Lux-Pain DS

Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 17 out of 33
Buy On
  1. 85
    Lux-Pain is a decent, and quite lengthy, visual novel for the DS, although it does come with some stipulations. If you prefer your stories completely spoon-fed to you and are averse to digging through database menus to read backstories about everything, then Lux-Pain may not be the right choice for you.
  2. Lux-Pain is a visual novel plain and simple. Its looks good has a good story and a nice concept. I recommend this title to anyone that wants to try something a bit outside of the norm here in the States.
  3. Nintendo Gamer
    81
    A narrative oddity that we couldn't put down. [May 2009, p.73]
  4. 80
    Overall, Lux-Pain is a good, if not confusing foray into the world of text-based adventure games.
  5. While Lux-Pain achieves some good things, it's hampered by its quality of localization and its over-reliance on one or two major tasks.
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    76
    A deep, thought-provoking title, but be warned: it's very peculiar and very slow-paced. [May 2009, p.75]

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#28 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 28, 2013
    5
    While this game isn't the cream of the crop, it would have been much better if the translation weren't so marred. It wasn't really so much aWhile this game isn't the cream of the crop, it would have been much better if the translation weren't so marred. It wasn't really so much a game as it was a visual novel, with very few gameplay elements, and few instances of them showing up. And even with a better translation, I still feel like the ending felt rather muddled. The majority of characters I couldn't get attached to or care about, but a few hit my sweet spot. What makes this especially sad is that the game's art direction was beautiful.
    Music: 8
    Art: 8
    Gameplay: 6
    Writing: 6
    Bottom line: Ultimately a disappointing "game" but it could have done better if there was more effort put into it. I would play a proper re-release, however.
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  2. DanielJ
    Aug 12, 2009
    8
    The translation is a bit wonky. That much is clear. It makes following the story unnecessarily confusing at times. But there are menus filled The translation is a bit wonky. That much is clear. It makes following the story unnecessarily confusing at times. But there are menus filled with information about all the characters and what's happened in the story, so it's easy enough to go back over what has happened to straighten it all out. With just a little dedication, there's a brilliantly compelling story in here, one not afraid to tackle heavy subjects like murder and animal abuse. P.S. It is OBVIOUSLY an interactive novel, not an action-heavy game. Games don't have to be action-heavy. There are different genres for that. I wish the majority of critics could understand that, but apparently not! Full Review »
  3. CaseyB
    May 25, 2009
    8
    First off I gotta reiterate what some one else said. If you want a game with action don't go here. It is a very "on the rails" kinda First off I gotta reiterate what some one else said. If you want a game with action don't go here. It is a very "on the rails" kinda game and in a way, again like others said, would have made a good anime movie or even series. I love the characters, the story, and the who dunnit idea of the game. What I don't like is the sad localization. Like a lot of people have said. For a while I thought my game might have been bugged. It can actually get confusing when you listen to the voice over then read the text. Even at some points having a voiced over character and a text only one in the same scene. Other than that though I am liking the game. I wouldn't mind a reissue of the game that fixes the problem but that is asking a bit much. Full Review »