Review by DBinkard

"One of the best games on the Saturn."

Released in 1996, NiGHTS is an impressive showcase for the Saturn, and a fun play as well. Although short, the levels are packed with replayability.

This is complicated, so I'll be brief. Basically, the dream world that everyone goes to when they dream, has been taken over by an evil maniac who wants to take over the real world. The only people who can stop him are a boy and a girl, Claris and Elliot, and a strange aerial acrobat, NiGHTS.

Who says the Saturn can't do polygons? The world of NiGHTS is huge, with every color of the rainbow present. The backdrops are simply beautiful, and the with mix of polygons and sprites in the foreground, you might think this is a PlayStation game. There is popup, but you won't notice as you fly through the world at high speeds. And look! Transparencies, light sourcing, gouraud shading, done with the best of style.

This is some of the best music I've ever heard in a game! It's quite dreamy, and makes you feel all warm, right. The boss music is...dreamy nightmare, yes that'll do. Sounds are similar to Sonic the Hedgehog, with boings and sproings abounding.

With the analog control in hand, you'll see why this is so fun to play. NiGHTS responds perfectly, doing exactly what you want him to do. Digital is adequate, but analog is definitely the way to go.

This is where NiGHTS suffers a bit. The levels are fun, sure, but the game could've benefited from more. Playing them over and over, however well designed they may be, can become boring. It's still a bundle of fun, and that's what counts.

A solid title, worthy of Sonic Team. I would give it a ten, had it been longer. Buy it, if you can find it, preferably with the analog control.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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