Thanks again to everyone who participated in March’s Indie Game Gang experience. I know that there wasn’t a lot of activity in the discussion topics and I have to take responsibility for a lot of that. Since moving the discussion topics to separate forums for each game it seems like discussion topics are harder for everyone to find, so for this month I’m including some instructions on how to subscribe to the game forum in Steam so that you don’t miss any of the discussions this go around.
Like a lot of you, I actually managed to play Firewatch in one sitting, not my usually way of playing games, but I just got so attached to the characters and the story. I really enjoyed the unexpected turn things took towards the end. I don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t played the game yet, but I really love it when a game can subvert my expectations and make an even stronger statement as a result.
Since March’s game was available on PS4 and Steam, I though it would make sense if April’s Indie Game Gang gang game was also available on multiple platforms, so this month’s game will be available on both Steam and XboxOne.
But, back to the discussion forum thing. In the Indie Game Gang Steam group, go to the “Discussions” tab. Then, on the far right you’ll find a list of “Sub Forums.” Click on the name of the game we’re currently playing and then, again on the far right side, choose “Subscribe to Forum.” This way you’ll be notified as soon as a new discussion topic is created and you’ll never miss out on the conversation!
Which brings we to…
The Indie Game Gang game for April:
Oxenfree is the first game by indie studio Night School, founded by ex Telltale and Disney devs. The game is billed as a supernatural adventure game with a good deal of coming of age story thrown in for good measure. Set in the ever spooky Pacific North West, Oxenfree centers on teenager Alex and her new stepbrother Jonas as they deal with the after math of a bush party gone very, very wrong.
The bulk of the the gameplay in Oxenfree is narrative based, with the player choosing from various dialogue choices in order to move the story forward, a la Telltale. The game is relatively short, with most playthroughs completed in around 4 hours, which just means we’ll have more time to discuss the game. The game also features amazing art and a great soundtrack by scntfc.