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  • Summary: Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. You are Alex, and you’ve just brought your new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight island party gone horribly wrong.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 20, 2017
    90
    Just last week, Oxenfree was launched on the Nintendo Switch, bringing it to a whole new audience. As one of those new people, I am thrilled to have been given a chance to experience Night School Studio’s debut work. A tale of choice, friendship, communication, and what we do if we’re given a chance to alter events… Oxenfree is a narrative masterpiece.
  2. Oct 10, 2017
    90
    A genuinely creepy creation, Oxenfree combines a clever story and smart dialogue mechanics with superbly sinister music to leave a deep and lasting impression on the player, one that should encourage an all-important second playthrough. Fans of Stranger Things and Poltergeist will love the direction this game takes – if not to hell and back, exactly, then absolutely to some other place where horrors abound, just waiting for an invitation into our world. It’s yet another Switch essential.
  3. Oct 12, 2017
    90
    Oxenfree mixes a spooky story, superb soundtrack and vivid visuals to create an experience that is truly memorable. I cannot recommend this game enough to anyone who enjoys getting lost in an atmospheric adventure.
  4. 80
    Oxenfree is fascinating. It’s best played in a relaxing spot, free of distraction, so the immersion can be best enjoyed. It’s short and different, but there is replay value. There’s not anything outside of what you can do with the story of the game, other then interact with the world itself. But it’s exciting to come back and see how choices can change the plot of the game. Not quite a Telltale-level game, but also not something to pass up. The beautiful visuals, characters, and choices are why I came back to it. And with that radio you just can’t turn that down.
  5. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Thanks to its remarkable character development, well written dialogue and overall quality of the plot, Oxenfree is certain to strike a chord with fans of story-driven games, even if its length is rather short but that ends up being minimal when faced with the game's surprising developments.
  6. Oct 16, 2017
    80
    Like a top-notch episode of a great TV show Oxenfree presents a well told singular story in parallel with interesting mythology. Bar a few pacing issues I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game – and was enthralled with the narrative for huge swaths of the runtime. Oxenfree is a superb addition to Switch’s growing catalog of indie games. It may not be a title well suited to gaming on the move, but I found that playing curled up on a couch, in a dimly lit room, was an excellent setting to experience the story. Maybe you will too?
  7. Oct 30, 2017
    70
    It’s an intriguing story, and one I feel is worthwhile experiencing so long as you’re not put off by a lack of moment to moment game-like elements. It’s just a shame that Oxenfree’s design genius is at odds with its pacing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Apr 9, 2018
    10
    I just finished this and it blew my mind. I went it knowing it was going to be good from what I had heard but it was so much better thanI just finished this and it blew my mind. I went it knowing it was going to be good from what I had heard but it was so much better than anticipated. 10s across the board. Writing, Story. Graphics. Voice Acting. Very, very good. One of those gems you find that hasn't been influenced by the pressure to be conformitive and do well like most triple-a titles. Expand
  2. Jan 1, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game does NOT end after the first play-through. Nor after the second. Nor the third. New play-throughs are different and are part of and build up the story. My goodness, it gets amazing. You have no idea. The game, the narrative, the story development recognizes this, because this is the game that eventually, satisfyingly, leads to the solution. Strangely, I'm begging you to play it. Then play it again and you will begin to understand. The only con are screen-load times, and they are painful - but even that doesn't matter because it is really that great. If you read another review and they don't mention the magic (the actual game) of replay, then they have missed something crucial to the narrative. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2018
    9
    A walking simulator I absolutely loved. Art style was cool, story was an excellent mix of creepy/mysterious but not obtuse and the characterA walking simulator I absolutely loved. Art style was cool, story was an excellent mix of creepy/mysterious but not obtuse and the character interaction and dialogue deserves all the praise it can get. If you're looking for a straight up horror this probable isnt for you, rather than jump scares and gore the game relies predominately on atmosphere to create a genuinely creepy story. The game boast multiple endings although even a strong lover of the game I found its pacing was slow enough that I wouldn't really consider adding any game time padding due to those multiple endings. This game is more of my favorite book that I'd be happy to re-read every now and then. People who want games to play actually probably should pass on this game, but if you're a story driven gamer looking for an excellent new story I couldnt recommend it more. Takes about 4 hours to play? Expand
  4. Jan 24, 2019
    7
    The first game I played on the Switch. I had some fun, but at times it seemed to me a little boring. Sometimes the story did not captivate me.The first game I played on the Switch. I had some fun, but at times it seemed to me a little boring. Sometimes the story did not captivate me. However, it is worth trying for the price. Expand
  5. May 12, 2018
    6
    Half teenager movie, half spooky ghost story, Oxenfree is all about the dialogue. Sure, you'll have a heck of a lot of walking around asHalf teenager movie, half spooky ghost story, Oxenfree is all about the dialogue. Sure, you'll have a heck of a lot of walking around as well–but that feels like an excuse to throw more conversations at you.

    The graphics in Oxenfree are very nice, following the tiny protagonists across the vast landscape. The story is also serviceable, the way that the "teens stumbling upon a supernatural mystery" trope tends to be. But again, this game is ultimately about the relationships between the characters and their conversations, which are your tool to steer the story towards one of its many (and subtly different) endings. Indeed, once the talking is done, the game feels a tad empty, and your sense of agency fades.

    Oxenfree is good fun for a few hours, even though it sometimes dilutes those hours to the point where it deserves the infamous "walking simulator" label. It makes up for that with interesting characters, an interesting backstory, and–oh, did I mention all that dialogue?
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  6. Jul 15, 2018
    6
    This game is NOT worth the 20€ price tag and I'm happy I got it at 75% off.

    The game takes about 4-5 hours to complete and the writing and
    This game is NOT worth the 20€ price tag and I'm happy I got it at 75% off.

    The game takes about 4-5 hours to complete and the writing and voice acting is really good by game standards. The game falls short however on it's lack of game play, it makes you think you can make choices but all you're really doing is getting different lines of text that all lead to the same point.

    Buy this if you like playing games that play out like a movie, and if you don't know if you like games like that, wait for a sale.
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  7. Jun 21, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. oxenfree is a beautifully haunting experience of a game. the music perfectly blends with the chilled game play while constantly keeping you tense. when you finish your first play through you come to a brutally horrifying realization, you didn't stop the loop. so you play through again, and you stop it again. you play again and again until the story finally reaches a boiling point and you break the loop, at a cost.
    you never meet nona and nether dose ren, your brother is still dead and you never build your relationship with johnas. oxenfree is a truly amazing game and as I've said before, a must have for the switch.
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