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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. May 23, 2017
    100
    A warm, moving tale of alienation and redemption in the era of late stage capitalism.
  2. Mar 14, 2017
    100
    While slow in patches when it deviates from its core strengths, or occasionally fiddly in its mini-games, the game is buoyed by its dialogue, warm and charming art style, and Holowka’s soundtrack, which keeps even the occasionally clunky platforming from feeling too tedious.
  3. Apr 2, 2017
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Feb 25, 2017
    87
    Its ability to swerve from the amusing hijinks of its vibrant heroes into very real, and very serious subject matter without feeling forced or unnatural was a pleasant surprise that kept me invested in its character drama long after I’d said goodbye to Possum Springs for the first time. But just like Mae, I know I’ll be back soon.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 24, 2017
    85
    Anthropomorphic animals of Night in the Woods are far more humane, honest and touching than human-like robots of many other games that try to tell a simple, down-to-earth story. [Issue#218, p.58]
  6. Mar 2, 2017
    85
    Witty, smart and great to look at, there are many worse ways to spend your time than a Night in with Night in the Woods.
  7. Mar 1, 2017
    75
    Night in the Woods is a charming game. I was fascinated by its general atmosphere, graphics and music, which I found amazing. It’s a good adventure overall, with very well written dialogue, but its bare mechanics made it relatively boring for me. The player doesn’t really have to do that much, remaining extremely passive. It’s interesting how the designers were able to deal with difficult themes such as depression, anxiety and child abuse in a very congenial way, without sounding too inane or obnoxious, but they did put a lot of accent on these aspects making the real plot marginal.

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  1. Positive: 38 out of 64
  2. Negative: 12 out of 64
  1. Jul 20, 2018
    10
    Incredibly well written. The game portrayed social life through those animal friends perfectly ( and yes i'm talking about the ending also ).Incredibly well written. The game portrayed social life through those animal friends perfectly ( and yes i'm talking about the ending also ). It had a great impact on my life after a lot of things i've been through, because this game helped me realize i'm not the only one or in a minority who's being through these problems. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    NOTE: Please note that this is surprisingly my opinion, so of course don't expect to agree with anything that I say since I will be talkingNOTE: Please note that this is surprisingly my opinion, so of course don't expect to agree with anything that I say since I will be talking about my personal experience with the game.

    I started Night in the Woods thinking I would like it for one reason and ended up loving it for a completely different one.
    What really got me into the game was the main story line, the premise of uncovering the mysteries of a town and a character. And by starting the game with this mindset, that was exactly what I expected to experience: a character solving mysteries and having self-development. In my first hours, all I wanted was to rush to the main quests and discover what was going on, write down my conclusions and finish it as soon as possible, get to that final plot twist moment where I wanted to say "I knew it!".
    However, the more I got into the game, the less I wanted to do that. At some point, it just felt so boring to keep doing the same routine in the game, jumping around the town, following the story line. There was no gameplay, there was no mystery, just a bunch of characters talking to each other about life problems with no real depth or anything like that.
    But when I started to feel this boredom, I finally understood what the magic of the game was. Since the main plot just felt useless to me, I started to explore the world on my own, trying to look for secrets myself, meeting side characters and looking for collectibles or side quests. And then, as weird as that may seem, that felt amazing. This game has SO much more than it seems. There's secrets everywhere, characters to be met in every corner, small things for you to discover. And when I started to spend hours in a part of the game that was supposed to last a few minutes, when I started to try and do the most that I could without actually progressing the story, when I was about to leave my house but then straight up come back because I noticed I hadn't said good morning to my mother, then I noticed why this game is so special.
    This is a game about boredom. And it is so amazing, at least for me, for that reason. We live for such a short time and everything that surrounds us seems so boring, so useless that we sometimes just decide to do everything as fast as possible hoping that it's going to get better someday, but we can make things better whenever we want just by deciding to go somewhere we never did and maybe discovering something amazing there.
    Playing this game just for the main plot is a pain. If you start it and decide to ignore everything, just head straight up to the main quests and progress the story to beat the game as fast as possible, you will probably have one of the worst experiences in a videogame. But if you truly dive into this world, if you decide to explore everything you can, if you sometimes even miss something important but you don't look it up just because you're exploring this on your own, then you'll notice that a part of you will forever stay in Possum Springs.
    Apart from that, the game has an amazing OST and great art style. It could use some more complexity in gameplay, since most of the experience is dialogue and the main story itself has a slow start, heats up a lot halfway through and has a pretty OK ending as far as mystery solving is concerned. There's a lot of well written characters and each one of them gives their own perspective about the world.
    Night in the Woods was an incredible experience that showed me a new way of looking at life. It is a well deserved 10/10 game, even if it lacks on a few technical aspects.
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  3. Feb 28, 2017
    10
    This is amazing indie games of 2017 I have a huge blast playing it. I like the characters in the game. The art is to dead for it so stuckThis is amazing indie games of 2017 I have a huge blast playing it. I like the characters in the game. The art is to dead for it so stuck in my head. I give these game a awesome 10/10 best kick starter game! Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2019
    8
    Un bel indie game pieno di avventura, esplorazione e bei personaggi. Il giocatore viene catapultato in questa città che è libero di esplorareUn bel indie game pieno di avventura, esplorazione e bei personaggi. Il giocatore viene catapultato in questa città che è libero di esplorare e scoprire piano piano, senza fretta, insieme ai suoi cittadini. I comandi sono pochi, non ci sono grandi azioni da compiere e non influiscono nel gioco. La tranquillità dell'esplorazione è interrotta qui e lì da i sogni della nostra protagonista che ci portano in questa nuova versione della realtà, nella foresta.
    La grafica è molto semplice e stilizzata, tipica di un indie game. Ovviamente non può mancare una rilassante colonna sonora che accompagna il gioco.
    Questo gioco ha tutto quello che ci si aspetta da un indie game, ma forse i programmatori avrebbero potuto dare al giocatore più azioni e scelta.
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  5. Sep 16, 2017
    7
    This game looks beautiful, the graphics are simple but well done and allow the creators to tell a very adult tale with the visuals of aThis game looks beautiful, the graphics are simple but well done and allow the creators to tell a very adult tale with the visuals of a child's cartoon. The story is interesting but not complicated, and the characters are very likeable. I loved the whole feel and had fun pottering around this world for a bit. The controls are few and very basic so not much to learn and won't stretch your brain. Some of the dialogue was a bit excessive, and I admittedly lost patience a couple of times. The dream sequences are nice although there are a lot of them and they're almost identical, the soundtrack suited them perfectly. All in all this game was a good ride, presented well and not overly challenging. It has a brilliant sense of humour, and I very much enjoyed it. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2020
    5
    This the kind of game that I had to play during the day, otherwise I'd just fall asleep. It's boring.
    The focus of the game is the story and
    This the kind of game that I had to play during the day, otherwise I'd just fall asleep. It's boring.
    The focus of the game is the story and it isn't even that good. The lack of voice acting and expressions also don't help.
    There are better walking simulators than this, even Life is Strange, a game I don't like that much is more interesting.
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  7. Apr 3, 2020
    0
    In another situation, I would not write and give any rating, but it so happened that in my life I have come across so many times, both in ownIn another situation, I would not write and give any rating, but it so happened that in my life I have come across so many times, both in own life and in books, films, etc. with things like betrayal and hypocrisy. I rarely get angry, but these two things can really piss me off. I despise and hate traitors and hypocrites. So ... the authors of this game are just such a breed of "people". They, like cowardly freaks, pressed their tails in front of a dumb slut and jointly betrayed the one they called a friend in their crew, throughout him from dev. team and exposing him to society as a moral freak. The guy committed suicide because of these freaks... And the hypocrisy is that the game's cornerstone is... friendship.
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    The game itself, by the way, also does not deserve the highest rating, as many give it (I tried to play, before I even found out about what its creator committed suicide for). Yes, there are those who will like it because of their tastes, but objectively this depressive platformer is not a "masterpiece" or near that.
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