Paradise Killer

Moby ID: 150137
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$19.99 new on Steam
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An island outside of reality. A rogue human civilization hoping to resurrect dead alien gods. A murder behind locked doors.

Paradise is an island that regenerates every few millennia. The psychic power that the alien worshipers within release into the universe is meant to feed and eventually resurrect their fallen deities. But this force also attracts undesired interest from demons, who eventually corrupt each island — until a new alternate reality is birthed by the Council.

The system isn’t perfect, but it will be one day — on Perfect 25, the next island-to-be. But on the eve of rebirth, the Council is murdered and Paradise is killed.

In the aftermath, the “investigation freak” Lady Love Dies is summoned from exile to find the culprit. This is the crime to end all crimes.

What are the facts? What are the truths? Are they the same?


You are tasked with finding the killer and building an airtight case against them. Take your case to trial and argue your interpretation of the evidence. Only when someone is successfully convicted can the crime be considered solved and Paradise be saved.


The “truth” is that there are many possible killers, and many ways to build a case. Even if you make a convincing case for prosecution and get someone convicted, is the mystery really solved?


Paradise is an island set in an alternate future history filled with cryptic lore and even more mysteries. Examine bizarre relics to learn more about this world’s surreal history.


You choose who to accuse, and build a case to support conviction. Everyone on Paradise has a secret to hide and something to gain. Old friends become new suspects, forcing you to choose between the evidence, the greater good and your own beliefs. There are many possible murderers, but who you pick will define your own personal truth.


Let your personal computer and electronic assistant Starlight be your guide through another dance of an investigation. Collect evidence, record testimony and interpret the facts to form your own truth.

Solve hieroglyph puzzles on ancient nightmare computers to discover new areas of the island, find concealed evidence and reveal terrifying secrets.


https://store.steampowered.com/app/1160220/Paradise_Killer

Source: Steam Store Description

Spellings

  • パラダイスキラー - Japanese spelling
  • 天堂岛杀手 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 天堂島殺手 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Average score: 82% (based on 37 ratings)

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Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 7 ratings with 1 reviews)

A great concept with bad level design

The Good
It's a detective game set on a vaporwave-themed tropical island inhabited by weirdo immortals that dress like Batman villains. The worldbuilding is pretty nonsensical but the mechanics of gathering evidence and testimony, crosschecking them and then bringing them to the trial is pretty good.

The Bad
Whoever did the level design for this game should be pilloried. It's a damn war crime. There's no logic or flow to the layout, meaning that even after completing the game I still have no real sense of how everything is put together.

Compounding this crime is the in-game map, which only shows you the general of location of things but not necessarily how they're connected or how you get from place to place.

And the icing on this particular cake is that, while there is a fast travel system, it's a paid system, limiting how much you can use it as the in-game currency is finite.

I spent more playtime lost than I did actually investigating.

The Bottom Line
I had to take Dramamine to finish the game because wandering through this Boschian-Escheresque nightmare made me severely nauseated. But the plot was good enough I really, really wanted to finish it.

I'd love to see a remastered version of the game that improves the in-game map and removes the fee to fast travel (you can keep the cost to unlock the fast travel points, however).

Nintendo Switch · by Lampbane (21896) · 2023

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Game added September 5, 2020. Last modified November 8, 2023.