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  • Summary: A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing through a dying man's memories to artificially fulfill his last wish.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 14, 2017
    93
    Finding Paradise is a memorable experience that may last me a lifetime, like a good book or film. The care placed into each scene is one of the reasons why Finding Paradise is such a masterpiece. Each string of dialogue, each reference to other games, every joke, and every pixel — they all feel deliberate and labored over, yet also so smoothly executed, as if effortless.
  2. Dec 18, 2017
    91
    Finding Paradise is simply a narrative masterpiece that knows how to discuss important topics like the search of happiness. A significant maturity growth in Kan Gao's writing.
  3. Dec 22, 2017
    88
    The characters are profoundly written, have a lot of heart, and the story is as sad as it is exhilarant. […] I recommend Finding Paradise (and the predecessor To the Moon and the connecting piece A Bird Story) to everyone who loves well-written characters and thrilling stories und has no problem with the almost non-existent gameplay.
  4. Jan 2, 2018
    82
    Finding Paradise is a simple game, but convinces with its emotional and unusual story as well as the clever humor.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Feb 1, 2018
    80
    It's an interesting tale, it's mystery and fuzzy chronology giving it a constant, momentum. [March 2018, p.120]
  6. Jan 25, 2018
    80
    Finding Paradise continues doctor Watts and Rosamune's journey with and interesting narrative adventure. The plot is beautifully told through bright dialogues and nice character construction, but gameplay feels very basic.
  7. Jan 1, 2018
    60
    An interesting input and gorgeous musics aren’t enough to make Finding Paradise a pleasant and emotional experience like To The Moon was. Believable characters are shadowed by a linear and repetitive structure and by a story unable to stand up on its own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 15, 2017
    10
    Kan Gao did it again!

    After waiting for more than 2 years for this, I played "Finding Paradise" minutes after it was released and completed
    Kan Gao did it again!

    After waiting for more than 2 years for this, I played "Finding Paradise" minutes after it was released and completed it in one go. Roughly about 6 hours.

    If you've played "To The Moon", you will feel right at home as "Finding Paradise" is in many ways the same as the first game in the series. That is not to say this is a criticism.
    So we have another dying patient that has a wish which the two doctors Neil and Eva will try to fulfill. These two make a great comic duo yet again and their jokes will make you laugh. There are some references to "To The Moon" and some other winks towards pop-culture. I did find it interesting that during one scene, Kan even reflects through the characters on how mixed of a reception "A Bird's Story" had (I loved it, btw).

    For some, the interface, graphics and limited 'gameplay' will be a minus, but we all know that it is the story that makes "Finding Paradise" a real gem. And this one will stay with you as well. While we explored more of a 'love' theme in "To The Moon", "Finding Paradise" touches more on regrets, loneliness and growing up. And yes... someone will be cutting onions again towards the end. Even though I guessed it this time, I am still going to say it didn't disappoint.

    The soundtrack is where the game shines as well. It's a masterpiece by itself and I will listen to it once it is released. Just to give you an idea how great it is - I deliberately stayed longer in some rooms, just so I can enjoy the music. And we will have some cameos from "A Bird's Story" and "Quintessence".

    So... grab some tissues, switch off your phone and just enjoy playing it. You will not REGRET this.

    Thanks, Kan.
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  2. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    I won't even try to describe my experience while playing this. Essentially, I think everyone should experience this work of art that is goingI won't even try to describe my experience while playing this. Essentially, I think everyone should experience this work of art that is going to remain with you for a long time. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    This game shows how important it is when a story can transmit us its feelings. I never cried so much in my life before as in the ending ofThis game shows how important it is when a story can transmit us its feelings. I never cried so much in my life before as in the ending of this gem, it moved me even more than To The Moon. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2018
    9
    Finding Paradise is just as good as To the Moon if not even better. Great characters and story, perfect balance between humor and drama.
  5. Dec 15, 2017
    9
    That RPG Maker jankiness is still ever-present, but it doesn't matter when the story, and characters can put the most polished AAA games toThat RPG Maker jankiness is still ever-present, but it doesn't matter when the story, and characters can put the most polished AAA games to shame. If you liked To The Moon, go in blind. There are a couple of spots where it loses its shine, but overall, everything's alright. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2018
    8
    Игра хорошая, но если сравнивать ее с To The Moon, то она явно блекнет на ее фоне. Что касается сюжета - поначалу он кажется скучноватым,Игра хорошая, но если сравнивать ее с To The Moon, то она явно блекнет на ее фоне. Что касается сюжета - поначалу он кажется скучноватым, потом начинается загадочность и вместе с ней интерес, ты сидишь и гадаешь "а что если..?", и все это действительно интересно, но ближе к концу, когда до игрока доходит главная тайна пациента, начинается какой-то треш в виде безумной беготни по воспоминаниям пациента, бои с "антагонистом" (что б***ь?) и в конце выходит что... все что игрок делал - зря. Ты сидишь в ожидании чего-то необыкновенного, а получаешь... кальмара в лицо. Еще этот д-р Нил со своими загадками... В каком-то моменте разрабы чуть "оступились" и их понесло малость нетуда и это печально. Дико раздражала мини-игра, когда ты разблокируешь предметы воспоминаний - ее сделали просто какой-то слишком уж заморочной. Саундтреки неплохие, но они как-то не запомнились, чего не скажешь о главной теме из To The Moon, которую хочется слушать снова и снова *-*. После прохождения понял, что игра меня почти ничем не зацепила, да она неплохая, но в ней очень мало эмоциональных моментов, и ооочень много загадочности. Единственное что действительно впечатлило - это слова Фей, которые являются отсылкой к A Bird Story: "..ты уже давно попрощался со мной. Давным-давно." и ты понимаешь кто на самом деле такая Фей (помимо очевидного). Очень надеюсь что разрабы сделают продолжение истории Нила и Евы не таким замудренным ^-^ Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2018
    5
    First thing you need to know - this is not an action. Not. Completely isn't. Totally not an action. You just slowly and steadily reveal theFirst thing you need to know - this is not an action. Not. Completely isn't. Totally not an action. You just slowly and steadily reveal the story of the game ... sloooooowly ... yawn ... Also, I'm not a fun of NES graphics, with the exception of Isaac and SMB - action games where you focus on gameplay, not on bad graphics - but here you cannot close your eyes on it. Expand

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