Lux-Pain DS

User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
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  1. Z
    Apr 8, 2009
    7
    This game is mostly gonna be a love it or hate type game. First off the bad, the game play is pretty boring, translation errors (minor but obvious), and slow pace. The good? A rather fantastic story and a great set of characters. Honestly this game would probable make a better anime then game. Actually this game is pretty much a visual novel. So yeah. Um lots of fun try it for the This game is mostly gonna be a love it or hate type game. First off the bad, the game play is pretty boring, translation errors (minor but obvious), and slow pace. The good? A rather fantastic story and a great set of characters. Honestly this game would probable make a better anime then game. Actually this game is pretty much a visual novel. So yeah. Um lots of fun try it for the endering story at least. Expand
  2. 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 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 careWhile 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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Awards & Rankings

29
#29 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
27
#27 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 17 out of 33
  1. Nintendo Power
    40
    It may look and - thanks to strong voice acting - sound like a potentially compelling anime series, but as a playable video game, Lux-Pain is a nonstarter. [Apr 2009, p.85]
  2. 42
    Lux-Pain sports a slick anime art style, which is quickly overshadowed by inane seek-and-find gameplay and a baffling story. This is a very strange choice of game for Ignition to localize.
  3. 30
    The premise, when paraphrased, is an interesting one and as a huge fan of last year's Time Hollow and any good mystery in general, I'm always willing to sit through any amount of text if it provides a means to an end, or at the very least, something somewhat cohesive. Lux-Pain fails on both accounts, serving as a poorly thrown together, somewhat interactive novel that really doesn't know what it wants to be - or, if it does know, it certainly doesn't want to be a game.