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Deru - The Art of Cooperation (2018) is a traversal puzzle game about the flow and interaction of colour. Its stylised design hides within its 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.

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 beautiful. The result is an unusual puzzle game that requires dexterity, precision and the use of strategic planning.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Deru - The Art of Cooperation 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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This is a Brain Game and Traversal game with Puzzle and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 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.)

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

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


Deru - The Art of Cooperation usually costs £10.99.

Deru - The Art of Cooperation

Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/11/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Ink Kit Studio (@InkKitStudio)

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