Oxenfree

Rating Summary

Based on 81 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

79%

Critics Recommend

Based on 81 critic reviews
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83 / 100
Jan 15, 2016

A beautiful story-driven adventure game with a compelling story and great characters, set on an island filled with intriguing mysteries.

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No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 22, 2016

Oxenfree isn't a horror game with a message, but it's still got lots to say.

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IGN

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree is elegantly simple, using branching dialogue and a little something supernatural to develop three-dimensional characters and drive the coming-of-age story. There's not much else to it in terms of gameplay, which is absolutely a good thing, but pacing issues in its story can make it feel sluggish between conversations. Mostly, though, it's like walking through a stunning painting, listening to the idle chatter and revealing talks of (sometimes unnatural-sounding) teenagers.

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Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree's easy to like, with its inspired dialogue system feeling like a step forward for this genre. It's the lack of challenge and compelling gameplay that leaves it a few steps behind.

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8 / 10
Jan 19, 2016

Some of the most natural dialogue ever designed for a video game – in terms of quality and interaction – helps to make a superior supernatural thriller.

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7.8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree has charm and experiments with choice in a fun way, but it has a few missteps that prevent it from reaching its full potential

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7 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree doesn't live up to its potential, but has a story worth telling

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8 / 10
Jan 15, 2016

Masterful audiovisual design and a witty script set Oxenfree's tale of angsty teens battling the supernatural apart from other horror games.

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Feb 1, 2016

Gorgeous, gripping, and well-paced, Oxenfree cuts a new path for adventure games, and is an excellent debut from Night School Studio. Do yourself a favor: Skip movie night and play this one alongside a friend.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree is a walking simulator that is confident enough in its characters and dialogue to bet that you won't mind just hanging around with them. It believes in the sinister low-ebb horror of the island to worm its way into your mind without having to crutch on a jumpscare every few minutes. It knows that its atmosphere and style will be enough to make you want to wander through its forests and dilapidated military bases. It's a walking simulator you should play.

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