings for good. The Urklings have other plans, attempting to sneak up on and attack the player, causing a game over if left unchecked. Here in lies the struggle: how does one balance reading the book and spotting these little nasties before they get to you first?

    When a certain amount of text is read it turns purple, giving a tell that it’s time to check for one of those ugly little buggers. They’re incredibly sneaky, hiding behind objects and sometimes traveling in pairs or small groups. You’ll never know which one is fastest, so even targeting the closest one isn’t always the best choice. Once you’ve banished them, you’ll need to go back to reading the book — but if you do get caught, it’s back to the last checkpoint in order to continue. While this sounds pretty annoying, it’s honestly fast-paced enough that it doesn’t hinder this short game.

    Pros:

    -A different horror experience

    -Creative elements of surprise and jump scares.

    Cons:

    -Repetitive

    -Short

    Overall: 7/10

    Midnight Evil is an anxiety-inducing play, and though the creatures are supposed to be scary, some of their actions while they attempt to outright murder you can be fairly comical. This would be a good buy for anyone that’s just dabbling In the horror genre, or someone that likes short adrenaline rush games. I can definitely see some potential for a speed run of this game, since the events seem to be sequential. The lack of variety in gameplay does impact our score some, but this is definitely worth checking out.
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