Paradigm – Old School Point and Click Adventure with Dark Humour (Co-Starring a Tumour)

You might think that this headline is a bit over the top. Well…

Paradigm is weird. Like really weird. The headline wasn´t strange enough for you? Well here is the developer´s description:

Paradigm is a surreal adventure game set in the strange and post apocalyptic Eastern European country of Krusz. Play as the handsome mutant, Paradigm, who’s past comes back to haunt him in the form of a genetically engineered sloth that vomits candy.

Paradigm’s unfortunate life begins at DUPA genetics, a company who sells prodigy children to the rich and powerful who don’t want to leave their inheritance to their poor excuse for biological children.

Something went wrong during Paradigm’s growing process and he was left horribly mutated. To save their reputation, DUPA dumped the hideous infant in a nearby post Neo-Soviet abandoned town, forcing him to fend for himself.

Paradigm didn’t let this get him down and found solace in music. He dreams of becoming the best electronic music artist the world has ever seen! Unfortunately his past is set to catch up with him and he must reluctantly step up as the world’s saviour. When really he just wants to finish his latest EP.

I think there are two possible reactions to this: Either “WTF?!” or “Yes”. The humour is Paradigm´s most unique aspect and also the most decisive reason to buying the game or not. If this very twisted, obscene and silly humour is not for you then you won´t have fun with this title.

The game is a very old school Point and Click Adventure. You click on the screen to move Paradigm and clicking on an object opens a list of verbs that define how you can interact with it. You collect items in your inventory, you can combine them and by dragging them into the game world you can also use them. Mechanically speaking the game is nothing special.

What makes this title really shine is it´s story. The extremely crude humour and the absurd characters and locations are the most important part. The game is also full of references to other famous Adventure games (maybe a little too obvious for my taste, as it is breaking the 4th wall a lot, especially in the beginning). The dialogue and voice acting is also very well realized and helps with delivering the strange narrative. It is also a lot more fun to play the game if you know some Polish or Russian or another similar language as the game has a lot of very amusing puns.

The visuals also fit the surreal style of the Adventure. Everything looks like a weird painting. The locations are very colorful and creative same as the characters. The characters especially are very creative. There is Paradigm´s tumour who acts as the hint system and a sidekick, a talking plant, a weird drug-addicted “Space Cadett” and a lot more.

So … Should you buy this game or not? As stated earlier if the humour isn´t your cup of tea then you won´t have a lot of fun with the game as the story is by far it´s greatest strength.

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