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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: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  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. 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
  3. Mar 9, 2020
    9
    A cute little story-driven game with amazing characters, story, and themes!
  4. Jul 20, 2018
    8
    One of the most absorbing stories I have ever encountered in a game. The game takes patience but the surprises just keep coming throughout.One of the most absorbing stories I have ever encountered in a game. The game takes patience but the surprises just keep coming throughout. Anyone looking for a action should stay away as this is one really slow burn of a game. Expand
  5. Jul 12, 2019
    7
    The game is good but loading screens every 5 minutes? It's quite simple graphically game - so for me it's the biggest drawback. It's strangeThe game is good but loading screens every 5 minutes? It's quite simple graphically game - so for me it's the biggest drawback. It's strange and it would be great if it could be fixed!
    And... I'm bored after the end... I thought it's much better
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  6. Mar 16, 2019
    6
    I cannot share the enthusiasm around this game (and I really love adventure games). I could not get sucked by the story (although it was quiteI cannot share the enthusiasm around this game (and I really love adventure games). I could not get sucked by the story (although it was quite interesting) nor the main character. I have definitely missed some good old school more complicated puzzles (or even any at all?). As I really enjoyed Thimbleweed Park or Earthworms or The Inner World series - this one is not 100% for me. Expand
  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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