A surreal two-dimensional point ‘n’ click science fiction adventure game created by Jacob Janerka, an Australian developer of Polish descent. The story of Paradigm takes us to a near future to a surreal world inspired by Eastern Europe of the 70s and 80s. The protagonist is named Paradigm, he is a mutant and a product of a failed project of DUPA Corporation that deals in breeding ideal children. Abandoned by his creators, the hero produces electronic music and his goal is to reach world fame in this field. Both the plot and the characters are saturated with absurd and dark humor, additionally enriched with numerous easter eggs. As far as gameplay is concerned, Paradigm resembles classical adventure games of the 90s, such as Day of the Tentacle or the Monkey Island series. While playing, we have to explore levels, interact with non-player characters, gather items, and solve logic puzzles. The audiovisual layer of the title also strongly references the retro style.

PC / Windows
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Paradigm | PC

Paradigm release date for PC:

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05 April 2017 | Worldwide

05 April 2017 | Europe

05 April 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.  

Paradigm for PC / Windows is a classical two-dimensional point ‘n’ click surrealist science fiction adventure game. It was developed by Jacob Janerka, an independent Australian developer. The production was supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign.


The action takes place in a near future, in 2026, in a slightly surrealist world called Krusz, inspired by the landscapes of Eastern Europe of the 70s and 80s. Paradigm is the name of the protagonist, a mutant and a failed project of DUPA Corporation that deals in breeding ideal children. Treated as a sort of accident at work, he was abandoned by his creators in a deserted, post-Soviet city. There, he unexpectedly finds consolation in music and decides to become the biggest composer of electronic music the world has ever seen. The path to this goal will not be easy, though, and the protagonist will not only have to face his past but also a wide variety of strongly absurd characters.


Mechanics-wise, Paradigm does not deviate from classical adventure games of the turn of the 80s and 90s, drawing inspiration from such titles as Day of the Tentacle and Full Throttle or the Monkey Island and Space Quest series. The title also utilizes a typical point ‘n’ click interface with four basic activities possible to perform, depending on the context. The gameplay boils down to exploration of subsequent locations, gathering items, solving various logic puzzles, and interacting with encountered non-playable characters.

Technical aspects

Paradigm for PC / Windows is characterized by colorful two-dimensional graphics with slightly post-apocalyptic style, which the creators describes as a combination of the old Fallout style with modern Pixar cartoons. The game is full of references to the characteristic atmosphere of Eastern Europe of the 70s and 80s. There is also plenty of easter eggs and a large dose of dark humor, meant rather for adult audience. The fun is complemented by a Jonas Kjellberg’s soundtrack in the spirit of the bygone era electronic music and movies such as Blade Runner.

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i5 3 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce 560 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/10
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB 8800 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7

Paradigm trailer #1

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Zwiastun Paradigm, wydanej na PC klasycznej dwuwymiarowej przygodówki point-and-click w konwencji surrealistycznej komedii science fiction. Za stworzenie tytułu odpowiada niezależny, australijski deweloper polskiego pochodzenia, Jacob Janerka.