While doing my run at Indie Cade at E3 this year, I came across a little game called Detention from Red Candle Games. Detention is a 2D horror game set in the 1960s following the story of two teenage girls who find themselves trapped in a haunted school. The game doesn’t rely on jump scares but rather on psychological horror instead. The school acts as a mental prison for our protagonists.

The story is a lot deeper than just another haunted setting filled with ghosts when speaking to their representative she pointed out how they are using the game to spread a political message of the importance of freedom.

Detention is currently available for PC, Mac, and Linux and you can get it on Steam for only $11.99. Based on the overwhelming amount of positive reviews it looks like this is a game you do not want to miss.

About Detention

Set in a world in the 1960s Taiwan under martial law, Detention, the story-driven, atmospheric horror game incorporates East Asian elements rarely seen in games. Drawing on Taiwanese local cultural references, the game infuses Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese mythology to tell an oppressive and terrifying story from the old school days.

In this 2D horror side-scroller, players navigate the main characters in a classic point and click fashion to explore a high school where evil encroaches. While hiding from the rampaging monster, players must find items to interact with in the otherworldly classrooms. As more mysteries are unveiled, the darkest history of the cursed school will finally surface.