Finding Paradise Review
What an emotional ride. Truly this is a masterpiece of both storytelling and gameplay. I believe the fine people at Freebird Games have proven themselves again with the release of their third RPG visual novel, Finding Paradise, which is yet another story driven game that brings out the best qualities of this brilliant indie company, because, in my eyes, Freebird Games are becoming one the most consistent developers on the market. All their releases so far have been nothing but bullseyes. The most consecutive pieces of gaming art I have ever played. That is no exaggeration.
It’s rare for me to cry when I play video games, and it’s even more rare to bawl over characters that are nothing more than small, pixelated figures that don’t have much range of animation to them, but are built around a story so touching that will stick with you even after everything is said and done. Though admittedly light on gameplay, the strength of Finding Paradise center around characters, writing and music that will bring this charming world, with its touching and deeply human tale, to life.
The story features two Sigmund Corp employees, Drs. Eva Rosalene and Neil Watts, who are assigned with the task to delve into a person’s memories and alter them by using a high tech device that was designed by Sigmund Corp with the hopes of granting a patient their last dying wish, because the device is capable of letting a person truly believe in the false memories created as a result. We basically have the same premise as the critically acclaimed To The Moon where the same duo as before are here to manipulate memories so a person believes, in their last moments, that they fulfilled some dream or answered some regret that they always had. The person in their deathbed this time is a man by the name of Colin. The scientists need to find out how they can give him a fulfilling life by exploring and learning about his most important moments.
Throughout the course of the game you are listening to some of the most breathtaking music you could ask for, a soundtrack that really impacts the narrative of this story, aiding to greatly push forth the strong themes that are being presented. Just like the previous game, this is a beautiful soundtrack that you want to have in your collection.
Gameplay-wise, there isn’t much to speak of, and that is not to say your input isn’t going to have an impact on the events that take place, but it’s clear that the strength of these games lie in there writing and music, so in that sense you are asked to sit back and slowly take in the story that is being unfolded before you. While many situations will have the player question the human qualities, giving them a motivation to perhaps look at themselves and try to improve, because there are quite a number of tearful events that take place, there are also balanced out by some of the more goofy moments.
In short, Finding Paradise is all about the exploration and the cutscenes that are strengthened by incredible writing, good story, lovable characters and a powerful theme about the beautiful flawed nature of humanity. I honestly loved playing it and I cannot wait until the next one comes out.
Disclaimer: PC Aficionado was provided with a code for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions expressed in the review are the writers own and are not influenced by the developer and/or publisher in anyway.
- Great Writing
- Wonderful Story
- Emotional Experience
- Amazing Soundtrack
- Light On Gameplay
- Tedious Puzzles