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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: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. Oct 30, 2018
    9
    Well done freebird, really well done. A good and emotional game that will let you cry like a baby and laugh like in a comic show
  5. Dec 18, 2017
    9
    After 6 long years of wait since the launch of To the moon we finally get our hands on the next interaction of the story.

    My biggest worry
    After 6 long years of wait since the launch of To the moon we finally get our hands on the next interaction of the story.

    My biggest worry with this game, given how amazing the previous one is as an experience, that it would fell on the shadow of it's predecessor's glory and end up mediocre. I am so glad to have my worries dashed away as Finding Paradise proves itself to be able to stand as a great experience on it's own as well as a proud sequel to one of my most beloved games.

    While To the moon focused on the story of Jhonny, Finding Paradise thrives on the low developed points of the previous game by establishing the universe, the characters and and the world itself a lot better, as well as the ethical and philosophical discussion on the job our two main characters do. While not as touching and tear jerking as the first game, it doesn't even try to be, leaving you wondering more about it's central topics than sad.
    The slapstick humour is back as well and more powerful than ever before, making the interactions between these characters and story really amusing and enjoyable to watch.
    I would heavily recommend replaying everything up till now, from To the moon as well as A Bird Story and the two special Sigmund minisodes as it is almost mandatory to catch all the references thrown around in this game.

    As for the graphics, not much has changed, but I seemed to notice a bit more of details put on the characters animations as well the environments. Part of me expected a more developed interface as it was in the mobile version of To the moon, but the nostalgic feel of the old interface wasn't so bad.

    The music, as expected is amazing. The fantastic work by the music team of Freebird Games as well as Laura Shigihara not only is beautiful sounding, but also complements the amazing story perfectly. I was glad to notice some new remixes of old songs as well, giving them a fresh feel.

    The gameplay is where a big part of the low points of both To the moon and Finding Paradise manifest themselves, being made in rpg maker and all. Things like being able to walk diagonally as well as a running button would improve it drastically since you need to do a lot of exploring to catch the more hidden plot points. The puzzles to prepare the mementos were changed and are now a lot more interesting. While these puzzles were pretty simple and more of a breather from the heavy emotions in To the moon, in Finding Paradise they are a lot more intricate. Nowhere near hard, but still needing to use your brain a bit more than the previous game.

    It has been a long wait, but a well worth one. Congratulations Kan Gao for another great game and amazing experience. Hopefully the next iteration doesn't take another 6 years. But hey, if it does, I know it's probably well worth the wait.
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  6. Jan 3, 2019
    8
    (Much sad, very emotional, such story) wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow.
  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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