What makes a good adult visual novel? Based on the debates on forums there are as many answers to that as players. Some say it’s the art, some say it’s the story, some prefer a picture book, some prefer more game elements. I’ve played hundreds of visual novels but Leap Of Faith is a perfect example of one hitting the sweet spot where all those elements come together.
The art is beautiful and I’m not just referring to the love interests. Drifty has paid plenty of attention to the backgrounds and scenery’s, all those small details that make a scene immersive. This is also true in the animations. As animating visual novels is so time consuming most developers reserve it for adult scenes but Leap Of Faith has little animations all over the place and it really brings life to the game.
Many would agree that the weakest part of most VN’s is the audio. While many developers are getting better at it, it is still very common for players to kill the audio before starting the game. I would urge you not to in Leap Of Faith. Not only does the music enhance the game experience but in some scenes it is directly integrated in the unfolding scene. The character Lexi is a singer so when she is on stage she is performing the song playing in game. In other scenes the in game characters may be singing along to the in game music.
Some visual novels tell one story with choices leading to minor variations, essentially games you can get trough in one play through with a few strategic saves. Leap Of Faith is the other kind where choices matter a lot and will lead you down different paths. You will need multiple play throughs to get all the content but it is worth it. Everyone has a story and they are all worth hearing.
The stories are joyous, exciting, heartbreaking and heartwarming and at times highly erotic but the “why” I’m always searching for in adult games is always present. The characters are three dimensional and while Leap Of Faith is is a fantastic tale it has a quality of realness and truth that really sells it to the reader.
You play as a guy who spent the last two years moping over a particularly painful breakup. Your best friend Chris decides it’s time for you move on whether you like it or not and practically forces your to start being social again. The small step of accepting sets in motion a series of events leading to you meet several young women who all look good in bunny slippers. Navigating this new lease at life can be tricky but ultimately rewarding.
The latest update completes chapter 4 and there are 6-8 distinct paths for you to play (depending on choices earlier in the game) so it includes a lot of content for you to explore.