A Clockwork Ley-Line: The Borderline of Dusk

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Available on:PCDec 18, 2017

Developer: Unison Shift: Blossom

Publisher: Sekai Project

Genre: Interactive Story

Leap into the world of magic, sorcery and the unknown in Unison Shift's A Clockwork Ley-Line: The Borderline of Dusk. This is a Japanese modern fantasy adventure game/visual novel. Featuring gorgeous artwork and great voice acting, the story unravels as you join the journey into the world of Ley-Line. Koga Michiru is a newly enrolled first-year student at a academy with a notably large clock tower located deep in the mountains. Unfortunately, on his first day of teachings, he gets caught up in some sudden trouble and accidentally breaks an expensive-looking statue. In order to compensate for the broken statue, the principal orders him and the boy who caused the incident to work for the school’s “Bureau for the Investigation of Special Affairs.” When they arrive at the Bureau’s headquarters, a room situated in the academy’s enormous underground library, a girl is waiting for them there with an apathetic look on her face. The girl informs the confused pair of the situation: Magic exists in this academy. When the clock tower chimes, the “Realm of Night” appears, and merges with the school building. The Bureau’s job is to take care of the supernatural problems that arise. And so, Koga struggles to protect the school from troublesome magical items known as “Mists”…

A Clockwork Ley-Line: The Borderline of Dusk Critic Reviews

A Clockwork Ley-Line: The Borderline of Dusk is a decent-to-good light mystery visual novel that will please for those who look for something Harry Potter-ish to fill a couple of evenings with. Its flaws are its somewhat strong prologue-vibe, the awkwardly removed 18+ scenes, and its lack of anything substantially different than what the genre offers, but, as a whole, it's a decent read.

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If you’re a visual novel fan looking for a quick read (around 15-20 hours depending on reading speed), Ley-Line is a mostly entertaining romp with quite a bit of potential that I could easily see developing more in the next entry. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes in the future. However, if you’re going to pick up the all-ages version, I’d suggest just skipping the character side-routes.

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