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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40

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  1. Jul 16, 2017
    8
    A point 'n' click adventure developed in Perth, Western Australia by pretty much one guy with some help from a Swedish composer for the music. Surreal, a bit juvenile at times, but funny most of the time with plenty of pop culture references to the 80s, 90s and now. Just the right difficulty for me (a veteran adventure gamer who isn't actually that good at adventure games) and an indieA point 'n' click adventure developed in Perth, Western Australia by pretty much one guy with some help from a Swedish composer for the music. Surreal, a bit juvenile at times, but funny most of the time with plenty of pop culture references to the 80s, 90s and now. Just the right difficulty for me (a veteran adventure gamer who isn't actually that good at adventure games) and an indie game that definitely punches above its own weight. A bit like Thimbleweed Park except even more surreal and set in a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic Soviet wasteland. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2018
    8
    Haiku Review: Genetics run wild / A sloth that pukes up candy / Lots of fat beatsies
    Favorite Thing: It was weird. In a good way.
    Least Favorite Thing: The lack of a smart-click. Why must I right-click -> use everything?

    Date Completed: 2018-08-10
    Playtime: ~ 5h
    Enjoyment: 8/10
    Recommendation: Point-and-click fans will definitely enjoy it.
  3. Apr 24, 2017
    10
    I have been years without laughing so much and having so much fun in a graphic adventure. Great doses of humor, new times, music, gags and just a hint of nostalgia.
  4. Apr 5, 2017
    9
    The game is really fresh compared to other adventure games. It keeps surprising you with all the minigames and puns. You really don't know what will happen next, but you sure will be pleased with a number of puns there are in this game. One of the not so many examples of how to make the player keep exploring all the options and dialogues in an adventure game.
  5. Apr 18, 2017
    9
    Paradigm is as if "Day of the Tentacle" and "Monkey Island" hooked up, forgot to use contraceptives, and spawned one of them darned meme-spewing millennial offspring that wears its heritage on its sleeve.

    Paradigm is a love letter to the classic absurdist point-and-click comedy adventure, except it's that kind of super creepy love letter that's just a piece of paper with a bunch of
    Paradigm is as if "Day of the Tentacle" and "Monkey Island" hooked up, forgot to use contraceptives, and spawned one of them darned meme-spewing millennial offspring that wears its heritage on its sleeve.

    Paradigm is a love letter to the classic absurdist point-and-click comedy adventure, except it's that kind of super creepy love letter that's just a piece of paper with a bunch of letters cut out from magazines, and then proceeds to leave four more letters at your doorstep at odd times of the day.

    It's not "just' a game--every element of Paradigm, starting from the difficulty settings, tutorial, and even the menu options, is part of the ride. For those seeking substance beyond the humor, don't fret; Paradigm delivers rewarding puzzles on top of the absurdity.

    Ultimately, Paradigm feels like it ended just a little too early, as if some bit ended up on the cutting room floor before its official release--a common and understandable part of game dev, but still left me with an unshakeable feeling of *something* missing near the end.

    Overall, for those seeking a classic, comedy adventure game experience in the vein of OG Lucas and Sierra/Dynamix productions, Paradigm is more than worth the price of admission and I thank Jacob Janerka and everybody involved with Paradigm the best in future endeavors for their creation.
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  6. Mar 12, 2019
    10
    It's all true. This is the first adventure game since Monkey Island 2 that I played that really, in a modern way captures that feel, the humor, the escape to a new and bizarre world. The issue with other point n click indies often was their immersiveness, and trying too hard to be MI. Paradigm has its own meta-jokes and moved with the times, by accepting the modern world but setting it inIt's all true. This is the first adventure game since Monkey Island 2 that I played that really, in a modern way captures that feel, the humor, the escape to a new and bizarre world. The issue with other point n click indies often was their immersiveness, and trying too hard to be MI. Paradigm has its own meta-jokes and moved with the times, by accepting the modern world but setting it in a retro future sketchy 80's setting and with its adorable characters, it achieves wat others tried and didn't do: create a new original and hilarious experience. ONE LOVE. PS it also isn't short which is awesome and keeps doing meta stuff. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2020
    10
    Loved pretty much everything about this game, fair duration and difficulty, characters are pretty cool, art is awesome, music is also good. The type of humor really clicks with me but i understand it's not everyone's cup of tea. Some sequences were just too good to not give this game a 10.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    82
    Fascinating and surreal adventure with witty dialogues, bizarre scenes, countless innuendoes and imaginative puzzles.
  2. Jun 29, 2017
    100
    Paradigm is a uniquely creative blend of art, music and consistently humorous gameplay. It’s an absurdist adventure like no other, and one that’s earned its place among the classics.
  3. Jun 16, 2017
    95
    A surprisingly deep, emotionally engaging tale for a game that lets you fornicate with a toaster.