Sleepless Night (visual novel)
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Sleepless Night is a free horror visual novel developed and published by Marcel Weyers, an author and translator. The game was released on March 31, 2012 for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. It was released in English and German. On November 22, 2012, the game was released on Softpedia. The game was ported to Android by Visualnovels.nl. In its first week, the Android version was downloaded over 1,000 times and as of February 2015 it has been downloaded over 100,000 times. The game was ported to iOS by y5-apps and released on August 20, 2013.
The player chooses a name for the protagonist at the beginning of the game. He then makes decisions at certain points in the story to influence the outcome of the game. It is possible to see one out of ten possible endings, depending on the choices. The game includes some point-and-click and escape the room elements. The gameplay was compared to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.
You go with your classmate Haru to your house to work on a school project. When he decides to stay the night and watch horror movies you fall asleep and Haru disappears in this night. You have to find a way out of your house. The course of the game changes now based on the decisions by the player. However, there is one "true ending" and several bad endings where the protagonist dies in cruel ways.
Development and translations
The game was developed with Ren'Py, an engine for visual novels. The story and characters were developed by Marcel Weyers. He used the character Haru from his German book series Shadow-Trilogy, but he said that the game is not related to the book series, and plays in an alternate universe; the personalities of the characters may differ slightly and the story is not canon to the book series. The music was created by Marcel Weyers as well. The character design of Haru was done by NoodleBrains while the backgrounds were created by Auro Cyanide and Mei Miyamura. The game was created in less than a month. A trailer was released on March 31, 2012.
The game was translated into Spanish (by El Lobo Demente), Dutch (by Bob Reus), Italian (by Andrea Luciano ‘Lehti’ Damico), Korean (by hgdear), Polish (by Adrian Hofman, Vynuxys, Sakai), Portuguese (by Rita Alves), French, Russian, Malay, and Japanese.
The official soundtrack was released on December 1, 2012, and includes five tracks at a total length of 5:24 minutes. The soundtrack was nominated for the "Best Original Score" in 2012 by VNs Now!. However, the visual novel Cinders by MoaCube won the award. On July 8, 2014, the soundtrack was also released on Bandcamp.
- Shadow [1:01]
- Quiet [0:44]
- Mystery [1:08]
- Dead [1:41]
- Horror [0:47]
On December 5, 2012, a sequel with the title Sleepless Night 2: Ladies' Night(mare) was announced. The second game features three new characters from the book series Shadow-Trilogy; Midori, Natsumi, and Shizuka and offers new locations and gameplay elements. Sleepless Night 2 was released on October 31, 2013. The game is available in English, German, Dutch, Italian, and Korean.
On March 20, 2014 Weyers announced Midnight Chaos, which is a short kinetic novel and part of the Sleepless Night series. The game plays during the events of the first game and the second one. Weyers said that it is some sort of prelude to the third and final Sleepless Night game. The game was released on April 1, 2014 and will be given to people who support the series in some way, for example with fan art or fan fiction. The game is available in English, German, Dutch, Italian, and Korean.
The currently untitled third game of the Sleepless Night series is expected to be released in 2015.
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- "AT LAST! The 2012 Best Of Nominees!". VNs Now!. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- "Sleepless Night". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 8, 2014.