Percentile Rank

Punch Line is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2018

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.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Oct 11, 2018

I had a fun time with Punch Line. I got a really cool story with twists and turns that keep my head spinning, with some interesting gameplay diversion as well, that helped to move the story forward. The episodic structure was really cool, giving it a different feel than most visual novels. This felt more like a binge watch than playing a game. Check this game out!

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

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.

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 2, 2018

Punch Line is a effective as a satire and parody. It's obviously only going to appeal to people that are that immersed in Japanese culture that their sense of hyperbole comes across as amusing and surreal, rather than just silly, but then this is 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.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 18, 2018

Punch Line adapts a great story to the consoles, but not without some minor flaws.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 4, 2018

Punch Line is a quite good visual novel with an interesting story and a lot of fan service.

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PC Invasion
May 30, 2019

Punch Line isn't for everybody, and this port has some issues, but it's a solid VN with a great story and an endearing cast of characters.

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GearNuke
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Fans of the anime might enjoy some of the more outrageous story moments in Punch Line, but for those looking for an interesting visual novel in the same vein as Zero Escape, this one, unfortunately, fails to hit the mark.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 9, 2018

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.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

All in all, I came away pleased with the experience. While I did know all the plot twists from the anime, the game was still fun and short enough to pick up a chapter here and there. While Punch Line really feels more like a handheld or mobile experience, it’s still a lot of gags, fun, and good music. If you haven’t seen the anime, now you can play it, so get out there and don’t stare at the panties!

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Killa Penguin
Sep 14, 2018

There’s a point in the Punch Line anime where main character Yuta Iridatsu says something about how the spirit world functions similarly to a video game, and there’s really no denying that time travel and abilities that become better as they’re used are the types of things that lend themselves perfectly to gaming. That makes it all the more surprising that the Punch Line game adaptation is a visual novel first and foremost, then, forgoing its gameplay in favor of its story.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 30, 2018

I often feel like video game adaptations of anime are great entry points for people unfamiliar with the source material. Punch Line, however, is hard for me to recommend to anyone but the most hardcore fans of the original anime. While this game has interesting ideas that approach the same genre as cult-classic Ghost Trick, the sloppy presentation and pacing make it more of a chore than a pleasure to play through. A lot of the appeal of the original anime has also been lost in the switch of mediums. 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.

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CGMagazine
3.5 / 10.0
3.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2018

PUNCH LINE fails to engage the player in any way, its play and story lifeless.

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