You know that warm hug of serendipity you get when a casual thought materializes into a welcome encounter? For some reason we were just having a conversation about escaping here at JayIsGames and, lo and behold, here walks Detarou into the room with eyebrows raised and a goofy lopsided grin, conveying a zany new escape game for our enjoyment: Nandakana.
Of course we right away got started playing, chattering on about the tricksy but smile-producing puzzles that Detarou has for us this time. Having played a few of these before, we easily took to the intuitively designed point-and-click navigation—as would anyone, even someone new to the genre. Arrows on the sides to turn, a changing cursor to indicate areas to explore or items to pick up, and an organized inventory (click to use, double-click to examine) all free up your thoughts to focus solely on puzzle solving. There are three endings to find again—the "Bad Panda" end, the normal exit, and the perfect red stamp ending. To get them all, use the save function and just be very observant.
We knew already what we were in for when we saw Detarou and Detarou does not disappoint. Especially not when you're expecting to be confounded by outlandish sights such as...well, I'll let you be surprised. It's more fun that way! While challenging, you'll be glad to discover the puzzles are wonderfully logical, enough to grind your grey matter without leaving it too slushy. Ah, Detarou, you with your shove match astronauts and animate pickles! For some reason, your games have really grown on us. I don't know why, it's kind of weird really.
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