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Reader reviews for The Samaritan Paradox

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Rating by Vegetable Party posted on Jan 16, 2021 | edit | delete

marred by harmful insensitivity

What the f*ck, Samaritan Paradox.

That is my experience with this game. This game spoke to me and then it jammed a pencil into my shoulder.

I expected a conspiracy thriller. The title’s formula suggests as much. That made me a bit hesitant; conspiracies are rather suspect in general. They tend to wade through pretty murky waters, open to all kinds of messed up undercurrents, crawling with hungry political bottom feeders.

It’s a sub-genre that easily crosses over into creepy territory, is what I mean.

Oddly enough, this game manages to steer clear of anything really problematic, at least.. in the political thriller part of the plot. The personal story is essentially a deliberate lack of trigger warning. It hinges on a revelation that screams for caution. But that’s the big reveal. You didn’t see it coming.

It’s horrible. It’s not just bad or offensive, it hurt. I don’t even want to go into details. It deals with very complicated trauma and handles it without any care at all.

That is what does this game in. It looks the part. It works like a charm. It’s not structurally bad: the puzzles might not be for everyone, but they were right up my alley. I really thought we were getting somewhere, TSP, I was mostly digging your vibe. Until it came to an abrupt end.

So where does that leave us?

Ratings and recommendations are odd, kind of useful and fascinating. The first makes the subjective quantifiable. The formula can be all kinds of complicated, but will basically come down to a (mostly harmless) rationalization. If a game has mediocre graphics, but amazing gameplay, or great puzzles, but juvenile humour, how do you weigh these things against each other? The second seems to assume egocentric intent. I work at a nursing home; would I recommend Melt Banana to a resident? How can you make that decision without any distinction of the recipient? Is it just adding and subtracting, ending up with a grade that determines the position of the thumb?

There is a lot about this game that is really good. If the letdown was just a flaw, the game would probably end up with a passing grade. That makes it hard. It’s easy to dismiss a bad game that is also problematic. But what if it could be good, save for that one thing? Is it fair to throw all of that under the bus, because of one thing you don’t agree with?

I don’t know how this should work. I appreciate the creative energy that went into this game. I don’t think the developer is a bad person, or had ill intent. In fact, I would recommend the follow-up project, Whispers of a Machine. To pretty much everyone. And I have done just that.

But I can’t recommend this, because it might be damaging. It’s just as simple as that.

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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Hard

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Rating by thorn969 posted on May 19, 2017 | edit | delete

Good puzzles and retro feel... short and could have improved characters

The puzzles were well integrated and generally made good sense… although sometimes I found myself clicking a bit just trying to figure out what to do next. With that, I had about 4 hours for one playthrough. I played a second time to get complete Steam achievements.

The story… I found a bit depressing… I enjoyed the fantasy setting and I thought the final ending to the fantasy setting worked very well and was cute… and it does complement the actual ending well. I guess it felt a little flat because I didn’t really feel that involved in or connected to the characters. They were a bit two dimensional, especially in the real world… I think if they had more personality and we had more opportunity for idle chit-chat demonstrating unique, quirky personalities… that’s what this game needed.

It is a kinda nice tribute to Broken Sword… although the story is kept more simple and plausible. But the parallel stories and twists and turns keep it plenty exciting.

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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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Rating by dboon2020 posted on Feb 22, 2017 | edit | delete

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Rating by pylke posted on Nov 22, 2016 | edit | delete

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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

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Rating by emric posted on Oct 2, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by Khan4 posted on Aug 5, 2015 | edit | delete

Disturbed by the ending...

The game itself is very good, but the story falls short with the final revelation. Ok, why not a game about that. But not like that, not with that kind of game, I felt kind of cheated by the game, I would have liked another kind of ending, more in the line of the rest of the game.

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Time Played: 5-10 hours

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Rating by wiadp1 posted on Jun 27, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by cygma posted on Mar 22, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by tomimt posted on Aug 1, 2014 | edit | delete

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