What is Detention
Detention is an atmospheric psychological horror game set in a fictitious world in the 1960s Taiwan under martial law. It’s a story-driven side-scrolling video game enriched of unique East Asian / Taiwanese cultural references, which in fact is something refreshing and rare. The story is well-told and emotional. And one important thing – it isn’t based on jump-scares at all. All fear is in your mind.
What hit my eyes first was the graphic of course and it strongly reminded me the style of another psychological horror game – The Cat Lady. Yes, there are similarities but both styles are still unique in their way. Controlling system of Detention can be compared to classic point-and-click adventures. It is scripted in the meaning of Newton’s physical law “Action-reaction”. Every step further in your living nightmare activates following story plot. You literally can’t miss the next step, but there’s a question I asked myself a lot while playing Detention in the darkness of the night – Do I want to solve that puzzle?
There’s no point to spoil any part of the story. I didn’t know a thing about Detention until I played it. I think the lack of any knowledge about the game adds to the atmosphere of the game. My fear could be easily divined into 2 types. In the beginning I was afraid of what’s happening, but then I was afraid of what really have happened. If you like good psychological horrors with even better stories, you really should try out Detention.
- Flawless performance
- Unique graphic
- Great mystical atmosphere
- Dark and interesting storyline
- Atmospheric environment
- Sometimes I was too busy with the environment that I forgot to concentrate on the story
- Puzzles are not really puzzles, they are obvious