Nightgate doesn’t need a backstory.

It’s amazing enough with its gorgeous geometric graphics and fluid gameplay mechanics. Yet the developers of this stunning bullet-dodging puzzler decided to give reason to the rhyme anyways.

You play the role of a small white dot.

You’re navigating a visualized network of computers, the last remnant of life on earth in the year 2839. The goal of each level is to make it to the gate, and proceed to the next. But in order to do that you’ll need to dodge bullets, connect nodes, and navigate through tricky mazes. With each level, the path becomes more challenging.

A rare masterpiece.

Beyond the draw of the gameplay itself, Nightgate hits a home run on many other points. The design is impeccable. You can tell that every last aspect of the game was fine tuned to perfection. This was a work of passion. In fact, the developers noted in the official press release that the game resulted from their obsession with futuristic user interfaces and HUDs.

One of the most dazzling parts of the Nightgate experience is an awe-inspiring sense of depth. This is mostly due to what is known as the parallax effect, but we’ve never seen it work so well. Layers shift and pivot as you move through levels. For a game made of nothing but lines and shapes, there’s just so much depth! And if you find yourself especially fond of a certain level, hit the pause button. You’ll find an option to take a screenshot, setting the camera position wherever you prefer.

And last but not least, the music. This is a game to play with headphones if you’ve got ’em.

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