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Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

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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: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 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
  2. Feb 15, 2021
    10
    From the get go it fiills you when an inexplicable sense of dread and unease, as you play you realize the darkness that lurks near you in thisFrom the get go it fiills you when an inexplicable sense of dread and unease, as you play you realize the darkness that lurks near you in this school goes beyond the paranormal. Striking stellar story. MUST PLAY purchased on mobile for 4.99 dollars Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2017
    9
    The only reason this game doesn't get a 10 from me is because it's short - easily doable in one sitting. I thought I was almost halfwayThe only reason this game doesn't get a 10 from me is because it's short - easily doable in one sitting. I thought I was almost halfway through, but then it wrapped up. That being said, this is the best horror game I've played since Silent Hill 1 and 2. It is actually quite similar in theme to those games. The sound design specifically seems inspired by SH.

    It's a point-and-click game. Navigation is a bit different from other games in the genre because your character moves right and left, entering and exiting doors in the environment. I was able to remember all the locations in my head without having to make a map or take notes. The puzzles were very satisfying. They challenged me without stumping me, and most of the time I felt like I arrived at the solution through my own thought process, without being given an obvious hint.
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  4. Mar 21, 2020
    8
    really a well good horror game,it not too difficult but also interest you.
  5. Jul 19, 2017
    7
    A very good and atmospheric point and click adventure (very easy - almost a walking game).

    Be warned though, this is a dark fantasy drama,
    A very good and atmospheric point and click adventure (very easy - almost a walking game).

    Be warned though, this is a dark fantasy drama, not a horror. It does start as the second, halfway through the game, it turns toward the first; therefore, if you're expecting a horror (in a strict sense), you're going to fall asleep for a large part of the game.

    I didn't end up liking this game in fact, but I must admit I had the wrong expectations, and since the game itself is beautiful as drama, I'm still giving a good score.
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  6. 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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  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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