Percentile Rank

Black Paradox is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

86%

Critics Recommend

Based on 7 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

peppage
Worth your time
Worth your time
May 7, 2019
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Scored Reviews

TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 2, 2019

It's endlessly repetitive, has an unfair upgrade system, the gameplay is relentlessly unforgiving, and yet I've been playing the game constantly. Black Paradox has that magic 'one more go' element, and whilst it's tough, the fact that you progress just a smidgen further each time, learning a new attack pattern or safe space, means you just have to keep on playing. Recommended to hardcore shooter fans, casual gamers may find it just too difficult.

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Video Chums
May 8, 2019

Black Paradox may not be the biggest shmup out there but it plays so well that it's hard to put down once you pick it up.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 23, 2019

Black Paradox is a shmup that looks great, sounds great, and plays great but doesn’t reward great. The roguelike elements can really feel unfair when you get stuck with useless weapons and the grind to increase your ships abilities feels a bit unbalanced. It’s a good thing that I found the gameplay to be so fun and addictive though as it kept me playing despite those concerns.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
May 7, 2019

A good italian shoo'em'up with all the elements of the classics of the genre.

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GamePitt
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 18, 2019

I’m having an absolute blast with Black Paradox. I keep coming back to it as there’s just so much more fun for me to have in this retro-futuristic world. The Roguelike gameplay is addictive and for every death I experience, I feel pumped to just try that little bit harder. It’s so ’80s it hurts and I absolutely love that about it. Is it the best game ever made? No, of course not but that’s not what it’s trying to be. Instead, it’s a beautiful homage to the classic arcade days, made even better when you bring along a friend to shoot up all of those evil space baddies. The frustrating progression system holds it back from being the best side-scroller shooter I’ve ever played but it’s certainly one of the most fun.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2019

Satisfying shoot'em up with rogulike elements that will entertain those who seek an almost classic experience with a twist... That doesn't remain interesting for too long sadly.

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