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Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island's cryptic past. ' OXENFREE: The emotional adventure game you need to know about ' - IGN ' A mix of Freaks and Geeks, Poltergeist and the best teen films of the ’80s ' – Polygon ' Part teen drama, part terrifying ghost story ' – Kill Screen Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of. Oxenfreeis a game created and developed by Night School Studio. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Xbox One on January 15, 2016, with a PlayStation 4 version released on May 31st, 2016, along with an extension to the game, known as 'New Game Plus'. Main Page List of Investigations Oxenfree. Oxenfree is an adventure game that was released on January 15, 2016, developed by Night School Studio.The player controls Alex, a high-school girl, as she explores an abandoned island with her 4 friends.

Oxenfree ARG
Completed on 2016-06-11
The Oxenfree ARG had an emphasis on radio frequencies and morse code.
CreatorNight School Studio

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Oxenfree is an adventure game that was released on January 15, 2016, developed by Night School Studio. The player controls Alex, a high-school girl, as she explores an abandoned island with her 4 friends. The game included an ARG, which concluded on June 11, 2016, with the discovery of a geocache hidden on a real-world island.

  • 2Beacon Beach
  • 3Clues and Developments
  • 5Object Retrieval Instructions

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As the protagonist Alex progresses through the game, she must tune her portable radio into different frequencies to unlock doors and hear hints. The game contains collectibles called anomalies. To uncover an anomaly, Alex must stand in front of a location that is marked by a stack of rocks, and, by trial and error, tune her radio into a particular frequency. Once this is accomplished, the anomaly is revealed, and a short audio clip plays.

The OXENFREE ARG began with the discovery of a phone number by arranging the call-signs given in 10 of the 12 anomalies within OXENFREE in alphabetical order, resulting in this order:

This resulted in the phone number '(916)-936-3733' or '91-OXENFREE'. Initially, when called, the number would redirect you to an answering machine that played the track 'Beacon Beach' from the OXENFREE OST. The song's beat is centered around a message encoded in Morse code that spelt 'MAGGIE' repeatedly.

Beacon Beach

January 28

On January 28, those people that had phoned the number received a text message from it, comprised of Morse code:

'DL BB' was determined to be an instruction: 'Download Beacon Beach' (Beacon Beach being a song from Oxenfree's soundtrack). In the Bandcamp version of Beacon Beach, players found Morse code that translated to:

Searching Twitter for 9169363733 (the phone number) brought them to @xray9169363733. This Twitter account reported on calls made to the phone number, including the date of the call, the time of the call (in PST), the city and state from which the call was made, and a transcript of any message left after the tone of the number's answering machine. If no message was left, the transcript would read 'No transcript available.' However, the account deleted some tweets sporadically, leading to concern among the community - what if a critically important tweet got deleted?

February 11

On February 11th, scntfc, the composer of the Oxenfree OST, tweeted the following:

When players downloaded Beacon Beach from Bandcamp again, the Morse code had changed. This version of the song has different Morse code in the left and right channels of the song:

This was a nudge from scntfc, saying that the Tweets that were being deleted were not needed to solve the ARG.

Clues and Developments

Following the discovery of the Twitter account, many clues and puzzles were relayed via the account that consisted mainly of encryption techniques such as Morse, Octal, Binary, Anagrams, Cryptograms, and Alphanumeric Substitutions.

In addition, calls made to the previously mentioned phone number were logged, and some were posted as transcripts on the Twitter account. Furthermore, the Twitter would, at times, make a Tweet containing a date, timestamp (either 9:00 PM, 4:00 AM, or 7:00 AM), location (either Beacon Beach/Bay or Camena, OR), and a message. When categorized by timestamp, it was discovered that these Tweets were clues related to the progression of the ARG as well as the underlying story.

  • 9PM Tweets were translations of Washington State ferries.
  • 4AM Tweets were names of Washington State batteries.
  • 7AM/'Camena' Tweets were revealed to be interactions between Alex and the ghosts (with the ghosts trying to lure players to the 'island'/final location and Alex trying to stop them).

A full spreadsheet of all Tweets and their translations can be found here.

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'The Rules'

Over the course of the ARG, several 'rules' were pieced together from certain 'sessions' of code-relaying from Xray's Twitter to result in the following:

The Voicemail Greeting

As mentioned before, the phone number associated with the ARG initially would present the player with a recording of 'Beacon Beach' from the OXENFREE OST. As the ARG progressed, however, this recording changed multiple times. A playlist containing recordings of all voicemail greetings can be found here.

  • March 25th: The voicemail greeting was changed three times. These three recordings consisted of the Swedish Rhapsody number station, a recording of an unclear voice with the track 'Lost' from the OXENFREE OST in the background, and an excerpt from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Address.
  • March 27th: The voicemail had changed to a message from Alex, asking for 'a connection to emergency services'.
  • March 28th: The voicemail had changed to Alex calling for Clarissa.
  • April 1st: The voicemail had changed to what was assumed to be Clarissa speaking, however after the release of New Game+, it was revealed to be Alex. It should be noted that shortly after she finishes talking, you can hear what seems to be a very faint 'Help me.'
  • April 9th: The voicemail had changed back to Alex speaking with Lost playing in the background.
  • May 7th: The voicemail changed to Alex giving herself a warning. This is the final and current voicemail greeting associated with the ARG phone number.

All recordings containing dialogue from Alex were discovered to be taken from New Game+, a game expansion released on May 31st.

Xray's Discord Interactions

On May 7th, Xray posted a screenshot on Twitter of an 'xray9169363733' in the Discord server's user list a while after several users had acknowledged Xray's appearance in the server. Later on, Xray continued to interact with the users from time to time in order to relay information about the object retrieval.

Secret Alternate PS4 Trailer

On May 7th, YouTuber Jesse Cox made a Reddit post linking a YouTube video describing a mysterious email that he had received from Night School Studio. When Jesse opened the email, all that was inside was a Google document titled 'xray9169363733'. The document contained what seemed like the PS4 trailer. However, at the end of the trailer, on the screen announcing the release date, several letters were highlighted in red, including the surrounding elements of a URL ('www.' and '.com'): I, A, S, A, S, D, R, D, E, W, N, D.

When rearranged, the letters spelt: WWW.EDWARDSISLAND.COM

The website contains an audio clip embedded in the page composed of WW2-era radio frequencies, Morse code, and the magnetophone theme (plays during time loops). The Morse code in the audio clip spells out 'DONT LISTEN TO ALEX TELL XRAY IT IS TIME TO GO' when played in reverse. This message is a response to the voicemail greeting updated the same day from Alex telling herself not to go to Edwards Island. In addition to the audio, the page consists of only an image of a note supposedly written by Alex. Several pieces of the note are censored. When the page element is inspected, the alt text for the image reads '108 101 97 118 101 32 112 111 115 115 105 98 108 101', which translates to 'LEAVE POSSIBLE' using ASCII numbers-to-text conversion (Translation Tip: If using an online converter, be sure to add a '0' before each two-digit value (Ex: '97' would become '097', translating to the letter 'A')).

The Solution

Several of the encrypted messages presented by Xray throughout the ARG had omitted the following list of letters: D, I, E, L, N, I, A, I, W, R, M, R, S.


When rearranged, the phrase 'MILNER IS WARD' was the result. This was the final solution leading to the final stage of the ARG that involved retrieving the 'object'. When this phrase was Tweeted at Xray in response to the final encrypted message, Xray retweeted it, 'solving' the virtual part ARG. This solution entailed that OXENFREE's Fort Milner was the equivalent of Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island, WA, the final location of the object. In addition, after numerous Tweets had been deleted, the two ferries that were left were Tacoma ('snowy mountain') and Wenatchee ('river flowing from canyon'), and the batteries that were left were Battery Thornburgh, Battery Vinton, and Battery Mitchell, which are all connected to Fort Ward.

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Object Retrieval Instructions

From 8:13 to 8:22 PM PST, following a Tweet reading 'Good work, everyone.', the Twitter began giving directions in relation to the retrieval of the object.

  • At 8:15 PM PST:
  • At 8:20 PM PST:
  • At 8:21 PM PST:

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  • At 8:22 PM PST:
  • And finally, at 8:22 PM PST:

The Retrieval

After the members of the Discord server selected June 11th as the final date for the object retrieval and assembled a team of people to embark on the excursion, the date was confirmed by Xray on the Twitter account.

On June 11th the team headed for Bainbridge Island, WA, and, with the help of clues given via www.edwardsisland.com, was led to Battery Thornburgh. At the battery they uncovered the 'object', which was a WWII-esque gas casualty first aid kit that contained a music box and two strips of music, which were 'Lost' and 'The Beach, 7AM' from the OXENFREE OST. After the object was found, a video was posted by SCNTFC on Jun 11, 2016, giving a demonstration of the music box. A video of the unveiling of the object was also published by CptDamien on Jun 11, 2016.

In addition to this, 16 letters were found with the object that were written from Alex to several recipients. A document containing pictures and transcripts of the letters can be found here.

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The final step of the ARG was deciding who the final holder of the object would be. After a group vote, it was decided that the object would be sent to Alex (AKA 'Void Mom'/'timeloops'), the creator of the Discord server, for her contributions and influence during the course of the ARG. The object was shipped to her within the next couple days following the retrieval and resides with her to this day.

A short video detailing the expedition to Bainbridge Island was published by Koots on Jun 27, 2016.

A full-length documentary detailing the events of the ARG was published by CptDamien on Aug 1, 2016.

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'Olly olly oxen free' is a catchphrase or truce term used in children's games such as hide and seek, capture the flag, and 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[1] (as in which side is on the field or which side is at bat or 'up' in baseball or kickball); or, alternatively, that the game is entirely over.

The Dictionary of American Regional English says 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.[2] Various calls used for such purposes have gone by the collective name of 'ollyoxalls' in some places.[3] Others speculate the phrase may be a corruption of a hypothetical and ungrammatical German phrase alle, alle, auch sind frei (all, all, also are free).[1] Another German variant is 'alle alle Ochsen sind frei', meaning 'all, all the oxen are free', which is a good reason for the oxen and their chasers to run.

Another variant besides 'Alle alle auch sind frei'[4] is 'Ollie Ollie in come free'.[5]

Various songs are named 'Olly olly oxen free' or a variant thereof, including songs by the Ted Weems orchestra (sung by a young Perry Como),[6]Terry Scott Taylor (on the album Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood)[7], the metalcore band Sworn In,[8] and Amanda Palmer (on the album Theatre Is Evil).[9]Olly Olly Oxen Free is the name of a film starring Katharine Hepburn,[10] while Oxenfree is a videogame produced by Night School Studio.[11]

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  1. ^ abTukey, Paul Boardway; Rowell, Victoria (2012). Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Storey Pub. pp. 13–. ISBN9781603425605. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  2. ^Cassidy, Frederick Gome; and Joan Hall, 'Ole Ole Olson All In Free', another way of saying it is oll-e oll-e ox-and-free Dictionary of American Regional English, (1985) Vol III (I-O), p. 874.
  3. ^In Portsmouth, England for example. Opie, Iona and Peter. Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. Oxford: Clarendon, 1959 p.143
  4. ^Opie, Iona and Peter. Lore and Language of Schoolchildren. Oxford: Clarendon, 1959 p.143; Bronner, Simon. American Children's Folklore. Little Rock: August House, 1988 p.p. 178
  5. ^Tabler, Dave (June 8, 2010). 'Ollie Ollie In Come Free!'. appalachianhistory.net. Dave Tabler. Archived from the original on 2010-06-18. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  6. ^Macfarlane, Malcolm; Crossland, Ken (2012-05-10). Perry Como: A Biography and Complete Career Record. McFarland. p. 26. ISBN9781476600246. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  7. ^'VGMdb – Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood'. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^'Oliolioxinfree, by Sworn In'. Genius. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  9. ^'Piano Is Evil, by Amanda Palmer'. Amanda Palmer. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  10. ^Mann, William J. (2006-10-03). Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn. Henry Holt and Company. pp. 487–. ISBN9780805076257. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  11. ^'Night School Studio Oxenfree Night School Studio'. nightschoolstudio.com. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
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