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  • Summary: Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a gaggle of friends who inadvertently open a ghostly rift. You assume the role of Alex, and you’ve just brought your new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight island party gone horribly wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. May 29, 2016
    100
    Oxenfree is well written, immaculately acted, and superbly paced. And the most important thing is a conversation system that brings to life lived-in characters actually talking to each other instead of struggling to emerge from a turn-based dialogue game. Oxenfree is the Robert Altman of videogames.
  2. Jan 15, 2016
    90
    Oxenfree is a fantastic horror game, and Night School Studio has definitely pulled out all the stops to bring this story to life. Its classic Telltale meets the horror movies of the 1980s, and they’ve hit all the right notes. The branching storylines, likeable characters, and underlying dread and mystery really help this game to accomplish everything it could. Oxenfree is sure to keep you guessing until you reach the final ending screen. At which point I can’t promise you won’t just start over, ready to explore the ghostly realm ocne again.
  3. Jan 28, 2016
    90
    Night School’s creepy teen horror more than succeeds at being a chilling supernatural tale, but its real strength lies in its rough, earnest, truthful account of five teen lives and the ways that they grow and fracture under the worst, most unearthly kind of pressure.
  4. Jan 19, 2016
    80
    Oxenfree is a story about human interaction and how we choose to treat each other, all set against a backdrop of supernatural horror. It just feels really human in spite of all the weird stuff.
  5. Jan 25, 2016
    80
    Oxenfree is a wonderful narrative and explorative experience that succeeds in innovating the way in which dialogues are incorporated in videogames. It’s a big feat, that together with the interesting story and the stellar audio production values is well worth the price.
  6. Jan 15, 2016
    78
    In the end, Oxenfree is absolutely a game about teenage bullshit (forgive me for being a little disingenuous earlier). But it manages to revitalize that narrative by focusing on feeling more than substance; it glances at each character’s inner struggle rather than serving it up for a full meal.
  7. Jan 16, 2016
    50
    Pacing is a problem, but the experience can be a memorable one if you buy into Night School Studio’s concept.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Oct 13, 2016
    10
    Oxenfree is the second game I've purchased from Steam, and despite my Mac being a little too slow for it, I loved this game!! Yes, it's short,Oxenfree is the second game I've purchased from Steam, and despite my Mac being a little too slow for it, I loved this game!! Yes, it's short, but it has a really great story, great dialogue, the characters are great and the soundtrack is amazing. I even love the painterly background.

    If you get to play this game, don't play it once and then stop. Play it again right away. The supernatural stuff you saw during your first playthrough "bleed through" to your second "timeline" and the story goes deeper still. Not to mention that you can get multiple endings based on your play style. ;) Those hidden trophies are there for a reason.

    I just love this game so much despite the massive bugs I got, but I'm a full time video game tester, and I attribute most of these bugs to my mac just being too slow. I don't generally game on my mac so it's forgiven. Give this game a try, it's a diamond in the rough.
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  2. Mar 27, 2018
    10
    Thought it was going to be another "Firewatch" waste of time. Slow start, but wow, what a finish. Do yourself a favor and play this. I've beenThought it was going to be another "Firewatch" waste of time. Slow start, but wow, what a finish. Do yourself a favor and play this. I've been playing games for 30 years, and this holds the intellectual merits of a great game. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2017
    9
    Unique looks, interesting plot with unexpected twists, moody music, perfect sound design, coherent gameplay. Overall one ot the bestUnique looks, interesting plot with unexpected twists, moody music, perfect sound design, coherent gameplay. Overall one ot the best experiences in recent years. More games like this one devs! Expand
  4. Jan 11, 2017
    8
    An emotional, thought provoking 2D walking simulator spinning an excellent story over light but competent gameplay.

    Pros: - Deep, well
    An emotional, thought provoking 2D walking simulator spinning an excellent story over light but competent gameplay.

    Pros:
    - Deep, well realized characters (mostly, one is just passable)
    - Excellent voice acting, really bringing the story and characters to life. I was constantly reluctant to interrupt other's dialogue with my own
    - Intriguing and thought provoking story, perfectly paced and woven masterfully
    - Choices and their resulting impacts feel organic and honest
    - Eye catching 2d art style and backgrounds
    - Interesting collectables that add to the story; I was perfectly happy to spend an extra hour trekking about the world, looking for the ones I'd missed.
    - The John Carpenter inspired melodies perfectly compliment the tone and feel of the game, great music
    - The ending leaves you wanting more, with the definite draw of multiple playthroughs

    Cons:
    - Choosing an option often cuts off NPCs dialogue (which I wanted to hear), but waiting too long leaves the protagonist silent (also unwanted). By the end I had timing down where I could catch my option at the last moment, so I could have the best of both worlds. Just wish it didn't have to be that hard
    - Characters move so slowly that exploration can be a slog

    This is a well paced, masterful story bound to the player's hand that flows organically and with impact. Any player looking for a gameplay-light, story-heavy experience will find more than their money's worth here.
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  5. Jan 22, 2016
    7
    Yeah, the dialog system is the main offender here, constantly frustrating in the sense it makes you you feel you are missing out on theYeah, the dialog system is the main offender here, constantly frustrating in the sense it makes you you feel you are missing out on the intriguing story and not getting the full experience. The less you are willing to forgive, the more will be the ending and inevitably the whole playthrough painfully unsatisfying in spite of amazing art and atmosphere. Expand
  6. Oct 27, 2016
    7
    Pretty neat indie game. Love the hand drawn srt style, its really gorgeuous. Narrative is also pretty well done and feels conventional likePretty neat indie game. Love the hand drawn srt style, its really gorgeuous. Narrative is also pretty well done and feels conventional like its actual people going through these mysterious bonkers events. For some reason game runs really bad on my system which makes no sense considering its 2.5D. Also would like a second or two more for dialogue choices cuz it feels too fast and i cant make a proper choice many times. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2017
    0
    If you like this game, and games like this, I strongly suggest you get a Commodore 64 because the games are on approximately the same levelIf you like this game, and games like this, I strongly suggest you get a Commodore 64 because the games are on approximately the same level technically, but the overall quality of Commodore 64 games is better. Seriously, when is this barrage of amateur games that are often not even games going to stop? Are we going backwards now?

    You have to use w,a,s,d keys to move around in this walking tour. You can't even use the mouse accept to click on the endless conversation bubbles. Hey, here's a cool idea, let's go back to an MS-DOS interface, wouldn't that be trendy and cool?

    Everything about this game makes it clear that the developer's entire focus was on how they could make a "game" with as little effort as possible, and as quickly as possible. The game is very short and yet still spends a lot of time dragging things out to try and convince you that it really is a game, and not a comic strip. It seems like one person could have made this game in a short period of time. If this trend keeps up no one is going to want to make real games anymore. Why bother when you can quickly crank out amateur garbage by the truckload and make just as much money by releasing "indie" games in much bigger quantities.

    If you like this game, check out Zork. It's just walking around and text, similar to this this game without the childish graphics, but definitely better entertainment with better writing.
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