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    dkirschner's Detention (PC)

    [July 8, 2019 07:15:04 PM]
    Ah, Detention! I never had it in school, believe it or not. I had in-school suspension once but never detention. This game is not about detention. It's about a Taiwanese school during part of a long period of martial law. In this point-and-click horror game, you play as Ray (most of the time) and uncover events in the school's past and her own past. The game has highly disturbing images like rivers of blood with dead bodies in it, creepy eyes that watch you cross the screen, and the "lingered" which are malevolent spirits with lanterns and awfully long serpentine tongues that you have to hide your face from. There are lots of hangings, blood, rituals, blood, cryptic writing, and blood.

    In the first chunk of the game, you are exploring the school, avoiding the lingered, and piecing together a couple story threads. As the game goes on, the lingered disappear (I don't know why), which fundamentally changes the feeling of the game. You're no longer afraid of anything, running, hiding, or being careful. From then on, it's simply a matter of doing the (relatively easy) puzzles and reading dialogue. In the end, even the puzzles disappear and the game becomes more like a visual novel. I assume these shifts in tone were done on purpose, but I don't think I liked the shifts. The game settled me into the first horror tone, and I spent the rest of the game thinking the lingered would return as enemies, but it just told me a neat story and ended. I'm okay with that. Cool imagery and a unique story made me glad I played, but it wasn't anything magnificent. Howeverrrr, it does have me interested in learning more about Taiwan, about which I admittedly know next to nothing. So, that's a win?
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    dkirschner's Detention (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Friday 28 June, 2019

    GameLog closed on: Monday 8 July, 2019

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Style reminds me of The Cat Lady. Gory! ------------ Neat story that takes some piecing together.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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