We try out new cooperative game Deru and discuss what makes a good puzzle game

Puzzle games are a very unique genre. More than a lot of games, they require a thoughtfulness and subtlety to their design. Deru is a new puzzle game from developer Ink Kit Studios designed to be played cooperatively. So Evan and Marcus agreed to play nice for a couple of hours to play through a big portion of the game. Check it out below and stay tuned for the back half of it to hear their thoughts.

In summation, we had a relatively enjoyable time with Deru. It is very well-designed, both in terms of art direction and puzzles. It’s not perfect though. The controls hold it back some, even if the plodding movement seems intentional. Additionally, it misses that perfect balance of challenge versus reward. If you missed, watch the last half of the video to hear what we think the elements of a good puzzle game are and what we would do to make Deru even better.

Thanks for watching our first look at Deru. It is available now on Nintendo Switch and PC. Please subscribe to the channel and give it a thumbs up on the watch page to show the team some love. Have a great weekend y’all.

Written by Marcus Garrett

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.

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