The rain-drenched, neon-lit city has been a staple of cyberpunk from the very beginning, and it turns out that the aesthetic looks even better when rendered in gorgeous pixels. The Last Night is a short browser game created by brothers Tim and Adrien Soret, and though it lasts just a few minutes, it's absolutely dripping with style — playing feels like walking around a 16-bit Blade Runner.
The game puts you in the role of an apparent hit man, and you'll be wandering through the streets of a bustling futuristic city before making your way into a dance club to find your mark. The gameplay is simple: you'll need to shoot some pesky drones and body guards along the way, but other than that it's mostly just walking. But The Last Night is much more about atmosphere than action. It's "a short, moody, cyberpunk adventure game in the spirit of Flashback and Blade Runner," the developers explain, and that description is pretty accurate.
More atmosphere than action
It's so good, in fact, that it really feels like a part of something bigger, its short length making it seem almost like the opening sequence of a much more epic experience. The Last Night was built over the course of just six days as part of the recent cyberpunk game jam, and it currently stands as the event's top-rated title. If you're itching for more, thankfully the Soret brothers are working on a full-fledged game, but one with a slightly different sense of style. Called Behind Nowhere, it too is a darkly gorgeous, cinematic pixel art game, but without all of the pink lights and flying cars. They're aiming to launch a Kickstarter for Behind Nowhere some time next year.
In the meantime, you can check out The Last Night in your browser right here.