Game Completion 2018 #15 – Night in the Woods

  • Game: Night in the Woods
  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Infinite Fall
  • Publisher: Finji

Night in the Woods is a weird game with a ton of complex layers and subplots to unpack, and therefore is in some ways exactly what I expected, and, in so many others, absolutely not.

I’ll avoid spoilers, but most of the discussion about NITW revolves around the protagonist Mae and her worth as person. She’s certainly flawed, in her own words ‘a jerk’, but I see a lot of my younger self in her – I used similar mechanisms as her to cope, I acted in similar ways in the social situations that she finds herself in – and I found that pretty confronting.

That’s a testament to the writing, as she’s a believable human in spite of being an anthromorphic cat, and the dialogue is brilliantly sharp, witty and brutal throughout.

I wholly recommend it.