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Video GameOxenfree Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo 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.

DetailsGame Details

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Night Schoolers (@NightSchoolers)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete. You can complete the game in around 5 hours, but to see the proper ending does mean you need to play the game multiple times.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

The game was rated PEGI 12 for occasional non-realistic looking violence towards human characters, the use of sexual innuendo and offensive language. 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 *!@?*.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to follow the story closely. Resilience and persistence are important for dealing with twists that can throw you off.

CostsCosts

Oxenfree usually costs £7.19 to £11.49.
 

Oxenfree

Oxenfree: Game + Theme

PlayStation Store PS4 £9.49

Oxenfree: Game + Theme + Avatars

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.49
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


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