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Deru - The Art of Cooperation Review

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Posted: 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Deru is a cooperative puzzle game about the flow and interaction of colour. Its stylised design hides within it complex conundrums you must work closely together to solve. Each of the two players can only touch streams of their colour, so must carefully coordinate movement to progress.

Play involves moving your colour coded triangle shapes through a series of colour based puzzles. You are able to block the flow of pigment that matches your colour, but to get to the goal you need the other player to assist you by blocking their coloured pigment.

I would say this starts simply, but actually it starts quite hard. Things get more complex as you progress. You need to use other aspects of your shape to solve the puzzles, like the ability to juggle your mass to make each other huge for traversing larger streams.

It's a neat idea that is easy to understand but takes time to master. Deru cleverly develops the challenge on each level while offering aesthetics that are calming and beutiful. The result is an usual puzzle game that requires dexterity, precision and the use of strategic planning.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Ink Kit Studio (@InkKitStudio)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play on your own but have to control both shapes yourself, which makes things a little harder. (You also have no-one to blame when you fail.)

CostsCosts

Deru - The Art of Cooperation usually costs £13.49.
 

Deru - The Art of Cooperation

Switch Store Switch £13.49
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Deru - The Art of Cooperation Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@InkKitStudio) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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