REVIEW: One Night Two Crazies

Third time is the charm for developer Chris Antoni, so far as timing his new releases, that is. While Santa Slay missed the (calendar) mark by a considerable margin, One Night Two Crazies ($1.00) is rather right on target. With Halloween just over two weeks away, the developer’s latest is a pretty simple— and pretty scary— game that brilliantly preys upon some ofΒ our worst thoughts andΒ fears.

One Night Two Crazies - Screen

Albeit in a very familiar way. The ‘FMV Horror’ genre is nothing new, and the ground it covers is well-tread. Put a bunch of creepy people and dimly-lit VHS scenes together, give your protagonist little to no means of fighting back against said creeps, and your recipe is nearly complete. One Night Two Crazies does just that, placing ‘you’ at a desk in a seemingly-empty house, testing out a newly-installed security system. This entails you watching the monitor and a series of camera feeds, as first one, then two, crazies, infiltrate your home and make their way to your bedroom. The objective is to survive each ‘night’, which lasts two minutes1 before security kicks in.

Your only means of tracking the intruders comes from spotting them on the cameras via still shots, either hiding in plain sight, or sometimes trying a little harder to avoid detection. Fail to keep an eye on them, or forget to periodically check the hallway, and you can guess how this ends for you. Luckily, you do have some defensive measures. And by some, I mean one. You can shut your door. That’s right. If ever you are faced with a life and death situation in your home, just close your door. The bad guys will just give up2.

Of course, it’s not that simple. While looking out into the hall and / or holding the door shut does grant you a temporary reprieve, peace of mind, and plenty of freaky ‘near-misses’, it comes with the unfortunate cost of losing a bit of your ‘sanity’ in trade. Visual cues on-screen will alert you of your deteriorating mental condition. Lose your mind entirely, and you’ll be ‘frozen’ in place, unable to move or protect yourself. This back and forth system of overwatch— and a bit of luck— is vital to your success and nightly survival.

One Night Two Crazies - Screen2

While it starts to feel like trial and error after awhile, the game does an effective job at creating unease, despite its ‘low budget’ acting and feel3. A man in a hockey mask, and another in a homemade spider costume are hardly scary on their own, more cheesy and campy than anything. That said, the way these two characters stalk you does create palpable tension, with you following their paths when you can, and trying to guess where they are in the house when you can’t.

Subsequent nights add to the challenge, taking out cameras, say, or adding a second assailant to the mix. And that’s the extent of it. One Night Two Crazies doesn’t do too much beyond what you’ve seen from the genre before, but its timely release, and the easy ability to create a sense of dread every playthrough, do more than enough to justify the cost of admission. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to check my locks.

  1. Two very long, impossibly-long, minutes. I mean, come on, hasn’t it been two minutes!? The guy could be right outside my— Gahhhh! Son of a— Don’t fucking do that to me!!! 
  2. Well, probably not in real life situations. In that event, you should probably run. Or hide. Or have Liam Neeson on speed dial. He seems to be good at dealing with undesirables. 
  3. One could argue that a ‘low budget’ is exactly the right kind of budget for games like these, and I would agree. Give me camp! 

34 thoughts on “REVIEW: One Night Two Crazies”

  1. Well guys, i did it: i beated the game without dying πŸ™‚
    I’m trying to upload the video right now but it doesnt seem to work…
    Quality will suck tho because i recorded it with my iphone haha

    1. Congrats! The accomplishment trumps video quality! Maybe the Dev will immortalize your name in any sequel that he cooks up. Either way, you are tops among the world when it comes to avoiding intruders. πŸ˜€

    2. Well fuckily fuck.
      I uploaded the video and after like 2 hours of uploading youtube told me that my video is to long. FUCK.
      Well i’ll try to cut it in half but fuck seriously 😦

  2. Omg !!! One Night Two Crazies was the first game in years that I got a fright !!! A suggestion: add subtitles, it’ll help non english-speaking people.

    1. Subtitles help everyone. English is my first language, and I could still use some captions to figure out what the hell people are saying sometimes. πŸ™‚ Agreed, though, that they make sense to add.

    2. I’m trying to improve my english but things like “present perfect” and “irregular verbs” still puzzle my poor Latin head πŸ™‚

    3. From what I read in your posts, you do just fine. πŸ™‚ I give you credit for doing what I’ve been unable to do all these years, and that’s to have a second language. It is not an easy thing to do.

  3. Nice review, gonna have to give this game a go. I still jump at every video I’ve seen of the attacks. Great job by the devs, I miss the FMV games like Night Trap and The X-Files Game.

    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by! I jumped the first few times myself (and I’m not afraid to admit it!), at least until I settled into the inevitable rhythm of expecting trouble. πŸ™‚ To this day, I’ve not actually played Night Trap. Figure I should, sooner or later, just to add it to the list of experiences, be they good or bad.

  4. I’ll take that eternal nightmare code, haha. I’m in the mood for some more punishment, I guess you could say.. plus I want revenge.

    1. Unfortunately, I only cover new-ish games here, in order to keep things current and as fresh as possible. Besides, who would want to murder a bunch of innocent penguins? πŸ™‚

  5. Just beated the game (well the 10 first nights). Very fun and scary, got 2-3 times haha. Small bugs spotted tho: if you fail a level with a camera broken, the camera won’t be broke the next time…
    I’m looking forward for the sequel and will surely buy it!

    1. Hmm, I didn’t even notice the camera ‘bug’. Maybe that’s a ‘feature’, to give people a break the next time through. πŸ˜‰

      All in all, if you survived the entire thing with only two or three fails, consider yourself a champ. I was caught at least a half-dozen times (… well… probably more) by Day 5.

    2. Actually, the only night that i cant do first shot is number 6. It must be the only level that you need a lot of chance to win.

    3. Yes that is a bug! Sadly it takes a long time to patch games on xblig. Thanks for playing all the way through and really glad you liked it.

      Please rate the game! I am shocked it has such a low rating with 3200+ downloads. I’m assuming a lot of the ratings haven’t shown up yet.

    4. I will rate it 5 stars haha.
      Just made it out to the eight night without dying but ran out of sanity 😦
      Good game tho!

  6. Wow! Thanks for that review!!! In the first ten days this game had 3000 downloads and I’m still kind of in shock.

    A tip for those trying this out – enemies can only move to adjacent rooms on the map, including the hallway outside your door. Keep that in mind so you don’t waste time checking rooms they couldn’t be in after they move.

    1. @Chris: No problem! Could be all about the timing, or perhaps the similarities to Five Nights at Freddy’s (don’t know how much you were inspired by that game, if any), which is enjoying a good amount of success, seems like. XBLIG can be tough to figure out sometimes, and that’s just the observation I have from the outside looking in. Developing for it, that’s a whole other beast.

      Should have kept that ‘tip’ under wraps, though, let people sweat it out trying to keep tabs on the intruders. πŸ™‚

  7. Feel like giving yourself more than a few jump scares? I’ve got TWO codes for the game, courtesy of Chris Antoni. Simply reply to this comment, and a copy can be yours.

    1. It’s gotten really popular in the States (not that it ever wasn’t). I’d say in the last five or six years, though, it’s really turned into a month-long holiday for some. I’ve seen people go all-out on their yards / homes for Halloween, and not put up much of a fuss for any other holiday out of the year. Every weekend is some kind of themed party / show. Personally, I think people just like the excuse to cosplay. πŸ˜€

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