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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: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. May 7, 2018
    80
    Night in The Woods is a surprising narrative game whose childish graphic style hides a resolutely adult story, through the themes it addresses between two laughing dialogues of a rare quality.
  7. Mar 27, 2018
    75
    The Switch port is almost excellent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Aug 19, 2018
    10
    I can't stress enough that you have to play this game. The story follows 20 year old Mae Borowski dropping out of college and returning to herI can't stress enough that you have to play this game. The story follows 20 year old Mae Borowski dropping out of college and returning to her hometown, Possum Springs. But nothing is as she remembers. But something bigger is going on. People going missing. And Mae believes it's the work of a ghost. That's what it is. But the story is so much more than that, I don't want to spoil it. The characters are all likable (even Mae) and have their own struggles, and everyone does. This game gives the somewhat brutal honesty that you can't get anywhere else, and makes this fantastic. It also looks gorgeous. Get Night in the Woods. Savor it and enjoy every last moment. Don't rush through this game in any circumstances. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2021
    10
    I am 14 years old boy and I say: AMAZING, I wished if it will never end
    actually, Idk what say I loved the character Mea and I was really sad
    I am 14 years old boy and I say: AMAZING, I wished if it will never end
    actually, Idk what say I loved the character Mea and I was really sad when it finished ;(... but IT WORTH WOOOORTH I played it for 12 hours maybe? it wasn't all about just watching YOU choose what will happen and live it AMAZING.
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  3. 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
  4. Jan 10, 2019
    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 desease. 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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  5. Jul 18, 2018
    7
    It's a well-written game with a weak ending.
    Feels tiresome by the lack of active moments (neither having a rich and diverse exploration as a
    It's a well-written game with a weak ending.
    Feels tiresome by the lack of active moments (neither having a rich and diverse exploration as a Point n' Click or action as a platafomer or even flexible as an intimate life-sim like Animal Crossing) and repetition of the same routine, heavily compensated by the quality of the writing and the fun little mini-games.
    The ending was really a let-down. Felt rushed and unnecessary.
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  6. May 24, 2019
    7
    Gameplay: 25/40
    Story: 18/20
    Fun: 15/20
    Graphics: 9/10
    Audio: 7/10
    Full Score: 74/100
  7. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    you walk very slowly for 8 hours and hang out with friends, then after 8 hours the story is suddenly shoved down your throat and it's sci-fi?!you walk very slowly for 8 hours and hang out with friends, then after 8 hours the story is suddenly shoved down your throat and it's sci-fi?!

    I can't believe I walked around for like 8 hours for this. the walking is sooo slow and everywhere is soo big. and if they didn't stretch everything pointlessly it'd be like 3-4 hours at maximum.

    i know people won't like this review but this was one of the worst games I've played.
    your choices also have NO impact and don't anything. just choose anything really.

    the game also basically has no game play. the story is really bad.
    it has a nice atmosphere and the first hour or so is interesting and the characters look a little cool.
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