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Leo & Leah: A Love Story is a freeware RPG made by Strangeluv in RPG Maker 2003. It tells the tale of the titular couple, two lion cubs. One day, however, while venturing out into the wilderness, Leah is captured by a psychopathic hunteress who intends to sell her to the highest bidder -- or worse. Leo takes it upon himself to rescue his Love Interest, though the journey takes longer than expected and soon grows in proportion beyond his wildest dreams.

The story starts off very lighthearted, hardly taking anything serious at all, with humour reminiscent of Earthbound and Super Mario RPG. Eventually, however, a deeper narrative emerges that arguably deconstructs the genre -- Leo must confront his doubts and ask himself how far he is really willing to go for Leah's sake.

Download the game here for a bizarre and thought-provoking tale.

An article by Strangeluv on a very important section of the game detailing his thoughts and inspirations for making it can be found here. Spoilers abound, of course.


General tropes used in Leo And Leah:

Spoiler tropes; read at your own risk:

  "Go on, eat [me]! You'll only be eating your own soul!"

    • Oddly enough, it seems to make Leo feel bad - before The Void, once you talk to a Yummyhop, you automatically eat it. After The Void, you are prompted each time as to whether you want to eat it. Whether you choose Yes or No ultimately makes no difference, but it does suggest that the whole experience gave Leo second thoughts about chomping down sentient creatures on a whim.
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