Night in the Woods was released last year after a very successful Kickstarter campaign had brought the indie adventure game to Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC users everywhere. The campaign started back in 2013 and the game’s developer Infinite Fall, had received an overwhelming amount of funds totaling $209,375 in 30 days with 7,372 backers. They received more than 400 percent over their original pledge of $50,000. The game came out with a special edition called Night in the Woods: Weird Autumn, it’s a director’s cut version that was released on February 1, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch. The game is scheduled to be released later this year for iOS and Android users.
The games centers around a 20-year-old girl named Mae Borowski, an anthropomorphic college dropout. She returns back home after three semesters to her hometown called Possum Springs, a former mining town that’s on the brink of economic collapse. Mae soon notices that something is not quiet right, that something very dark is happening in her hometown and all of the clues point to the nearby woods. Throughout the story, Mae finds that her old hangout spots and favorite local haunts are no more. As she tries to reconnect with her friends, they seemed to have all changed and act like very ‘superior’ adults, some even chastise Mae and call her a ‘kid’ when they are only months apart in age. Everything is turning upside down for Mae and her town is appearing more and more bizarre to her.
Night in the Woods’ platform is an open world 2D adventure game. It’s a single-player and you can interact as Mae with everyone that comes into view as well as explore almost everywhere in Possum Springs and its outskirts. It has a point-and-click style and there are many mini-games to play throughout the game. Night in the Woods takes roughly ten hours to complete and the story is compellingly great. The game is currently nominated for a bunch of awards for 2017: the SXSW Gamer’s Voice Awards, The Game Awards and Golden Joystick Awards to name a few. Night in the Woods is available to download for $19.99 and the Switch’s version has some new original content.