91 people found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 0.9 hrs on record (0.5 hrs at review time)
Posted: Jan 21, 2021 @ 1:47pm
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 @ 1:48pm

I've fallen and I can't get up!
(Adult) Content
(FxM) Sexual content.
No. Woot! Woot!
Hours of Gameplay
Thirty minutes.
Modding Support?
Patch Available?
No, not necessary.

HardPunch: Subverse is a lewd action-RPG about a woman on the path to become the new goddess of sexual desires.

Spam attack and roll -- or more accurate, spam attack and heal! Though it's possible to dodge attacks, I've found that enemies don't telegraph their movements enough to justify any form of "dodge" mechanic. The goal of the game is to beat three big baddies, and enter some sort of portal; however, it's possible to skip each challenge preceding them, and win the game in five or so. Many enemies guard "sexual mutants", which can be sexed-up to acquire consumable items (such as healing potions) or unlock cutscenes (which divulge the story). Throughout the world are numerous traps, but take care to avoid them -- they will instantly kill you. In the world of HardPunch: Subverse, you only live once. In other words, if you die, you must restart the game (and there's no such thing as saving either!)

The game doesn't divulge much information about the story, so let's take a look at the Store Page.

"The hardPunch heroine lives in a post-apocalyptic world where the goddess Venus is the cult object of the survivors. Humanity has become sterile. Creatures are created in laboratories through genetic engineering. The world has become horrendous, wicked, and extremely dangerous."

Based on my understanding of the game, "hardPunch heroine" is trying to acquire the power of Venus. Venus is the goddess of sex and desire, and as it turns out, the heroine loves sex. Fortunately, gaining Venus' favor is as easy as entering a portal. But that portal is guarded by those lab grown creatures. . . for reasons.

The titlescreen is alright. I enjoyed the goopy heroine, but I would have appreciated an animated presentation. I don't understand the inclusion for "WASD" keys -- considering this is a PC game, aren't WASD controls a given? From "Options", you may adjust audio, control and display preferences. Overall, the "Options" menu is sincerely lacking in functionality. Keen observers may notice a lack of "continue" or "load" options. They are absent due to lack of save functionality. There is no gallery, forcing you to replay the game to review adult content. The "esc" button will close the application -- yet the game literally tells you to hit "esc" to exit menus. (thus closing the game). I guess, technically it exits menus, eh?

- The Goods -
I don't know how many sex-scenes there are, but they are either rendered in-game or via animated cutscenes. The in-game animations are marred by the messy interface, and don't sync correctly -- as a matter of fact, you are permitted to move normally (while continuing the sex animation)! The cutscenes are comprised of several animations, often with dialogue regarding the story. All adult content is linear, and possesses no interactivity. I wasn't impressed.

What a train wreck. Don't buy this game -- at least, wait for updates (and lots of them!) HardPunch: Subverse is a poor man's Dark Souls with lewd content -- don't get me wrong, that's my kind of game, but this game isn't fun. It's a buggy mess that lacks the most basic features (like save functionality). If you touch the wrong thing, you die. If you fall off a ledge, you may get stuck and be forced to restart the game. Heck, if you press the wrong key ("esc"), the game closes (and you lose everything). Much of the game boils down to spamming attacks and the offhand heal. HardPunch: Subverse simply isn't fun, and the adult content isn't worth the effort. I guess you could say, HardPunch: Subverse won't get you. . . hard!

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Wolfram Feb 4, 2021 @ 12:54pm 
You forgot the frame rate..it runs at 30 fps on a RTX-2070S