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Paradise Killer Review
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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's Council. You scour Paradise Island for clues and discover the culprit, or culprits. But unlike other detective games, you are free to accuse who you like, rather than being funnelled down a single correct path of enquiry.

Paradise Killer is a mystery that you create as you go. By choosing how to interrogate suspects and finding any evidence in any order, you uncover not a singular truth but a truth they shape and craft. Find your truth and breathe life back into Paradise.

What's needed is impartial investigative work, although this can be hard if you (as you can) decide to sleep with your suspects. This takes time and patience, and some may find the leg work too much. However, as you persevere you slowly discover that as you put the clues you find together you impact both the story and the outcome.

This might sound like a pointless exercise, if there is no right answer. The genius of the game is allowing your discoveries in the world to percolate and congeal into a satisfying whole.

"Our minds are predisposed to arrange facts into stories," said Simon Parkin in his review. "Once we understand something we have in some way tamed it. This wrinkle in human psychology has led to thousands of wrongful arrests by overstretched or under-equipped detectives, as well as wrongful verdicts by juries, who are as susceptible to easy narratives as the readers of airport thrillers. Paradise Killer forces us to reckon with ideas of our fallibility, as we pursue the wrong paths and leap to reckless conclusions. Long after you’ve made your case you’ll wonder if, just maybe, you missed a crucial piece of evidence, and whether that oversight led to some profound miscarriage of justice."

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 41 features

Developer: Kaizen Game Works (@KaizenGameWorks)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete. Although due to the open nature of the game, multiple play-throughs are both engaging and likely.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Paradise Killer usually costs £15.49.
 

Paradise Killer

Switch Store Switch £15.49
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game is unfailable as you have no health or win/fail criteria. There is no fall damage in Paradise Killer, and nothing in the game forces you to lose progress. There is also a "No-falling" mode where if a player gets too close to the edge they won't fall off, and an auto-walk mode.

When you start a new game in Paradise Killer, you are presented with a screen that informs you of accessibility options. These can be accessed at any point in the game. Players are informed about the save system on all loading screens. A maturity filter disables swearing, which is on as default.

If you get stuck you can check the verbose quest log that directs you on what to do next.

The game offers audible and visual direction cues. Diegetic sound effects, leading you to interactive objects, in-world and visible prompts for interactivity, everything that can be interacted with in the world is coloured bright pink.

You can turn off the day/night cycle for people who have trouble with darker environments. You can also customise the user interface background.

You can select dyslexia-friendly fonts as an option. An option to disable footstep sounds to help combat misophonia. You can adjust the voice clip frequency if you have trouble reading and listening to words at the same time. You can turn off rotating backgrounds to help with vertigo.

Controls can be fully remapped on PC but not on console.
 
Our Paradise Killer Accessibility Report documents 41 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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