The randomness, the weirdness, the incomparable chutzpah of Detarou—before we could shut the door in the face of its crudeness, it tilts us with a guileless smile and once again we're welcoming it in. This time it's Tatami that's baffling us with an irreverent mix of strange characters and pop culture cameos for a surreal escape game experience to tease the brain. Everywhere you look is something or someone suspicious but no obvious exit so the only way out is by collecting items, gathering clues and solving puzzles until that golden door key is yours.
While there's been a slight redesign to the user interface, the controls and gameplay are still the usual Detarou: point and click to move around, interact with objects, and manage your inventory. Remember that you can click once to use an inventory item or double-click to examine it in detail and, when possible, combine items to make a new fun gadget. Likewise, make use of the "save" slots as there are three endings to Tatami but not all are winners. Quite a bit easier than most Detarou offerings and only a teensy bit less offensive, the only real hang up might be keeping your bearings in a few convoluted navigational steps. That said, the layers of clues means you'll have to sort out which work together and how to apply them for a solution. So why rack your brain wondering why Detarou is so so strange when you can spend that precious brain power figuring out the abundance of puzzles in store for you in Tatami.
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