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Oxenfree review – is a catchphrase used in such children’s games as hide and seek, capture the flag, or kick the can to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game, that the position of the sides in a game has changed (as in which side is in the field or which side is at bat or “up” in baseball or kickball), or, alternatively, that the game is entirely over. Cassidy and Hall write that the phrase may be derived from all ye, all ye outs in free, all the outs in free, or possibly calling all the “outs” in free; in other words, all who are out may come in without penalty. Various calls used for such purposes have gone by the collective name of “ollyoxalls” in some places. Tukey and Rowell speculate that the phrase may be a corruption of a hypothetical and ungrammatical German phrase alle, alle, auch sind frei (all, all, are also free).

Another possible origin might be the Greek language. Óloi óloi éxo would translate to “everybody everybody out

Gameplay
Oxenfree is a graphic adventure played from a 2.5D perspective. Instead of dialogue occurring during cutscenes, speech bubbles appear over Alex’s head, allowing the player able to choose what she says next in the conversation while also interacting with the game’s world. Puzzles in the game are solved by finding the correct frequency on Alex’s handheld radio, which can do everything from unlock doors to communicate with ghosts.

Plot
Oxenfree is set on an abandoned island, which is visited by a group of teenagers for an overnight party. After they accidentally open a supernatural rift, Alex, the protagonist, must find a way to overcome the ominous creatures that have been unleashed, but also choose how to relate to the other teenagers trapped on the island.

Development
The first gameplay footage was released on May 18, 2015. It was announced on October 23, 2015 that the game would be released in January 2016. The game’s development team, Night School Studio, consists of former Telltale Games and Disney employees. It is their first game. The original artwork was created by Heather Gross, and the script was written by Adam Hines, lead writer on Tales from the Borderlands. Oxenfree is available in both standard and collector’s editions. The cast of the game includes Avital Ash, Britanni Johnson, Gavin Hammon, Erin Yvette, Aaron Kuban, and Joe Zieja.

Alternate Reality Game
Within the game are radio frequencies that hint to a real-world phone number. This phone number led players to the twitter account @xray9169363733. The account posted various cryptic, coded messages, all of which seemed to point to a real world location. On May 7th, 2016, Youtuber Jesse Cox posted a video similar to the PS4 Oxenfree trailer, but with several letters highlighted in red. This led players to www.edwardsisland.com. Several messages were found, but most important was “MILNER IS WARD”, confirming players’ suspicions that a special object would be hidden at Fort Ward, WA.

Reception
Oxenfree received “generally favorable” reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.

GameSpot gave the game a score of 8/10, saying “It doesn’t ask you any big questions, and certainly isn’t easy in relenting its answers; Oxenfree just is what it is, a big little game about the all-too-human inability to let go of what hurts us.”

IGN gave the game a score of 8.2/10, saying “Oxenfree is elegantly simple, using branching dialogue and a little something supernatural to develop three-dimensional characters and drive the coming-of-age story.”

PC Gamer gave the game a score of 83/100, calling it “A beautiful story-driven adventure with a compelling story and great characters, set on an island filled with intriguing mysteries.” However, they also said that it had “lack of challenging puzzles, and . . . the characters often seem a little too relaxed considering the terrifying things happening to them.

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