Noir games at their best, but unfortunately lacking part in the implementation.
You take the role of Taxi driver in Paris. You have a drive and suddenly you wake up in the hospital. You have no memory of what happened. In the end, you find out that you have fallen victim to the mass murderer The Judge and your passenger was murdered while you were in a coma. Back in the taxi again you are forced by the police to investigate the crime to try to find the killer. A hunt that turns out to be anything but harmless.
Night Call is text-based and has a fairly simple graphics. You will see a map of Paris, where you will see the different customers. Click on a customer and the arrow goes there. You pick up your customer and then have a conversation with them. Now stay Night Call more interesting, because at first I thought the game was very simple and felt extremely low budget – but when the different customers start talking then something happens. Unfortunately, everything is text-based, so you find yourself pressing the A button constant to get to the next sentence. There is an auto mode but it always felt either too slow or too fast.
The people you pick up give you clues to your murder investigation and once you are home again you enter the information on a blackboard in your house. When you have enough information, you’ll be asked if you can pinpoint the killer. If you succeed, you win and can continue, if you fail then the game is over. Unfortunately, it is not easy to keep everything in mind and try to get some legal page on all information. So in the end it was more luck than skill to find the killer, I thought.
Night Call has extremely simple gaming mechanics and thus flows equally well in both portable and docked positions on your Nintendo Switch. The classic problem of text and such being too small on the small screen does not exist either. It is big enough to be comfortable to read. And luck is for that, the whole game is about being able to read text.
In summary, so be it Night Call a very interesting game in the spirit of Agatha Christie, with a good premise and realistic characters. There is humor, sadness and joy about every other. Unfortunately, the game mechanics are extremely low budget and sterile. Had this been a game in the same style as for example LA. Noir, but with this script it would have been a top game of the rarely seen class. Now, the low budget and easy implementation will reduce the grade. It is nevertheless awarded with acclaimed grades, for despite the limitations, these are many interesting hours of gambling for a cheap money.