Paradigm Shift You awake from a terrifying nightmare to discover that your home city of River Lake has been devastated by an explosion at a neuroscience laboratory.
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Negative (41 reviews) - 9% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 19, 2014

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You awake from a terrifying nightmare to discover that your home city of River Lake has been devasted by an explosion at a neuroscience laboratory.

A dangerous biochemical has been released into the ecosystem, turning every living thing into a bloodthirsty killer.
You are holed up in your apartment; for all you know you are the last survivor but your food and water supplies are running low.

It's time to take your chance and make your move. You must use your wits and your brain to avoid dangers, solve puzzles, find your girlfriend - if she is still alive - and escape the broken city...



  • Search for items and use them in different scenes.
  • Fight infected zombies to stay alive.
  • Point and click to find objects.
  • Multiple endings
  • Full soundtrack written by David.F.Burrows.
  • http://soundcloud.com/davidfburrows
  • Every action you take will have it's consequences.
  • Be aware of trigger effects.
  • Exciting storyline that will keep you searching for the truth.



25th June, 2012

Dear Jenny,

I don't know where you are but write you this letter in the hope that you might return home.

Water and food supplies are running low and I have to leave Riverlake. I haven't slept in what seems like ages - I try and shut my eyes but I keep hearing strange noises outside.

The streets echo with desperate screams and it's too dangerous to be out for long. There are crazy people running around, attacking anyone in sight - it's like they are infected with some sort of virus.

I watched one of them stand up not long after he was shot multiple times in the chest. It's surely only a matter of time before the infected come bursting through the door here.

None of it makes any sense. I don’t know how this all happened but I do know that I'm not safe here. Where is the military? Are they even around any more? I don't know what's going on and in the city I am totally alone.

I am certain you are still out there somewhere, I can feel it. I want you to know that I will wait for you... Do not think that I am leaving you - you are and always will be with me and my love for you will be forever.

If you read this I will have made my way out of here. I will wait for you at the gas station just a few miles out of town.

I hope I can be there tomorrow evening and I will wait for a week. If you do not show up I will be heading north, to try and find someone - anyone - who might have survived this.

Forever yours.



Buy the awesome soundtrack of this game at http://davidfburrows.bandcamp.com/album/paradigm-shift-ost
1 Blind to the signs
2 Sundown
3 Paradigm shift
4 Parameters
5 Geopolitic
6 Ignore your programming
7 Asphodel meadows
8 Butterfly (Cast of Thousands)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP 2+ or later
    • Processor: 1 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 190 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
    • Storage: 204 MB available space
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Negative (41 reviews)
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rjmacready
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
The most horrifying thing about this game is the fact that it is neither as bad as its infamous reputation suggests, nor is it the single worst horror game available on Steam. It is, however, pretty darned close on both accounts...

First bad sign: Opens in a small window which, when maximised, simply transforms the game from a small screen overlaying your Steam page to a small screen surrounded by whiteness. Spif-fy. Second bad sign: The only way I found to exit the game after achieving this extraordinary display option was to shut down my computer by force. Third bad sign: The, ahem, "game" itself...

It's a point-and-click game with static images, first person POV. So even when you look out a window to observe that your neighbour's house is on fire, you don't get even the slightest hint of animated flames writhing; just a static image of, well, your neighbour's house on fire.

None of this would be an especially huge minus, if the story itself were interesting enough. Spoiler: It's not. Nor would it be worthy of enormous criticism if the gameplay was compelling enough. Second spoiler: It sure as ♥♥♥♥ isn't. Heck, even the presence of some cool jump-scares, or moments of split-second kill-the-zombie-before-it-kills-you action might have saved this from being one of the biggest ♥♥♥♥-sandwiches you could ever opt to eat, and I've read reviews which claim you can use the shotgun you pick up to quickly shoot zombies as they pop up on-screen, but...I either had zombies fill the screen, munch the crap out of me, then unceremoniously disappear, or I had zombies fill the screen, take one bite out of me, and give me an instant Game Over. Neither event seemed to occur with any semblance of rhyme or reason, and the lack of any save system means that you'll be going back to the beginning over and over and over again, despite reports that the game can be completed in something like four minutes (a first-time feat which would require much more luck than skill, I suspect).

Add to this the hardest-to-find items in a video game EVER - I seriously challenge anyone to find that axe in the park without witnessing a walkthrough first, or simply spamming every inch of the screen just to see what happens - and basically what you have is an unplayable mess. It's a shame, too, because for all of two minutes the opening cut scene gave me some small semblance of hope that this WASN'T the crap-croissant which everyone claims it to be (i.e. said opening is actually quite good). Then the game proper begins, and it's all swiftly downhill from there.

The semi-competence of small aspects of this game - i.e. the moderately decent graphics and sound - unfortunately prevent this from even being one of those "so-bad-it's-good" propositions...so perhaps the only true saving grace of this product is the fact that it's almost eternally on sale for under a dollar. Given that the devs should probably PAY people to play it, that's still not much of a bargain, I'm afraid.

Only a REAL zombie apocalypse could be less fun than this steaming pile of undead excrement.

Verdict: 2.5/10.
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Belphegore
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
In Paradigm Shift, you are an unnamed man who is looking for his girlfriend in the midst of a virus outbreak; in the game her name is Marcy, on the store page her name is Jenny. The virus has transformed all of the recently deceased into cannibals, or in other words... zombies. The game is a point and click adventure title by Evilized Productions, and it was originally a free iOS title.

So, your home town of River Lake has been overrun by zombies thanks to the explosion at the neuroscience laboratory. Your ultimate goal is to make it to a gas station, from your apartment, and get the heck out of dodge; while, hopefully, your girlfriend Marcy/Jenny is able to meet you there. From the trailer and screenshots on the store page, the game looks promisingly dark and grim, and while this is the case, the game is horrendously short and rather boring.

The title can be completed in as little as 5-6 minutes. There is no save feature, and the chances of running into a zombie is slim. During my first playthrough I saw two, during my second I saw none. They just pop up randomly, and you kill them with the shotgun that you pick up at the very beginning of the game. There aren't any puzzles to solve, save getting the code for a keypad. The rest is pretty much self explanatory. Although the store page says that there are multiple endings, I could only find one the two times that I played the game, and I couldn't bring myself to continue trying to reach a different ending; there's really no point, and the game is incredibly dull.

The final verdict is that Paradigm Shift is a point and click that shows promise on the store page, but ultimately fails in delivering anything substantial. The photo-manipulation artwork is decent to look at, although it is heavy with filters, and the soundtrack is just okay. The storyline is a dime-a-dozen in this day and age, as everything to do with zombies has been ground into the dirt; in this case, it's just extremely generic. The absolute kicker is, is that there is no actual paradigm shift in the game. The game is pretty well a waste of half an hour total, and it should be avoided. If you're really itching for a great horror point and click experience, try Sanitarium or I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

Rating: 0.5/5.0 - Abysmal, avoid it like the plague.
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Cassius Fabius Maximus
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
It says it's a terrifying horror game, but be honest: it's not. When a zombie appeared suddenly from nothing, biting me for 3 seconds and then I died... it was not terrifying, it was f*ck*ng sh*t.
After that I realized that I should have clicked on the shotgun, than clicked on the zombies head... but wait! The zombie already bitten me, so I will be a zombie too in a couple of minutes, right? Why should I kill my future friend?
So, yeah... the developers did not know too much about zombies... but they decided to make a game about zombies... Funny, isn't it?
Oh, and one more thing: it has NO cards, so... if You know what I mean...
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keegan
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
I had this game gifted to me for free by a friend, I'm still trying to work out what I did to annoy him enough that he thought this was a necessary punishment. Seriously, I have played a lot of free flash point and click games online and this is somehow worse than the vast majority of those, I couldn't even force myself to finish the damn thing.

No one should ever play this game, nevermind pay for it.
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#Sunbro
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Well, it calls itself a 'terrifying point and click adventure' and is only 3/5 accurate in this describtion
It's actually point and click, but I wouldn't call it that much of an adventure and it's most certainly not terrifying at all
It has some jumpscares, but they don't scare you, they startle you and later you will sleep like a baby anyway.
In fact, the jumpscares in this particular bad game are too cheap to even get the whole startling thing right.
Congratulations game, you managed to not be even worth the time you are playing it, don't even talk about the money you have to spent.
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CAPTAIN HYSTERIA
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
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sitebender
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2015
Have you ever played classic first person point and click adventures but wanted them set in a zombie apocalypse with a cheap, gritty feel? Well here comes Paradigm Shift crawling on the floor covered in its own vomit missing legs and both of its arms. Its a hastily thrown together game devoid of interesting puzzles. The game excels at startling you if you take too long on a screen. Horrifying zombies pop in screaming when you least expect them.

There are a few death traps such as gas leaks that you'll need to simply back out of. You need to be hasty though, sticking around in one area too long will kill you in one way or another. Like the zombie apocalypse, you need to get from point A to point B as quick as possible and you do that through trial and error. The game plays out quick and it feels like there's a small amount here to keep it interesting. You can be done with everything in less than ten minutes. Its ultimately a death trap. A price for a horrifying jack-in-the box. You never know when its coming, but it'll jump out.

You are packing a shotgun, but it feels useless. Even when you have the time to pull it out and shoot a zombie, it does nothing, but it could be out of ammunition when you first get it. The game needs to specify such things or at least have a click. The game's instructions say that a blast can take out most enemies. What's even stranger is facing off against a girl crying in a corner removes the shotgun from the inventory time and time again. I would say its to prevent from hurting her, but you still have a screwdriver.

You can find a few descriptions of flavor text, but the game feels empty and vacant. Your mouse cursor never changes, it just stays as an arrow forcing me to click like mad. The toughest part about the game is finding little doors, nooks and crannies. Clicking around to find everything even if it looks like nothing.

Its obvious that its someone's first game. There's the cheap price and the Click Fusion icon still on the game. When you start up Paradigm Shift you're greeted with more external links than anything else. There are no options or settings, you play the game in a window rather than having a choice. Its bare bones.

The environments look good, gritty and downright cheap, but it fits for a horror game. There's no animation, just static photos. Even when zombies pop in they're just pasted on your screen and in a way that adds more drama. Their eyes are cut out, mouths pasted on their lips. The editing of real people is disturbing and does add a unique flair to the game. The real problem with the atmosphere is that its all ruined when the game forces you to stay in a window rather than full screen. Its scary seeing my kitten wallpaper on my desktop among still frames of burning buildings.

As for the puzzles, you have things like a simple keypad and you need to find the combination that's somewhere close at hand. You have a door lock that you need to pick. When you do so it returns you to the hallway you were already in. Its all so quick between game overs that it never gets a chance to be dull. I kept up a rapid pace through memorizing what to do and where to go.

To the game's credit there is tense music that adds something to a dirt cheap game. It hastens your pace and adds intensity to a bare bones game. There's budget and then there's cheap. It still feels gritty, but its nothing I can ever recommend.

If you're big into jump scares and little more than pictures and clicking, Paradigm Shift is a cheap enough game to be worth your time. To the other majority of people, avoid this game, because you never know when a horrifying zombie with all the animation of a cardboard cutout will burst into the area and start blood staining your screen.
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andrewhodkinson
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 8, 2015
You have to wonder about a blurry point-and-click game with lots of irrelevant areas and hidden items -- there's even a shotgun that's unneccessary. In a zombie game!

This game can be finished easily in less than 5 minutes once you know where everything is and how it's used, but figuring that out involves hours of torture.

And why? 1. A timer in some sections releases a zombie that kills you.
2. Too many clicks and it releases a zombie that kills you.
3. No save points.

It's an understatement that many basic game design decisions were were badly made here. It's almost fun to play it with that in mind.
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ApochsDotNet
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8xwARXxWKU

The harder I tried to progress further in this game, the more it seemed to make it impossible for me to continue. Random deaths happen if you click the wrong part of the screen, no check point or save system makes you play from the beginning if you die, and glitches like your shotgun suddenly disappearing when facing the little zombie girl, will leave you rage quitting. It's just not fun, nor is the story any good, really.
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Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
The most horrifying thing about this game is the fact that it is neither as bad as its infamous reputation suggests, nor is it the single worst horror game available on Steam. It is, however, pretty darned close on both accounts...

First bad sign: Opens in a small window which, when maximised, simply transforms the game from a small screen overlaying your Steam page to a small screen surrounded by whiteness. Spif-fy. Second bad sign: The only way I found to exit the game after achieving this extraordinary display option was to shut down my computer by force. Third bad sign: The, ahem, "game" itself...

It's a point-and-click game with static images, first person POV. So even when you look out a window to observe that your neighbour's house is on fire, you don't get even the slightest hint of animated flames writhing; just a static image of, well, your neighbour's house on fire.

None of this would be an especially huge minus, if the story itself were interesting enough. Spoiler: It's not. Nor would it be worthy of enormous criticism if the gameplay was compelling enough. Second spoiler: It sure as ♥♥♥♥ isn't. Heck, even the presence of some cool jump-scares, or moments of split-second kill-the-zombie-before-it-kills-you action might have saved this from being one of the biggest ♥♥♥♥-sandwiches you could ever opt to eat, and I've read reviews which claim you can use the shotgun you pick up to quickly shoot zombies as they pop up on-screen, but...I either had zombies fill the screen, munch the crap out of me, then unceremoniously disappear, or I had zombies fill the screen, take one bite out of me, and give me an instant Game Over. Neither event seemed to occur with any semblance of rhyme or reason, and the lack of any save system means that you'll be going back to the beginning over and over and over again, despite reports that the game can be completed in something like four minutes (a first-time feat which would require much more luck than skill, I suspect).

Add to this the hardest-to-find items in a video game EVER - I seriously challenge anyone to find that axe in the park without witnessing a walkthrough first, or simply spamming every inch of the screen just to see what happens - and basically what you have is an unplayable mess. It's a shame, too, because for all of two minutes the opening cut scene gave me some small semblance of hope that this WASN'T the crap-croissant which everyone claims it to be (i.e. said opening is actually quite good). Then the game proper begins, and it's all swiftly downhill from there.

The semi-competence of small aspects of this game - i.e. the moderately decent graphics and sound - unfortunately prevent this from even being one of those "so-bad-it's-good" propositions...so perhaps the only true saving grace of this product is the fact that it's almost eternally on sale for under a dollar. Given that the devs should probably PAY people to play it, that's still not much of a bargain, I'm afraid.

Only a REAL zombie apocalypse could be less fun than this steaming pile of undead excrement.

Verdict: 2.5/10.
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211 of 226 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
This game doesn't cut it for me. I've finished it a few times and there isn't much to do. I've had three alternate endings and they were pretty poor. 3/10 for me. I'll try to play through it a bit more for more alternate endings but.. Not worth your monnies.
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176 of 188 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
Lack of options, no full screen support, terrible animation scenes, Unoriginal gameplay. I didn't find this game to be worth 8 euros/10 dollars. There are much better point and click games out there. Some of the visuals are really creepy though.
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60 of 61 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
Each room has a unseen timer attached to it. The timer is around 20 - 30 seconds. After the time is up, a zombie will randomally appear and basically insta-kill you. Gameplay is therfore trial and error based without a checkpoint system so basically it's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ flash point and click game only you die every minute and restart from the beginning.

no/no
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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
I got it from greenlight bundle so I decided to give it a go.

First of all, no option menu. When you start the game, you'll be greeted with Start, More Game and Credit. You're not allowed to adjust any options for the game, including screen size and fullscreen option. Also note that there are no pause and save option. Also no Steam overlay, so cannot capture screenshot via Steam.

When you start the game, you'll get a letter then off you go.In the beginning you only have shotgun as weapon. Zombies will appear randomly and rely too much on jumpscare. Seriously cheap. To attack the zombies, you have to click on the shotgun icon on the inventory list on top of the screen then click on the zombie. Too slow, you die, restart from beginning.

During exploration, theres no indication on where to go. You just click on the screen then it will transit to next screen. No highlight making it hard to progress. There’s no horror feeling in this game.

Graphic just so-so. No animation involved, including zombies. They just come out of nowhere and start biting you without getting their mouth open and splashing blood on screen. Some of the images are creepy though, but nothing original.

Nothing impressive about this game at all. Plus, using jumpscare is cheap. Just another crap game from Greenlight.
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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Do you want to pay for a free flash game?
Do you want to search for dead pixels on your screen?
Do you want to shoot some zombie-jumpscares?
Do you want to play crappy point & click game without save option?
Do you want to buy game, only to unistall it from your PC?
Well...
Paradigm Shift is for you
(This game is so bad, that i love it.)
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
You have to wonder about a blurry point-and-click game with lots of irrelevant areas and hidden items -- there's even a shotgun that's unneccessary. In a zombie game!

This game can be finished easily in less than 5 minutes once you know where everything is and how it's used, but figuring that out involves hours of torture.

And why? 1. A timer in some sections releases a zombie that kills you.
2. Too many clicks and it releases a zombie that kills you.
3. No save points.

It's an understatement that many basic game design decisions were were badly made here. It's almost fun to play it with that in mind.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
I beat this game in 4 minutes. Thats how ♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game is. 7 dollars for a 4 minute long game.... I want my money back..........
Dont make the same mistake I did, in buying this game. Dont fuel this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game maker, by lining his/her pocket with your hard earned cash.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Have you ever played classic first person point and click adventures but wanted them set in a zombie apocalypse with a cheap, gritty feel? Well here comes Paradigm Shift crawling on the floor covered in its own vomit missing legs and both of its arms. Its a hastily thrown together game devoid of interesting puzzles. The game excels at startling you if you take too long on a screen. Horrifying zombies pop in screaming when you least expect them.

There are a few death traps such as gas leaks that you'll need to simply back out of. You need to be hasty though, sticking around in one area too long will kill you in one way or another. Like the zombie apocalypse, you need to get from point A to point B as quick as possible and you do that through trial and error. The game plays out quick and it feels like there's a small amount here to keep it interesting. You can be done with everything in less than ten minutes. Its ultimately a death trap. A price for a horrifying jack-in-the box. You never know when its coming, but it'll jump out.

You are packing a shotgun, but it feels useless. Even when you have the time to pull it out and shoot a zombie, it does nothing, but it could be out of ammunition when you first get it. The game needs to specify such things or at least have a click. The game's instructions say that a blast can take out most enemies. What's even stranger is facing off against a girl crying in a corner removes the shotgun from the inventory time and time again. I would say its to prevent from hurting her, but you still have a screwdriver.

You can find a few descriptions of flavor text, but the game feels empty and vacant. Your mouse cursor never changes, it just stays as an arrow forcing me to click like mad. The toughest part about the game is finding little doors, nooks and crannies. Clicking around to find everything even if it looks like nothing.

Its obvious that its someone's first game. There's the cheap price and the Click Fusion icon still on the game. When you start up Paradigm Shift you're greeted with more external links than anything else. There are no options or settings, you play the game in a window rather than having a choice. Its bare bones.

The environments look good, gritty and downright cheap, but it fits for a horror game. There's no animation, just static photos. Even when zombies pop in they're just pasted on your screen and in a way that adds more drama. Their eyes are cut out, mouths pasted on their lips. The editing of real people is disturbing and does add a unique flair to the game. The real problem with the atmosphere is that its all ruined when the game forces you to stay in a window rather than full screen. Its scary seeing my kitten wallpaper on my desktop among still frames of burning buildings.

As for the puzzles, you have things like a simple keypad and you need to find the combination that's somewhere close at hand. You have a door lock that you need to pick. When you do so it returns you to the hallway you were already in. Its all so quick between game overs that it never gets a chance to be dull. I kept up a rapid pace through memorizing what to do and where to go.

To the game's credit there is tense music that adds something to a dirt cheap game. It hastens your pace and adds intensity to a bare bones game. There's budget and then there's cheap. It still feels gritty, but its nothing I can ever recommend.

If you're big into jump scares and little more than pictures and clicking, Paradigm Shift is a cheap enough game to be worth your time. To the other majority of people, avoid this game, because you never know when a horrifying zombie with all the animation of a cardboard cutout will burst into the area and start blood staining your screen.
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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
I have played a lot of games but this is the most horrible,crap horror game i have ever paid for.....DO NOT buy it!!! avoid it at all costs! i cant even understand how this crap title managed to get into steam.. jesus -1/10
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