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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.

Examples
[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.

Limitations
  • 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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Grow Home2015WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.20
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.83
Animal Crossing: New Leaf2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.10
LEGO The Lord of the Rings2012Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.3.67
Fallout: New Vegas - Old World Blues2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts2011PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.63
Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword2011WindowsParadox Interactive AB2.85
Pokémon Black Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.38
Pokémon White Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.49
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 LLC2.43
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.77
Fallout: New Vegas - Dead Money2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC2.89
Fallout: New Vegas (Collector's Edition)2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC5.00
Fallout: New Vegas2010PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.72
Mount & Blade: Warband2010Windows1C Company3.88
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC4.00
Fallout 3: Broken Steel2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.78
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.28
Fallout 3: Point Lookout2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.81
Fallout 3: The Pitt2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.74
Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage2009PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Bethesda Softworks LLC3.43
Mount&Blade2008Windows1C Company3.57
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis2008PlayStation 2, PSPNIS America, Inc.3.81
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Selected Covers

Pokémon White Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon White Version

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon White Version
Your decisions at the end of the main game have far-reaching consequences in Broken Steel.
Screenshot from Fallout 3: Broken Steel