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After a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2014 and some delays, the super stylish adventure game Jenny LeClue - Detectivu is officially out now with same-day Linux support as promised. Disclosure: Key provided by GOG.com.

The synopsis is a curious one, it's sort of like playing two games in one. The actual mystery adventure with Jenny LeClue is part of a story being written as you play by Arthur K Finklestein, who is supposed to act as the narrator a guide. It's another choice-based adventure, giving you lots of times to pick between things and shape both Jenny's story and Arthur's.

As it turns out, Arthur K Finklestein has become a bit of a failure over time. The sales of Jenny's stories have been in sharp decline and so a drastic change in the storytelling is needed. After running around for a while, you discover that your quiet little town has some big secrets and not all is as it seems.

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As it's a choice-based adventure, you're often given a quick prompt between two options. They're not always meaningful though, plenty of fluff from talking to various people. It seems the book author, Arthur, doesn't always agree with the decision you take too. I don't know how often it happens, but near the start I chose not to figure out what the dean had for breakfast and up appears Arthur to tell me I'm wrong and forces me into it anyway. I honestly thought that was a little weird, why give a choice if you don't let it stick? Amusing though too the way it was done, as it shows how even with some choices being made they still have a story to tell.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Jenny LeClue is not the gameplay or the story, it's the visuals. They are honestly incredible. The developer said it has a "hand drawn world" and they certainly made it come alive. It's vibrant, full of secrets and I'm genuinely surprised this wasn't from a bigger studio considering just how pretty it is.

What they did with the journal that acts as your quest log and choice history was pretty fun. You can attach stickers to the the front and inside, which you can collect throughout the game if you have a keen eye like Jenny to find them. Sometimes it really is the simple things you enjoy…

The problem a lot of developers face is how to keep expectations in check, especially when quite a few years have passed since it was funded. A lot of other games have come out in that time, some of them incredible too. It's a ridiculously crowded market! Something to note, is that voice acting was a funded stretch goal on the Kickstarter which is not currently in the game. Developer Mografi said it will be coming in a future update. That's a pretty big thing to miss from your main release though and for me personally, it was a bit of a let-down to find that out.

From what the developer said, they're looking into a "New Game+" mode but they haven't yet worked out what it would entail.

Much like the recent Little Misfortune, even with the choices and a few minor puzzles to solve, Jenny LeClue feels very much like a linear story that takes you along for the ride. Overall it does have a good story with plenty of mystery and some funny moments, the characters you meet are quite varied (and some highly amusing) and it looks absolutely fantastic. Jenny LeClue - Detectivu is available to buy from GOG and Steam.

Note: You can see this and many other crowdfunded games on our dedicated page.

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kaiman 23 September 2019 at 5:01 pm UTC
Quoteyou're often given a quick prompt between two options. They're not always meaningful though
They may not change the story, but I think they feed into the personality map that's also part of the journal. Not sure which methodology is in use (if any), but it might be fun to see into what bin your decisions placed you by the end of the game.


QuoteIt seems the book author, Arthur, doesn't always agree with the decision you take too.
Occasionally it's also the other way round, with the narrator saying one thing and Jenny doing the opposite, and that's part of the humor. It also helps to see more in Jenny than a purely fictional character dreamed up by another fictional character.


QuoteSomething to note, is that voice acting was a funded stretch goal on the Kickstarter which is not currently in the game.
That would explain why there's an audio setting for voice, but no voice over :-). Seemed odd, and releasing a game without voice over these days certainly defied my expectations, but I got over that fairly quickly. But if done well, it could make the experience even better!
Liam Dawe 23 September 2019 at 6:24 pm UTC
kaiman
QuoteIt seems the book author, Arthur, doesn't always agree with the decision you take too.
Occasionally it's also the other way round, with the narrator saying one thing and Jenny doing the opposite, and that's part of the humor. It also helps to see more in Jenny than a purely fictional character dreamed up by another fictional character.
Oh I do agree, that was part of a wider point I did try to get across when mentioning it was quite amusing.

kaiman
QuoteSomething to note, is that voice acting was a funded stretch goal on the Kickstarter which is not currently in the game.
That would explain why there's an audio setting for voice, but no voice over :-). Seemed odd, and releasing a game without voice over these days certainly defied my expectations, but I got over that fairly quickly. But if done well, it could make the experience even better!
Currently it adjusts the noise in place of them speaking, which I did find quite annoying so I turned it right down.
jarl.arntzen 23 September 2019 at 11:13 pm UTC
Played through all of it yesterday. The game is an absolute delight. Do not get deterred by the seeming slow start. It picks up the pace and takes a left turn into humorous Nancy Drew land.

Really worth it.
KijBeta 25 September 2019 at 7:19 am UTC
jarl.arntzenPlayed through all of it yesterday. The game is an absolute delight. Do not get deterred by the seeming slow start. It picks up the pace and takes a left turn into humorous Nancy Drew land.

Really worth it.

Thank you, I just purchased this game because "humorous Nancy Drew land".
I just could not pass up that experience, and I'm looking forward to it this weekend.


Last edited by KijBeta at 25 September 2019 at 7:20 am UTC
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