Night in the Woods

A combination of adventure and arcade games, created by an independent developer known as Infinite Ammo. The player assumes the role of Mae - a cat with paranormal abilities. The protagonist quits her studies and returns to her hometown - Possum Springs, in order to have some quality time with her old friends. The place has fallen into decline since the last mine in town was closed, because the inhabitants have been left without work. What is worse however, is that a neighboring forest has apparently kept some dark secret concealed. The plot serves the role of an parallel to human existence, with themes such as death, transience of all things or longing for certain moments from the past elaborated on throughout the story. The player is required to explore (by jumping across platforms mostly) a unique in-game environment, solve simple puzzles connected to it, talk to NPCs, as well as engage in joyful activities, such as playing the guitar or having fun with the in-game friends. What distinguishes Night in the Woods from other titles, are its visuals based on an original art style - those were crafted by Scott Benson. The unique soundtrack on the other hand, was created by Alec Holowka.

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PC / Windows
Game Night in the Woods (PC) Cover
Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods | PC

Adventure, 2D, Kickstarter, indie games, experimental/art

Companies responsible for Night in the Woods

Infinite Fall | game developer

Infinite Fall | publisher   Official website

Night in the Woods release date for PC:

game language:
English

21 February 2017 | Worldwide

21 February 2017 | Europe

21 February 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 46 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 13 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Night in the Woods (PS4) Cover
Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods | PS4

Night in the Woods release date for PS4:

game language:
English

21 February 2017 | Worldwide

21 February 2017 | Europe PAL

21 February 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 7 players' votes.  

Night in the Woods for PlayStation 4 is a nostalgic arcade-adventure game that places an emphasis on the plot, exploration and characters. The game was created by an independent team known as Infinite Ammo, led by Alec Holowka, who created the soundtrack for TowerFall: Ascension and co-developed the arcady Aquaria. To a large extent, Night in the Woods was financed through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which achieved success within 26 hours.

Plot

The game is set in Possum Springs - a small mining town. The last mine gets closed and the town falls into decline because people do not have work any more. The player assumes the role of Mae - a cat with paranormal abilities, that quits her studies in order to return home and spend the last years of her youth with old friends. Among them, the player will find Bea - Mae's best friend, Gregg and Angus, who both wish to move somewhere else finally, or a hobo called Germ. The protagonist soon finds out that both her hometown and old companions have changed substantially and nothing is now as it used to be. Moreover, the streets get deserted unnaturally at night and something what could be at the bottom of it is lurking in the woods nearby.

Mechanics

Gameplay as such here is filled with exploration, featuring platformer elements. Thus the player walks, jumps, talks to characters encountered and uses the protagonist's abilities to discover subsequent secrets of the town and its neighbouring areas. In the meantime, the player can engage in many other, unusal activities, such as playing a bass guitar or having good time with friends. These seemingly simplistic mechanics contain a series of subliminal messages, as well as a massive number of weighty existential questions many people have probably tried to find answers for. Above all, the creators discuss subjects such as transience of all things, longing for that what cannot be re-gained, inevitability of death or whether one is capable of preparing themselves for it. Despite the fact that different characters are represented by animals here, they are along with the fictitious Possum Springs, filled with analogies to the real world. One can almost find a chunk of their own life here.

Technical aspects

In terms of the visuals, Night in the Woods for PlayStation 4 offers carefully-crafted, though simple, old-school hand-drawn graphics, which is typical for indie games. The graphics were created by Scott Benson, who is both an animator and cartoonist. Although it was his debut in the gaming industry, the art style he had been popular for was applied here. The game's sympathetic soundtrack on the other hand, was created by Alec Holowka himself.

Uses: PlayStation Network
Night in the Woods trailer #2

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Night in the Woods Game Guide

game guide 14 July 2017

Guide for Night in the Woods contains complete walkthrough for each main mission. The walkthrough has been additionally enriched with screenshots and the author’s hints on specific fragments of the game.

Lovely adventure game Night in the Woods coming out in January

News 16 December 2016 15:11

Can talking cats and other animals go together with mature topics like transience and fragility of life? Night in the Woods proves they can. This lovely Kickstarter-funded adventure game is launching in a couple of weeks.