LISA: The Painful Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 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: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  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. Jul 7, 2020
    10
    A fresh take on storytelling, has a lot of humor and some references here and there, and I found it very refreshing after playing the gamesA fresh take on storytelling, has a lot of humor and some references here and there, and I found it very refreshing after playing the games that come out nowadays, especially because of the weirdness of it. Definitely one of the best games that I have played to this day. When you go through a doorway or to the next screen you never expect what's gonna be there. Like the title suggests, this game will be painful, and your choices affect your game-play instead of story like other games do. The fighting is similar to Earthbound's fighting in the way that the characters work and when attacks happen. Items are very important in this game and for a good reason, they're pretty powerful. The only bad thing I could think of was that the Pain Mode was way too difficult for me, and a normal play-through was pretty easy. Also a bit of an advice if you're going to play the game for yourself, make sure you go through any place you think you can, there are a lot of characters in this game. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2017
    10
    The combination of clever writing, beautifully crafted atmosphere, believable characters (I hesitate to say likable because you come to hateThe combination of clever writing, beautifully crafted atmosphere, believable characters (I hesitate to say likable because you come to hate most of them as people as the game progresses), and interesting game play mechanics solidifies Lisa the Painful RPG as one of the best games I've ever played. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2019
    9
    In a world without women, you follow the post apocalyptic story of Brad Armstrong. You meet interesting characters with masterfully doneIn a world without women, you follow the post apocalyptic story of Brad Armstrong. You meet interesting characters with masterfully done sprite work. The game has great combat and battle animations,but the most important thing is the depressing story of olathe and its inhabitants. The currency in the game are dirty mags, and that just put a smile on my face. There are two ways to play the game, normal mode or pain mode. Normal mode is a more story driven experience, but pain mode is as the name describes PAINFUL, with a higher focus on combat. The only thing that prevents this game from getting a ten is that when you find your perfect party, the game becomes a cakewalk. I can't give the story justice in this review so if you were having any doubts of playing the game, you should take my word and play this art. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2015
    9
    I've been playing this game for hours waiting for it to get lazy or boring and it hasn't.
    If your looking for something different, if you
    I've been playing this game for hours waiting for it to get lazy or boring and it hasn't.
    If your looking for something different, if you think games are an art form to express things deeper than shooting things. If you like turn based combat and can stomach dark truths, I highly recommend this game but only for people 20+ young people will not get so much out of it.
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  6. Nov 5, 2019
    9
    One of the darkest rpgs i've played, it will break your heart into pieces and make you feel depressed, but give you a once in a lifetime experience.
  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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