Night in the Woods is a single-player adventure game with a focus on narrative and exploration.
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Story & Themes
Night in the Woods follows Mae Borowski, a 20-year-old who has dropped out of college and returned to her small hometown of Possum Springs. Between reconnecting with her old friends, exploring the town, and talking with her parents, Mae gradually reveals the circumstances that have led her to return home. Meanwhile, a mysterious series of events capture Mae's attention, and she launches a quasi-investigation into the darker side of Possum Springs.
The game touches upon themes of mental health, growing into adulthood, friendships, and sexuality.
The game autosaves at checkpoints fairly frequently.
The game's controls are very uninvolved and simplistic.
Violence Mae finds a severed arm on the ground surrounded by a small amount of blood. Later in the game, she can participate in a playful knife fight with a friend; both characters are stabbed repeatedly in the hand. The optional game-within-a-game that Mae can play on her computer is a dungeon crawler with mild levels of violence.
Sex & Nudity Characters briefly mention sex and pornography in dialogue, though never explicitly.
Strong Language Characters swear occasionally, but the strongest words they use are "sh*t" and "a**hole."
Substance Use There's a scene in which Mae drinks too much at a party and winds up getting sick. One of the main characters, Bea, is always depicted with a cigarette in her mouth.
- What do you make of Mae as a character? Can you understand her motivations? Do you relate to her experiences?
- What points do you think Night in the Woods makes about growing up and moving on?
- Have you ever had to help a friend through a difficult time? If so, how did you handle it?