Paratopic

Paratopic (Switch eShop)

2020

System
Switch eShop
Publisher
Baltoro Games
Developer
Arbitrary Metric

N/A

Game Rating

User Ratings: 2

Our Review: 7/10

Overview

Number of Players
Single Player
Genre
Adventure
Release Date

Switch eShop

  • 21st Aug 2020 (US/Canada), $5.49
  • 21st Aug 2020 (UK/EU/AU), £4.99

Screenshots (8)

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Reviews

  • Review Paratopic - A Low-Fi Eldritch Fever Dream That Ends Too Soon

    VC-arrrrgh

    As a rule of thumb, it's probably best not to watch mysterious VHS tapes. On the plus side, the fact that it's a dead format means that the sheer effort of locating a VCR in order to violate said rule is almost certainly more trouble than it's worth, and if said mysterious tapes were uploaded to YouTube you'd probably have to deal with...

About The Game

You got caught smuggling VHS tapes across the border, and now there's hell to pay. You want to find an elusive rare bird in the forest and snap its picture. You have to kill a man in the back room of a shady diner.

This is Paratopic, an experimental first-person horror game named by Rock, Paper, Shotgun as one of the best games of 2018, and by FACT mag as having one of the top 10 soundtracks of the year.

  • A narrative-driven horror-tinged adventure game that takes you on a journey through a cruel fever dream world.
  • Cut between numerous detailed and varied vignettes to unravel how the stories of three separate characters intersect.
  • Explore the detritus of forbidden industry, kill, drive through the night, find yourself in conversation with some very off-kilter individuals.
  • A leisurely playthrough should take forty-five minutes, give or take, with plenty more to discover in the detailed, grimy low polygon environments. Or speedrun it, if you'd prefer.
  • Over an hour of gorgeous dark ambient music is used to create our subtly dynamic soundscape. An anachronistic blend of modern and outdated production as glitches and textural pads meet synthesis & sampling akin to 1990s Unreal Engine soundtracks.
  • Playable both in TV and handheld mode, experience a short-story masterpiece and enjoy the story anywhere. Take the horror with you.