Video Game / Evil Night
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Evil Night (known as Hell Night in Japan) is LightGun arcade game released by Konami in 1998. This was another attempt of Konami making a survival horror-themed light gun shooter game at the arcades, after releasing Crypt Killer, which was produced 3 years earlier. It can also be seen as a House of the Dead spinoff, but with three players. In this game, the first and the third player use a handgun which can have an enhanced round, while the second player has a shotgun which disperses rounds around the screen.

The story concerns a trio of cops — Henry Jones, Alicia Sevingy, and Joe Hamilton — as they venture into a dilapidated mansion in search of their friend, Liv. As they continue, they face swarms of zombies, ghosts, and insects and other small creatures. Additionally, our heroes explore an underpass, underground runes, and a cemetery and uncover clues behind what might actually be the source of the evil forces against them.

The game notably ran off the cancelled Panasonic M2 hardware, which became notorious for long loading times and a high failure rate. Thus, the game disappeared from most arcades when operators were unable to fix faulty boards, and has become extremely rare to find out in the wild, much less working properly. Some of the last documented locations of Evil Night included one in the Philippines, which has been removed since 2010, and several arcades in the Chicagoland area.

In June 2012, a long-awaited playthrough was finally uploaded on YouTube and as of 2014, this is the only known playthrough on Youtube. The user himself said that he would make another playthrough video of the alternate routes, but — as of 2015 — no new playthrough 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.