RetroEpic Software
Based in Cape Town, South Africa

Release date:
November 2011



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A Day in the Woods is a stylish re-imagining of the traditional sliding puzzle game. Tasked with getting Little Red Riding Hood safely to Granny’s house, it’s up to you to solve each hexagon-tiled level in the shortest number of possible moves. Keep Little Miss Red safe from bears, spiders and (of course) the big bad wolf while collecting flowers and berries along the way. You’ll also encounter friends to help you, including bunny rabbits, beehives and the woodcutter.


Traditional sliding tile puzzle games, a popular style of children’s toys and many web games, involve creating a completed picture by sliding squares around until all the pieces are in place. This style of game was the main inspiration for A Day in the Woods where the RetroEpic team saw an opportunity to use the same principle of moving pieces to introduce a new gameplay. It was also the inspiration behind the carved wooden toy aesthetic chosen for A Day in the Woods – which gives it its Grimm Brother’s fairy-tale feel. A team of seven people worked on A Day in the Woods, between other client work projects, and completed the game in just over 6 months. A Day in the Woods was released to the public, for PC, in November 2011. Reviews of A Day in the Woods were overwhelmingly positive and in December 2011 Gamezebo rated it #4 Best PC Games of 2011 – just below Portal 2 and Bastion.


  • 60 well-paced levels introduce new and increasingly complex puzzles to solve
  • “Par” challenges on each level add an extra layer of difficulty for the puzzle masters to test their problem-solving skills
  • Unlockable elements allow players to personalise their sprite with different wings, bodies and trails – all in their favourite colours
  • 5 unlockable seasons to play each level in, creating a different – and beautiful – atmosphere
  • Charming wood-cut art style adds a fairy-tale feel
  • Suitable for all ages and enjoyed by children and adults alike


A Day in the Woods: Trailer YouTube

A Day in the Woods: Christmas Trailer YouTube



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Awards & Recognition

  • "#4 Best PC Games of 2011: A Day In The Woods" GameZebo, 27 Dec 2011

Selected Articles

  • "With its charming board game aesthetic, easy-to-pick up controls and objective, obstacles that feel well-integrated, and no unnecessary bells and whistles, A Day in the Woods is a refreshing take on the sliding puzzle genre."
    - Bryan Lufkin, Gamezebo
  • "If you need a game that looks stunning from every angle and provides a well-built, streamlined challenge, look no further than A Day in the Woods. It's distilled puzzle goodness without any filler!"
    - John Bardinelli, Jay Is Games
  • "#4 Best PC Games of 2011 - While they still have their audience, sliding puzzles are about as old and predictable as puzzle games can get. "Innovative" is about the last word Id ever expect to associate with one. And yet that's exactly what A Day in the Woods is... If you thought you'd seen it all in sliding puzzles, you'd better think again."
    - Jim Squires, Gamezebo
  • "The game itself is polished and accomplishes everything it sets out to. It's suitable for all ages and there are sixty progressively challenging levels. If you enjoy fairy tale based casual puzzle games, A Day in the Woods could be a dream come true."
    - Ian Brown, Venture Beat

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