TL;DR, perfectly serviceable puzzle adventure that ends on too much of a sequel hook/cliffhanger.
Jenny LeClue: Detectivú is a 2019 puzzle adventure where you play as the titular Jenny, the protagonist of a long running children's book series that is due for a more grown up makeover with real mysteries like murder.
The premise of being a character in a book being written and getting to see the author's thoughts on things is great and makes for a setting where everything can happen and could be interesting in a meta-narrative sort of way. It could be an interesting depiction of how characters grow and change in ways that the author didn't plan. It could be a cool way of changing story events later to make a more interesting story as it progresses.
That's a lot of "coulds", shame they didn't do any of that.
that's not to say that the result is bad. It's a perfectly fine game, I enjoyed the visual design and the overall tone, the voice acting is good(and fully added mid 2020 so if you played it before that it might be time for a revisit) and I liked the characters.
The potential for more exploration of the writing process and meta-narratives is a shame but really doesn't detract from the game, it's just something I'd like to see explored more.
What does bring down the whole experience for me is the ending or lack thereof. Without going into specifics, you find the murderer but the massive conspiracy you've like 50% uncovered in the process is kept for a sequel. So I don't know if they struck the wrong balance in trying to finish this game while leaving room for the sequel or if they just ran out of time but it is a shame to end the game on such a low note. I even googled the ending to see if there were maybe more than one(there are) and I had just picked one that ended abruptly. For a game that literally invokes a denouement it feels very sloppy to end so unsatisfyingly.
And I am now curious if there are games I've missed that explore the meta of writing and art more. So any recommendations in that regard would be much appreciated.
- I finished every book and game, and I have some thoughts on it
- Some words on the books and games after recently finishing them.
- For those of you who finished 5 how did you feel about it?
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