Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s (PlayStation Vita)

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​Also available on PlayStation 4, Switch, and Windows

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Review written by Stephen Deck; originally posted 02/16/2021 on Teacher by Day, Gamer by Night

This was a bit of an impulse buy for me from Play-Asia years ago.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ever actually going to play it – I usually like my 2D girls with a more distinctly unrealistic anime look – but on my second day of being stuck in a house with no electricity and my Vita among my only gaming devices left with a charged battery, my options for entertainment were becoming limited.  I saw that this was a pretty short game and looked pretty easy to Platinum, so I figured that was the pick-me-up that my spirits needed as I froze in the aftermath of an ice storm.

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The premise of the game is, frankly, pretty stupid; you’re a university-aged guy who’s trying to find love.  The way you find out about girls is by stealing their panties.  Seriously.  This is your window into their souls and personalities for you to determine your credibility.  You set yourself up as a “jack of all trades” kind of a handyman and get into their homes to fix their internet or fix their VCR at which point you find a way to steal their panties without getting caught.  The game is played as a point and click (mis)adventure separated into four levels.  There are over a dozen endings for the first three levels (one of which is the “true” ending for each) along with like half a dozen panties to steal for each and five endings for the last level.  Honestly, none of it is all that fulfilling.

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The game’s visuals are done in a very nice hand-drawn art style that’s very reminiscent of more realistic-looking 90s anime, so it fits the setting well.  The background music is nice, too, although the voice acting leaves a lot to be desired.  The game’s biggest problems, though, are that it’s too short – it took me probably four or five hours to get every trophy – and that it’s just not that interesting.  That’s absolutely a personal preference thing; I’m sure degenerates who are really fond of early 90s anime will adore the style, but I’m much more of a 2000s blue hair magical girl anime kind of degenerate, so this just didn’t resonate with me the way the art style in Sunrider or Criminal Girls did.

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So that’s basically it.  You go through four girls’ homes (two of whom are sisters and live together, so three homes), navigate dialogue choices, creep through to steal their panties, get a bunch of different endings, and that’s it.  That’s the whole game.  It lacks the character depth of a visual novel like My Girlfriend is a Mermaid, it lacks the story and world depth of a visual novel like Muv-Luv, it lacks the puzzle depth of a game like Ace Attorney, and it lacks the length of a game like Sakura Wars.  It’s solidly and perhaps painfully okay.  It’s certainly a fun little collection piece to have on your shelf for the sheer horny absurdity, but the game honestly isn’t all that compelling.  I wouldn’t bother unless this is specifically your thing.

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