The Epic Games Store’s latest free holiday games offering is Infinite Fall’s indie hit, Night in the Woods. As a talking cat who returns to her home after dropping out of college, players are tasked with platforming their way through the town of Possum Springs and interacting with its dozens of animal residents to unravel various mysteries. The game originally began as a Kickstarter project by a small team comprising Alec Holowka (Aquaria), Scott Benson (Late Night Work Club), and Bethany Hockenberry.
“College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind,” a synopsis reads. “But things aren’t the same. Home seems different now and her friends have grown and changed. Leaves are falling and the wind is growing colder. Strange things are happening as the light fades.”
Night in the Woods fans will also want to check out Infinite Fall’s companion title, Lost Constellation, which is a ghost story that expands upon the mythology and themes of the main game. It can be downloaded at no cost, but those of you who are generous can add a small contribution.
“This is a supplemental game, which is to say it’s not a demo or a preview of Night In The Woods,” the developer explained. “In some ways Lost Constellation is a lot like NITW, but in a lot of ways it’s not. It’s a tangent, a side-story, a way for us to explore a bit in a more off-the-cuff manner.”