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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: 42 out of 81
  2. Negative: 9 out of 81
  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. Jun 26, 2019
    10
    Interesting, laid-back game with relatable dialogue. Not for anyone looking for an abundancy of jump scares or bullet action. This is forInteresting, laid-back game with relatable dialogue. Not for anyone looking for an abundancy of jump scares or bullet action. This is for someone who enjoys the idea of the paranormal, quirky dynamics like the continuous radio use to further the gameplay, and for those okay with a game that is more of a slow-burn. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am playing it again with different family members. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2017
    9
    The story is fantastic and I've never thought a 2D plat former could have me on the edge of my seat and scared at the same time. It wasThe story is fantastic and I've never thought a 2D plat former could have me on the edge of my seat and scared at the same time. It was fantastic as most characters had purpose the only thing is Nona felt like she didn't need to be there as the story wouldn't of changed much. The music throughout the whole game is amazing and really makes the game a completely different experience as one time you could feel happy and not worried and then complete tone switch also the ending is very good as it does rap up with things also with a kinda telltale ending showing the choices you made. The only thing is the *continue timeline* at the end could have more reason to play as it is very repetitive as not enough changes are made to keep the player playing. But overall fantastic game and is worth buying even the price is a little high for the time span it offers. Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2018
    8
    Un juego con 0 jugabilidad centrado por completo en la historia con varios finales. Tiene una historia muy original y atipica, me ha gustadoUn juego con 0 jugabilidad centrado por completo en la historia con varios finales. Tiene una historia muy original y atipica, me ha gustado mucho, pero se me ha hecho muy corto, y con un final un poco brusco Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2020
    7
    Hello from Russia with love. I'm too old for any fancy indie games but have played in Oxenfree right after watching Bandersnatch on NetfilxHello from Russia with love. I'm too old for any fancy indie games but have played in Oxenfree right after watching Bandersnatch on Netfilx and had some fun in process.
    Minuses: Annoying talking all the way, there are tons of dialogs in game. Too much walking. Too much. An these teens with theirs teen problems. It's not my theme.
    Pluses: Atmosphere. Music. Variability. Witty ending.
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  6. Jun 22, 2021
    6
    While the game started out interesting i did not find the story that intriguing. Characters are not that likeable and the multiple choiceWhile the game started out interesting i did not find the story that intriguing. Characters are not that likeable and the multiple choice answers sometimes cut off ongoing conversations which made me miss out on some dialogue. I also encountered a bug that made it unable to move my character and had to restart at a checkpoint. The whole game felt like it was targeted at a younger audience.

    The game is a walking simulator with easy puzzles and collectibles that piece together the backstory something that i generaly dislike in games and that for me artificially drags out the playtime. I prefer games that explain their story through normal gameplay and doesnt hide it behind collectibles.

    On a positive note: I liked the art style and music and the beginning of the game had me interested.
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  7. May 28, 2020
    0
    The visual component is 5 out of 10. This decently looks, unfortunately, only in the screenshots, in general, this visual style palls in theThe visual component is 5 out of 10. This decently looks, unfortunately, only in the screenshots, in general, this visual style palls in the first half hour of the game and causes only yawning.
    The plot - 3 out of 10. Boring, stupid.
    The gameplay is 0 out of 10. Unfortunately it is not there, most of the dialogs and interactions can simply be ignored, there is little to change.
    Music - 0 out of 10. A rare example of such a mediocre composer, I really have not heard such terrible musical accompaniment for a long time. I hope this person quits music lessons and will not injure others.
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