Dating can be fun, fantastic even, but it can also go awry, and sometimes in the most unexpected of ways. Like, say, in Tonight’s The Night, which starts smack in the middle of a date. A date which, in some alternate universe, likely went without a hitch.
With that in mind, I’d highly recommend making a note of the content warnings for Tonight’s The Night – guns, monsters, fear of meeting other people, possible death; in other words, this is not a tale of happiness and adorably lovey-dovey characters. It is, however, a rather interesting depiction of the human psyche, one that also serves as a reminder of how some are much too quick to judge another based entirely on their appearance.
Sure, someone turning out to be different from what you expected is a potential problem. Or is it, really? Depending on the context, it can be dealt with in multiple ways, and unless it’s something extreme – like, finding out your date is actually a psychopathic serial killer – remaining calm while trying to defuse the situation is preferable for those involved. Pointing a gun at someone and screaming irrationally? No. Don’t do that. Violence is not the solution.
What about freaking out and/or panicking, then? Probably won’t help either, even if the scenario is like in Tonight’s The Night – which is to say, beyond unusual and unexpected. But who’s actually more worried, the one holding the gun or the one it’s pointed at? Both women just wanted a nice, pleasant, relaxing date… but as you have likely guessed, that’s not in the cards anymore, and perhaps it never was.
Now, while I could go on for a great bit longer about Tonight’s The Night, I’d rather wrap up this review by recommending playing/reading it yourself. Instead of, you know, having me spoil this relatively short visual novel, start to finish.
Tonight’s The Night is available on itch.io.