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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10 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2016

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.

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10 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2018

Oxenfree really is a spectacular piece of gaming. With an original concept, an eerie abandoned island as the perfect setting and the power to shape the story as the player sees fit, this game is an phenomenal experience that should not be missed.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

An evolution of narrative design, along with being one of the most captivating and original stories ever told in media.

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95 / 100
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree might just be a big next step for adventure games, particularly when it comes to the way it presents dialogue choices. Night School Studio has managed to execute an interactive story that treats player choice in a mature and subtle way. It's an emotional experience with wonderful characters and great writing, and it's one that masters its 70s and 80s influences.

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9.4 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2016

Oxenfree is whole heartedly one of the best experiences you can have playing games. It is a cornerstone example of how stories can be told in an interactive media, and how to build a supernatural tone around 'average' characters without exaggerating everything.

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9.3 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2016

Night School Studio has delivered a shining example of narrative excellence with Oxenfree. The story, the characters, the look, and the sound all come together to create an unforgettable series of wonderful moments.

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9.3 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

For a game that draws on the essence of a 80s or 90s horror flick, it takes many of the identifying tropes and defenestrates them.

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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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9 / 10
Jan 15, 2016

Oxenfree is sure to keep you guessing until you reach the final ending screen. At which point I can't promise you won't just start over, ready to explore the ghostly realm ocne again.

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