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  • Summary: Night In The Woods is a 2D story-focused adventure/exploration game with many extracurricular activities to enjoy, characters to meet, and secrets to discover. Run, jump and use astral projection to explore the many sides of town of Possum Springs and the surrounding environs. Waste timeNight In The Woods is a 2D story-focused adventure/exploration game with many extracurricular activities to enjoy, characters to meet, and secrets to discover. Run, jump and use astral projection to explore the many sides of town of Possum Springs and the surrounding environs. Waste time around town with your crew of loser friends. Gain abilities that grant passage to new areas. Discover the secrets of a large cast of characters and the town itself. Experience a big crazy world and the remarkable events unfolding there. Play bass. Break stuff. Expand

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. Feb 23, 2018
    90
    Night in the Woods is a special game and a must-have for the Switch in 2018. With some of the most well executed, naturalistic dialogue I've ever seen in a game, it's an experience that is different, but up there alongside some of the greats on the platform so far.
  2. 90
    The story is great, the music is fine, and the game runs well in both docked and handheld mode. Night in the Woods did not really leave me with a lot of complaints. So if you’re interested in trying out a well-written story that is fairly relaxing in gameplay to get through, but also want to immerse yourself in an environment along the lines of something like Oxenfree, then Night in the Woods is definitely a must-have.
  3. Feb 1, 2018
    90
    As poignant and raw as ever, Night in the Woods feels more at home on Switch than anywhere else.
  4. Feb 11, 2018
    90
    Night in the Woods transports us to a world of stormy pasts, uncertain futures and a lost young girl lost in the present. It's difficult to find another game that is so close and so subjective at the same time, playing and experimenting with the medium's narrative limits. Its artistic style, music, characters and story make it into an indispensable addition to the Nintendo Switch.
  5. Feb 7, 2018
    85
    Night in the Woods tells a sad story in many levels. We love the art direction and the soundtrack (specially in minigames and dream levels), but it is not a game for everyone. Gameplay falls short compared to narrative elements.
  6. Mar 4, 2018
    80
    The moment you step in the Possum Springs, You’ll fall in love with it. Setting the bar high for interactive storytelling, Night in the Woods does every other thing just right; from magical artistic design to charming music to smart dialogues. One of the best indie titles in recent years.
  7. Mar 27, 2018
    75
    The Switch port is almost excellent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 24, 2018
    10
    An absolute masterpiece. A jewel in every possible way, be it storytelling or art. No game tackles common social stigmas as effectivelly asAn absolute masterpiece. A jewel in every possible way, be it storytelling or art. No game tackles common social stigmas as effectivelly as Nigh in the Woods and we are talking about a game with cute animals here! Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2018
    9
    Night In the Woods is one of the most investing games I have EVER played. Personally I found out about the game shortly after it's switchNight In the Woods is one of the most investing games I have EVER played. Personally I found out about the game shortly after it's switch release and was thoroughly interested. It looked cozy and sweet from a small part of a playthrough that I watched and boy was I so wrong and right at the same time. The game gets weirder and weirder every single time Mae goes to sleep and wakes up again. I really focused on Mae and Bea's relationship in this game since it was much deeper and personal. I didn't really enjoy the quests with Gregg because overall his character structure was much more simple then Bea's. Once halloween comes the game turns into a warmer more relaxing game into an outright horror game. The ending however is where my one gripe comes in. WHY DID IT END THERE. I feel like there was so much more structure than what the game let us do. It didn't ruin the game for me but I know that it's the reason why I don't think it's perfect. We really need a sequel or continuation of the the story. So much has not been explained. Expand
  3. Feb 7, 2018
    8
    Night in the woods offers an atmosphere and history that intrigues you wanting to see what is going to happen next. Each character have aNight in the woods offers an atmosphere and history that intrigues you wanting to see what is going to happen next. Each character have a different personality and their development is interesting. I like that you can set the backstory and choose the dialogues of the protagonist. The art is quite simple but really charming, I feel myself inside a cartoon. The town seems lively and that many things are going on. The music always adds more to the atmosphere of each scene. Sometimes there are slightly frame drops and loading screens, but I think it's not a deal breaker.

    Night in the woods is a good game that deserve your attention.
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    Mar 7, 2018
    8
    Night in the Woods is a mostly-narrative game; meaning the majority of your time will be clicking through dialogs. It's the kind of game whereNight in the Woods is a mostly-narrative game; meaning the majority of your time will be clicking through dialogs. It's the kind of game where I'd encourage you to talk to every character for maximum enjoyment. While most of the conversations in the game are optional, it defeats the purpose of the game to skip through them. If that doesn't sound fun, you probably won't enjoy the game. If you want to sit down and read a relaxing, well-executed story, this game delivers. The character development is superb and the writing is charming. Expand
  5. May 20, 2018
    7
    Night in the Woods looks like a cross between a point-and-click adventure and a platformer. It's neither: it's a well-written piece ofNight in the Woods looks like a cross between a point-and-click adventure and a platformer. It's neither: it's a well-written piece of interactive fiction. It pivots around the conversations between its socially maladjusted protagonists, and is pushed around by scripted sequences and a handful of minigames. The experience feels more like reading a novel than playing a game. It is, however, a good novel.

    Don't be mislead by the cute graphics. Night in the Woods collected awards for venturing where others games wouldn't, into serious themes such as mental health and social unrest. The dialogues between the college dropout Mia and her quietly desperate small-town friends elicit a lot of chuckles, but each chuckle is counterbalanced by a tiny heartbreak. One way or the other, it's hard to play through this game without feeling emotionally involved with its cast of lovely jerks.

    Many people loved this game, and many were touched by it. Unfortunately, the story derails in the last act, suddenly shifting from understatement to throwaway maximalism. It's like the authors didn't dare write an entire game centered around intimistic dialogues, and felt the need to spice it up with some implausible action.

    Even with that gratuitous fourth act spoiling the soup, there is no denying that Night in the Woods is a courageous game. That's what independent games should be.
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  6. Jun 16, 2018
    5
    Night in the Woods is barely a "game", to my mind, and is more like interactive fiction although I'm not sure there are actually any importantNight in the Woods is barely a "game", to my mind, and is more like interactive fiction although I'm not sure there are actually any important forks in the story that unfolds. It all felt very linear, like I was being pushed to experience a specific next chapter of the story, and sometimes had to choose things I didn't want to choose. I found it very tedious most of the time to have to keep clicking through dialog and even though I had choices about what I said here and there, most of the choices didn't have any consequences.

    I should mention that I liked OxenFree, and in some ways the storytelling gameplay of that resembles Night in the Woods. It took me a little while to settle into / start enjoying OxenFree, so I wondered if this might be the same, but it's not in the sense that there are actual significant forks in the story in OxenFree, and your choices do have significant effects on the story.

    In playing Night in the Woods, I did eventually get into its sometimes trippy mojo and came to tolerate the load screen after load screen game play, and wanted to hear the story out. But if I'd known what this was before I bought it ("not really a game"), I probably wouldn't have.

    I do like the aesthetic of the game, including both music and visuals, and enjoyed the mini games that were the dream sequences. I don't think the controls were well mapped for playing on the Switch, and found "band practice" in particular very annoying (four strings, all A, B, X, Y keys). X is overloaded to be a game save and exit (why?!), but is also access to your journal.

    I really appreciate the creative effort that went into this game and the complex issues that were tackled in the story line (although I think the complexity and depth of that story ends up undermined by the weird backstory of what happened to Casey). There is a lot that's good here, just not what I was hoping for.
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  7. Feb 21, 2018
    4
    I tried, i tried really hard to finish this game, but it's just too boring, so this review is based in the first 5 hours.

    Pro - The
    I tried, i tried really hard to finish this game, but it's just too boring, so this review is based in the first 5 hours.

    Pro
    - The characters are nice, honest and almost everything they say sounds natural, cool and with some humor.
    - The soundtrack sounded decent.
    - I love the art stile of the game, and mixing it with the adult content it has, looks brillant

    Cons
    - The game want you to have the feeling of choice, but in so many moments you have to do things you don't want to, even though it sounds you would have the option to not do it.
    - The gameplay is basically go around the city and talk to people, that's it. Don't get me wrong, that's nothing bad in a game with these mechanics, BUT. If i take telltale games for example, thats basically just talking as well, i get super excited with the story. But this game, it doesnt focus in any story, it has a lot of things happening and you don't give a **** to any of them. For example, in the beggining of the game you find an arm on the ground and... thats it, you don't give a **** the game doesnt let u go for it to know where it came from.
    - No voice actors. Again, i don't mind for voice acting, but in a game with SOOOO many dialogs, it gets boring to read normal conversations that don't get anywhere.

    So maybe the story would get better later and i missed it, but for now i just feel i wasted 20$.
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