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  • Summary: Lead a team of four Troubleshooters of dubious loyalty, who (mostly) obey orders from Friend Computer, a paranoid and irrational artificial intelligence. Inspired by the classic games of the CRPG genre, experience the first official adaptation of the cult role-playing game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. Dec 17, 2019
    75
    The combat could be more exciting and its over-reliance on walking and talking can be a bit tiring, but Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory remains a challenging and rewarding experience nonetheless.
  2. Dec 24, 2019
    55
    Overall, Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory feels like a missed opportunity.
  3. Jan 6, 2020
    55
    A powerful background and some good ideas are not enough to save Paranoia: Happyness is Mandatory from being a missed opportunity.
  4. Dec 31, 2019
    45
    Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory is an isometric RPG set in a dystopian future, but the real dystopia is the game itself.
  5. Jan 13, 2020
    45
    Poor in content, form and substance, Paranoia: Happiness is mandatory involuntarily inscribes itself in the list of games that certainly do not bring the video game closer to the traditional role-playing game, but rather that underline the extreme differences and limits of the medium with respect to the characteristics of the paper versions.
  6. Jan 3, 2020
    40
    The only positive thing I can say about this game is that it convinced me to research the source material. The tabletop RPG is infinitely more interesting than this adaptation because it’s designed for human interaction - hence the name “Paranoia”. When the surprises and betrayals are scripted, the core of the game is missing. Happiness may be mandatory but, thankfully, to play this game is optional.
  7. Dec 19, 2019
    30
    Paranoia feels like someone got hold of the license and then either couldn’t figure out what to do with it or had a lot of nice ideas that were then horribly constrained by budget and time. Were it budget-priced or still in Early Access, it might be forgivable. But as a full, major release? It’s too short, too annoying, and too uninteresting to recommend to anyone – even the most ardent of Paranoia fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 8, 2019
    10
    This game is based on the pen and paper RPG of the same name. As someone who read the books and ran the tabletop game for my friends, I loveThis game is based on the pen and paper RPG of the same name. As someone who read the books and ran the tabletop game for my friends, I love it. It does what it set out to do, and it does it well. As for the uninitiated, just remember that this is a silly game--it's not meant to be taken seriously. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2020
    2
    It's broken. It's not possible to reach the end of the game because there is a mission where you can't progress.
    I tried to get in contact
    It's broken. It's not possible to reach the end of the game because there is a mission where you can't progress.
    I tried to get in contact with the support, send screenshots, send saved files... When I asked for a solution they said "to check updates patch to see when the issue is solved".
    So, no ticket number, no nothing... Just a "keep checking for updates".
    That was 4 months ago... so, the game is unplayable. Have fun with that!
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