Oxenfree takes its namesake from an old children's saying indicative of safety. Hearing ‘olly olly oxen free’ meant hiders could reveal themselves without losing to the seeker, but that most certainly isn’t the case in this instance.
Oxenfree is Night School Studio’s first game. It doesn’t show...
Sluggish movement does at least grant more listening time; Oxenfree’s eclectic soundtrack from scntfc (Galak-Z, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP) can go from bassy electronic to classic orchestral whilst feeling complementary, rather than jarring as you’d expect. It’s almost possessive of an upward inflection to encourage questions and perpetuate the air of mystery.
Inspired by cult classic films like like Stand by Me and Poltergeist, Oxenfree is Night School Studio’s first game. It doesn’t show, thanks to a team comprised of Disney and Telltale alumni, a team we can only hope take us on further adventures in the future.
The experience evokes memories of personal childhood mishaps, and might even make you wish to go back in time. It’ll keep you playing until it holds no more secrets, gripped by paranormal activity. Above all, it’s a charming and human coming of age story, it’s magic, and you should play it.