OXENFREE

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  • Last update: 8 months ago
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.54 GB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Ce
  • Author: Night School Studio
  • Content rating: Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Languages: English
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Oxenfree review

Oxenfree is the iOS port of the 2016 critically acclaimed supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. If you enjoy stories with weird mysteries, then this game is the perfect title to check out.

You play as a bright, rebellious teenager named Alex who just brought her stepbrother Jonas to an overnight island party that gone horribly wrong. It’s up to you to determine every aspect of Alex's story while exploring the island, uncovering its dark past, and changing the course of your friends' lives.

Graphics 5/5

Oxenfree has stunning visuals. The graphics are insanely rich and detailed, and everything looks hand illustrated. Although the camera view is zoomed out for the most part of the game, you can still see the beauti

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ful scenery and different environments as they were meant to be seen. Every character has own distinctive appearance and personality, and the voice acting is incredible.

Colors range from dark, gloomy tones to some bright lights that tell you of the supernatural. The typography for the decisions that pop up looks like handwritten scribbles, giving an authentic feel of teenagers writing.

Oxenfree is best played with sound on as the audio is one of the best things about the game. Grab your favorite headphones and immerse yourself in the story and its mysterious world. Each dialog is voiced out, which helps you care about the characters you are dealing with since they feel more real. The game also has a haunting great VHS synth-pop soundtrack that is an absolute delight to listen to. Plus, Alex has a radio with her which emits realistic static radio sounds.

Night School Studio has done an excellent job with the graphics and audio design, so it’s no wonder why Oxenfree was nominated in the Game Developer Choice Awards.

Gameplay 5/5

If you’re not familiar with Oxenfree, the story goes like this: Alex and her stepbrother Jonas come to a remote military island for a beach gathering with some friends. While everyone does some normal teenager things, Alex, Jonas, and Ren (Alex’s best friend) stumble upon a suspicious cave that ends up being the portal to a ghostly world which reveals the island’s past. From that point, it’s entirely up to you how to deal with the upcoming eerie events and the ominous spirits that have got unleashed.

The gameplay is a combination of various scenes with the characters talking and interacting and puzzle elements you can sink your teeth into. Every choice matter in the game, and you have to think quickly about the best answer when the options pop up, as they disappear after a few seconds.

Most of the game you will control Alex, but sometimes you’ll be in control of the other kids too. You have to just tap-and-hold your finger on the screen in the direction you want to go or tap the spot you need to move to. When there is something fishy in the area, you will have to use Alex’s radio by tapping on the radio icon in the top right corner. Then, you just slide your finger horizontally on the screen to adjust the radio dial till you finally scan what you need. The radio is a vital tool that let Alex communicate with spirits and specters, as well as manipulate the world around her.

Controls 4/5

The controls work well enough for the touch screen. However, it can be a little unresponsive at times. Whether you are tapping or holding your finger down to make your character move, it doesn’t always register, so it takes a few attempts to get going.

Plus, tapping and dragging to move makes it hard to respond to dialogue choices in time when they pop up. Thankfully, there is no way to lose in Oxenfree, so these issues feel pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.

Replay Value 5/5

Oxenfree is a graphic adventure game, so you will have to sit through lots of dialogs and watch events unfold as decisions pop up on the screen. You have to pick an option, and every choice you make throughout the game will affect relationships between characters and the outcome of events.

There are multiple endings to the game, so if you want to know every single of them, then there is a high replay value. It’s worth to be a completionist in Oxenfree.

In-app purchases

Oxenfree doesn’t have any in-app purchases. You just have to pay a single price of $4.99 to download it.

Conclusion

Oxenfree is a game that's equally creepy as it is hilarious. Plus, if you are into supernatural themes, it’s definitely a must-buy. The graphics are superb, and it’s impressive to see an amount of detail that the artists put into the visuals. On top of that, the music is stirring, the sound effects are captivating, and the voice acting is excellent.

Although there are just a little action and a lot of walking, the story is rich and exciting so that Oxenfree is well deserved of its positive reviews and BAFTA nominations.

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Conclusion

Although Oxenfree has some control issues, it tells a unique story that's peppered with character moments that will stick with you.


Pros : Beautiful graphics;
Captivating sound effects;
Interesting story;
High replay value.

Cons : Clunky controls;
Usually, not enough time to choose a response in the dialog.


Graphics 5.0

Gameplay 5.0

Controls 4.0

Replay Value 5.0


Average : 4.8





3 Comments


  • S
    Stabtastic
    iTunes
    This game is absolutely astonishing. The graphics are beautiful, the story is compelling, and the characters are just... wow. I love it, so hecking much, but I have one teeensy problem. It keeps crashing, and at the worst times. I'm at (what I believe to be) the final stage. I've gotten through the all the spooky stuff, and I'm so pumped to know how it ends. But, alas, the game seems to be against me. It keeps crashing right before I go into the cave, and it doesn't even save. It's extremely disappointing because one I payed for this and was expecting it not to be all glitchy, and two I feel like I'll never get to know the end. Hopefully one of you cool cats that made this can help me?? I dunno, I hope you can though. Anywho, overall it's a great game and anyone considering getting it definitely should. The crashing things seems to be just my problem, so I'm still gonna give it five stars and all that jazz. Happy playing ladies and gents, and hopefully I'll get to know how this all plays out, yeah?
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    onefivefour
    iTunes
    Aside from the crashing, this has been a really fun game to play. The problem is, it crashes often when I move to a new location. Usually it saves first, so it's not too big of a deal (I have to wait for the app to load again), but I've reached a point near the end of a game where I try to enter the cave, but it crashes when loading the scene every time. I've played through the same scene five times, and it crashes at the same place every time. So basically I'm unable to finish the game. Maybe it would load ok if I start over and play through the entire game again, but I don't feel like going through all of that trouble just to see if it'll work correctly the second time I get there. Im very disappointed, because it sounds like there would otherwise be some good replay value. Since I can't have more than one save game, I guess I'll just stop playing and wait to see if the developers release a patch to fix this bug.
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    Midnight_Cobra
    iTunes
    Even though it could’ve been played in one sitting, my boyfriend and I played this every night for about a week and got through a certain amount of the story each time. It’s SUCH a wonderful game – the art, the dialogue... but most importantly: the STORY. There were so many unexpected aspects to the game, and our hearts were always pounding with every twist. We definitely looked forward to playing it each night, and I can’t rave enough about how wonderful it was. I really wish there were more games like this! I’ve been looking around forever for similar ones but can’t find any that have the same unique art and aspects like this one. I’m an extremely picky person when it comes to games and their art, and I just can’t get past how perfect this one is. Easily one of my favorites!

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