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  • Summary: Punch Line is the newest visual novel adventure from the creators of Zero Escape and the Science Adventure series.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 90
    The game was a joy to experience and I cannot wait to see how the world is saved. Visual novel fan or not, the characters, writing, and unique gameplay are all easily appreciated and enjoyed. And while the fan service is definitely there, it’s not the focus of the game. In fact, in a perfect, non-destroyed world, you’ll see as few panties as possible.
  2. 85
    Punch Line tells a fantastic story amidst all the chaos that takes place. It may seem pervy from its advertisements but there is a charming experience here that you will surely remember.
  3. 80
    Very much an insider's parody of a type of anime that only the most dedicated (and therefore, likely aware) fans of anime in the first place. For that niche Punch Line is pitch-perfect.
  4. Sep 9, 2018
    70
    Punch Line has a completely bonkers but utterly engrossing storyline. Its quirky cast of characters are incredibly captivating and it’s easy to fall in love with all of them. The puzzles are a bit too easy but that just makes it quicker to get back to the thrilling story.
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    50
    Fans of the anime will likely get enjoyment out of the new stories and beautiful character models. Anyone else is better off starting with the original television series or simply avoiding Punch Line altogether.
  6. Oct 10, 2018
    40
    Hardcore fans of the original show, if they exist, may find something to like in Punch Line’s exploration of alternate possibilities. Other folks just looking for a decent adventure game with a nice look had best project their spirits to more promising prospects.
  7. Nov 21, 2018
    35
    PUNCH LINE fails to engage the player in any way, its play and story lifeless.

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  1. Feb 20, 2019
    4
    Punch Line is a strange one and might be worth your time if:

    1. You like typical harem/sci-fi Anime. 2. You like looking at panties
    Punch Line is a strange one and might be worth your time if:

    1. You like typical harem/sci-fi Anime.
    2. You like looking at panties (briefly).
    3. You don't mind spending 90% of your time pressing X to advance the story.

    Overall, the story is average. The characters are the main focus here, but there's not a lot interesting about most of them. How they interact with the world is flimsy story-wise, but at least there's no gaping plot holes or silly twists that makes the story completely unbelievable.

    You basically start out as a ghost that has been kicked out of your body for reasons you'll find out later. You spend the first half of the game leveling up your astral powers by playing tricks on the girls in the house, while trying to avoid their panties. Panties are bad for you, since that ends humanity. Thankfully, the reason for panties ending humanity is based in some reason, so it's not completely nonsensical.

    Then the story twist happens and things take on a whole different light. It's not the most amazing twist ever, but it was able to keep me interested enough to not get bored (I stopped watching harem Anime roughly 15 years ago).

    I'm disappointed with the panties. Except for a few loading screens, they're all 3D. The actual modeling of panties and butts is good, but not anywhere near the limits of what the PS4 could handle. Panty texture quality is low and there are obvious sharp angles in the butt polygons. And because looking at panties ends humanity, you can't look at them in-game for more than about 15 seconds at a time. Your camera is also fixed onto a single point, so you can only pivot it around. So no viewing the character models in their full glory.

    The panty-related extras are very disappointing. They unlock after you complete the game and consist only of pictures of the 3d models (lower half only). There's no viewer for the loading screen pictures and there's no 3d model viewer. A 3d model viewer is a necessity for any self-respecting panty game, and this one doesn't have it..

    As for the gameplay, it's very limited. Besides pressing X to advance the story, you'll occasionally get to move objects in the girls' rooms to scare them (revealing their panties) or to advance the story. Choosing the wrong option or doing the wrong thing ends humanity and you'll immediately be able to retry.

    So yeah, I don't like it that much. Average story, limited panties/extras, and almost no gameplay makes this one not so good. Though I suppose it's a valid alternative to actually watching the Punch Line anime.
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