Night in the Woods is an adventure game with platforming elements, which will focus more on exploration, story and the characters in the game than anything else. There are still elements of other genres in the game, such as light puzzle solving, as well as some moments that require Mae to go into a first-person mode.
You can run and jump over rooftops, as well as even use astral projection to explore distanced areas. Gain new abilities that can make your journey more exciting, and don't forget to explore the secrets of the town itself.
Besides the plot itself, the game also has a lot of animated characters that just wait for Mae to talk to them. Some older friends wait to talk to you, as well. Bea, who was Mae's best friend until 7th grade, wants you to renew your relationship. Gregg, a nice and talkative guy, can be a very reliable person and always keeps a secret.