How did y’all enjoy Oxenfree? I’ll be totally honest, it wasn’t exactly the game I thought it was going to be. While I thoroughly enjoyed the voice acting and the art, I found moving around the map to honestly be kinda boring a lot of the time, and it was kind of frustrating how easy it was to cut off what sometimes seemed like important bits of dialogue by interacting with the environment.
It was also a lot longer than I expected, or maybe it just felt that way because I kept having to go up and down mountains and such. I dunno. I really wanted to love it, but unfortunately a lot of the time it felt like a bit of a drag. Or maybe I was just spoiled by the immersion of Firewatch…
That said, I don’t want you to think that I hated Oxenfree because I really didn’t. It’s a fun little adventure game with good characters and a compelling mystery. I guess I’d just bought into the hype a little more than I should have. It is also spookier than I expected, but that wasn’t a downside for me, although I understand I have a somewhat higher tolerance for spoopiness than most people.
All in all, Oxenfree is definitely worth a look, if only for the stunning art and the soundtrack by scntfc.
Which brings us to…
The Indie Game Gang game for May:
Since I’ve gotten feedback from a few of you that you’d love to participate but lack the funds to buy new games every month, this month I’ve opted for a free to play game called Emily Is Away. It’s available on Steam and Itch.io.
Emily is Away is a visual novel style game that will be full of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in the days of AIM and other online chat clients. Split into 5 chapters, the game explores five years in a virtual relationship between you and the titular Emily. The game is also rather on the short side, giving us all lots of time for discussion. We may even create a separate discussion to compare Emily is Away and the similarly themed Cibele, if enough people have played both games.