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  • Summary: Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly 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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 11, 2016
    90
    Oxenfree is an extremely well put-together horror game from a new developer, and one that I can find very little fault with. Night School Studios might just be 2016's class valedictorians, and any fan of Telltale games and suspense fiction simply must give this one a go.
  2. Jun 30, 2016
    90
    Oxenfree is everything that is right in the indie development scene. It tells a great story, has really unique gameplay that's almost completely dialog driven, and has some of the most subtle horror elements I've seen in a game. This is one of those games that you shouldn't sleep on, make sure you check it out.
  3. 85
    So much of Oxenfree is an utterly heavenly experience. The conversation options knocks other games out of the water, and the characters are relatable and well-realised. The story is well-paced for much of the fairly brief play time, but sadly things unravel by the time the finale arrives, making a potential stone cold classic into something that’s merely great.
  4. 80
    Oxenfree deals with some heavy topics in just a few hours, and manages to do something genuinely interesting with them. A phenomenal conversation system anchors most of the experience, but there’s many mysteries for dedicated players to solve. Oxenfree is a game that rewards players that go the extra mile, and how much you get out of it is directly tied to how much you put in.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 16, 2016
    80
    One of this year's best indie offerings so far. [Aug 2016, p.88]
  6. Jun 6, 2016
    70
    It may be brief, but Oxenfree has elements of greatness and stands out as an excellent example of video game storytelling. It's also a beautiful and intriguing game that draws you in from the very start and makes you want to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Unfortunately, the situational narrative is let down slightly in the final third where it confuses even itself and fails to merge with the far stronger and more prominent social narrative.
  7. Jun 30, 2016
    60
    Oxenfree has a fabulous soundtrack, well written dialogue, and it takes some bold steps into territory that’s rarely tread in games. The island Alex and company find themselves trapped on holds many secrets, but none of them seem to warrant discovery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Aug 12, 2021
    10
    I simply love this game to pieces! The mood is so special. Made me think of Stand By Me for some reason. Absolutely cannot wait for the sequelI simply love this game to pieces! The mood is so special. Made me think of Stand By Me for some reason. Absolutely cannot wait for the sequel to come out Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2019
    10
    Oxenfree has got to be one of the best indie titles I've ever played. The story is what steals the show here, tying it in such a unique wayOxenfree has got to be one of the best indie titles I've ever played. The story is what steals the show here, tying it in such a unique way with its gameplay loop. One of those games you'll run through multiple playthroughs in succession. Play this game! Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2021
    9
    Oxenfree has one of the best conversation systems I've ever come across. The dialogues are written really well and feel natural. The voiceOxenfree has one of the best conversation systems I've ever come across. The dialogues are written really well and feel natural. The voice acting and the art style is all really neat. Don't expect much of the gameplay since it's mostly just walking. If you are the type of player who skips dialogue in games, then this game isn't for you. However, if you do like story games then this is a must buy Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2017
    8
    Honestly this game scared me more than other 'Scary' games have ever done, i loved everything, dialogues, atmosphere, story is a littleHonestly this game scared me more than other 'Scary' games have ever done, i loved everything, dialogues, atmosphere, story is a little confusing but is all about the characters, the ending was great. Great game. Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2016
    8
    Good story, little confusing and could do with random, not story driven dialogue so when you get lost you dont get bored, couple times i feltGood story, little confusing and could do with random, not story driven dialogue so when you get lost you dont get bored, couple times i felt like just quitting because some bits required a lot of walking.

    Otherwise great story and great dialogue, voices were a bit "studio" rather than walking around in the woods but whatever
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  6. Jun 18, 2019
    8
    Oxenfree grabbed me in a way I didn't expect - it has supernatural elements, and although it might not seem quite right to describe it as aOxenfree grabbed me in a way I didn't expect - it has supernatural elements, and although it might not seem quite right to describe it as a 'horror' game as such, it certainly creeped me out in a way other games that are marketed as straight horror experiences don't. It has genuinely unsettling moments, however that just does more to suck you in and keep you playing through the story.

    The art style is very appealing however is quite simplistic, but everything in this game just works and suits the overall tone perfectly. The characters are endearing, the story is extremely engaging, and even though the gameplay is quite slow-paced, everything controls smoothly, even if some of the sections where you need to climb or cross ledges can be a little clunky.

    It is not an overly-long game, but you will want to dive back in for another run to do the opposite choices and take the game in different directions. An easy game to recommend, and can quite often be found on sale, so take the opportunity to pick it up if you haven't tried it. An excellent example of some of the indie gems out there.
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  7. Apr 1, 2021
    0
    Lot of bugs that freezes the game, and trophy doesn't pop correctly, rendering an entire playthrough wasted. Zero gameplay, zero charm, 100%Lot of bugs that freezes the game, and trophy doesn't pop correctly, rendering an entire playthrough wasted. Zero gameplay, zero charm, 100% trash. Can't believe I wasted real money and time on this. Expand

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