Detention: An Indie Horror Game

After feeling disappointed with Evil Within 2, I decided to look for a new horror game to forget that horrid game.   I found Detention, watching a Youtube video clip, and so I gave it a shot.  I am not going to lie: survival horror/horror is my favorite video game genre and there is a good reason why.  But let’s not talk about that–leave it for another time. Let’s talk about the game.

This game is indeed creepy without the flashy stuff we see in AAA games.  You play a female protagonist, a teenage girl  who is undergoing personal hardship.  Like the protagonist,  I can recall experiencing that familiar overwhelming sadness when I was a teenager. I think it was so bad that the counselor and the school nurse had to check my wrists to see if I cut myself. Looking back, I think it was a typical thing for a teenage girl to go through (damn you hormones!).  So yeah,  it’s kind of nice to play a character that I can relate to and one that is realistically feminine.  A lot of games I’ve enjoyed  in the past were largely male-based.  I have my reasons–that too, I will tell you readers at a later time.

I won’t say much more about this game because I encourage you to check it out for yourself. Oh, and one last thing I do want to point out  about the game: the storytelling is ambiguous but not overly complex. The game has enough suspense and plenty of symbolic meanings, which I like very much.  There are 4 chapters and it didn’t take long to beat (around 2-5 hours). I think there are mutiple endings, so replay value is good.

Overall, I’d like to say great job RedCandleGames for crafting a pleasant horror game and for keeping me entertained during these winter evenings.

6 thoughts on “Detention: An Indie Horror Game

    1. halsdoll Post author

      Yeah! 🙂 From reading your blog posts, I think you might find this game interesting. It feels like a novel without the words. I like that sort of thing because it makes you think.


  1. The Otaku Judge

    I don’t usually give horror games a chance, as I am a coward, but I might try this one. The graphics look cool and I am always up for trying games that can be completed in a few hours.

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    1. halsdoll Post author

      Admitting that you are a coward with horror games is a sign of bravery. 🙂 I appreciate your honesty.

      I wouldn’t say this game is scary. The horror atmosphere helps flesh out the story, in my opinion. So I think you will be fine. I’ll give you a tip, just so that you didn’t make the same mistake as me. You don’t need to play the entire game again to view different endings. Just start from the last chapter. The way you answer affects the ending you get. If you do play, let me know what you think. 🙂

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