Midnight returns to its golf-like origins in Birthday of Midnight. Whereas 36 Fragments of Midnight was an honest little recreation that attempted one thing completely different with platforming, I desire the physics-based gameplay supplied right here.
The title made me suppose this recreation could be a prequel. As an alternative, there’s an precise celebration firstly. The story does naught for me (and is so scant it’s pointless), however the gameplay stays good. Very acquainted, however nonetheless good.
Birthday of Midnight doesn’t play markedly completely different from the sport I first performed in 2015. It has extra ranges, just a few new hazards, and small touches right here and there including up for extra detailed viewing pleasure, but it surely’s single-screen ranges aren’t that far off it’s earlier iterations. I assumed Petite Video games might need sidelined the three-star setup at this level, but it surely’s nonetheless intact because the de facto replay incentive.
One thing that positively ought to’ve been sidelined is the 100% linear design. The primary menu teases a degree choose display (straightforward, medium, and onerous), solely to seek out all the pieces unbeaten nonetheless locked! It took me a little bit below 4 hours to beat the sport (alternating ranges with my spouse), and not less than a 3rd of our time was spent on a single degree.
Linear works nice in some video games, but it surely by no means has within the Midnight collection and ought to be ditched. Lest you suppose I’m harping on a singular opinion, I quote Jemma’s Midnight Deluxe evaluation: “One doable deterrent is the shortcoming to proceed past the present degree till it’s accomplished; should you do get caught, you gained’t have the ability to progress any additional by means of the sport.”
A a lot wiser implementation of the problem comes through a handful of ranges that concentrate on velocity. In these, not getting a gap in a single inside the first few seconds ends in assured failed. They inject some pressure into total stress-free gameplay and appropriately are used sparingly sufficient to entertain with out frustration.
Whereas this collection might by no means be greater than what it’s now, Birthday of Midnight nonetheless brings pleasing gameplay to the desk. It’s a fairly protected sequel that followers will get just a few hours of enjoyment out of for a good worth.