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Not Tonight (2018) is a tongue-in-cheek role-play adventure where you challenge the political establishment in alternative versions of Post-Brexit Britain (in the first game) or capitalism-run-rampant America (in the sequel). You take on a time pressured paper-checking tasks made famous by Paper, Please, to help characters you meet and deal with politically charged scenarios.

Not Tonight involves you trying to stay out of trouble in a broken Britain, where an extreme far-right government has taken power. Citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. You're forced into taking jobs as part of the gig economy, fighting to scrape by and return to the city you call home.

Not Tonight 2 involves you racing to cross a broken America so you can retrieve your identifying documents and stay out of trouble. It's a world where capitalism and political greed have taken centre stage, your friend has gone missing. Snatched during a protest, Eduardo Suarez has been seized by the authorities, and now sits ready for processing in the Miami gulag.

Play involves exploring the world and taking on document-checking tasks. You take jobs to work the doors of clubs, churches, race tracks, casinos, and cults. In these roles you are increasingly pressured to process these decisions quickly as you earn money by checking Ids, while completing a variety of silly, poignant mini-games: rhythm challenges, word association, serving burgers, assessing religion and checking chickens.

The result is a first hand experience of the discrimination and injustice of a broken nation state. The branching stories are written by people from the diverse backgrounds of the characters you play and encounter. It's a fusion of time-pressure role-play and a politically charged story where every decision matters. Will you join the resistance and fight the regime? Or keep your head down and hope that one day this will all be a distant memory?

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Not Tonight 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 18 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Communication game with Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Drug and Alcohol Reference, Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to appreciate and understand the political and discrimination aspects of the game. You also need patience with the Id Checking challenges.


Not Tonight usually costs £15.49.

Not Tonight

Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch -

Not Tonight 2

Steam Store PC £15.49
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Additional content can be purchased for the first game, called Not Tonight: One Love. This is included in the Not Tonight Take Back Control Edition on the Switch. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/08/2018, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Communication (Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Panic Barn (@PanicBarn)

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