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Gameplay feature: Day / Night cycle

Group Description

Games that feature a day and night cycle, including more 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 time period.

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 feature a day and night cycle, however that 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. This also includes games where time is only presented as a deadline reminder.

  • Games where a day and night feature is only due 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
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.2.83
Animal Crossing: New Leaf2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.27
LEGO The Lord of the Rings2012Macintosh, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.3.82
Pokémon White Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.53
Pokémon Black Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.38
Final Fantasy XIV Online2010WindowsSquare Enix, Inc.3.46
Animal Crossing: City Folk2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.72
Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis2008PlayStation 2, PSPNIS America, Inc.3.81
Animal Crossing: Wild World2005Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.84
Final Fantasy XI Online2003PlayStation 2, WindowsSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
Giftpia2003GameCubeNintendo Co., Ltd.3.43
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne2003Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.98
Final Fantasy XI Online2002PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.2.84
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos2002Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc.3.99
Animal Crossing2001GameCube, Nintendo 64Nintendo of America Inc.3.82
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask2000Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.98
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time1998Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Moon: Remix RPG Adventure1997PlayStationASCII Corporation5.00
Beasts & Bumpkins1997WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.74
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall1996DOSBethesda Softworks LLC4.00
Kingdom O' Magic1996DOSGT Interactive Software Corp.3.39
Ultima VII: Part Two - Serpent Isle1993DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.4.05
Rome: Pathway to Power1992Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.3.72
Ultima VII: The Black Gate1992DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.4.15
Ultima VI: The False Prophet1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsFCI3.88
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Selected Covers

Rome: Pathway to Power DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rome: Pathway to Power
Kingdom O' Magic DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kingdom O' Magic

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Rome: Pathway to Power
Install screen
Screenshot from Kingdom O' Magic
Title screen.
Screenshot from Animal Crossing