Hey gang! OXENFREE is now live in the Windows store! What better reason to check out all the awesome things the gaming press is saying about the game?! And by the way, it’s also available on Steam for Mac/PC and XBox One! Read the reviews below and THEN GO BUY IT!
Oxenfree is a smart, emotional adventure that feels focused and purposeful. It’s got plenty of narrative twists that lead to great “a-ha” moments, but keeps the story well-grounded in its compelling protagonists and clever gameplay moments. Oxenfree is simply well-made, endearing, and very memorable.
There’s no filler here, just an increasingly fascinating, emotional story steeped in the paranormal. Night School Studio’s first effort is a brilliant one. Not perfect, but absolutely worth experiencing.
Oxenfree is more than a ghost story with a Freaks and Geeks-like coating. It’s a tale of coping with loss, broken relationships, and the inflexibility with which teenagers deal with sudden change, all layered under an alarming paranormal encounter. I left Oxenfree feeling hollow and strained, emotionally spent yet excited to play again and uncover more of the mystery.
Oxenfree is elegantly simple, using branching dialogue and a little something supernatural to develop three-dimensional characters and drive the coming-of-age story … it’s like walking through a stunning painting, listening to the idle chatter and revealing talks of (sometimes unnatural-sounding) teenagers.
…it’s very good at what it sets out to do: Hand players the reins of an engaging horror story, and give them the tools to craft one believable teenage girl’s reaction to its extraordinary events.
“Oxenfree” captures a mood (an eerie night), intensifies it (people get possessed!), and then efficiently wraps things up before anything becomes tedious. This analog, supernatural story unites its characters in a web of guilt and showers them in decorative static.
Oxenfree takes the best parts of supernatural 1980’s teenage horror films and combines it with believable characters, beautiful set pieces, and a haunting VHS synth-pop soundtrack to create a masterpiece.
To Oxenfree’s credit, it kept me engaged the whole way through. I constantly wanted to see where it was going and where my choices would lead. Night School Studio clearly wasn’t afraid to experiment and try some different and interesting things with presentation in regards to a narrative-based, choice-driven game. As much as I loved parts of the overall experience, others let me down. Even so, I enjoyed learning about these characters and seeing them grow through my actions.
There’s a haunting elegance to Oxenfree that’s there because each of its constituent parts are working together to create it. The gangly art, a soundtrack that effectively jars between jaunty and creepy. There’s the odd issue with pacing, as some long treks across the island are made in silence, but across its four or so hours everything feels like its there for a reason. Just like it feels like this group of friends are there for a reason, starring in an unexpectedly brilliant supernatural adventure full of wit, charm and wisdom.
Everything about Oxenfree was such a joy to experience. From the pacing to the art style to the story and characters, all of it meshed together so beautifully. Nothing felt out of place. I honestly can’t think of anything that I would change, and I have no complaints about the game. It ran perfectly and I never experienced any kind of bugs. Immediately after the game ended, I just wanted to start playing it again right away. It offers a lot of replay value, and I’d be happy to spend more time with it. Oxenfree has so much personality and is so incredibly fun that everyone needs to play it.