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Paradise Killer (2020) 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."

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Paradise Killer 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Point-and-Click game with Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to explore the locations and piece together what you think happened. There are a number of intuitive jumps to make, as well as being comfortable with getting things wrong.

CostsCosts

Paradise Killer usually costs £15.49 to £16.75. 

Paradise Killer

Switch StoreSALE Switch £15.49 £4.64 until 26/06/2024
Steam StoreSALE PC £16.75 £5.02 until 27/06/2024
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

App Store Mac -

Paradise Killer

XBox Store Xbox X|S £16.74
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
XBox Store PC £16.74
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Price: 70% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click (Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 40 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Kaizen Game Works (@KaizenGameWorks)


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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