Video Game / Evil Night
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Evil Night (known as Hell Night in Japan) is Light Gun arcade game released by Konami in 1998. It was the company's second horror-themed Rail Shooter since Crypt Killer in 1995, and continues the unique trait of allowing up to three players at once. The game draws numerous comparisons with The House of the Dead, coincidentally releasing a year after the first entry in Sega's franchise.

Mysterious energy has released The Undead, and three cops are in search of their kidnapped friend, Liv. Players must venture into a dilapidated mansion, battling zombies, ghosts, insects, and other small creatures to uncover clues behind the infestation and rescue Liv before it's too late.

The gameplay is largely identical to The House of the Dead; players move along a predetermined path, blasting enemies and destructible objects to avoid taking damage and collect health power-ups, respectively. This time, though, the weapons have some unique quirks; players 1 and 3 use handguns, which — when the muzzle is pointed up — can be charge to shoot damaging "Penetration Bullets", while player 2 has a shotgun which disperses powerful bullets throughout the screen and must be pumped to reload. There are also collectable keys and books, which open up alternate paths through the stages and alter the game's ending.

Notably, the game runs off the cancelled Panasonic M2 hardware, which was notorious for long loading times and a high failure rate. Thus, the game disappeared from most arcades when operators couldn't repair faulty boards, so finding one in the wild — much less working properly — is extremely rare. Some of its last documented locations included one in the Philippines (which has been removed since 2010 ) and several Chicagoland arcades.

In June 2012, a long-awaited playthrough of the game was uploaded on YouTube, and currently it's the first and only one available online. The user responsible, "hotd34me", said that he'd make another playthrough to show the alternate routes. As of 2015, however, nothing new has been uploaded.

Evil Night provides the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Alicia Sevigny, the character of Player 2. She is armed with a shotgun.
  • An Axe to Grind: In the fourth stage, zombies clad in lumberjack outfits are encountered. They attack on foot with their axes or can throw them at the players from a distance.
  • Ancient Tomb: Resembles more of catacombs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The main characters of the game are three cops, two males and one female, named from Player 1 to Player 3 as Henry Jones, Alicia Sevigny and Joe Hamilton. Their objective is to rescue a girl named Liv (see Damsel in Distress and Save the Princess) from a haunted house.
  • Bottomless Magazines: As with all light gun games.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chainsaw-wielding zombies are encountered in the first two stages. The butcher boss at the end of the first stage also attacks with one, once his life meter is almost completely empty.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the end, Liv reads from the mystical book that puts all the undead and evil ones to rest.
  • Creepy Cemetery: Seen in the intro and the last stage.
  • Damsel in Distress: Liv. (See also: SaveThePrincess)
  • Dead Weight: Fat zombies in overalls wielding butcher knives are fought. Because of their size, they take way more bullets to put down as opposed to other zombies.
  • Dem Bones: A skeleton zombie (or at least what appears to be a zombie wearing some sort of skeleton costume) is one of the most common zombies encountered.
  • Expy: Henry and Joe appear to be closely based off of Thomas Rogan and G, the protagonists from The House of the Dead.
    • Liv also draws some comparisons with Sophie Richards, Rogan's girlfriend.
    • Some of the zombies fought in the game also closely resemble horror movie antagonists Freddy Krueger and Leatherface.
  • Gardening-Variety Weapon: The weapons of some of the zombies invoke this. There's midget zombies that attack with hedge clippers, hooded zombies wielding scythes, and the normal chainsaw zombies, which occasionally appear with weedwhackers.
  • Go for the Eye: Taking the path through the window in the first stage will lead you to room whose wall with a giant, staring eye begins to close in on you. In order to escape and avoid damage, you must shoot the eye as fast as you can.
  • Guns are Worthless: Averted. See below.
  • Immune to Bullets: Averted big time. Not only do bullets kill zombies, they kill ghosts too. Heck, bullets even harm the last boss despite its demonic appearance.
  • Haunted Castle
  • Haunted House: The big mansion the players enter.
  • Light Gun Game
  • Multiple Endings: Much like The House of the Dead series, your performance determines the ending of the game.By finding keys and books hidden among objects in game, the ending would significally alter. Unfortunately, since only one playthrough was uploaded, we only get to see the "Normal Ending." The other endings have yet to be seen.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Surprisingly, bullets affect ghosts in this game.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: It is heavily implied that the zombies here are created by some supernatural evil force or magic. They behave like the House of the Dead type of zombies.
  • Raising the Steaks: Bats, large rats, spiders, and cockroaches attack the player.
  • Rail Shooter
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A large snake appears twice and serves as a miniboss. In the underground level, crocodile-like monsters appear, as well as a crocodile-lizard like miniboss.
  • Save the Princess: The main characters are looking for a girl named Liv.
  • Shear Menace: Short, nimble zombies wielding hedge clippers are fought in the first and fourth stages.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The 2nd player is armed with a shotgun. It has a better effect in dispatching enemies.
  • Shout-Out: Several of them.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Grim Reaper-like zombies in the second stage attack with these, naturally.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: A giant snake is encountered twice.
  • Sound of No Damage: Played with in the case of the bosses. Shooting them will net a "bullet richochet" sound effect, but damage is dealt to the boss.
  • Stripped to the Bone: You can blast the arms of the lumberjack zombies down to bone. However, they'll still continue to hurl axes at you.
  • The Butcher: The first stage end boss is a butcher. When the battle begins, he'll waste no time and immediately slides two meats on hooks at you for damage. Afterwards, he'll pop up from behind a counter to throw zombies at you, before emerging with a chainsaw.
  • The Grim Reaper: Resemblance only. One zombie, probably a gardener, with a hood has a mask covering its face. Its main weapon is a scythe.
  • The Renfield: There are two types of zombie butlers encountered: One with a knife and one holding a lantern and a cleaver.
  • The Undead: Ghosts and zombies are mostly encountered.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: One of the bosses taunts the characters they will never find Liv.