Gameplay feature: Day / Night cycle

Group Description

Games that feature a day and night cycle, including specific time signifiers such as dawn, afternoon, midnight, etc., usually indicated by an in-game clock, graphical background, or any equivalent feature indicating the passing of time. Games that have this feature may also introduce time specific events, such as different monsters, sub-quests, or equivalent events which may only be accessible at a specified period of time.

Games in this game group must also introduce a direct gameplay consequence.

[For adventure and role-playing games]
Character A receives a sub-quest to hunt down vampires. Shops selling wooden stakes are only open during the day. Vampires do not roam during the day. Hence, character A must buy relevant equipment during the day and wait until nightfall to perform the quest.

[For strategy and simulation games]
Units are harder to detect, travel less frequently, and gain movement penalties at night. However, they are easier to make camouflage checks and can also commence ambush attacks at night more successfully.

  • Games that may feature a day and night cycle, however do not additionally feature unique events related to the differences of time (e.g. only a graphical feature) should be excluded from this game group; the passing of time in itself is not enough to qualify for this game group. This also includes games where time is only presented as a deadline reminder or only a graphical feature of limited vision (which is more of a light/darkness feature than it is a day/night cycle feature).

  • Games where a day and night feature is only due to a trigger effect from a plot driven quest (e.g. time only advances when finishing a quest) or due to entering a specific location, should be excluded from this game group. A day and night cycle must always be in effect regardless of the player's actions, unless the game in mention is turned based.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D2015Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Grow Home2015PlayStation 4, WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.20
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneMojang AB...
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Pokémon Omicron2013Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon Zeta2013Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.28
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.83
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.75
LEGO The Lord of the Rings2012Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.3.67
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Animal Crossing: New Leaf2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.21
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition2012PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Microsoft Studios4.33
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.74
Minecraft: Pocket Edition2011Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows PhoneMicrosoft Studios3.44
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword2011WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.45
Fallout: New Vegas - Courier's Stash2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.80
Fallout: New Vegas - Gun Runners' Arsenal2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.17
Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.53
Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.05
Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.70
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (Director's Cut)2011Macintosh, WindowsCD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.3.84
Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword2011WindowsParadox Interactive AB2.85
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Selected Covers

Don't Starve Linux Front Cover Steam release
Front cover for Don't Starve
Grow Home Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Grow Home

Selected Screenshots

Main menu - This screen usually changes with each new update, sometimes signifying a graphical presentation of the latest major update and highlighted mod.
Screenshot from Don't Starve
Main menu
Screenshot from Grow Home