October 23, 2013 2:22 PM | John Polson
Aquaria dev Alec Holowka and Late Night Work Club animator Scott Benson are working on a gorgeous 2D anthropomorphic adventure called Night In The Woods and have turned to Kickstarter for help.
Yes, I just wrote about another animal-based exploration game, but where Secrets of Raetikon uses flight to traverse an ancient wilderness, Night In The Woods offers platforming across a rich, modern, and populated town (and a little bit of wilderness). Alec Holowka told me that they wanted the platforming "to feel very satisfying, unlike traditional point and click adventures, so it would feel fun and engaging to move around and explore."
The playable character is going through a bit of a rough patch, having dropped out of school and returned home to a place that doesn't really feel like home anymore. She is also "undergoing some sudden and unexplained changes, giving her mysterious [paranormal] abilities that grant her access to a side of town she never knew existed," the campaign teases. "The world is changing, things are ending, and the future is uncertain."
Night In The Woods' future is in your hands, with a $15 pledge netting a Windows or Mac version way down the line in January 2015. Any pledge less than that earns you a 10-second up or down hug, which according to the animator, Scott, "an up hug is where our arms are on bottom, lifting. A down hug is when our arms are on top, snuggling." These hugs are redeemable a year earlier.