Freebird Games again shows its skill in telling a touching story with RPG Maker-style visuals in Finding Paradise.
It has been 5 years since I reviewed the amazing storytelling experience To The Moon that was one of the very few games receiving a full 10/10, not because of its rather linear and adventure game-lite gameplay, but because of its sheer emotional impact. It was one of those titles that made even the most hardened gamer cry, and that’s saying something, considering that its anime style could easily have led to the exaggerated drama this genre is known for. Fortunately, the story about a dying patient whose last wish is to travel to the moon with the help of two doctors who literally go through his memories and change them so that he believes he achieved this goal was well-crafted and subtle enough to evoke feelings of sadness and joy.
The protagonists Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts remain the same, and their newest patient is Colin Reeds whose wish is to change something and still change nothing at all. Confused about this paradox? I sure am, and there isn’t any information about it in the trailer, on the website or in the store description. The only certainty is that the patient is a retired aviator who also featured in A Bird Story as a young boy who finds a bird with a broken wing. So if you want to have enough background info, you can play that one, too. Sometimes it’s difficult with these types of games to promote them when not being able to actually know anything, but maybe this time it works with the same emotional outcome, as the trailer itself was already beautiful, showing some wonderful scenes taken out of real life without the fantasy/sci-fi element so many animes suffer from, with a very touching soundtrack to boot, too.
The game is now available on PC with a 10% discount that will last until the end of the GOG Winter Sale. You can also get the soundtrack with 10 % off if you buy it together with the game.
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