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There is nothing more scary than a hungry Night Blight...
Night Blights is a light-hearted survival horror game developed by Hot Cross Games and published by Trapdoor Games. Inspired by "survive the night" games such as Five Nights at Freddy's and comedy-horror films such as Gremlins and Critters, Night Blights places players in the shoes—er, footie pajamas—of a young child who must defend his or her sleep family from an invasion of mischievous man-eating nasties called Night Blights. Only by feeding them toys and shutting off all methods of entry can the player resist this home invasion and save his or her family.
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First released for free on Game Jolt, the game was eventually greenlit on Steam and was released in April of 2016.


Night Blights contains examples of:

  • Adorable Abomination: For a species of flesh-eating nightmare creatures, the Night Blights are pretty cute in a weird way.
  • Adult Fear: A child being forced to single-handedly defend his entire family against a race of flesh-eating monsters...*shivers*
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Night Blights are all sadistic child-eating monsters who often laugh maniacally at how much trouble they're causing you.
  • Anyone Can Die: Played horrifyingly straight.
  • Badass Adorable: The unnamed child protagonist can't be more than six years of age or so but nevertheless manages to prevent a home invasion of nightmarish monsters.
  • Bland-Name Product: One of the toys is a small furry creature called "Owlby" that more than superficially resembles a Furby.
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  • Cassandra Truth: It's mentioned in one of the pre-game poems that only children can see the Night Blights; they are completely invisible to adults.
  • Cat Scare: Occasionally, Night Blights will jump out at the player, only for it to be revealed that they're mere cardboard cutouts.
  • Chest Monster: Occasionally, a Night Blight will appear near the front door sitting under a pile of toys next to a cardboard arrow sign reading "Free Toys". Obviously, if you attempt to grab one, you'll be attacked.
  • Creepy Basement: On Thursday, the basement is opened as a new room, complete with an air vent grate through which the Night Blights will attempt to enter.
  • Creepy Doll: The player character's teddy bear (which looks suspiciously like a Night Blight) will occasionally move about, sometimes appearing behind the player for a harmless jump scare.
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  • Elite Mooks: On Sunday, players will encounter large muscular Night Blights that take two shots to kill.
  • Evil Phone: Occasionally, the phone will ring. Answering it usually plays a recorded message of the Night Blights growling at you.
  • Expy: The Night Blights take a lot of inspiration from the Gremlins from the 1994 film.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Night Blights prefer the flesh of humans, but they can also be sated by feeding them your toys.
  • Eye Motifs:
    • The Night Blights are completely pitch black except for the insides of their eyes and their glowing white eyes.
    • The toys can all be seen in dark rooms because of their glowing eyes (or glowing portholes in the case of the rocket toy).
  • The Fair Folk: The Night Blights are implied to be a form of this. They are very similar to gremlins and goblins in appearance, they attack and kidnap children, and they are completely invisible to adults.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Aside from the likelihood that the player character is male, nothing is really known about any members of the family.
  • Gimmick Level: On Sunday, you get to roam the house and shoot all of the Night Blights.
  • Horror Hunger: The Night Blights are constantly craving human flesh...or plastic toys.
  • Immobile Player Character: Averted. Unlike most "survive the night" games, the player has free roam of the house.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted horribly. On Tuesday, one Night Blight will begin attempting to descend into your baby brother's crib through a skylight.
  • Jump Scare: How the Night Blights kill you.
  • Kid Hero: The protagonist, judging by his height and the decor of his room, is likely only six or so years old.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: There is a rare Easter Egg involving the telephone where a Night Blight will call. If the player answers the phone, they will hear a backward message that, when reversed, says "Are my children bothering you? Hahahaha..."
  • Nice Day, Deadly Night: The Night Blights are nocturnal creatures and as such only hunt at night.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Occasionally, the Night Blights themselves will leave behind crude drawings of themselves on the walls to trick you.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous Easter Eggs are hidden throughout the house, including but not limited to:
  • Weakened by the Light: On Saturday, you construct a weapon that shoots glowsticks as ammunition and on Sunday, you finally get to kill all of the Night Blights who have been harassing you the entire game.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yep.

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