The Night of the Rabbit Review (PC)

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After a long summer day

In a place no far away,

A boy named Jeremiah Hazelnut was tucked in bed

To dream of the dream he always had.

Every night to his mother Jerry did say

“I want to be a magician on day!”

And each night she would reply – as mothers do –

One day, sweet son, your dream will come true.”

And as mothers do she kissed him good night

Soon Jeremiah Hazelnut would sleep tight…

And soon – very soon – as dreams sometimes do

The dream that he had would come true.

It’s been a long time since I’ve played a game that has immersed me in such a wonderfully woven magical tale. The Night of the Rabbit is another gorgeous point-and-click game from Daedalic Entertainment. It has everything just right when it comes to creating it’s beautiful fantasy universe; the hand-painted environments and characters, the various styles of music, the story – everything works together to immerse you, to involve you in its story. I particularly like how real folklore and myth are involved in the story.

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You play as Jeremiah Hazelnut, an aspiring twelve year old magician with two days of summer adventure left before it’s back to the droll classroom. He figures he better make the most of it. Young Jerry has no idea that over his remaining break he’s going to have an adventure of a lifetime – the grand magician the Marquis de Hoto, a tall, elegantly dressed, red-eyed rabbit, has chosen Jeremiah to be his apprentice!

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The story of The Night of the Rabbit is complex and actually a little slow. You jump back and forth between the ‘real’ world and a magical world of Mousewood as Jeremiah learns the tricks of the trade of a magician. You get to meet some very magical and mysterious creatures on young Jerry’s journey, but as time passes some very strange and suspicious people begin to pop up everywhere. Who are they? Why do they keep talking about being the ‘solution’? There isn’t a problem… Is there? And who exactly is this ‘Great Zaroff’ and why exactly are posters of him being posted everywhere without any information other than his name? It seems as though The Marquis de Hoto has many sinister secrets he’s hiding from his apprentice, but in time he will tell Jeremiah Hazelnut everything.

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There isn’t too much to say about the general game play of The Night of the Rabbit as it’s a point-and-click adventure game, but there are some interesting mechanics that make this particular point-and-click adventure unique to others. As Jeremiah is an aspiring magician, he learns some spells and tricks which you need to use to help you along your journey. His lucky coin with a hole in the center acts as a sort of detector for invisible things that might exist around him, just like the myth of how if you look through a circular rock with a hole in the middle you’ll be able to look into the world of fairies. In other words if you use his coin it shows you what you can click on. However it’s also used to trigger events are particular times, so it’s important to use the coin as much as you can. Especially if you’re stuck!

Jerry also eventually learns how to turn night into day and back again. This adds a layer of complexity to problems and finding solutions to them. Particular characters only show up at sun up or sun down and some act differently at different times, be sure to check everything and everyone at both times to not miss anything.

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If you get stuck and get sick of trying to problem solve there’s still something you can do. Why not take a break and play some Quartet? Quartet is a delightful little mini-game in The Night of the Rabbit. I was surprised when I had unlocked it, but it’s so fun to play. It’s a card game where the goal is to collect five sets of four cards. Each player asks the other if they have a particular card from a set and if they have the particular card asked for, they hand it over. If not, they pick up another card and the turn goes to the other player. This keeps going until one player has five different sets of cards, each set with four cards numbered from one to four. The trick to Quartet is to remember what card each person has asked for.

The universe of The Night of the Rabbit is humongous, so sometimes things get a little overwhelming. I got stuck very early on in the game. When you first step into Mousewood you’re given a very simple task, but it ends up splitting into several different tasks from lots of different people. Every screen is densely populated with detail and things to explore and you can collect lots of things which aren’t immediately useful. Sometimes you’ll find the solution to a problem you have, but you can’t solve it until you solve other problems before it. It gets very frustrating sometimes and this may be very discouraging for impatient people. However if you soldier on with lots of items in your inventory you’ll find that you can proceed quickly when you figure out the right order of solving things.

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The Night of the Rabbit is a fantastic point-and-click adventure game that I would recommend to many, but maybe not for beginners. This game doesn’t ease you into the rhythm of exploring and clicking on everything, so intermediate to veteran players of this genre of games might have an easier time of things. That being said, if you’re interested in The Night of the Rabbit, even without playing a point-and-click adventure, I say go ahead and play it. You just might get stuck often and need a little more patience.

The Night of the Rabbit is available on Steam and from Daedalic Entertainment’s official website on the 29th of May.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

About the Author

I'm just your regular gamer! Currently working in the game industry as an artist. I love all manner of things cute, colourful and crazy. I also love lemons quite a lot. c: