Oxenfree Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame and a fraying grip on reality.

Characters dialogue is all well-voiced which gives the game a greater sense of immersion. As the plot (and reality) starts to unravel it takes some darker turns into the horror territory of Twin Peaks or Stranger Things. But as well as the jump scares we also discover deep backstories and complex relationships between the group.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Adventure and Narrative.

 

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

This game is free to start playing, but requires payment to continue at some point. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Game is free-to-start on iOS but you soon have to make a single purchase for the full game. No in-game purchases for anything else on iOS or other systems.

This game is free with Origin Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

The game was rated PEGI 12 for occasional non-realistic looking violence towards human characters, the use of sexual innuendo and offensive language. Not appropriate for persons below 12 years of age. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: The game features incidents in which characters are ‘possessed’ by unknown forces. Whilst so possessed, they can be raised into the air and can be heard uttering guttural spluttering noises and then fall silent and drop to the ground only to recover a short while later; a character that is possessed is seen to jump from an open window, the character lands on the ground with a thump. However, after a short while she stands up and walks away and does not display any injuries consistent with a fall from height.

There is also the use of sexual innuendo during a ‘party’ on a beach. This appears during a game in which a character is required to make a comment about another member of the group. In this particular instance the sentence “I'd screw Clarissa" / "I'd screw Nona" is used in reference to the 2 female characters. The words are seen in a large speech bubble above the head of one of the characters. Due to the nature of the game it contains quite a number of ‘jump scares’. There is the occasional use of the following offensive terms: crap, *!@?* and *!@?*.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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