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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Release Date: Jan 14, 2016

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June 23

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Reviews

“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.”
10/10 – CGMagazine

“Oxenfree might just be a big next step for adventure games.”
9.5/10 – GamesBeat

“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.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

SUMMER 2016's HUGE CONTENT UPDATE: The most mind bending game of the year has new storylines, scenes, and endings, plus a multi-episode behind-the-scenes documentary.

"OXENFREE: The emotional adventure game you need to know about" - IGN

"A mix of Freaks and Geeks, Poltergeist and the best teen films of the ’80s" – Polygon

"Part teen drama, part terrifying ghost story" – Kill Screen

Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.

YOU determine every aspect of Alex's story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base's dark past, and changing the course of your friends' lives.

Features:

  • An intelligent conversation system that changes the story and your relationships based on every decision
  • A unique radio mechanic that allows Alex to communicate with mysterious spectres and manipulate her world
  • Art from Disney alum and an original soundtrack by scntfc (Sword & Sworcery, Galak-Z)
  • Multiple mysteries to unravel, spanning decades and lifetimes
  • Inspired by little-known events of World War II
  • Featuring voice talent from The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Borderlands and more

Starring:

  • Erin Yvette (The Wolf Among Us, Tales From the Borderlands)
  • Gavin Hammon (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tomb Raider)
  • Britanni Johnson (Borderlands, Borderlands 2)

Music and Sound by scntfc

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Shader Model 3.0 Compatible (DirectX 9.0c)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6750 (or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB OpenGL 2.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6750 (or higher)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 or similar
    • Processor: Intel i3 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Shader Model 3.0 Compatible (DirectX 9.0c)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6750 (or higher)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
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PungAbbe
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Really good characters and dialog. You connect with all of them, in their own ways. The story was quite good, but not amazing.

It took me 3h to finish the game but I think I'm going to play it again and ♥♥♥♥ around in my choises. If eveybody doesn't hate me at the end, and the world isn't burning, I did something wrong.

I had some problems with the npc's getting stuck when clibing up things, but all I had to do was climb down, and up again, and the problem was solved. That, as well as that it was a bit tedious running around sometimes was the only "big" negatives.

It was totaly worth the buy during summer sale.
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( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Yes it is expensive and it's also not very long, but the artstyle looks good, the story is a bit weird but interesting and it's more a story you play through then an actual game. If you like games like "Life is Strange" or "Firewatch" you will like this one too. It is not quite as awesome as the other 2 but I still have to recommend it. Rainy weather outside makes the experience better and a controller is also quite nice.
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Hououin Kyouma
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It's what a visual novel could be but is not. With a strong and epic story and an interesting gameplay.
Compares to Life is Strange in power!
A great and lovely game.
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Zypher720
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I've never played a faux 2D game this unsettling. I wouldn't call it scary, but it does a great job of freaking you out. The paranormal parts of the game are exceptional. Play it with headphones in the dark.

+Nails the atmosphere
+Really organic dialogue
+Likeable characters
+Sound effects for the paranormal scenes are really unnerving and unique
+The art style is unique and nice to look at
+Nothing jumpscary; it relies entirely on atmosphere and ♥♥♥♥ing with the player's head

There's a lot of walking from point A to point B in this game, but the game does a great job of filling the gap with spooky stuff and organic dialogue.

Great game. Worth the price tag. I recommend it
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Edgy Man :^)
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game was a fantastic experience the likes of which I have never quite experienced before.
I can't really say anything that others haven't already said, so i'll just say to get this game.
Currently one of the best singleplayer story rich games out there.
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odonos
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Wow, played this for an hour + and i'm already hooked, it reminds of the Dig from years ago, and the voice acting, sounds and music as amazing, highly recommended now on offer on Steam. If you atmospheric games buy it !!
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benswainson
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Loved it. Beautiful art, engaging dialouge and an amazing soundtrack make for a really incredible game and experience.
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attackonautumn
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Oxenfree has so much to offer. Between stunning visuals, great voicework, and expert writing - it's a quintessential indie gem. Not to mention, as a horror fan, there were points in this where I was more on edge than I have been in years. Though it is short, I can't recommend it enough.
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embraceternity
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Oxenfree has beautiful story, characters, game mechanics, art and atmosphere. The mix of psychological thriller, witty dialogue and branching storylines allows you to go back and forth between being on the edge of your seat, sitting there laughing, or both. I also really liked the radio system. The different ways that it could affect the game, along with the outstanding visuals continuously blew me away.

By the time I beat it, I immediately wanted to play again just to see the different things that can happen and the different endings that I could get! Also, I adore the amount of easter eggs in this game. You can tell that the developers put a lot of love and soul into Oxenfree, and it really paid off. It's easily one of my new favorite games.
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gaycaterpie
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
An amazing game that sent chills up my spine the entire way through. It's completely story based and choice reliant, and the relationships/dynamics + voice acting is as close to perfect as I've ever seen in a game.

I also wasn't expecting it to be as spooky as it was when I bought it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It relies on a sense of anxiety and doom rather than cheap jumpscares, and the game left me disturbed and intrigued when it was over.

It's not very long, but Oxenfree also has some generous replay value to go back and make different choices, find pieces to the plot puzzle that you missed, or just explore more dialogue options.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I usually don't write reviews but I have to for this game because it completely captured my attention for hours, leaving me excited to finish it in one go just to see how the story played out. The characters are natural, flowing, and completely fleshed out - most teenage characters are based off of archetypes and left there, but these characters feel real and play off of each other well. The dialog is lighthearted, and the choices to respond have variation and characters remember what you say, giving it a high replay value.
The story is beautiful and sad all in one, the landscape is lovingly crafted and not too expansive (as the walking can be a little repetitive), and the hidden clues are in depth and well scattered throughout the island. I love this game and wish for it to gain in popularity as I would love to see more content. It's original, the soundtrack adds a wonderful ambience that would have left something missing otherwise, and it remains an entirely different experience from most games I have played.
(Where Life is Strange does hold similar concepts: time bending, teenagers, horror, choice led, fate vs free will; Oxenfree stands as an entirely different experience with much to prove.)
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I've always been suckers for games that heavily rely on choices (i.e. Life is Strange, the Walking Dead: Telltale Games), but this one especially has stuck with me due to how creatively and masterfully the writers have created the story. It's been said countless of times but I'll say it once more- the dialogue is incredibly realistic. There's the teenage sarcasm and angst, the talking with your older brother about Grand Theft Auto, the angst-filled ranting about people you hate (cough cough CLARISSA cough cough), and pairing it up with a fantastic plotline that'll simultaneously make you laugh and then feel the need to keep your bedside lamp on because there is no way in hell you're going to be sleeping tonight is one of the best aspects of the game. Oxenfree's managed to expertly blend lighthearted characters with a deeply intense, often frightening, and essentially breathtaking game that'll stick with you for a long time after you've finished.

And if that doesn't sway you- you play as a girl who's most likely the love child of Chloe and Max from LiS. Alex is by far one of the most relatable and lovable characters I've played as, and c'mon, who doesn't love a character with a backstory that'll make you cry like a little baby?
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
An adventure game with an excellent script that switches from comedy to horror to pathos with ease. The scary parts freaked me out, the funny parts made me laugh out loud, and the poignant bits were actually touching. Also gets points for its sort-of-New-Game-Plus mode, which is difficult to describe without spoiling part of the plot, suffice it to say that the second playthrough WILL be different from the first in cool and unexpected ways.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Oxenfree is a striking and charming game that beautifully immerses the player into not only the story, but the characters through an outstanding conversational system that surpasses any I've encountered before.

The gameplay is minimal, as to be expected in a story rich game but it delivered more than I ever could have anticipated with its colossal ambience and its faultless voice acting. The voice acting is so superb, it is what makes Oxenfree so atmospheric and genuine. It is difficult to really articulate exactly what makes it so 'special', it's emotional, it's sincere, it's everything you would wish for in a game heavily dependent upon dialogue and interactions.

The approach to conversations is simple but so engaging that I would be extra cautious to not skip anything, which I must say is fairly rare in games based on heavy dialogue. The characters themselves are quirky and have droves of personality. Character development throughout the game is blended seamlessly and comes naturally and strenghtens the players connection to them.

The walking in Oxenfree isn't tiresome, it is mostly scattered with engaging dialogue and gives the player a chance to soak in the beautiful surroundings as the detail is quite amazing. There is no need for a fast travel system, this isn't Skyrim, it is a STORY RICH game and thus expectations should be altered accordingly.

I will acknowledge, however, that this definitely is not every gamers cup of tea, but it was never meant to be. From my playthrough, it is difficult for me to try and pinpoint a fault. The only slight downside I would say is the price for the length of gameplay, but seeing what Oxenfree has to offer, I would say the price is justifiable.

Oxenfree is a game of beauty, with a perfected conversational system, pragmatic characters that evoke emotion within the player, topped with an obscure story. Each of these elements collectively gives the player incentive to complete it with a sense of urgency, to determine the games outcome. That's what a story rich game really should encompass and what lovers of the genre NEED to play.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Just play this game. At first, it was interesting, but by the end, I was fully in it, and while I suppose some of the underlying plot and themes touched on personal notes for me, it left me speechless. Very well done game that plays well and touches on the emotions by allowing you to build a relationship with the game even as you build relationships between the characters.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Realistic characters, well written dialogue, amazing art, and an intriguing story.

When it comes to story-heavy games like this, is there really much else you can ask for?

Gameplay is minimal, but it actually exists. Like most story games, tt\'s more of a vessel to further the plot, but unlike most others what\'s there doesn\'t really detract from the experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The less you know the more enjoyable this game is. That being said, expect a creepy and trippy adventure game. You'll be wondering what the hell is going on all the way to the end. If you've played games like Life is Strange it functions very much like it. Most of the game is spent examining the world and interacting with your friends through bubble dialogues (all fully voiced) as you proceed through the game. You also get a radio which provides another dimension into the exploration. It doesn't sound like much, but everything is so well done and brimming with choice that it completely hooks you in from start to finish. It made me feel emotionally involved with everything happening and started to make me feel crazy the further the game went on. It's best played at night or in a dark room. Don't even think twice about trying this game out if you're a fan of story driven adventure games. Even if you're thinking that it doesn't sound like your cup of tea I think the story, dialogue, art, and music are so well done that it will interest anyone.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Loved this game, I played it to the end multiple times just to try the different options. Loved it everytime thru. Now there is an update with even more endings... now I need to try those out as well. Definetly reccomend this game to anyone who loves a good story that you get to interact with.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Oxenfree is a story driven game that explores themes of moving on, family, the relative fragility and strength of bonds, and whether the things gained from hard experiences were worth having to experience them to begin with. It has great voice acting, a fantastic soundtrack, and memorable characters.
Although some people may be deterred by the majortiy of Oxenfree's story and gameplay being comprised of walking and talking, I found that I was fully engaged for the entirety of the game. The only exception was when I backtracked to locate some of the hidden components (a completely optional facet of the game).
If I have any compunctions about recommending this game, they are only with regards to those who become distressed with pre-programmed disruptions, such as the game suddenly skipping past dialogue. The characters in-game react to these, however, so fear of hallucination or disconnect with reality should be minimalised.
If you enjoy story driven games that incorporate interesting uses of game mechanics, I fully recommend Oxenfree.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
An amazing game that sent chills up my spine the entire way through. It's completely story based and choice reliant, and the relationships/dynamics + voice acting is as close to perfect as I've ever seen in a game.

I also wasn't expecting it to be as spooky as it was when I bought it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It relies on a sense of anxiety and doom rather than cheap jumpscares, and the game left me disturbed and intrigued when it was over.

It's not very long, but Oxenfree also has some generous replay value to go back and make different choices, find pieces to the plot puzzle that you missed, or just explore more dialogue options.
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