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.  

 

NightCry: A Cruel but Charming Survivor Horror Game

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NightCry is indeed a survivor horror game and it felt like one. But it made me laughed more than it scared me. Now I sound a bit sadistic, but hear me out.

The game is designed to have multiple endings, but of course there is a good ending. That’s the one you want! I found myself  playing the game as if I am working on a math equation. The moment where you thought you had the answer, but your answer is wrong because you missed one little step?  Yep, NightCry will steer you to the path where you’d meet your early doom because you got the wrong answer! Occasionally, I heard someone laughing inside my head because I was like a mouse running inside a maze, trying to find an outlet only to find myself at a dead end. What a cruel joke.

Gameplay is very simple: light puzzles, running, and hiding, but you can’t always hide at a place twice, and if you fail to hold your breath, Scissorwalker will cut you up. Yes I died many times.

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The Scissorwalker is a bit humorous to me. That thing likes to play peek-a-boo. Got to be careful not to examine everything, doing so will trigger the Scissorwalker to appear, but it’s necessary. The character runs out of stamina easily and starts falling on the floor, making it easy for Scissorwalker to snip the character to death. So you better know where to run to! I made a mistake entering a dark room without turning on my flashlight. I got killed. I laughed. Game over.

As for the characters, I found them fashionable, simple and charming. There are three characters you can control: Monica , Leonard  and Rooney ( her name sounds like loony 😜).  They are well designed for their roles. In fact, I like all of them.

 

I won’t spoil the story for those who are interested in the game, but I think the game is intended for those who are suffering from depression. Sometimes when things get too crazy in life, your mind is switched to survivor mode, you got put your hand on your hip and remind yourself you are given life to live. So live!

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My final thought for this game is that people experience games differently. Currently my life is not that cheerful so I can relate to both Rooney and Monica. So it may seem odd that I can laugh at such a game. I would classify this game as a black comedy survivor horror game if I could, but that is just subjective. But overall, I enjoyed the game and I’m glad  I didn’t let some negative reviews hindered me from playing. You can never know whether a game is good or not until you try it yourself. Playing a game is a different experience from watching.  So go play it!

Thank you for reading. Until next time, happy gaming! 😊

 

December Gaming

It’s been awhile since I post something. I don’t have the energy to game religiously as I used to when life was more carefree. 🙂 But games are not too far from mind. It still occupies most of my thoughts when I get bored. And oh boy, there are a lot of games to play but not all them are worth the time. I have to be selective and try to mix games up so I don’t get burnt out playing the same old thing. Here are some games I really want to take the time to appreciate.

1.

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If you enjoyed Clock Tower series, then this game might be worth your time. I am surprised that it got a low rating from Destructoid. I never trust game reviews, considering people have different taste in games. I will play it and see whether I like it. I miss games from the PS2 era.

2.

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This is a ‘shoot em up’ game. It is very beautiful and the soundtrack is nice. Can play single  or co-op. Co-op might be fun, I wonder if I could play with random people because   most of my friends are casual gamers.  This type of game is not appealing to them.

3.

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I played Resident Evil 4 on PS2, and surprisingly enjoyed it very much. So I bought PS4 version. I am looking forward to the mercenaries mode.

I will quit making a list for now since December is ending within weeks and the New Year is approaching. I highly doubt I will finish these games. But if I don’t make a list and focus I will never finish these games I want to enjoy so much.  But of course, my life is not revolved around these games. They are just great companions when I need a break 🙂

Anyway, hope you all enjoy the holidays with your  love ones. Take care! 😀