Night Shift is a 2D platformer where your task is to keep a temperamental piece of factory equipment stamping out toys. You have been hired by Industrial Might and Logic to work the night shift in their doll factory. Your job is to operate and maintain the equipment that produces the dolls. You start the shift with a quota of what type and color dolls to produce. You get paid for each doll you produce of the correct type and color. You start your shift with orders to make specific dolls, in specific colors. You have to charge up the machine’s battery (by riding a bicycle that turns a generator), make sure all conveyor belts are running in the proper directions, make sure all the switches are in the proper positions, make sure that all of the burners and furnaces are ignited, etc.
The BEAST is about 6 stories high, and you have to climb and jump about on various platforms and pieces of equipment. If you fall, you loose valuable shift time. Fortunately, at the beginning of the game you only have to worry about a few of the controls. Each shift adds complexity as more of the controls are brought into play. This is not a game for people who don’t work well under preassure. The graphics are nice. When you first start out, most of the BEAST’s components are covered. Once you get into the game, as more and more features are uncovered, the BEAST comes alive with many moving parts and effects. The dolls you are trying to make are all characters from various LucasFilm movies and games, including Star Wars, Zak McKracken, and Indiana Jones.