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Kenneth Rice: Vampire Detective

by GrooveMan - Jam Entry

UPDATE 5/3: A really kind friend of mine, Lyn-Dae Stewart, has provided me with new character art for a post-jam version of the game! Now all the characters can look as sultry as I've written them! You can find the link to the post-jam version below. If you like her speedy work here, please support her on Patreon! You can find her at Patreon.com/pixipui

Ever wanted to relive the trashy YA fiction from your youth, but, like, in interactive story form?

No? Well too bad - here's a Comedy Noir Romance for your consideration.

You play as Kenneth Rice; a 130-year-old hard-boiled detective with sensibilities firmly in the 1920s era from when he was bitten by a vampire. Yes.

When he gets a call from a mysterious stranger with a missing necklace, Kenneth steps up to the challenge; using his detective skills and vampiric transformation powers to solve the case. And maybe fall in love?

In short, it's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with more 20's lingo and homoerotic overtones. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: It's no excuse, but this turned out to be a solo project by someone who don't draw too good. Concessions needed to be made. Please understand.

- Original character artwork by Gordon Shier and Aryn Clark (Consider it a callback to my earlier work).
- Script, coding and photoshopping by Nathan Blades."
- Game music by Thomas Collins (vicegripsismyhero@outlook.com) and Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com).
- Sound effects from freesound.org."
- Kenneth Rice: Vampire Detective was made in Ren'Py! Ren'Py was created by PyTom. Learn more at www.renpy.org

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness62%
#67Mood(Jam)3.97
#113Humor(Jam)3.55
#115Overall(Jam)3.79
#208Fun(Jam)3.53
#215Audio(Jam)3.50
#243Theme(Jam)3.72
#488Graphics(Jam)3.42
#606Innovation(Jam)2.97

Comments

kivlor says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:34pm

loved it!

Retallicka says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:48am

Good storytelling, nice one :D

celia14 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:58am

I love this! It's so chock full of personality - the set-up, the style (I love the purple!), Kenneth's voice. The shapeshifting aspect was fun and made me wish there was a longer game to play so I could solve more hard-boiled puzzles with my vampiric talents. :D

sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:01pm

Excellent storytelling, nice music and I loved the character drawings. I wished there were more. Maybe in the post-LD version? :P

fullmontis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:41pm

Love the writing and the polish that went into this. It is like a mashup between a Vampire The Maswuarade feel with the noir detective sotrytelling. I think you did a great job!

josemwarrior says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:59pm

Cool! :)

allstar602 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:23pm

Nice story!

Just Tom says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:42pm

Had me from the start, the feel of it was great!

Malvern says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:56pm

Very good visual novel! I felt the background outside the speakeasy wasn't necessarily appropriate for the era but that's just a nitpick. Very well written dialogue, I hope to see more!

AnaGF says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:02pm

Really good storytelling, nice graphics and nice audio. Interesting theme, mixing noir and vampires.

zenmumbler says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:56pm

Nice, finished story and good tone and mood. Well done.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:36pm

Glad to see this game in the submissions after seeing it at Mad Lab.

You get to be a vampire detective, that deserves 10/10 in its own right!

Very good story. Good music. Nice visual novel.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:38pm

Loved it.

Rose says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:18am

I loved the scenario and style. I predict that this will be the best-written of all the LD games!

fizzhog says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:00pm

Nice work. It all comes together to create a good atmosphere.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:17pm

Great game! Too bad there no option for story-telling 'cause it was awesome!

leo_p_mahon says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:33am

*Potential Spoilers*


"Like a candy store on fire" Great story telling and I love the theme (my game is also Noir themed) but I think you nailed the theme down a bit better than I did. I also love those hard boiled types, love the humor of that protagonist.

josefnpat says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:56am

I like how you used real photos and then styled them to the game. Nice job!

fprawn says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:08am

Great game, wish there were more to play.

glaze_96 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:19am

Hey GrooveMan! Just wrote you a little backstory about Pasowix as you didn't get how he was getting paid =)
Just scroll down and read it in the comments: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-35/?action=preview&uid=46004

As for your game:

I really sorry, but I couldn't finish it. Interactive stories really tedious. Didn't get past the first phone call.
Otherwise I really like the art and the mood. But as I actually didn't play I'd say it's not fare to score you on anything.
I'm sure the game is great as by looking at the comments! But I just wanted to let you know!

Hope you guys had a fun time making it =)

May 1, 2016 @ 10:44am

Loved the amount of detail in this and the different use of the theme. Definitely got the noir atmosphere across well.

CaptainPilot says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:13pm

Solid entry - got the whole way through. Pretty simple, and I didn't get much excitement or climax from the story. The mood was definitely strong though.

davalcordub says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 4:36am

Really nice work, I like it. The music is really good and the art too

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