This week I’ve decided to finally post my evaluation of Leanna : Breaking the Facade. Since Betsy, When I finish a game, I write a little summary of a games strengths and weaknesses, and it helps me improve for the next one.
I think the biggest success of Leanna is probably the tone. When trying to write something more character driven, the first reaction is normally to go with more of a brooding drama. That’s never felt right for my games though. Overall, I’ve gone for a more quirky tone to my writing. Betsy and April & Violet embraced this, so I was keen to continue. I love the way that the whole game plays more as a romantic comedy, but at the same time still showcases Leanna’s personality and how it evolves.
My favorite moment has to be this :
There’s something about this specific image. It really sells the frustration and pissed tone building in Leanna. Even the way the shoulders are slightly brought forward, but lowered. the whole stance is perfect. Any image with lots of things going on in the background is always going to look good too. The “Great. Now I’m gonna be on porntube.” line really works for me too, mainly because if this happened in real life, she totally would be.
Another thing I really like about this game are the outfits. Leanna has more outfit changes than any other character I’ve had before, and it’s a great, subtle way of emphasizing how into fashion she is.
Two more scenes I also want to praise a bit are the roller disco, and the studio when you first meet her. For the disco, I really wanted to establish her as being a little sad and pathetic, but I also didn’t want to lay it on too thick. I think I got the balance just right, and you really feel sorry for her by the time you part company. For the studio, I really like the moment when you’re taking her photo and she slowly starts to cry. It was one of those moments I had in my head before I even started production, and I love how close to what I’d imagined it came.
Final positive bit are 2 more favorite images.
I don’t know what it is about this one. Maybe it’s partly the lighting, maybe it’s the pose, maybe it’s both plus some other factors, but Leanna looks crazy hot to me here.
This one has to be my favorite nude shot. The pose, the heels, the way it really shows off her body. I love it.
I think my negative focus is mainly on the content I ended up cutting. As with Betsy, there’s supposed to be 2 times you get to choose ‘date location’, with 3 options each time. With Betsy, these locations could be long an quite in-depth, but in Leanna, they could be very brief. The second choice in particular, Golf, Jogging or Tennis, are very superficial and don’t really make much of a difference to the plot. I would have liked to have more consequences to theses choices. As it is, the game feels a little more linear than I’d like.
I’m also not convinced that I placed enough emphasis on the thief early on. There was a whole sequence planned where the player and Leanna would thwart a robbery. This would have given the thief a more prominent role earlier in the plot, but it would have been complicated and there was no good place to put it.
While the Kristen threesome scene was hot, I also feel that she gets naked a little too quickly. Maybe there should have been a scene earlier in the game where you see her topless or naked first. As it is, the scene feels like I’m in a hurry to go through the checklist and cut to the sex.
Leanna : The Big Streak
So, as stated last week, I’m now working on a small game featuring Leanna for the members section.
Here is the first image from it. Expect more in the coming week.