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I take a look at the odd and sentient skivvy filled Panty Party by COSEN and HorngYeuan!

Ok, Where Are We Going With This?

Good day backloggers!! Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I could go for something really weird in my life right now!”. Well, I could mention that since you’re already here, you’re pretty much covered. But sometimes you need something a little bit more than that. Something you can touch, interact with and observe. Something you would hesitate to mention you’ve been involved in. Something like a unorthodox video game. In that case, I have just the thing for you!!

Sure, there have been plenty of ridiculous games out there. Games like Katamari Damacy, Cho Aniki and Hatoful Boyfriend all offer great experiences that make you say, “What the heck am I playing?!” But the game I’ll be covering today, may just take the cake patterned briefs. That game my friends, is the undergarment laden, Panty Party from COSEN and HorngYeuan Digital on the Nintendo Switch! And the delightfully friendly folks over at COSEN were kind enough to send me a review code so you can vicariously live through me. Instead of being caught with a game called Panty Panty in your Switch games library.

Panty Starts with “Whaaaa?”

So, when you hear the name Panty Party, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Actually scratch that, you don’t need to speak it out loud. I know what you were thinking. Truthfully, it’s probably what I was thinking as well, when I ran across Panty Party in the Nintendo eShop. You know, something along the lines of, you playing as some pervy panty collector that throws “skivvies only” pillow fight parties. And if you thought that, congratulations because I just came up with it on the spot (I promise)! That, and you’d be wrong! Well, not 100% wrong as it does have to do with panties, but you’re not all the way there. I’ll give you partial points.

What if instead, I said Panty Party is a 3rd person, arena based, action game where you play as sentient pairs of bloomers duking it out Armored Core/ Zone of the Enders style with other sentient undies. Yeah… not exactly what you’d expect. But, let’s roll it back a bit before we get too deep into the shallow end, and let me give you the low down of where this game is coming from.

In Panty Party, you play as Yurika, proclaimed pantie lover and deemed “Warrior of Love”, who one day runs across a walking (floating), talking pair of undies named Baka Panty. It turns out that Baka Panty is having a problem with the evil undie overlord (I can’t remember his name) and his army of intimates, the Panzi. These delinquent briefs want nothing more than to take over and control the world of panties and the only one that can stop them is someone with a true passion for underwear, a “Warrior of Love” as it were. Lucky for Yurika, she happens to be one of those, and with her ability to transform into a battle hardened pair of lacy drawers, it’s time to show those evil doers who wears the pants in this situation.

Hmmm… seems pretty straight forward. You got the good guys, the bad guys and warrior panties. Got it. And now that we’re caught up, I think we can move on. Just stop me if you’re at all confused.

An Undie-niable Truth

So, once you’re able to wrap your mind around the whole concept of Panty Party, the game itself turns out to be quite simple. In story mode you’ll watch some cutscenes of the characters interacting, spouting panty filled puns and other nonsensical story related topics and move stage to stage battling waves of panties. With which there are a variety. And as with many budget tiles like it, there’s just enough jank in the controls and mechanics to make it just annoying enough, to make it difficult to get through. But also like other games of its ilk (I use that term loosely), there’s always one little thing that keeps you from dropping it like a dirty pair of undies.

In Panty Party, that hook has to do with the challenges you’re given in each stage. Which can include reaching a certain highscore, not dying during the battle, or completing the stage within the allotted time limit. Or a combination or those three things. And these challenges will allow you to unlock new playable panties with a plethora of attacks and abilities. That’s right, each new type of panty has its own set of skills it can use during battle. Some are much better than others, like Haruka (the Bear Pantsu lover) which happens to be my favorite so far, but all have their uses in specific situations.

If I’m going to be perfectly honest though, Panty Party really isn’t that great of a game. Sure it has its charms, which are purely based on its absurdity, but it lacks that fun factor and polish that would make you want to stick around. That and it’s weirdly hard, which I’ll attribute to it’s jank. I actually bumped the difficulty down to easy as the fights just felt unfair, and I’d recommend you do the same if you decide to subject yourself to playing it. Luckily, it’s a pretty short game and you’ll be able to finish it within a couple of hours so you won’t have to suffer for long. Oh, and if you just can’t get enough of those sentient panties, there are a few more modes like Arcade and Multiplayer that’ll keep you occupied until your mind goes numb.

Honestly, I would have a hard time recommending Panty Party, even at its $14.99 price point. But I don’t really want to bash it too hard, because it’s earnest in what it is and I appreciate that. And if nothing else, it can be used as a showpiece of curiosity for your Switch backlog. Especially that physical collector’s edition. It would certainly be a conversation starter!!

And if your heart is set on trying this crazy concept of a game, you can find it on the Nintendo eShop right now!

Panty Party

94 Graphic Non-Whitespace Characters in the ASCII Character Set

Well my friends, I think that’ll do it for today!! Panty Party was certainly a unique experience for lack of a better phrase, but I love coming across oddities like this! They really are great conversation starters (even if they give you weird looks), and I’m happy to call myself one of the initiated. I look forward to finding more strange games out there and I’d love to hear stories of some of the weirdest games you’ve played, so send them my way!!

Until next time, have a great rest of your Wednesday!

Currently Playing

Our World is Ended (Switch)

Panty Party (Switch)

Destiny 2 (Xbox One)

Total Backlogged Games: 726 …The number of times I said “What?” while playing Panty Party

Total Completed Games: 25 …The number of sentient panties you should watch out for.

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