It sounded like the perfect weekend: sneaking off to an abandoned island to goof around on the beach with your high school friends. But suddenly the radio in your bag starts to hiss and you see an eerie light emanating from deep within a nearby cave.
So begins Oxenfree, a brilliant coming-of-age drama mixed with sci-fi mystery. (Think Stranger Things with high school hipsters.)
You play a girl named Alex who sets out to solve the island’s mysteries. The game’s masterfully written dialogue brings the motley crew of characters to life. Whether you’re cracking jokes with your goofball best friend, Ren, getting to know your new stepbrother, Jonas, or dealing with the standoffish Clarissa, you’re given ample ways to influence the story through dialogue choices.
Your decisions—whether to make light of a conversation or be downright confrontational, for example—have rippling effects throughout the story. Telling Nona that Ren has a crush on her might seem harmless enough, but Ren may hold that against you later. Balancing interpersonal relationships is key to navigating the increasingly inexplicable events that happen on the island.
And things get supernatural fast. After hearing a rumor about strange radio signals coming from a nearby cave, you ditch the beach party to check it out. Weird lights, ominous voices, ghostly figures…What is the history of this island? And how is it all connected to Alex and her friends?
To survive, you’ll need to keep your cool, use your head, and work together with your friends. It’s a balancing act that grows increasingly challenging the deeper you delve into the island’s mysteries.