One Night Stand Review
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Release Date: 4 October 2019
Price: $4.99 / £4.99
We’ve all been there, waking up in a strange apartment after one too many cocktails and wondering how on earth you’re even still alive and who the hell is the naked stranger lying next to you.
Ok, maybe you haven’t, but it’s certainly common enough for developer Kinmoku to have produced a charming and entertaining game about the situation - even if, much like your memory after a night on the beer, it’s a little incoherent at times.
One Too Many
The premise is fairly straightforward. You wake up in a strange apartment after one too many drinks and have to spend the game piecing together what happened last night and who the girl is you’ve found lying beside you.
Despite your fuzzy head, the game is still presented in a cool, hand-drawn style. There’s almost a watercolour-esque vibe to the aesthetic, adding to the charm of both your surroundings and the girl you subsequently interact with.
Whether or not you find out your companion’s name is down to you and the choices you make. It’s fairly standard point-and-click fare, but there’s numerous objects you can explore while the girl runs to and from the bedroom. You might go on the hunt for you clothes and scarper as quickly as you can, or snoop around trying to find out her name.
On the other hand, you may wish to spend some time getting to know the girl in question. There’s 12 different endings on offer depending on which choices you make during the course of your booze-addled morning.
Some are rather funny, and the great writing had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions. The most satisfactory paths though, are the ones in which you learn more about this strange girl and what makes her tick. The dialogue is human and well written, and I found myself really wanting to learn more about what made the girl tick. Despite the situation she finds herself in (she’s no less hungover than you are) she’s vulnerable and charming in equal measure, and overall rather endearing.
This depth of character is also hinted at in the items you can find littered around her room. Like the best one night stands, I actually left the game wanting to know a lot more about this girl than I was able to find out within the couple of hours on offer throughout the game’s dozen scenarios.
As for your own character, it’s kind of up to you. You can play the gentleman and answer her questions honestly, or you can even sprint out of her house naked if you choose. The variation certainly gives the game more replayability, and once you uncover all 12 endings, you’re rewarded with an extra piece of background information about the previous night.
Unfortunately - without going into spoilers - that tidbit sours the more satisfying endings, which are ultimately borne out of the better choices your character can make.
Ultimately, One Night Stand is an entertaining recreation of ‘the morning after’ and does well to recapture the awkward feeling of trying to relive the previous night’s escapades while frantically trying to remember the name of the person lying next to you. Although your characters more satisfying choices are marred somewhat by the ‘true’ ending, it’s nevertheless a charming and entertaining couple of hours. A fun and unique premise within the point-and-click genre.
Pros & Cons
+ Great watercolour art style
+ Plenty of replay with 12 different endings
- “True” ending at odds with some choices