Jenny LeClue – Detectivu is so charming that I found myself looking for things to extend my time in her world.
Jenny LeClue – Detectivu is a 2.5D adventure puzzle game developed and published by Mografi. The game originally launched in September 2019 on Steam, iOS and macOS, and will release on Nintendo Switch on August 26, 2020. Jenny LeClue is a thrilling story of mystery, adventure and growing up. It is pretty much an interactive story, but the story and characters are so engaging you want to know everything about them.
Set in the sleepy town of Arthurton, the game is filled with memorable, complex characters and features stunningly beautiful hand-drawn animations and backgrounds. Jenny gets more than she bargains for when her mother is accused of murder and begins an unexpected journey to find the truth. The Switch edition of Jenny LeClue – Detectivu used for this review features full voice acting, the ability to play the game like an animated movie with auto-play dialogue, and touch controls optimised for the Switch.
A fictional author, Arthur K Finklestein, acts as the narrator of the story, and I loved the dual narratives with the little snippets you get about Finkelstein’s and Jenny’s story, especially when Jenny starts defying his wishes. Players can interact with most items in the game and during dialogue, you can observe the person talking to spot clues for how to solve the particular mystery. It starts off slow with very child-like cases but builds to a very adult case at the end of act 1. I started thinking there were no wrong answers to the initial cases, but I found in later cases there are most definitely wrong answers. If you do make all the wrong choices, you simply get a scribble on the screen and a chance to guess again.
Controls are easy to pick up on the Switch with left and right movement, occasional climbing, and a button to pull out your journal to track progress on things. The choices that players make throughout the game has an impact on the story. In addition, if there is a secret to find in that scene, you get prompted to bring out your magnifying lens to investigate further. This often reveals clues and sometimes even collectibles such as stickers and postcards which are logged in your journal. There are many puns made throughout the game and I really enjoyed the humour throughout.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the game. Jenny LeClue – Detectivu is so charming that I found myself looking for things to extend my time in her world. This should be in every story driven gamer’s wish list.
Written by: @Str8JaktJim