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Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: Paradise Island, a world outside reality. There’s been a murder that only "investigation freak" Lady Love Dies can solve. Gather evidence and interrogate suspects in this open world adventure. You can accuse anyone, but you’ll have to prove your case in trial to convict. It’s up to you toParadise Island, a world outside reality. There’s been a murder that only "investigation freak" Lady Love Dies can solve. Gather evidence and interrogate suspects in this open world adventure. You can accuse anyone, but you’ll have to prove your case in trial to convict. It’s up to you to decide who’s guilty.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 8, 2020
    100
    Paradise Killer's non-linear focus, cast of intriguing characters, deep investigation mechanics, and vaporwave presentation make it one of the best whodunnits in recent memory.
  2. Sep 3, 2020
    91
    An incredible world of demons, mystery, and vaporwave, Paradise Killer sets new standards for the detective genre.
  3. Oct 29, 2020
    90
    This is by far one of the most creative, most satisfying, and most appealing games I’ve played all year, firmly sitting at the top of my GOTY 2020 list.
  4. Sep 3, 2020
    80
    A bright and breezy game that unfortunately drags a little at points, Paradise Killer is nevertheless an enjoyable jaunt that does something a little different with a genre that has a reputation for being somewhat dour. Absolutely worth your time – just be prepared to dedicate a little more of it than you might expect in the early stages.
  5. Oct 4, 2020
    80
    There’s nothing so gauche or straightforward as a Miss Marple denouement reveal, where you discover whether or not your conclusions were correct. In Paradise Killer the truth is more complicated and, counterintuitively, all the more satisfying for it.
  6. Sep 18, 2020
    77
    For a good while this is a quite motivating, in terms of storytelling quite tense thriller - with a rather disappointing ending.
  7. Sep 3, 2020
    60
    Paradise Killer drips with endearing style and charm, but can't quite make its finale match up to its opening hours. Discovering intrigue and mystery is compelling at the start, but the good gets lost in its collectible busywork. Paradise Killer is a good option for virtual detective fanatics in need of new mysteries, but it lacks the staying power of other modern mystery giants.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Jul 6, 2021
    10
    One of the strangest games I've ever played. First I thought it was a joke, an over-hyped indie junk. But something kept me coming back andOne of the strangest games I've ever played. First I thought it was a joke, an over-hyped indie junk. But something kept me coming back and then it clicked. I got it. And I was hooked. Beyond all the vaporware weirdness hides a compelling detective game full of twist and turns. Once you start to unravel the deep & dark mysteries of the island(s) and its bizarre inhabitants you just can't stop playing. You just have to find out what the f is going on here. Paradise killer is more than a masterpiece, it's a piece of art. Expand
  2. Sep 9, 2020
    10
    My new favourite mystery game!
    I simply couldn't stop playing.
    With the open world and very little handholding you actually feel like a
    My new favourite mystery game!
    I simply couldn't stop playing.

    With the open world and very little handholding you actually feel like a proper investigator!
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  3. Oct 19, 2020
    10
    This game is a vaporwave acid trip unlike anything I've ever experienced. Its an open-world detective game that doesn't hold your hand for aThis game is a vaporwave acid trip unlike anything I've ever experienced. Its an open-world detective game that doesn't hold your hand for a second. It lets you wander around this incredible setting to find or miss clues as you go and then you decide when you've figured it all out and take it to trial. The accusations and conclusions are your own.

    The setting itself is wild and deeply thought-out, with graphics that are as strange, beautiful, horrifying, and cool as the world they're portraying. Plus, a dope soundtrack.

    There should be no hesitancy in picking up and playing this game.
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  4. GVB
    Mar 12, 2021
    8
    A nice mystery game with a very original and compelling world. Also, the characters are interesting and the mechanics (finally) will let youA nice mystery game with a very original and compelling world. Also, the characters are interesting and the mechanics (finally) will let you feel like a "true" detective.

    If I had to describe this game with just two words I would say: "pure creativity". That is really great, but sometimes there are so many concepts and new ideas that it can be a bit overwhelming. Also, I think that the ending could have been better, showing your relationships with the characters based on your dialogue options.
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  5. Dec 2, 2020
    8
    This title truly sets a new standard for detective games. Using an open-world with hidden rooms and passages to find clues in order to solveThis title truly sets a new standard for detective games. Using an open-world with hidden rooms and passages to find clues in order to solve an excellent mystery (even just on its own) was a fantastic idea and executed almost flawlessly.

    Creativity and worldbuilding oozes from this game's story, characters, and (of course) world to explore. So much so, in fact, that I fear it may be too overwhelming for the first couple of hours of a blind playthrough. I would recommend someone who has beaten this game give you, or you yourself look up, a quick backstory to the world of Paradise Killer first so that you can focus on the mystery without being busy wondering what the heck you're even playing first.

    I very much appreciated this game not holding your hand when finding clues and solving each mystery, not to mention giving the player the ability to essentially end the game anytime they wish once they are satisfied with their investigation. This really helps the journey feel like your own, since you basically choose what ending you get as well as the fates of everyone left on the island. The journey is definitely where the game's strength is, however, as the epilogue to this mystery is overall a bit underwhelming considering its grande finale.

    Absolutely worth every cent of your $20 and I can't wait for more adventures with the Investigator.

    8/10
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  6. Jul 22, 2022
    6
    The concept of an open world mystery game is really cool and I love the atmosphere in this game but there is an overwhelming amount of randomThe concept of an open world mystery game is really cool and I love the atmosphere in this game but there is an overwhelming amount of random **** to get and im pretty sure most of it is just random junk that doesn't do anything. There's also like 10 billion options when you talk to each character on top of an already surreal plot. Maybe I'm just too stupid to play this game idk. Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2020
    1
    What can say? Pretty "meh" in my opinion. I tried it and it was like "whatever"

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