When I first saw the reveal trailer for Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory, I made the assumption that it was some sort of management simulator, similar to Prison Architect or a comedic version of Observation. Thankfully, I was incredibly wrong.

Unaware that developer Black Shamrock had secured the rights to the tabletop RPG of the same name, I was ecstatic to find learn that Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory is a compelling mix of classic isometric RPGs and tactical combat sims set in a hilariously absurd Orwellian nightmare.

The world of Paranoia is a far-future automated habitat known as Alpha Complex, where everyone is Happy. Happiness, in this scenario, means thoroughly medicated and pacified by the various agents of the very good and kind, and definitely not-at-all evil supreme overlord of your little world, Friend Computer.

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Source: IGN Video Games All

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