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NiGHTS into Dreams...

ナイツ

Developer: Sonic Team Publisher: Sega
05 July 1996
NiGHTS into Dreams... [ナイツ] - cover art
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#806 All-time
#22 for 1996
Slip off into the dream world and go on an aerial adventure as NiGHTS in this classic Saturn game. Collect Ideya (colored orbs), rack up points, and battle bosses to help Elliot and Claris save Nightopia from Wizeman the Wicked.
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1997 Sonic Team Sega  
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Like many people, my age, my first interaction with the Nights franchise was the cameo in Sonic Adventure. As a kid, I had no idea what the heck a Nights was and why the music was so goddamn good. Most of my life later and I finally got around to playing the original game and it was better than I expected. Not only is it incredibly charming with its brightly colored levels and amazing soundtrack but the gameplay, even without a tutorial, is quick to pick up on and very satisfying to get the hang of. Mastering the movement to the point where you can quickly guide through the levels was a very magical moment experience.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone as I feel it encapsulates a time when games weren't bogged down by all the changes in the industry over the past years. Despite its short length, the game captures childlike wonder in a way that leaves me smiling every time I play it. It really is something special.
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You play as two different children, Claris and Elliot, whose stories intersect. They enter the dream world of Nightopia and meet the jester-like creature known as NiGHTS. Apparently Nightopia is under attack by the Nightmarens, led by the evil Wizeman.

The game has no tutorial, so you only have a vague idea what to do by going into the menu and reading the How To Play section.

In each level, NiGHTS is imprisoned so you climb into the cage and dualise (fuse) with NiGHTS, he then can escape and begin flying. NiGHTS can only move in a 2D plane (up/down, left/right) and moves in the 3rd dimension automatically; so it feels on-rails. The camera is a bit too zoomed in for my liking, so you don’t get a good view of your surroundings.

The levels are basically circuits but you can go either direction. Your aim is to collect a set number of orbs then return to deposit them. There are 4 sections, with the environment changing in each.

After the four sections, you move onto a boss stage. If you defeat them, then you clear the stage, otherwise all your previous hard work is worthless. The bosses usually involve chasing them and ramming into them several times.

On the standard stages, you can fly through the rings to gain points. You can loop in a small circle (paraloop) to collect the orbs inside and drill dash to fly faster or attack enemies. There is no health system, so when you get hit by an enemy, you get penalised with 5 seconds. There’s not many enemies around and they generally seem passive, so I didn’t even notice them on many levels.

If you run out of time, you return to child form, and you then must collect your scattered orbs and return to NiGHTS’ cage.

You are graded on each level from A-E, and are required to rank C or above in order to play the final level and complete the game.

It's a short and somewhat shallow title; just three stages per character, plus the final stage. It is possible to finish the game in 1.5 hours if you know what you are doing.

Personally, I find it hard to recommend the game since it feels so basic, but many others seem to find enjoyment in it but I cannot see why. There’s not much substance to the normal stages or boss battles. There seems to be more focus on visual spectacle rather than gameplay which could be said about some of Sonic Team’s other work.
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DissonantTimpani NiGHTS Into Dreams 2024-05-15T01:11:17Z
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3.5
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HeyJulien NiGHTS Into Dreams 2024-05-09T19:53:08Z
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LittleVyce ナイツ 2024-05-05T16:16:50Z
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ranzac ナイツ 2024-05-02T15:05:41Z
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thereitis ナイツ 2024-05-01T22:16:31Z
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3.5
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dandog2142 ナイツ 2024-04-21T00:31:21Z
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3.0
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FirstMate ナイツ 2024-04-19T17:55:28Z
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SergLeDerg ナイツ 2024-04-04T05:26:08Z
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3.0
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MF_IGUIN ナイツ 2024-03-26T18:34:57Z
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4.0
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saylexs ナイツ 2024-03-25T09:13:24Z
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lumene ナイツ 2024-03-13T19:08:23Z
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bigcrunchbar ナイツ 2024-03-11T06:19:44Z
2024-03-11T06:19:44Z
3.5
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  • Jaxijin 2022-09-21 19:22:27.439518+00
    Holy shit, wasn't expecting the end credits song to make me cry. What a banger!
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    • Pastellix 2023-01-09 10:45:04.528103+00
      The little runt version that plays before the chad adult version ruins the punch it has, imo. Agree that Dreams Dreams rules, though. One of the few songs I can't resist singing along to lol
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  • Jaxijin 2022-09-21 19:24:16.684107+00
    Agreed that the game is a lot of fun once you understand how to actually play. Amazing music and atmosphere, brought down a bit by some confusing boss battles (it is seriously lame to do great on a level, only to lose quickly in a boss and have to do the whole thing again) and some janky areas showing the Saturn's weakness (mostly the odd parts where you're flown forward and items only spawning on screen when you're microseconds away from them).
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    • tendollars 2022-10-12 21:08:20.045257+00
      those would be my only complaints too, still pretty boss game and perfect length
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  • mallavity 2023-01-15 05:04:09.319866+00
    so so charming
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  • DomMazzetti 2023-06-29 03:51:03.127702+00
    One of the few games from back then which actually looks and sounds like the cover art.
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  • soundofpiink 2023-07-07 12:27:31.325046+00
    favorite game made by a criminal
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  • MaldeR 2023-10-24 05:42:37.934174+00
    Underrated AF
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  • plexure 2023-12-12 00:36:02.396114+00
    without a controller this is pretty much unplayable
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  • bumfriend 2024-01-15 16:54:32.186485+00
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    im gonna stick my dick in that jester
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