A downloadable game demo for Windows and macOS

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NOTE: Wooden Nickel's development is currently on hold, but we've decided to make the demo free to download. Enjoy!

A frontier adventure set in the great, remorseless Old West.

As a stranger drifting through, you step inside the curiosities of the local newspaper to explore a tiny, hard luck town and the lands around it. Meet the locals, wander the desert, and make choices that shape each morning's paper in a growing spread of possibilities.

  • Embrace curiosity. Step inside the articles and advertisements of a colorful Old West newspaper that responds to your part in its story.
  • Make connections. Uncover an increasingly interconnected set of mysteries, absurdities, and unexpected friendships—or hostilities.
  • Come back soon. Your train south arrives in one week, leaving you to wonder what untrod paths lie still behind in this land of dust and ambition.

  • The Game Festival Selection (The Game Awards 2019)
  • Day of the Devs Showcase Selection (2019)
  • Indie MEGABOOTH Selection (2019)
  • Kinda Funny Games Showcase Selection (2019)


Wooden Nickel is the third game from married duo Brain&Brain, best known for folktale adventure Burly Men at Sea.


Music: Plied Sound

Sound Design: Eduardo Ortiz FrauKat Wenske

QA Testing: Robert Megone


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Wooden Nickel Demo (Mac) 66 MB
Wooden Nickel Demo (Win) 65 MB
Controls.pdf 50 kB

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