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: Breath of the Wild2017Nintendo Switch, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.44
Pokémon Ultra Sun2017Nintendo 3DSThe Pokémon Company International...
Xenoblade Chronicles 22017Nintendo SwitchNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Ultra Moon2017Nintendo 3DSThe Pokémon Company International...
Pokémon Uranium2016WindowsUranium Team...
Pokémon Sun2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Moon2016Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
XenobladeX2015Wii UNintendo Co., Ltd....
The Flame in the Flood2015Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneCurve Digital...
Xenoblade Chronicles X2015Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain2015PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.96
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D2015Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
The Long Dark2014Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneHinterland Studio Inc....
Pokémon Omega Ruby2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire2014Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneMojang AB...
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes2014PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.88
Pokémon Omicron2013Macintosh, Windows...
Into the Vale2013BrowserTriptych Games, LLC...
Valley of Unicorns2013BrowserTriptych Games, LLC...
Pokémon Zeta2013Macintosh, Windows...
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.16
Don't Starve2013Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 4, WindowsKlei Entertainment Inc.3.39
Animal Crossing: New Leaf2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.08
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Selected Covers

Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Ultra Moon
Don't Starve Linux Front Cover Steam release
Front cover for Don't Starve
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
The Long Dark Linux Front Cover first version
Front cover for The Long Dark
XenobladeX Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for XenobladeX

Selected Screenshots

The Alola Photo Club feature allows players to pose their character and Pokémon for photos, then decorate the snapshots with stickers and frames. Photos are saved to the device's SD card.
Screenshot from Pokémon Ultra Moon
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
Title screen
Screenshot from The Flame in the Flood
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon Omicron
By scanning in QR codes, you can visit other players' Secret Bases and battle AI-controlled versions of their Pokémon.
Screenshot from Pokémon Omega Ruby
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