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Sunnyside Games, Dear Villagers, Plug In Digital
Jun 7, 2023 - PC, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

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Nocturnal - Launch Trailer (PC, PS5, Xbox, Switch)

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Critic Reviews for Nocturnal

Sunnyside have something very special in Nocturnal that could easily stand with the best if it had just a little more story and content.

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A competent, yet underwhelming Prince of Persia-inspired puzzle platformer. Its good looks will get it far, but its shallow personality won't be bringing you back.

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Nocturnal is a characteristic and original videogame which, however, does not innovate the videogame panorama, while proposing an interesting and satisfying context. The playful structure, pleasant and extremely well integrated, could entertain for a few hours. A work to have if you love the genre and if you are curious about it.

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Nocturnal may seem short on length but is enjoyable throughout and doesn't seem to overstay its welcome.  The "light your sword on fire" mechanic to reveal puzzle clues and help defeat enemies shrouded in the mist is unique and helps the game flow smoothly.  While it can be a bit annoying to miss some lore collectibles or extra ashes to help you get to that next perk upgrade since you can't backtrack after certain points, it does make for an interesting risk vs. reward scenario: do you want to just press ahead or take the chance against the mist and learn more about the game's lore?

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Nocturnal has a strong core mechanic that generates some interesting puzzles and game play. Aside from that, the environments and story aren’t especially interesting, and while there is progression and a bit of depth, there’s some frustration, too. Nocturnal does a lot with its basic premise, but the rest of the game feels like an afterthought.

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Nocturnal is a must-play title for fans of 2D action-platformers. While it may be relatively short, it offers a satisfying challenge and a refreshing twist on the genre.

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7.5 / 10.0

Nocturnal focuses on one mechanic and builds everything around it beautifully. However, it ends too soon and fails to give its world and story justice.

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8 / 10.0

In brightest day, in blackest night...

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