Coming of age stories often have huge appeal to us, as it is a period in our lives we all experience in one way or another. At some point we all have to leave school, take on more responsibilities and move on to real, adult life. It can be damn hard, as life often isn’t straight forward or simple. While Night in the Woods doesn’t necessarily aim to give you a solution (as there really isn’t one), it is one of the most relatable games I’ve ever played, and made me feel not so alone in my own journey.
Following the plight of Mae, a 20 year old cat (everyone is animals but they act like normal people, ok lets move on) who after two years of college, has dropped out for ‘reasons’ and returned home to her American country town life. However, after being away for two years a lot of has changed, including her town, her family and most definitely her friends. Much of the game you’ll be spending your time trying to rekindle your relationships with your old friends and home, as your slowly learn about the town and people which shaped Mae’s life and her somewhat mysterious past.
Although the charming and quirky artwork will draw you initially, it is Night in the Wood’s realistic setting, engaging story and often deep relationships with each character which will keep you around, for what is the better part, a brilliant and meaningful 12-hour point and click adventure game.