First, the comments that apply to all the routes in Speakeasy Tonight:
- has a great historical setting
- has authentic slang
- has an art style that doesn’t make me want to gouge out my eyes
- has adorable secondary characters – Uncle Charlie and Cleo are great
- has a lot more smut than I was expecting. Frankly, I want a toggle that lets me skip the physical encounters. I already know how sex works, and reading about it is boring. Get back to the plot please. At least there’s a fast-forward option…
Now, for the individual routes:
Neil: Review found here
Donovan POV: Review found here
Julius POV: Review found here
Vince POV: Review found here
Cliff POV: Review found here
Neil POV: Review found here
Elliot: Review found here
Vince: Open, fun, reckless, and deeply caring. I like him and how active the MC is in the plot. The story itself has a couple of knocks against it though. The “will X admit their feelings” thread felt really padded; I would have been happy to have it two chapters shorter to keep a better flow. Also, the author employs different metaphors for each of the many times the couple is sleeping together. By the third one, I was howling with laughter – not what was intended, I’m sure.
Donovan: Hard, calculating, protective. Again, I like him and enjoyed the MC and how involved she is in the story. The dialog can be over-the-top in spots – “You chew that scenery, MC” – but can also be moving.
Julius: Sweet, stubborn, artistic. The portrayal of interracial interactions is handled surprisingly delicately, and the scenes where he and the MC play duets are adorable. His story feels the most forced though, again like it was padded to get to the needed chapter count. It messed up the emotional arc for me.
Cliff: Considerate, kind, steadfast. He’s my favorite guy, but not my favorite route for one simple reason: The MC explicitly decides she doesn’t care WHAT he does as long as he’s kind to her. Not acceptable. Using that reasoning, she could see him light kittens on fire and slap kids all day long and still stay with him. And Cliff IS a moral guy; I don’t think he’d approve of that justification. The second time I played it I fast-forwarded through that section and pretended it didn’t exist.
Donovan and Cliff Epilogues: really short and felt more like advertisements for the sequels than a proper coda; not recommended.
All in all, a fun game. Elliot doesn’t appeal to me so don’t expect a review for his route, but I will check out Neil when his story is released.
Voltage Entertainment USA’s Speakeasy Tonight is available on iOS.