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  • Summary: Detention is a survival horror game set in 1960s Taiwan under martial law. Incorporated religious elements based in Taiwanese/Chinese culture and mythology, the game provided players with unique graphics and gaming experience.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 22, 2017
    90
    Detention is more Silent Hill than the many Silent Hill clones on the market.
  2. Feb 22, 2017
    90
    This game is a true little gem from Taiwan. Its unobtrusive horror atmosphere and unique storytelling will make you remember this game forever.
  3. Apr 22, 2017
    90
    Detention is an astonishingly well-put together game that understands how brooding horror is more effective than mere jump-scares.
  4. Jan 17, 2017
    85
    Detention preserves the historical memory of Taiwan, showing the bloody roots of a country oppressed by the martial law for over 38 years. It is a unique and precious survival horror that knows how to tell an important, crucial and painful story that belongs to us all.
  5. Apr 13, 2017
    80
    A game unlike any horror film you've seen before.
  6. Jan 30, 2017
    80
    Despite a disappointing final act, this chilling horror story set in 1960s Taiwan burrows its way into your skull and, brilliantly, makes you anticipate the worst around every corner.
  7. Feb 17, 2017
    68
    Detention has something important to say, but using a game as a medium seems inappropriate in this instance. While the subject matter is definitely worth discussing and I'd personally love to see more of this in games moving forward, the way in which it's been executed here left me groaning by the end of the three hours. Predictable in terms of story and unimaginative in terms of game design, Detention doesn't work as a game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 4, 2017
    10
    He decidido hacer esta critica en castellano (mi lengua madre) principalmente debido al tema del juego, la dictadura, este juego trata el temaHe decidido hacer esta critica en castellano (mi lengua madre) principalmente debido al tema del juego, la dictadura, este juego trata el tema de la manera mas madura que he visto siendo superada solo quizás por una que otra obra literaria, mi critica para esta obra como videojuego puede bajar un poco por la poca duración o la simpleza de los puzles, mas aun siento que los fantasmas estaban forzados y que este videojuego bien pudo existir sin la presencia de estas cosas.
    aun así, mi nota final es un 10, ya que, como dije, es un videojuego que trata el tema de la dictadura como nunca había visto y para países de latinoamerica que vivieron dictaduras, como el mio, es una obra que debe ser jugada si o si, es lamentable la falta de una traducción al castellano pero de entender ingles (o en su defecto, chino, que considerando la presencia de un poema podría ser incluso mejor), jugadlo
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  2. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    Certainly one of the best horror games ever. It's about the deepest guilt, sorrow, despair and helplessness. It's a very mature game. PuzzlesCertainly one of the best horror games ever. It's about the deepest guilt, sorrow, despair and helplessness. It's a very mature game. Puzzles are not very hard but very meaningful, gameplay is simple but artistically impressive. It's a must-buy if you love the horror genre. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2017
    10
    I love the unique story and setting in 70's Taiwan. It is not commonly used theme in games and I love to see something unique and refreshing.I love the unique story and setting in 70's Taiwan. It is not commonly used theme in games and I love to see something unique and refreshing. The game might be a tad bit short but I love it overall. Expand
  4. Jan 30, 2017
    8
    It's possible to keep the review of this quite short because there isn't that much to say.
    It's basically a point and click adventure with a
    It's possible to keep the review of this quite short because there isn't that much to say.
    It's basically a point and click adventure with a horror/supernatural theme that you inexplicably find yourself rushing to finish.
    The story is engaging and the soundtrack is pretty spot on for a game of this type.
    There are some nice cultural references which add to the atmosphere greatly.

    It's good but it feels like it should be a prelude to something greater, pt springs to mind.
    Once it's done it's done and you could easily have spent your money on something that lasts more than three hours
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  5. Feb 7, 2019
    7
    I enjoyed the story and the setup, the 20th century Taiwan setting and examination of topics such as: nationalism, freedom, psychology,I enjoyed the story and the setup, the 20th century Taiwan setting and examination of topics such as: nationalism, freedom, psychology, existentialism. I'm usually skeptical about non-linear storytelling (especially when it's done in 'surrealistic' way) but Detention did it great. The visual style and atmosphere of the game is also great.

    However, the story is pretty simplistic and I was able to deduce lot of things before the game's narrative showed them to me. Also, most of the puzzles seemed too easy and the horror elements quickly disappeared after the first chapter (1/4 of the game).
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  6. Jan 26, 2018
    7
    Really creepy atmosphere in this japanese horror game. Very solid, with puzzles that aren't super straight forward but that also don'tReally creepy atmosphere in this japanese horror game. Very solid, with puzzles that aren't super straight forward but that also don't distract from the game by being frustratingly difficult. Expand
  7. Tgc
    Feb 16, 2017
    4
    + Interesting setup (60' Taiwan)
    + Climatic graphics
    - Too short, max 3h of gameplay. - Only 3 real puzzles (and rather easy btw) - Whole
    + Interesting setup (60' Taiwan)
    + Climatic graphics
    - Too short, max 3h of gameplay.
    - Only 3 real puzzles (and rather easy btw)
    - Whole 4 chapter is just -> click, and go forward
    - First part is horror, second is just psychological mumbo-jumbo without any feel of danger
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