LISA: The Painful Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 129 Ratings

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  • Summary: The miserable journey of a broken man...
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    90
    It's a weird mix between the depressing atmosphere, the very well calibrated gameplay and the side scrolling. It will please very specific tastes, but it's definitely worth a try.
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    90
    LISA is a great JRPG, with a strong narrative and an antic sense of humor.
  3. Mar 11, 2015
    85
    With superb writing, clever humour and a unique kind of drama, Lisa proves that sometimes you don't need great technology and high quality graphics in order to tell a great story.
  4. Jan 20, 2015
    80
    LISA is grotesque in the classical sense: revelling in humanity's warts, viscera, and puffing orifices to better explore its failings. People are a collection of blood-filled sacks and floppy limbs, one second away from being stretched out and twisted like so much skin-taffy. In other words, viewer discretion is advised. This is an uncomfortable game, but worth the chance.
  5. Feb 15, 2015
    70
    This is not an extraordinary RPG or platform game, but it does have its own charm, weird humor and a lot of painful decisions to throw at you. This game might not be brilliant, it sure has a vision.
  6. Dec 5, 2019
    67
    While LISA: The Painful attempts to do something unique and bold, it misfires and instead tells a story that works against its own ends, ultimately feeling gratuitous and pointless.
  7. Feb 21, 2015
    50
    There’s potential to be found in LISA, but so much of it feels like a rough first draft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Original. Smart. Touching. Its atmosphere takes you far away and holds till the end. Every step matters. Soundtrack is really great as well.Original. Smart. Touching. Its atmosphere takes you far away and holds till the end. Every step matters. Soundtrack is really great as well. The game is simply amazing in every way. Pure indie gemstone. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    I got farted in the face while sleeping. And that was the best thing that happened to me in this game!

    This game is a rollercoaster of
    I got farted in the face while sleeping. And that was the best thing that happened to me in this game!

    This game is a rollercoaster of emotions - love, sadness, hate, rage, frustration, desperation, hilarity and many more.
    This is one of the few games that made me laugh out loud while playing it. No other game made me feel and regret some of my in-game decision like LISA.
    This game was definitely the most interesting experience of video gaming for me ever.
    I even think playing LISA made me a better person. I am serious about that.
    This game taught me something that no one else has ever accomplished: coping.
    Coping with bad decision you made. Coping with bad stuff that happens to you without you making any wrong choices. Coping with whatever life throws at you.

    Thank you Austin Jorgensen for taking me onto that journey and making me a better person on the way.
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  3. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    I am big fan of RPGs,played:OFF,space funeral,Mario RPG,Undertale,Deltarune,Earthbound,Mother 3,Final fantasy 6,yume nikki,Chrono triggerI am big fan of RPGs,played:OFF,space funeral,Mario RPG,Undertale,Deltarune,Earthbound,Mother 3,Final fantasy 6,yume nikki,Chrono trigger even South park:the stick of truth and more (in other words I know my crap).And this game LIsa:the painful RPG is one of best things I played and have 2 main reasons why!

    Game design:It is almost perfect the side scroll perspective is really a breath of fresh air and makes game more interesting (looking into caves to get to other end),I love the ''main hub'' idea where you have multiple separated paths where you can go in any way to finish that part,also this game makes exploration so rewarding with not just some extra jokes and story,you get actual items that you will need and cant grind for and yes there is no grinding,there is set amount of characters (ever one is original)and you will need to explore to level up and get their items.the game design is at some times scary because of bad things and choices that effects not just story but how you actually play the game.

    Story:I don't to spoil anything but this is only game that made me feel something and made me sad.
    the games story is something that even games like Undertale cant get on same level cause Lisa is mature, know what its story is about and does not brake 4th wall for cheap ''kek's'',it has great and dark humor.Story doesn't pull any punches and it will hit you in the groin and will kick your ass (mentally)!
    The people that think that story is without a point need to replay it or just stop thinking that every game has to have happy ending or optional ending.
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  4. Oct 12, 2018
    9
    LISA the painful RPG (And it's DLC, LISA the Joyful) is one of the few games to make me cry, with it's touching and depressing storyLISA the painful RPG (And it's DLC, LISA the Joyful) is one of the few games to make me cry, with it's touching and depressing story following a man named Brad, trying to protect his adopted daughter Buddy, (Who is the last woman alive) From a world of thirsty men. This game has some of the best RPG gameplay I've ever seen for a RPG maker game. Making status effects matter, and resting into a game of risk-reward. Also, some enemy's can perma kill party members. Also, the choices.
    None of them really effect the overall plot aside from a few pieces of text, but where they really matter is the gameplay. Their is a part of the game whre you have to Chose between a party member, or one of Brad's arms, permanently weakening the one party member who will always be on your team.
    One last way I could describe it is Undertale for messed up people.
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  5. Sep 30, 2015
    9
    Minus one point, because you can't date skeletons. Sorry, Dingles.

    But seriously, buy this if you have a stomach for perverts, sadness and
    Minus one point, because you can't date skeletons. Sorry, Dingles.

    But seriously, buy this if you have a stomach for perverts, sadness and a Joy Mutant that looks like an outstretched scrotum.
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  6. Jan 4, 2018
    9
    The humor, the game play, the story, the character, just great. If you die you will experience the meaning of an "unforgiving" game.
    If you
    The humor, the game play, the story, the character, just great. If you die you will experience the meaning of an "unforgiving" game.
    If you like dark humor, a lot of references and a rather disturbing story. Feel free to check this game.
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  7. Jan 18, 2020
    5
    A brave game, but with an annihilating lack of rhythm.
    Dialogues seek humor ceaselessly, and when jokes don't work (which happens 95% of the
    A brave game, but with an annihilating lack of rhythm.
    Dialogues seek humor ceaselessly, and when jokes don't work (which happens 95% of the time), dialogues become extremely boring.
    Poor gameplay, since on the PC the use of the game pad requires the joint use of the keyboard.
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