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  • Summary: Paradigm is a surreal adventure game set in the strange and post apocalyptic Eastern European country of Krusz. Play as the handsome mutant, Paradigm, who's past comes back to haunt him in the form of a genetically engineered sloth that vomits candy.
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  1. Jun 29, 2017
    100
    Paradigm is a uniquely creative blend of art, music and consistently humorous gameplay. It’s an absurdist adventure like no other, and one that’s earned its place among the classics.
  2. Jun 16, 2017
    95
    A surprisingly deep, emotionally engaging tale for a game that lets you fornicate with a toaster.
  3. Apr 25, 2017
    92
    If you’ve enjoyed adventure games before then you will enjoy this… if you haven’t really given adventure games a go, this is a great one to see just how well they can be made. There are quite a lot of laughs and the production quality is high… for the price you really can’t go wrong. Stick a balloon to your head or grab a 90’s metal band wig and get ready to drop some beats… go play Paradigm!
  4. May 2, 2017
    82
    While playing Paradigm, I was having recollections of playing some of my favourite games of yesteryear. The surreal, yet hilarious characters could definitely become memorable pop-culture icons if this was made by a Triple-A development team with their huge marketing budgets. Paradigm does so many of the things that the golden era of point and click adventures did so well and makes it a worthwhile addition to the genre. The puzzles, the humorous storyline and characters, the fully voiced dialogue, the wonderful, somewhat retro visuals all combine to make Paradigm a modern day classic of its own. I sincerely hope that developer Jacob Janerka sees fit to produce a follow up title.
  5. Jan 2, 2018
    82
    Fascinating and surreal adventure with witty dialogues, bizarre scenes, countless innuendoes and imaginative puzzles.
  6. Apr 19, 2017
    80
    Funny and fresh from beginning to end, Paradigm is a traditional point-and-click adventure game full of heart and decapitated heads in jars. The Eastern European setting, great voice acting, and confident comedy shine throughout its roughly six hours. Relatively simple puzzles aside, Paradigm offers a fresh and memorable entry in a genre that I'm happy to see alive and well in 2017.
  7. 70
    Paradigm is proof that quality isn’t the sole domain of big names and hefty budgets. Although the puzzles are a bit lackluster, the overall experience of the game makes it a must-have for fans of the genre. Players that enjoy absurdity and thrill at the idea geeky humor and internet memes brought to life will love Paradigm in all its weird and wonderful glory.

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  1. Apr 24, 2017
    10
    I have been years without laughing so much and having so much fun in a graphic adventure. Great doses of humor, new times, music, gags andI have been years without laughing so much and having so much fun in a graphic adventure. Great doses of humor, new times, music, gags and just a hint of nostalgia. Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2017
    9
    Paradigm is as if "Day of the Tentacle" and "Monkey Island" hooked up, forgot to use contraceptives, and spawned one of them darnedParadigm is as if "Day of the Tentacle" and "Monkey Island" hooked up, forgot to use contraceptives, and spawned one of them darned meme-spewing millennial offspring that wears its heritage on its sleeve.

    Paradigm is a love letter to the classic absurdist point-and-click comedy adventure, except it's that kind of super creepy love letter that's just a piece of paper with a bunch of letters cut out from magazines, and then proceeds to leave four more letters at your doorstep at odd times of the day.

    It's not "just' a game--every element of Paradigm, starting from the difficulty settings, tutorial, and even the menu options, is part of the ride. For those seeking substance beyond the humor, don't fret; Paradigm delivers rewarding puzzles on top of the absurdity.

    Ultimately, Paradigm feels like it ended just a little too early, as if some bit ended up on the cutting room floor before its official release--a common and understandable part of game dev, but still left me with an unshakeable feeling of *something* missing near the end.

    Overall, for those seeking a classic, comedy adventure game experience in the vein of OG Lucas and Sierra/Dynamix productions, Paradigm is more than worth the price of admission and I thank Jacob Janerka and everybody involved with Paradigm the best in future endeavors for their creation.
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  3. Apr 5, 2017
    9
    The game is really fresh compared to other adventure games. It keeps surprising you with all the minigames and puns. You really don't knowThe game is really fresh compared to other adventure games. It keeps surprising you with all the minigames and puns. You really don't know what will happen next, but you sure will be pleased with a number of puns there are in this game. One of the not so many examples of how to make the player keep exploring all the options and dialogues in an adventure game. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2017
    8
    A point 'n' click adventure developed in Perth, Western Australia by pretty much one guy with some help from a Swedish composer for the music.A point 'n' click adventure developed in Perth, Western Australia by pretty much one guy with some help from a Swedish composer for the music. Surreal, a bit juvenile at times, but funny most of the time with plenty of pop culture references to the 80s, 90s and now. Just the right difficulty for me (a veteran adventure gamer who isn't actually that good at adventure games) and an indie game that definitely punches above its own weight. A bit like Thimbleweed Park except even more surreal and set in a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic Soviet wasteland. Expand

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