Sherlock, Shmerlock – Jenny LeClue is on the Case.
By Julie Morley
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here is something utterly fascinating about puzzles and mysteries. Maybe it’s the thrill of testing our logic and expanding our minds. Perhaps the joy of finding a solution to something we’ve been wracking our brains about for a bit. Either way, we all love problem solving on some level and with problem solving we love mysteries. Some more than others. Some with a thirst of adventure, destined to go through great lengths to find that answer, and Jenny LeClue is one of those people.
Jenny LeClue is the project Mografi(Joe Russ) has been working on for years, and it’s currently on Kickstarter, aiming to raise $65K for completion. Jenny LeClue is a game like no other – and I mean this completely – Jenny LeClue is like nothing I have seen before and I’m pretty happy about this. How do you solve a mystery? You explore and venture out into the world for some answers. In Jenny LeClue, players explore an absolutely gorgeous handmade interactive 2D world in search of clues and leads to solve any current cases. A world designed in a breathtaking, atmospheric manner capable of mesmerizing anyone playing.
In Jenny LecClue, we play as Jenny, a young, talented, and insightful detective who has been solving cases around Arthurton for a while. Arthurton is a beautiful and quaint college town known for its innocent nature and lack of complications. With a passion for mysteries and seeking out the tiny details, she gets sucked into minor cases all the time that leave her bored to tears but when she has the murder of Dean Strausberry on her hands, her world is flipped upside down and she’s stuck in the middle of a real challenge. Things grow further complicated once she discovers all clues are pointing to her mother, the last person to see the Dean alive.
Once Jenny gets sucked into the Dean’s case, horrific truths about Arthurton seem to come out of the woodwork and the citizens of Arthurton are suddenly suspicious. Everyone begins talking to her as if she were a child, the sheriff is watching her closely, and the lake is glowing inexplicably. Smaller mysteries appear left and right, taking Jenny all over Arthurton. With every miniature mystery solved, bits and pieces of the Dean’s murder begin to fall in place and eventually unravel an even greater mystery unforeseen. For each player’s journey, they are accompanied by a quirky author named Arthur K. Finkelstein who will both narrate and guide you should you fall astray. Jenny’s investigative gear can be upgraded with the help of the JJ from the junkyard.
Jenny LeClue is planned to be released for PC, Mac, and Linux with the possibility of Steam and console support entering the picture. Down the line after the desktop release, iOS, and multiple additional platforms will enter the picture. Jenny LeClue is being written and released in episodes, three of which are planned to be developed but that depends on the Kickstarter’s success.
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[author image=”http://cliqist.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/julie.jpg” ]Julie Morley is a freelance writer and comic artist from Spring, Texas. She attended the Academy of Art University for two years, studying Animation and Illustration. Whilst here, she learned about writing comic scripts, storyboards, and general storytelling. Since leaving college, she has been working on personal comic projects, stories, and illustrations. She aspires to release a self published comic within two years. For the majority of her life, she has been playing console games, typically being third-person shooters and sandboxes. Her favorite game of existence is Dark Cloud II (Dark Chronicle) and her favorite Indie game is Gone Home.[/author]