Detention (Switch) Review

Publisher: Red Candle Games

Developer: Red Candle Games

MSRP: $ 12.99

Rated: Mature

Released: January 13, 2017

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Rating: ★★★★☆

Being the avid horror fan that I am, I always try to find the next big scary game. With Detention I found a little more than just chills and thrills, I found a dark and sad story that brings you back to find out how it ends. Though it has slow movements, the world it creates is something worth a try. This is especially the case if you are looking for a shorter game because this one can last two to four hours depending on how fast you can solve the puzzles.  Short, sweet, but something that will definitely have you on edge the entire time.

The story tells of two students, Wei and Fang.  The pair are stuck inside their school due to a coming typhoon. They begin to realize everything is not what it seems when the world begins to change, and monsters known as the lingered begin to appear. The story is what makes the game what it is.  The dark revelations as you learn how Fang got into this dark world, and why they cannot escape really messes with your head. The game makes you do horrible things that make you question the type of person you are when stuck having to do the worst possible things just to move on. There is a split ending, which either way the story wraps up very nicely.

In the way of controls, it features very basic controls to ensure the story is the main star. All you must use is your notebook which gives you clues and notes, showing you more info of what Fang did, a button to hold your breath so that the lingered can’t find you, and the simple movement controls. The style of the game is fantastic and when the fear and scares kick in, the design of the game makes it that more chilling.

If I had any complaints at all, it is that the movement is very slow.  At times you can get confused and lost within the game, which because of the slow movement can make the game drag a bit longer than it should.  It keeps it from quite hitting perfection in what it is attempting.  It might be a short game, but if you want a stellar story and some killer chills, Detention is a great addition to your library.

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