Night Book

Wales Interactive, Wales Interactive, Good Gate Media

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
57
Top Critic Average
13%
Critics Recommend
Based on 16 critic reviews
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Night Book

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

13%

Critics Recommend

Based on 16 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SJul 27, 2021
PlayStation 5Jul 27, 2021
Nintendo SwitchJul 27, 2021
PCJul 27, 2021
PlayStation 4Jul 27, 2021
Xbox OneJul 27, 2021

Developers: Wales Interactive, Good Gate Media

Publisher: Wales Interactive

Genres: Interactive Story, Horror

Night Book is an interactive occult thriller about an online interpreter who is tricked into reading an ancient book that summons a demon into her home. Loralyn works the night shift remotely from her home, live interpreting video calls from English to French and back again. Currently pregnant, with a husband working far away and caring for her mentally ill father, she is desperately trying to keep her family together and safe – but who is she prepared to sacrifice to survive? The fiancé, the baby, her father or herself? • One story, several different paths and endings. • From the producers of The Complex and Five dates. • Co-developed by the studio behind Maid of Sker. • Starring Julie Dray (Avenue 5) and Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, Mortal Engines). • A completely live-action, interactive movie, filmed remotely during lockdown.

Night Book Critic Reviews

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TheSixthAxis

Steve C
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Night Book is a good example of the kind of modern FMV game that Wales Interactive produce. It brings together an interesting story with some strong performances and a topical site of anxiety. At a run time of about 45 minutes for each playthrough this is perfect for a quick play with a glass of wine but may not feel like the best value. There's plenty of replayability though if you want to unlock all the endings, but many of them involve only slight variations of events you'll have seen before. Night Book is very much an FMV interactive experience rather than a game but it is undoubtedly a solid example of its kind. Just don't go into it expecting much in the way of gameplay.

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Night Book is lost in the magnum sea of similar productions and you have plenty of titles to play before jumping on the unfortunate protagonist and her cursed book.

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The story is slight, and possessed Dad – Jim Carver from The Bill for the 30-somethings among you – is more amusing than scary. The constraints of filming during a pandemic are clear – no two people are ever in the same room at the same time – and in terms of production values it's more school play than Hollywood. But Julie Dray is a sympathetic lead and the run time is barely an hour and change so it never has an opportunity to outstay its welcome.

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The FMV acting is great, as are the production values but ultimately the story just doesn't hold up. There's simply too much repetition required to uncover everything Night Book has to offer.

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Night Book - An Interactive Occult Thriller | Official Trailer

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