The Samaritan Paradox

 Review

The Samaritan Paradox is an adventure game from developer Faravid Interactive. But if you’re expecting this to be just your run-of-the-mill adventure with a bit of a story thrown on top, you couldn’t be more wrong. The Samaritan Paradox is an absolute must-play game.

In The Samaritan Paradox you play protagonist Ord Saloman, a Ph.D student who is living in Sweden and has a healthy a petite for literature and cryptography. The game starts with Ord solving a simple little puzzle in a book the author of which (Jonatan Bergwall) has killed himself. This introduction serves to get you accustomed to the gameplay, which is fairly traditional point and click style. Then Ord comes across the daughter of Bergwall, Sara, who assigns him a mission: discover a book Bergwall wrote in secrecy.

 

You may have noticed already that The Samaritan Paradox has a deep story. It’s an exceptional piece of drama for a video game, full of twists that truly hook you in and get you thinking. The characters are excellent too. All this adds up to one of the best stories I’ve seen in a game.

As you would expect, there are tons of different puzzle to complete and mysteries to solve. There’s a lot of challenge to the puzzle and mysteries and you’ll need to use logic to get through (making this an exceptionally complex game for me, lacking any sort of rational brain).

The graphics are somewhat minimal but they do conjure the right atmosphere for the game. The backgrounds are detailed and you’ll easily be able to spot the important objects as you play. The characters are detailed and large and when you see their portraits in one of the games conversations, you’ll be impressed with the quality of the art.

The music is also great; highly atmospheric, helping to immerse you in the game’s world. All in all the presentation is wonderful, and the gameplay is too. It might not quite hit the heights of Myst, but it’s not far off either.

Fans of point and click adventures simply must play this game.

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Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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