[Beyond PlayStation] Night Call Review
Narrative-driven Night Call from Raw Fury is a murder mystery adventure on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Night Call review!
Night Call from Raw Fury, Monkey Moon, and BlackMuffin Studio is a Rated M for Mature narrative-driven murder mystery adventure game in which you play as a cab driver in Paris. A serial killer is stalking the streets of the city, and it turns out that youâ€™re the only one who has managed to survive one of his attacks. To make things worse, you now have seven days to find this serial killerâ€¦ or else the police are going to end up pining the whole thing on you! So off you go on a series of shifts as you collect passengers and try to find out which one of them is the killer.
You might not be a detective, but as a cab driver, you most certainly have the ability to make people talk, and itâ€™s by talking to your passengers that youâ€™ll get to know more of them, and what they tell you might lead you in the right direction. Who knows, you might end up picking up some passengers more than once, which will give you the opportunity of digging a bit deeper into their stories! Time will not be on your side as you drive around the City of Light, so be sure to make every second count!
You can select between different investigations to tailor your experience with Night Call. You might want to choose The Judge, an investigation in which all victims have something in common, and the motives are a bit clearer, making it a great option for your first run with the game. The Angel of Death will have random victims and unknown motives, making it the most difficult of the cases. The Sandman is an interesting option since, at first, it might seem that victims are random, but theyâ€™re actually connected.
You can also select a Surprise investigation so that the game picks an unsolved investigation for you or a Random investigation in which the game will pick from a solved or unsolved investigation for you to take on. There are also difficulty settings to choose from. Story will be the easier of the bunch, offering a more chill serial killer investigation experience. Balanced is the standard adventure. Hard will make the investigation more challenging, and all actions will require more time, so Iâ€™d suggest you donâ€™t select the Hard difficulty option until youâ€™ve played the game at least once.
With this being a narrative-driven adventure, thereâ€™s going to be a lot of text for you to read. You can do this by pressing the A button over and over as you move from dialogue to dialogue, or you can set the auto mode with the R button so that the game automatically moves the text forward. Youâ€™ll also get to make some dialogue choices of your own as you play so that you can pick the right thing to say at the right time.
While driving in your cab, youâ€™ll need to check the map to spot potential customers. If someone calls for a cab, you have to make sure to pick them up. There are also additional potential fares you can decide to go and transport. Itâ€™s not safe out there, what with a serial killer on the loose, so do pay attention to what is going on during each of the days youâ€™ll be back working as a cab driver. Once you click on a potential customer, youâ€™ll be told the distance to travel and how much youâ€™ll make for the ride, and will accept or refuse that ride. Now only do you have to find the serial killer, you also need to make a living and have enough money to refuel your vehicle!
Youâ€™ll unlock new clues after each shift based on your performance. These new clues will be added to the other documents you have obtained, and youâ€™ll be able to check them when you go back home, as you try to start placing together all the puzzle pieces that will lead you to the killer. Youâ€™ll gain access to crime scene photos, autopsy reports, and more, and all of this will be added to the board on which youâ€™ll have pinned the pictures of the potential suspects for that particular run. Every clue you check at home will require you to invest some extra time, which means you won’t be able to check all new clues in a single night since you also need to sleep.
Thereâ€™s a ton of replay value in Night Call since every run of the game â€“ which is probably going to take you 4-5 hours or so â€“ there will be a series of potential suspects, and youâ€™ll get more than 70 potential passengers to take on your taxi, and the more you play, the more youâ€™ll get to know each of them as the mystery unfolds. Night Call is out now on Nintendo Switch for $19.99, and itâ€™s one you have to experience.
This Night Call review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Raw Fury.