Paradise Killer is a game that takes place on a strange, surreal island. It’s a game where the player assumes the role of an aspiring private investigator. In fact, this is the game in which Paradise Killer is most similar to real life. The island is called Paradise Killer, but the only people who visit the place are those who are there to uncover some kind of mystery or the other.
Paradise Killer’s bright, high-tech world of garishly colored GeoCities pages, ancient, baffling jargon and esoteric concepts are, at first, undeniably confusing. This surreal, half-remembered version of a fever dream has the feel of a half-forgotten fever dream. A few words you will learn quickly are “Dry, “Noise.” There are also words like “Warp,” “Zoom,” and “Buggles.” The island is called Paradise Killer, but it’s not really a place where your normal everyday people go to find answers to their problems.
This is not a game that teaches you how to be a private investigator, because you don’t need to be one. Your character, named James, is an investigator who is hired by one of the residents of Paradise Killers, a private island of a sort. This is a small island with only a handful of people on it – some of them ex-cons, some of them out for revenge, some of them looking to run a business, some of them just looking for a place to sleep when they get too worn out.
If you thought you needed to know some background on being a private investigator, then you will be disappointed. You’ll learn about James’ background only in the last levels of the game. You will never find out why he is called Paradise Killer or what exactly happened to the people who have been living on the island for many years.
To begin with, James lives with his Aunt, his cousin, his grandmother and his brother, named Peter, in a house called the “Swingingles.” This is where James works as a private investigator, investigating and discovering mysteries and crimes that he solves with the help of his fellow citizens.
Once James starts investigating, he finds that there are some people who really do know more than he does about the people he’s working for. One of these is his boss, named Miss “Spoonbait.” The others include the local Mafia boss, Mrs. “Auntie,” who want James to find the location of her grandson, who is missing in some kind of scandalous affair, and a “Private Eye” who also know more than James knows.
James is assigned to investigate the murder of a woman named Alice who is believed to be a victim of the Mafia. The woman is rumored to have died because of a crime she was suspected of committing – and now a rumor that is spreading through the community. Alice is also accused of killing a man called George and taking his money.
In order to clear up the rumors and put a stop to it, James has to investigate all of the rumors surrounding Alice. His investigation leads him to a place called The Pit, where Alice’s daughter, Jules, is a suspect as well. Although they both are suspected, there is a strong chance that Alice killed George, but James has no evidence.
He finds out more about James, including his hobbies and where he got his nickname. The story ends with Jules and Alice in a bar, where Alice claims that James framed her and took her money, but then she tells James that she can give him everything he needs to clear up his name and prove that he is innocent.
There is nothing wrong with the game, in the slightest. It’s not very long, it has some action, it’s not too challenging and it’s an interesting game with a bit of mystery and twists, which makes it worth playing.
So, if you have played Paradise Killer before, you can still enjoy this game and if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you play it again. !