Certain 1980s teen comedies notwithstanding, if ever anyone had weird down to a science, Detarou does. Their uncanny ability to simultaneously captivate interest, elicit giggles and leave us teetering near repulsion make Detarou escape games the reigning champions of strange diversion. Take Nobushi as a case-in-point: gratuitous amounts of Detarou's idiosyncratic oddness are dressed up with some "Saitou Get" collecting fun to equal peerless puzzling enjoyment.
While the raison de jouer is amusement, your objective is to solve multiple brain-teasing puzzles and get out with the best possible ending (there's three to choose from), all ten collectible figures in your possession. Use the bars at the edges of the screen to move about and let the changing cursor help you identify active spots where clues and other goodies might be stashed. The neat design aids your search and provides a surreal setting to look at, just for the sake of looking. There's so many random oddities to sieve through, you might be diverted from the actual informative tidbits.
What is silly to some, though, can be off-putting to others. If you're unwilling to poke and jiggle a pudgy belly or handle keys that were moments ago inside someone's mouth, then Nobushi will undoubtedly make you squeamish. Nobushi might also trick you in a way that some would call unfair. You'll want to make frequent and ready use of the "Save" button because Detarou is up to no good when it comes to tempting you into the "bad Panda" ending. Of course, that's all part of what makes this Detarou experience so satisfying. When it comes to brain stimulating entertainment, Nobushi is a knock-out!
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