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Night Shift

Genre
Perspective
Misc
MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
3.4
Amiga
75
3.9
ZX Spectrum
...
3.8

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 5 3.9
Amstrad CPC 3 3.4
Atari ST 1 4.0
Commodore 64 2 4.0
DOS 6 3.6
Macintosh 1 4.0
ZX Spectrum 2 3.8
Combined MobyScore 20 3.8


The Press Says

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96
ZX SpectrumCrash!
Gameplay is like a chaotic puzzle game combined with platform-leaping action (strange I know). The first few levels are simple to complete but as you go on more and more goes wrong with the Beast - its enough to send you slightly mad (bibble, bibble). Its great fun to run up and down the Beast fixing all the faults that crop up, but its frustrating when a million things go wrong, usually all at once.
90
DOSThe One
It does take a little while to get used to the concept of a huge graphically interactive machine, but the outstanding presentation and helpful documentation go a long way towards alleviating that. Half the pleasure is working out where you have gone wrong. The rest comes from congratulating yourself on a massive bonus score at the end of a smoothly handled shift. And with slick graphics, polished animation and excellent gameplay to tempt you back, once you start your shift you won't want to give it up.
89
Atari STAtari ST User
The controls prove to be simple to use and, once you understand exactly how the machine is operated the game really begins to shine. It's a brilliant platform game and my only criticism is that the time limits may be too short. Overall, Night Shift is a first class game that will keep you busy for hours on end.
89
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair
A deluge of corkingly original ideas and slick execution throughout make it as near as dammit an essential purchase. In fact, if it wasn't for a faint question mark over its addictiveness Night Shift would be a Megagame for sure. But it's not. Missed it by a pinch as they say. (Sorry.)
89
AmigaZzap!
This is one of the most compulsive games I've played in ages. There always seems to be something going wrong on the production line, so seeing properly finished dolls emerge is very satisfying (while the muddled-up rejects are often amusing - like C-3PO's head on R2-D2's body!). It's all marvellously hectic fun with later levels adding even more machinery to juggle with. Thankfully, the password system avoids frustration, the only slight annoyance being the lengthy interlevel disk accessing.
86
Atari STST Format
Night Shift is a novel and fun idea, but ultimately just a variation the spinning plates theme - the better you get, the more dolls you're asked to make. This limits the game's long-term interest. All you are doing is amassing points in the form of money. If you can make only $150 after an hour's play, and the display can go up to $1 million, then you might want to just give up and go for something your Mum would be proud of - like accountancy.
86
AmigaCU Amiga
Smart, well-presented and fun. Night Shift is a must for the family Crimbo stockings.
84
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The game's near identical to the Amiga incarnation in EGA and VGA, and doesn't lose too much in CGA. And, for once, the IBM bleeper tune is surprisingly bearable. Gameplay is very satisfying and hugely enjoyable once the initially high learning curve is surmounted. The biggest grumble is the unacceptable amount of disk-swapping in between games and levels. Hard drivers, of course, will have no such problems.
84
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The packaging and presentation are highly polished, but the program takes an awful long time to stop faffing around with copy protection checking and disk accessing and let you get on with playing the game. Then there's a fairly long period of frustration as you find out the hard way what you can and can't jump on and fix. However, once you do you'll discover that a day at the factory has never been so much fun and will keep you nut tightening for a long time.
83
Commodore 64Commodore Force
If you're looking for something new, this is your game. The refreshing not-too-linear gameplay allows many a fun-packed hour of wanton doll construction, but beware - it's a little more tricky than you'd expect. It really is frustratingly difficult at times, and I'd advise younger players to steer well clear.
82
AmigaMegaZone
Night Shift is yet another excellent game from the capable hands of Lucasfilm. Past releases include the superb Battle of Britain and Battlehawks 1942 as well as their adventures such as the Indy quest and Maniac Mansion. However, Night Shift is totally different from past releases, as it combines arcade action with a game that needs a little thought. The graphics are great, as is the sound, and the game plays like a dream. The end result is a superb game that is well worth buying.
82
AmigaAmiga Action
The toy industry is booming at the moment and the firms are battling for supremacy over the ever-buying public. Toys are now a valuable commodity and the company that can produce the most will definitely hold the monopoly.
81
AmigaComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Having to race around again rectifying the situation is more frustration-inducing than fun, and so the playability level suffers quite a bit. The graphics and sound are very nice, even if everything seems to appear a touch squashed and there are some very entertaining sequences, featuring the cigar-chomping boss, and the lemmings (one of which has a bright red nose!). If well 'ard platform action IS the one for you, have a gander - you may like this, you may not. Be sure you're up to the challenge, though, this is no game for novices!
80
Commodore 64Commodore Format
[...] Night Shift is ideal for those with the patience of a saint, the stamina of an elephant and as much need for sleep as Rip Van Winkle and it's got the potential to induce mass insomnia in spite of it's faults.
80
Atari STST Format
[Budget re-release] The one niggle is that disk one is labelled Disk 8, and disk two is Disk A; while the program some- times asks for disk three which is Disk A again - come on Kixx, get your act together. Aside from that, Night Shift is a polished and highly playable program, exactly what you expect from LucasArts.
80
DOSPC Leisure
It was quite brave of Lucasfilm to produce such a major departure as this, but it's pulled it off quite successfully. Some may find the simple gameplay a little too limited, while others may simply think that the whole affair is too childish: but if you've got any youth left in your bones then you won't go far wrong with this one.
79
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Die gestellten Aufgaben fordern jeden Spieler bis ans Äußerste, was die Koordination anbelangt. Schalter müssen umgelgt, Werkzeuge gesammelt und Reihenfolgen festgelegt werden. Die Grafik ist extrem niedlich geworden, doch wieso sich das Spiel nicht zu einem Verkaufserfolg entwickelte, ist mir ein Rätsel und für Lucasfilm ein Grund, keine Arcade-Spiele mehr zu produzieren.
72
AmigaAmiga Joker
Wer also die Geduld aufbringt, den anfänglichen Motivationstiefpunkt beim Erlernen des Spiels zu überwinden, dem können wir ein paar sehr vergnügliche „Arbeitsstunden“ versprechen!
70
DOSRetrogaming.it
Di per sé Night Shift non è brutto, solo non è stato bilanciato abbastanza, risultando in un ibrido troppo frenetico per essere un puzzle game e troppo ripetitivo per essere un platform.
70
DOSPower Play
Lila Darth Vader-Körper mit gelben Indiana Jones-Köpfen - Das sieht nach fristloser Kündigung aus. Ich weiß schon, warum die Maschine "Beast" heißt: Man bekommt das Teil nicht gerade leicht in den Griff. Was auf den ersten Blick nach einem schlichten Plattformspiel aussieht, entpuppt sich als teuflisches Tüftelspiel. Fred muß andauernd auf Draht sein: Da fällt der Strom aus, dort ist eine Schraube locker, hier verlischt das Feuer im Ofen - man ist gut beschäftigt, alles unter Kontrolle zu halten. Trotzdem: die große Begeisterung kam bei mir nicht auf. Wer aber Spaß hat, sich richtig tief in das Programm einzuarbeiten, der kommt eher auf seine Kosten.
70
AmigaPower Play
Lila Darth Vader-Körper mit gelben Indiana Jones-Köpfen - Das sieht nach fristloser Kündigung aus. Ich weiß schon, warum die Maschine "Beast" heißt: Man bekommt das Teil nicht gerade leicht in den Griff. Was auf den ersten Blick nach einem schlichten Plattformspiel aussieht, entpuppt sich als teuflisches Tüftelspiel. Fred muß andauernd auf Draht sein: Da fällt der Strom aus, dort ist eine Schraube locker, hier verlischt das Feuer im Ofen - man ist gut beschäftigt, alles unter Kontrolle zu halten. Trotzdem: die große Begeisterung kam bei mir nicht auf. Wer aber Spaß hat, sich richtig tief in das Programm einzuarbeiten, der kommt eher auf seine Kosten.
60
AmigaDatormagazin
Night Shift från Lucasfilm är ett mycket charmigt arkadspel som bygger på en bra idé och är himla gulligt och barnvänligt – det finns inte en tillstymmelse till våld i det. Tyvärr räcker det inte alltid med bra föresatser. Night Shift är ytterligare ett exempel på att amerikaner inte riktigt klarar av att tillverka bra arkadspel – och allra minst till Amiga.
50
AmigaAmiga Power
A few instructions would work wonders, but the game's overwhelming charm pulls it through.
47
Atari STAtari ST User
Why beat about the bush? Not to put too fine a point on it, Night Shift is unbearably slow to load and annoying to play. It's badly designed and documented and ultimately dull. Perhaps there is an enjoyable game lurking beneath the off-putting facade, but to be honest I was turned off from playing it long enough to find out.