And everything was Detarou and nothing hurt. Deru Game, the latest surreal escape game from the maestro of... whatever this is... serves up another dose of the bizarre, the mildly unsettling, and the just plain freaky. Click around to find clues, but more often, just find more puzzles as you explore and look for a way out, using the bars at the edge of the screen to navigate and a changing cursor to interact. As usual, solving Detarou's puzzles involves figuring out the relationship between what you're looking at and the clues in the room... as well as deciphering the clues to begin with, since most of them are rarely as straightforward as they first appear.
Detarou has a knack for multi-layered puzzle solutions, and often the game's very weirdness tends to act as a red herring that makes you overthink a solution that's staring you in the face. It's the sort of experience that leaves you feeling particularly clever whenever you make progress, but can also be more frustrating than usual when you get stuck. The complete lack of feedback when you're trying and failing to figure things out or use items means it's easy to hit a wall... but, then again, that's sort of what you come to these games for, right? Like other Detarou titles, Deru Game will lead you in circles, referring back to people and things, and you'll need to examine items in your inventory for even more clues in order to proceed. It actually feels a bit less, well, creepy than Detarou's games have had in the past, with a greater emphasis on clever puzzles than shock value... though there's still a lot to raise an eyebrow over. Deru Game is still weird, but definitely not quite Detarou's weirdest, and packed with puzzles and cryptic clues, it's a fine way to spend your day... even if it may still lead to some awkward explanations if someone catches a glimpse of the screen over your shoulder as they walk by.
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