@Ali Take this as you will, but whenever I’ve seen someone ask Scott Benson why Mae and friends don’t have tails despite being represented as animals, he’s always said something like “they’re not animals, they’re people”.
For the record, both the out-of-left-fieldness and the on-the-nose-ness of the ending landed for me. I felt how I imagine Mae felt. One moment I’m at Possum Jump talking stars with Angus and the next everything is spiraling out of control.
Regarding the art: I have to imagine that the style reads incredibly well on a big screen, considering how I felt playing the game at my desk with a relatively small monitor. I don’t have any way to sit at a couch to play games at the moment, but if I ever do in the near future Night in the Woods is something I’ll be sure to play with that setup.