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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: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 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
  2. Mar 26, 2018
    10
    Hey! Thinking about playing this game? Read on. I doubted whether this game would be engaging. Taiwanese history? Zzzzz... Yet I was wrong.Hey! Thinking about playing this game? Read on. I doubted whether this game would be engaging. Taiwanese history? Zzzzz... Yet I was wrong. Yes, this game is not for everyone. Don't play this game if you are a "hardcore gamer" who only likes hard games. Don't play if you want to shoot things. Do play it if you want something truly new and you appreciate a well-told story. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2017
    9
    It's a creepy, Asian-themed adventure/horror game with an interesting story. I'd definitely recommend it to just about anoyone, especially toIt's a creepy, Asian-themed adventure/horror game with an interesting story. I'd definitely recommend it to just about anoyone, especially to Western players.

    The good:
    - excellent graphics, great music and outstanding presentation in general. This could as well be a cartoon or a movie. The artists have created a masterpiece here
    - the story is intriguing, I couldn't stop playing until I completed the game just because I was interested in what this all was about
    - there are some really innovative mechanics here, e.g. late in the game you talk to your own shadow and switch control between your character and its shadow
    - there are some moments in the game which I think many guys from the West would find disturbing, but I liked them a lot. E.g. the scene with the guy hanging upside down - I thought I will actually cut the rope to free him or something, but it turned out completely different (I won't spoil this for you)
    - Asian stuff (Bhudda shrines as checkpoints, strange ghost-like enemies, esoteric philosophical babble about guilt etc) feels fresh in a computer game on Steam. And it's great to find just for once a deeply psychological Asian game.
    - this game has a "soul". It was created by people who are artists in their heart. It stands far above mass culture

    The so-so:
    - the game starts feeling very linear pretty early. Usually there is just 1 door or block which doesn't let you progress, and you find the needed item to unlock the door or solve the puzzle not far away. Well, this makes the game easier for people who are more interested in the story, but I preferred the multitude of puzzles in the Silent Hill and Resident Evil (probably the closest games to this one) where sometimes all the quest items you'd picked up didn't even fit into your backpack
    - most puzzles are very simple. I only got stuck at the clock puzzle, and only because it's not easy to see without the numbers where the hands of the clock are pointing. I had to look that one up in a youtube replay. But the rest of the puzzles where too straightforward, involving almost no mental strain to solve
    - the game is pretty short. You will complete it in a single evening. Yet the variety and richness of experience makes up for the shortness.

    The bad:
    - this game feels too much like a movie, I mean it's not "gamey" enough. Actually, this is the problem common in games where you hunt for collectible objects and then use them on other objects. E.g. lack of combat of any kind, plus scripted, non-generic interactions with objects make you feel that you just can't do much in the game apart from just following the linear story.
    - the whole political angle feels somewhat too one-sided. Here you have an oppressive government which is completely bad and the rebels who are completely good. It's never that simple in real life. At least it's refreshing that for once in games we have communists on the good side, or at least their sympathizers on the good side or whatever.

    An excellent game which may feel too movie-like and linear for hardcore gamers but is still very valuable for its distictively Asian atmosphere and masterpiece-level presentation
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  4. Oct 13, 2018
    8
    Detention is a creepy adventure game that looks and plays a lot like The Cat Lady. Puzzles are simple and logical, visuals are very stylish.Detention is a creepy adventure game that looks and plays a lot like The Cat Lady. Puzzles are simple and logical, visuals are very stylish. The story is great: its short, but very engaging and impactful. Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2018
    7
    Detention is one of the few point and click games I have come to admire. I usually dislike inventory puzzles and searching the screen for whatDetention is one of the few point and click games I have come to admire. I usually dislike inventory puzzles and searching the screen for what to click on. Every once in a while I put aside my dislike of the genre to try one out because it looks like it will grab me and Detention certainly did that. It has a fantastic story that made me push through the puzzles to learn more.

    Many of the puzzles aren’t too bad but a few were tedious (that damn piano puzzle). Gradually as you soldier on you see more of the characters backstory and finally more about their present situation. All is told with a great soundtrack to set the mood and the art direction was awesome and really made everything feel grim.

    A few bones to pick would be that there are no graphics options at all, just the resolution. The game does support high refresh rate monitors and the performance was great as the game ran at a constant 144 FPS for me. I know that static games like Detention don’t really put a higher refresh rate to use but I do applaud it when developers go the extra mile. There was a bug I encountered which was that every time I launched the game it is windowed and 1600*900. I can manually choose to have it full screen at my native resolution of 1920*1080 but every time I exit the game and relaunch it the changes aren't saved. It’s minor and game breaking but all the same still a bug. The game never crashed on me once. I played the game on Linux and beat it in 4 hours. I paid $6.49 CAD for it and would easily say it was worth $10 CAD.

    Overall if you are a fan of point and click games, if you are a fan of horror games, if you are a fan of games with a dark mood I recommend checking Detention out. It doesn’t bypass all the pitfalls of the genre but it does make it a worth while experience in spite of them.

    My score: 7.5/10

    My system:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1.6 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.18.5-90.current
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  6. 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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  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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