One Night 4 Public Demo Released!
Well, it’s been a long time coming (I originally announced the game over a year ago), but the first publicly available build of One Night 4 is now available to download. This build represents all of the work done on the game’s mechanics and engine so far. It’s both a Proof of Concept to demonstrate the mechanics that the game will use (and the completed version will likely expand upon and refine what’s seen in this build) and a preview of the game’s story and atmosphere.
In One Night 4, you play as Gordon West, an ex secondary school teacher turned failing writer. When a strange package arrives on Gordon’s doorstep containing an empty golden locket and a slip of paper reading “Come dream of me“, he begins experiencing recurring nightmares that seem just a little too real. As you survive each of Gordon’s dreams and uncover the significance of each surreal place you visit, you’ll learn a terrible, forgotten secret and the origin of this mysterious fate that has befallen Gordon. As you can no doubt tell, the story is very Silent Hill inspired, but it’ll also tie into the events of the previous One Night games as well.
This build contains the entirety of the game’s first location (the School World) and, depending on how long it takes you to complete puzzles (and, of course, how many times you die), should provide anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour of gameplay. For best results, please play in the dark, alone and with a set of headphones. This is meant to be a horror game, after all. 🙂
Finally, I’d like to thank all of the people who contributed to One Night 4‘s Indiegogo campaign, which enabled this release to be possible. The campaign came to an end last week and, thanks to everybody’s generous donations, I was able to secure most of the resources needed to bring the game to completion. This build is intended to show the contributors what their donations have been spent on and allow them to play a small part of the project that they’re supporting. For gameplay instructions and a (bare bones) credit list, check out the readme included with the game and — most importantly — enjoy and remember to pass on feedback!
EDIT: Someone went and added One Night 4 to the series’ TV Tropes page. Beware of spoilers, though!