LISA: The Painful Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 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: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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 5, 2019
    10
    A simply amazing experience. Playing as a character that is willing to do anything to protect his daughter shows just how desperate Brad is,A simply amazing experience. Playing as a character that is willing to do anything to protect his daughter shows just how desperate Brad is, and lets the player sympathize for him, and that's what the game does best, as it allows the player to either dislike the actions Brad is presented, or justify them, no matter how awful they are. Lisa is an example of how much of an impact one game developer can leave on those wiling to step out of their comfort zone and play something new. With a combination of great 2-dimensional graphics and an amazing soundtrack, both of which surprisingly fit the post-apocalyptic atmosphere, Lisa has become a favorite rpg of mine. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2020
    10
    LISA: The Painful's exploration of guilt is heartbreaking and hilarious. The absurdities of its world contrast perfectly with the harshLISA: The Painful's exploration of guilt is heartbreaking and hilarious. The absurdities of its world contrast perfectly with the harsh realities of its characters. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2018
    9
    Even though the gameplay is a bit draining and lifeless, the story just whoops ass when it comes to originality and lore. This game is worth the wait.
  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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