Paradise Killer Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For this Paradise Killer Review, where we play a game set in Paradise Island, a world outside reality. There’s been a murder that only “investigation freak” Lady Love Dies can solve. Gather evidence and interrogate suspects in this open-world adventure. You can accuse anyone, but you’ll have to prove your case in trial. It’s up to you to decide who’s guilty.

Paradise Killer Review Pros:

  • Beautiful pixel art graphics style.
  • 3.7GB download size.
  • 3 save slots.
  • First-person detective gameplay.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, deadzone sliders, sticky aim, and camera smoothing slider.
  • Display settings – HUD overlay, a field of view slider, and motion blur.
  • Game settings – language, rumble, mature content, highlight names and set how evidence assignments work.
  • Motion sickness help.
  • Accessibility settings – sprint mode, AR mode, mediation mode, falling whilst crouched, screenshake, rotating backgrounds, flickering lights, auto walk, auto walk speed, dialogue font, typing sounds, color correction, color correction scale slider, day/night cycle, and night brightness.
  • Brilliant soundtrack.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • The presentation is inviting, and engaging.
  • Multiple choice questions and encounters.
  • Many collectible relics are to be found.
  • The world is just so much fun to explore, big bright, and gorgeous to look at.
  • Bright punchy menu system from the Interactive pop-ups to the text and rolling list of dialogue.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Starlight is your laptop/Ai helper that runs all your cases, inventory management, timeliness, and maps.
  • You can customize your Starlight interface with collectible skins and music tracks.
  • Nightmare is the older more dangerous version of Starlight, you hack the terminals by deciphering the code as long as you have the software plugin to see the symbols to decipher.
  • Blood crystals are the currency in the game.
  • Such high presentation values.
  • Play how you want.
  • Open world.
  • You get told what part of the island you are in when you enter it.
  • Telephone boxes act as fast travel points.
  • Investigation notes are broken down and color-coded so you can easily and quickly access information.
  • AR brings up an augmented reality overlay showing suspects/markers/objectives etc direction and distance.
  • Change the song playing with the d-pad.
  • Handy respawn button if you get stuck.
  • Interact with people by interrogating them for answers/clues, and hang out with them to build relationship levels.
  • Use Blood crystals to buy items and unlock fast travel points.
  • The world is 3D but all the characters are 2D sprites.
  • Shinji is a weird ass dude that annoys and helps you in equal measures and is usually found in places you least expect.
  • Crime scene photos and locations can be interacted with, and information learned.
  • Anything you learn or find will automatically get put into Starlight which sorts it.
  • Save points are everywhere.
  • No fall damage.
  • Foot baths are expensive to use but they grant you new abilities.
  • Everyone will have a different experience.
  • Such a well-designed world, with so many secrets to find and areas to explore.
  • Aside from the main murder mystery story, you can pick up optional side investigations.
  • A lot of platforming and parkour.
  • It can and will rain.
  • Upgrade Starlight using blood crystals and seeing the right person.

Paradise Killer Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Slow starter.
  • The tutorial prompts are very basic.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Slight performance hits at times.
  • Doesn’t look as crisp as the PC version.
  • Pop up and pop in happen a lot.
  • Can be hard to see items in the distance.
  • Learning what and who are viable targets to navigate to on the AR is a mission in itself.
  • The pop-up you have to click every time you pick up a blood crystal is annoying.
  • You are not told/warned or given any notice that water no matter how shallow usually kills you quickly.
  • The respawning is fine but it’s hard to know where it will respawn you half the time.
  • The tone used when saying about Blood crystals makes it sound like they are rare or hard to come by but that’s not the case.
  • Characters can have a canned voice response and it gets very repetitive.
  • You cannot interact with the map or place your own markers which is really annoying when doing side investigations.
  • Early game platforming is less than ideal.
  • A lot of reading and pressing the same button over and over.

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


I always wondered how an episode of Columbo would play out if I dropped some acid and then woke up to an anime running. Luckily for me all that has now been answered with Paradise Killer. You play as a detective that had been ex-communicated from the island known as Paradise for a -spoilers so it is redacted- and you get a chance at redemption thanks to some funky shit going on. I really cannot keep speaking about the story because it is the main part but it is full of so many twists and turns, coupled with you can approach it in many ways meaning everyone will experience it differently. No, instead I will just say how beautiful the game is, Yes the scanning of crime scenes and general questioning of subjects is very basic and kind of boring, but the exploring of the island and crazy characters really keep you coming back. Find the hidden blood crystal currency and unlock new powers that make the traversal even better and open up more of the island. Honestly, I just went exploring and happened upon a lot of the game’s main hooks which is fine as it all felt a lot more natural to me. Going into it and following it all to the letter is not the best way to play it, For me, it was just an open-world game with side quests that happened to be main quests. It is a whacky ride, It has some right weirdos and good writing and is just a brilliant feel-good game. Don’t let the genre or detective narrative put you off, It doesn’t play like a traditional detective game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!