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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.
Score distribution:
  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: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  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 20, 2018
    9
    Oxenfree is well-polished game with a great story that gets you want to play more and once you finished one play through, then try again asOxenfree is well-polished game with a great story that gets you want to play more and once you finished one play through, then try again as there are multiply endings to this game depending on your decisions. Even on the switch the game looks incredible with gorgeous environment and believable voice actors who did a great types of being certain types of characters. The soundtrack fits everywhere where ever you go in the game and it sounds amazing

    The only problem with this game is that the loading times takes a long time to load.

    But other than that, the game fantastic and I recommend everyone to have this game on there switch.

    Sorry if this review seems similar because I want to change my name but I couldn't so I just signed in with a different account.
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  3. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    I don't remember how it felt in my hands... but I started it and seemed to be something like "The Goonies", "Stranger Things"...

    The
    I don't remember how it felt in my hands... but I started it and seemed to be something like "The Goonies", "Stranger Things"...

    The soundtrack was immersive and that freaking sound of that parallel universe or whatever... I GOT GOOSEBUMPS

    Indie! Re playable!
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  4. May 31, 2018
    7
    6-hours teen movie with small impact of the narrative on gameplay but enough storytelling to keep interested in the whole session. For a cheap6-hours teen movie with small impact of the narrative on gameplay but enough storytelling to keep interested in the whole session. For a cheap price, it is good. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2018
    7
    A very interesting game with a good storytelling... I loved Alex. In the negative aspect the price is too high in my opinion and the game isA very interesting game with a good storytelling... I loved Alex. In the negative aspect the price is too high in my opinion and the game is too short for $20 Expand
  6. 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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  7. Feb 8, 2018
    1
    Infuriating backtracking, slow pacing and incredibly limited gameplay mechanics make this one an easy pass. I gave this game the patience IInfuriating backtracking, slow pacing and incredibly limited gameplay mechanics make this one an easy pass. I gave this game the patience I thought it deserved, but I ended up deleting it from my Switch before finishing. The one interesting gameplay mechanic was the use of the radio receiver, however, there was no development to this mechanic and it quickly became a mere formality. The character you control walks incredibly slow, and there is no run feature, so be prepared to spend most of your time holding the left joystick in one direction for long periods of time. That is the main gameplay mechanic. Worth $5. Expand

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