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Indie Game Gang April Recap & Game for May

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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…

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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:

Emily Is Away | Indie Game Gang April Recap & 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

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.

Join us, won’t you?

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    Natalie Patalie (@natalie_patalie)
    May 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Looking forward to Emily is Away! I had similar thoughts on Oxenfree. The biggest annoyance for me was moving around the map as well….that got boring quick, especially when you have to travel back through locations you’ve already been to.

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      May 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Yeah. I really feel like Firewatch has spoiled adventure games for me. It was such a joy to walk back and forth in that game, unlike every other game ever, pretty much.

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    May 5, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I just downloaded Emily is Away and played and OMG it’s so good, I’m gonna have to replay it. I got creepily invested

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      May 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Oooh yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed it! Hoping to get the discussion started soon, but feel free to create your own topics if you feel inspired.

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    May 6, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I’m finally going to be joining in! I downloaded Emily is Away and can’t wait to start it. I just love it’s retro look.

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      May 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Yay! Glad to have you on board. I’ll be playing it this weekend. Very excited!

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    Dina Farmer
    May 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    How fun! I’m also looking into Oxenfree. It looks a bit scary though. Hahah I might hide under my covers!

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