Excerpt: When my review copy of Lux-Pain arrived on my desk I had no idea what I was about to get myself into, but as this game is published by Ignition Entertainment I had positive expectations given their recent release of the extremely surprising title Boing! Docomodake. Well Lux-Pain is another Ignition published game with a very ‘Japanese’ feel. It showcases the work of hot Japanese animator Robin Kishiwada, whose credits include cover illustrations for Eureka Seven series.
Excerpt: The visual novel adventure genre is not an entirely popular one, and despite many offerings being put out by developers, it’s hard to find one that involves both interesting gameplay mechanics and a deep and intriguing story. After all, these games are primarily here to tell a story, hence the name. But every now and again, an adventure game comes along that is just a little bit different.
Conclusion: the brief Wikipedia entry filled in one or two blanks – “It seems "Silent", a worm born through hate and sadness, has infected humans and forced them to commit atrocious crimes” – it didn’t actually help because the “adventure” plods at such a pace and was filled with so many characters I never had a clue as to what was important or what I should be doing.
Summary: Let’s be clear from the start: Lux Pain is broken. More than just a bad game, Lux Pain is a special kind of awful. Not because the gameplay is shallow and pointless, although that’s part of it, but because its core identity is sabotaged by a stunningly ham-handed execution.
Excerpt: By reading this first sentence, you admit one thing about yourself: you must be interested in video games. Otherwise, why would you be reading a review for a little-known Nintendo DS game? By admitting you are interested in games, you also admit that you've probably played your fair share.
Summary: Lux-Pain is an all-new text-based adventure game set in historical Kisaragi City, a town plagued by mysteries from small mishaps to murders - with no logical explanation as to why these events occur.