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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. 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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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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
  2. Apr 4, 2017
    9
    Oxenfree is slow and its only game mechanic is tuning in a radio. But Oxenfree is a great example of how video games can tell stories - and itOxenfree is slow and its only game mechanic is tuning in a radio. But Oxenfree is a great example of how video games can tell stories - and it uses the objectively most realistic conversation system ever created. The characters uhm and ahh, and the conversation never stops for you - allowing you to cut others off, or keep your silence if you miss your opportunity. Its story excels in delivering on the choice given to players, and, sure sometimes choice don't matter as much as you want, but more often then not, Oxenfree is far more open than any other similar games (Life is Strange, I'm looking at you), although its short play time and limited mechanics mean I expect that saved dev-time to go somewhere. The player-choice and conversation style make this more a conversation simulator than a walking one. The horror elements make Oxenfree scary and tense without actually having any horror that is directly scary, something that is very well executed. Its ending might feel a bit like a cop-out, but it still feels like less of a disservice than Life is Strange or Infinite, in that its mind **** makes just enough sense to have an emotional impact whilst maintaining a proper character arc for everyone and preserving that I'm-like-85%-sure-whats-going-on effect that permeates the entire game. The New-Game+ that is now available (but i haven't played yet) seems set to solve that cop-out feeling, although I don't really feel like re-doing the whole game again, because it seems like it would get boring quick given its so-called "walking simulator" status. Expand
  3. Feb 13, 2018
    9
    One of the best story driven game I've ever played. The characters are fun and enjoyable and the story is so good. Also you need to replay theOne of the best story driven game I've ever played. The characters are fun and enjoyable and the story is so good. Also you need to replay the game after you have first finished the game. You will never want to stop playing. Expand
  4. May 28, 2017
    8
    While the gameplay itself is hardly thrilling, this distinctive game makes up for that with other interesting elements. Because of anWhile the gameplay itself is hardly thrilling, this distinctive game makes up for that with other interesting elements. Because of an inventive story, great characters and neat design, Oxenfree is well worth playing. Expand
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. Aug 9, 2016
    7
    Oxenfree is flawed but still an enjoyable experience and one of the better "walking simulators" I've played so far.

    After reading some
    Oxenfree is flawed but still an enjoyable experience and one of the better "walking simulators" I've played so far.

    After reading some mediocre reviews I was skeptical going in, but I was positively surprised by how well written and interesting the dialogue and the characters were and I was intrigued by the choices I was offered, because they seemed to be more substantial than in most other games in this genre.

    The story, however, ultimately was disappointing and it felt (too) "dumbed down", like they were constantly sacrificing depth just to make it as easy to follow as possible for everybody.

    The whole game is pretty simplistic in general and I liked that about Oxenfree, but some people might feel a little underwhelmed or even bored by the lack of challenge and sophistication.

    The biggest problem for me was that the game makes promises in the first half that it just can't deliver on in the second half, because in the beginning the story appears to be pretty fascinating and mind-bending, but that only leads to a much greater let-down when it eventually turns into something very unoriginal and predictable and ends in a completely unsatisfying way.

    All that being said though, I'm still glad I bought this roughly four hour long adventure (on sale), because I really enjoyed the dialogue and since I was given a good number and variety of choices throughout I even thought it had some decent replay value.
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