Finding Paradise is a thoughtful and heartfelt narrative-heavy indie game about two doctors who explore a dying man's memories in order to fulfill his final wish.
Pro Emotional story
With the premise of a dying man, Colin Reeds, who has one final wish to see fulfilled before he passes on, Finding Paradise is a moving tale of two doctors, Eva Rosalene and Neil Watts, who travel through Colin's reconstructed memories to seemingly make the impossible possible. The doctors travel back through time and must press forward through Colin's memories, learning about his complicated yet compelling life along the way, solving puzzles along the way as they ultimately accept the inevitability of their patient's worsening condition.
Pro Excellent writing
The game's writing handles themes of loss and death in an accessible and thoughtful way, giving the player plenty to think about long after the story concludes. There's a range of emotions, humor and philosophical musing that feels unique and true to the story. Despite the plot's focus on loss and death, the doctors' journey offers hope to the dying Colin in ways that resonate with players from all walks of life.
Pro Wonderful soundtrack
Featuring a range of measured, thoughtful guitar pieces to plucky, magical piano tracks that inspire a sense of intrigue and adventure, Finding Paradise has an incredibly thematic soundtrack that hits all the right notes. There's a unifying sound across the tracks that gives a sense of wonder and mystery, blending well with the doctors' journey through Colin's intricate memories.
Pro Intriguing concept of altering memories
The doctors physically manifest themselves in their patient's head, traversing his mind like traditional levels in a video game. In Finding Paradise, the concept of altering memories is a great thought experiment of how someone's life could change entirely if they remembered things differently.