I usually am very self aware by calling games "masterpieces" (there will be a special place in hell for me for ever calling Undertale one) but I go so far that this game comes very close to be it. Its just so perfectly executed and aware at what it does that it should be played through by just about everyone in order to see where I'm coming from.
Gameplay wise this is a rather simplistic deal. You're playing as a anthropomorphic female cat who just came back to her small hometown. Its a little Rocko's modern life meeting Gilmore Girls. While you're playing, you learn about the history of the town, the friends and family you left behind prior before coming back to them during the events of the game, but ultimately about yourself. The gameplay is complemented by several minigames that are unique to the situation you're in.
Graphic wise, the game is really nice to look at, the colors are all vibrant and complement the calm mood of the game very nicely. The game stands out most when it comes to the phenomenal music which isn't only memoriable but its also adding so much to the game, it surely is a feast for the ears. It comes to no suprise that I got reminded by the game Aquaria when I first played through Night in the Woods, as booth soundtracks are done by the super talented Alec Holowka.
What I did enjoy about the game the most are not the truer-than-life settings, chracters or even the dialogues but rather that the game is extremly deep while completly respecting the time and willingness of the player to engage with the depth of the story, the setting and the chracters rather than just forcing it all upon you. You can choose to analyze the game in all aspects, even if you want to analyse the game from a politically standpoint you can go such lenghs, and oh boy does the game go places.
What I mean is that this is one of the very few video games where choosing whatever you want to do with it doesn't seem you're looking at the game from the right angle or not. In a way, this is what true art is at its core. Not finding the right interpretation but depending on the focus of the viewer. The game is as fun as it is thought provoking, yet it raises statisfying answers while still providing unanswered questions, too! Its really just up to you what you make out of it.
Or you can just enjoy the chracters and love the dialogue. Its a game for everyone. You laugh or feel sad. Its kinda life from an very honest and human angle, perhaps thats why people love this game a whole lot.
The game has quirks, so much in fact that its really just a strong hit-or-miss type of game depending whether or not you enjoy the general tone and vibe from the game or not. You either enjoy it or hate it lots but its up to you!
Or to the very least, just play it for the major minigame that you can play every time you use your in-game laptop, which is really great actually.
Well and that finally concludes it. Time to chug down a beer, reminiscent about myself and burp very, very loudy to the accomplishments of actually creating such a list. I will raise a very sincere thumbs up for you to finish through it, too! Remember, we are all living in the best time to play video games!